Quotes and Sayings about Skepticism



"The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Men, Common sense, First, Principles, Skepticism)

"It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Change, Man, Skepticism)

"We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism."
- Jason Biggs
(Related: Skepticism)

"My position now, especially in this town, adds an element of skepticism with people you meet - especially girls. I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult."
- Jason Biggs
(Related: People, Girls, Now, Skepticism)

"Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: History, Virtue, Philosophy, Skepticism)

"Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Faith, History, People, Heart, Skepticism, World)

"Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: American, Military, Politicians, Republican, Skepticism, Trouble)

"Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Skepticism)

"I'd say there was a fair amount of skepticism at the time about whether the Internet held any promise. And of course I felt that it did."
- Jim Clark
(Related: Time, Internet, Promise, Skepticism)

"Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind."
- John Dewey
(Related: Mind)

"Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: First, Philosophy, Road, Skepticism)

"I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics but very few who have substantive criticisms. There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more a matter of inertia than it is of people having some real reason for thinking something else."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: People, Reason, Skepticism, Sound, Thinking)

"The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought."
- Walter Gilbert
(Related: Science, Thought, Independence, Skepticism)

"I'm the most cynical person, and I know what that sounds like when you say, I don't drink and drive, and I don't. But I know people look at that with skepticism, and I understand."
- Tracey Gold
(Related: People, Skepticism)

"Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced, is skepticism. Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press."
- Thomas Griffith
(Related: Attitude, Now, Press, Public, Skepticism)

"The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Faith, Knowledge, Authority, Blind, Sin, Skepticism)

"The most striking development of the great depression of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary society among large sections of the American people."
- C. L. R. James
(Related: Society, People, Development, American, Depression, Future, Skepticism)

"The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Cause, Credulity, Mind, Skepticism)

"Investors should start with a view of skepticism. They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors. They should be careful, and they should be skeptical."
- Arthur Levitt
(Related: Skepticism)

"Well, I had a small degree, that little infection of skepticism about America which resides in the minds of even America's closest friends. That America can't be quite as good as it says it is. And why does it need so relentlessly to keep saying how good it is?"
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: America, Friends, Saying, Skepticism)

"Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history."
- Samuel E. Morison
(Related: History, Skepticism)

"Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good."
- Daniel P. Moynihan
(Related: Government, Life, Liberals, Skepticism)

"The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism."
- George Jean Nathan
(Related: Skepticism, Sound)

"Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism."
- Louis Pasteur
(Related: Skepticism)

"It is the press that has taken these charges and accusations and blown them up without any kind of skepticism whatsoever - blown them into realities and treated them as if they were true."
- Dixie Lee Ray
(Related: Accusations, Press, Skepticism)

"People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: People, Apathy, Cynicism, Deep, Skepticism)

"The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism."
- Paul Ricoeur
(Related: Limits, Logic, Skepticism)

"Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow."
- Romain Rolland
(Related: Faith, Skepticism, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"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."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Knowledge, Certainty, Ignorance, Philosophy, Sense, Skepticism)

"There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far."
- George Santayana
(Related: Courtesy, Press, Skepticism)

"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily."
- George Santayana
(Related: Chastity, Skepticism)

"She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
(Related: Being, Nothing, Skepticism)

"On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Ambiguity, Road, Skepticism)

"Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism."
- David Suzuki
(Related: Education, Science, Skepticism)

"The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Poison, Skepticism)

"Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding."
- Xi Zhi
(Related: Skepticism, Understanding)