Quotes by certainty

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  • Erich Fromm
    Erich Fromm
    German - American philosopher and psychologist 1900-1980
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    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    American statesman and physicist 1706-1790
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    Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
  • Lord George Byron
    Lord George Byron
    English poet 1788-1824
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    If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
  • Alexander Cockburn
    Alexander Cockburn
    Irish-American political journalist and writer 1941-2012
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    A ''just war'' is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
  • Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    English writer 1865-1936
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    A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
  • Adam Smith
    Adam Smith
    Scottish Economist 1723-1790
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    Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
  • Carl von Clausewitz
    Carl von Clausewitz
    Prussian general and military 1780-1831
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    Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Bridget Riley
    Bridget Riley
    English painter 1931-
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    As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play.
    Source: Bridget Riley: dialogues on art
  • Cameron Mackintosh
    Cameron Mackintosh
    British theatrical producer and theatre owner 1946-
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    Audiences aren't going to get rid of me. One thing I can say, with absolute certainty, is that my shows will still be performed when I'm dead, buried and forgotten. They're going to absolutely outlive me, which is a wonderful thing to think about.
  • Georges Bataille
    Georges Bataille
    French Novelist, Critic 1897-1962
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    Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.
    Source: Unpopular Essays
  • Thomas Szasz
    Thomas Szasz
    American psychiatrist 1920-
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    Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    American short story writer 1804-1864
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    From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
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