quote by Charles Bukowski

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

— Charles Bukowski

Devotion Doubt And Certainty quotations

Doubt and certainty quote Success - See your goal; Understand the obstacles; Create a positive mental pict
Success - See your goal; Understand the obstacles; Create a positive mental picture; Clear your mind of self doubt; Embrace the challenge; Stay on track; Show the world you can do it!

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security

The neurotic has problems; the psychotic has solutions.

Doubt and certainty quote The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts whi
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

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.

Doubt is a profound and effective spiritual motivation.

Without doubt, no truism is transcended, no new knowledge found, no expansion of the imagination possible. Doubt is unsettling to the ego and those who are drawn to ideologies that promise the dispelling of doubt by preferring certainties never grow.


One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.

Doubt and certainty quote Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.
Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.

A great literature is thus chiefly the product of doubting and inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation.

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.

When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.

Doubt and certainty quote Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty.

Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.


I did not imitate the skeptics who doubt only for doubting's sake, and pretend to be always undecided; on the contrary, my whole intention was to arrive at a certainty, and to dig away the drift and the sand until I reached the rock or the clay beneath.

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Doubt and certainty quote It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.
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Existential anxiety of doubt drives the person toward the creation of certitude of systems of meaning, which are supported by tradition and authority. Neurotic anxiety builds a narrow castle of certitude which can be defended with the utmost certainty.

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.

Living by faith isn't living with certainty.

It's trusting God in spite of unanswered questions and unresolved doubts.

Doubt and certainty quote There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But wit
There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.

And for mathematical science, he that doubts their certainty hath need of a dose of hellebore.

We want to have certainties and no doubts- results and no experiments- without even seeing that certainties can arise only through doubt and results only thorough experiment.

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice. If you take your children for a picnic on a doubtful day, they will demand a dogmatic answer as to whether it will be fine or wet, and be disappointed in you when you cannot be sure.

Doubt and certainty quote Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will.
Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will.
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To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.

You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing.

I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things... It doesn't frighten me.


We must doubt the certainty of everything which passes through the senses, but how much more ought we to doubt things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.

Doubt and certainty quote Doubt your doubts before you doubt yourself.
Doubt your doubts before you doubt yourself.

The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.

In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.

both doubt and certainty are as contagious as the common cold

Doubt and certainty quote There is no higher truth, no greater knowledge, than never doubting who you are.
There is no higher truth, no greater knowledge, than never doubting who you are.
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Certainty sees things in restrictive, protective, aggressive ways, and thus isn't seeing at all.


The most distinctive characteristic which differentiates mathematics from the various branches of empirical science, and which accounts for its fame as the queen of the sciences, is no doubt the peculiar certainty and necessity of its results.

Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty and therefore a mark of maturity. It embraces doubt and loose ends.

Doubt and certainty quote Doubt and fear steal more dreams than failure does.
Doubt and fear steal more dreams than failure does.

The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice.

In their leaders, advisers, and experts, people much prefer overconfidence, total certainty, to any kind of doubt.

Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom.

Doubt and certainty quote Doubt kills more dreams then failure ever will.
Doubt kills more dreams then failure ever will.
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Every increase in your knowledge is a simultaneous decrease.

You learn and you unlearn at the same time. A new certainty is a new doubt as well.

[I]f in other sciences we should arrive at certainty without doubt and truth without error, it behooves us to place the foundations of knowledge in mathematics, in so far as disposed through it we are able to reach certainty in other sciences and truth by the exclusion of error.

Knowledge breeds doubt, not certainty, And the more we know the more uncertain we become.

Out of the element of participation follows the certainty of faith;

out of the element of separation follows the doubt in faith. And each is essential for the nature of faith. Sometimes certainty conquers doubt, but it cannot eliminate doubt. The conquered of today may become the conqueror of tomorrow. Sometimes doubt conquers faith, but it still contains faith. Otherwise it would be indifference.

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts;

but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.

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