Quotes by uncertainty

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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.
  • Ashleigh Brilliant
    Ashleigh Brilliant
    American author and cartoonist 1933-
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    One thing you can rely on is that there will always be uncertainty.
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas Adams
    British science-fiction writer 1952-
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    We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
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    All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.
  • 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)
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary and writer 1740-1814
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    Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it's the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband's mood.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric Hoffer
    American writer 1902-1983
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    Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
  • Barbara Jordan
    Barbara Jordan
    American lawyer, educator and politician 1936-1996
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    For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.
  • 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.
  • Carole King
    Carole King
    American singer-songwriter 1942-
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    He moved with some uncertainty, as if he didn't know
    Just what he was there for, or where he ought to go
    Once he reached for something golden hanging from a tree
    And his hand come down empty...
    Source: Tapestry (1971)
  • Bernard Beckett
    Bernard Beckett
    New Zealand writer 1967-
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    Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Hubert H. Humphrey
    American politician 1911-1978
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    I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.
  • Stephen Covey
    Stephen Covey
    American educator, author and businessman 1932-2012
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    If there's one thing that's certain in business, it's uncertainty.
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise Pascal
    French physicist, mathematician and philosopher 1623-1662
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    If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
    Source: Thoughts, Letters and Minor Works
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