I'm a big skeptic so I won't just go off what an individual may tell me. I gotta do the research. I'ma get different literature on that one subject and just compare and contrast. I do my own selective studies.— Kevin Gates
Inspiring Skepticism quotations
The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical.
I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.
I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.
It is the spectators, the people who are outside, looking at the tragedy, from whose ranks the skeptics come; it is not those who are actually in the arena and who know suffering from the inside. Indeed, the fact is that it is the world's greatest sufferers who have produced the most shining examples of unconquerable faith.
On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognized to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite boredom, and despite mockery from the world. . . .
I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience.
And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.
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.
I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions... Don't take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can't. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.
Most institutions demand unqualified faith;
but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said;
if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.
I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’ m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.
All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.
Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.
By skepticism . . . we arrive first at suspension of judgment, and second at freedom from disturbance.
The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create.
The people who are constantly striving to apply skepticism to everything in their lives, the ones who actually care enough about truth and [care to try to] avoid being wrong, and biased, and prejudiced, and clueless; those are the people we need, and need to be.
Everyone - pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist - has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence.
Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics.
We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.
.. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.
It is the decisive people who have become civilised;
it is the indecisive, otherwise called the higher sceptics, or the idealistic doubters, who have remained barbarians.
But we are living in a sceptical and, if I may use the phrase, a thought-tormented age: and sometimes I fear that this new generation, educated or hyper-educated as it is, will lack those qualities of humanity, of hospitality, of kindly humour which belonged to an older day.