Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Ghosts", compiled in The Ghosts and Other Lectures (1892)
But the gods are dead Ay, Zeus is dead, and all the gods but Doubt, And doubt is brother devil to Despair!John Boyle O'Reilly, Prometheus, Christ.
But yet, madam I do not like, "but yet," it does allay The good precedence; fie upon "but yet!" "But yet" is a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor.william shakespeare
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.Francis Bacon
The believer will fight another believer over a shade of difference: the doubter fights only with himself.graham greene
I slept with Faith, and found a corpse in my arms on awaking; I drank and danced all night with Doubt, and found her a virgin in the morning.aleister crowley
Doubt grows with knowledge.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sprüche in Prosa (Proverbs in Prose, 1819).
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., "Ideals and Doubts", 10 Illinois Law Rev 3 (1915).
To rest upon a formula is a slumber that, prolonged, means death.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., "Ideals and Doubts", 10 Illinois Law Rev 3 (1915).
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.Bertrand Russell, "The Triumph of Stupidity" (1933-05-10) in Mortals and Others: Bertrand Russell's American Essays, 1931-1935 (Routledge, 1998, ISBN 0-415-17866-5), p. 28.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.William Butler Yeats
Doubt is for the dying.Imperial Guard, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt there truth is—'tis her shadow.philip james bailey
He would not, with a peremptory tone, Assert the nose upon his face his own.william cowper
But the gods are dead— Ay, Zeus is dead, and all the gods but Doubt, And doubt is brother devil to Despair!John Boyle O'Reilly, Prometheus, Christ.
Fain would I but dare not; I dare, and yet I may not; I may, although I care not for pleasure when I play not.Sir Walter Raleigh
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat.Romans, XIV. 23. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
William James used to preach the "will-to-believe." For my part, I should wish to preach the "will-to-doubt." None of our beliefs are quite true; all at least have a penumbra of vagueness and error. What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.Bertrand Russell, "Free Thought and Official Propaganda", Sceptical Essays (1928)
But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confin'd, bound in To saucy doubts and fears.william shakespeare
To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.Stanis?aw Leszczy?ski (King of Poland), Maxims and Moral Sentences, No. 61.
There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849), Part XCV, Stanza 3.
I follow my law and fulfil it all duly—and look! when your doubt runneth high— North points to the needle!Edith M. Thomas, The Compass.
To get rid of your doubts, part with your sin. Put away your intemperance, your dishonesty, your unlawful ways of making money, your sensuality, your falsehood, acted or spoken, and see if a holy life be not the best disperser of unwelcome doubts, and new obedience the most certain guide to fresh assurance.James Hamilton
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