Quotes by certainty
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German - American philosopher and psychologist 1900-1980
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
American statesman and physicist 1706-1790
Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Lord George Byron
English poet 1788-1824
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
American writer 1817-1862
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.
Irish-American political journalist and writer 1941-2012
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
English writer 1865-1936
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
Scottish Economist 1723-1790
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
Prussian general and military 1780-1831
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.Source: On War (1832)
English painter 1931-
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
British theatrical producer and theatre owner 1946-
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.
French Novelist, Critic 1897-1962
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.
English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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
American psychiatrist 1920-
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.
American short story writer 1804-1864
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
English writer 1709-1784
He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
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