40 Skepticism Quotes

 

  • Skepticism is the elegance of anxiety. – Emile M. Cioran

 

  • Skepticism precludes one from believing many things, but not from loving many things. – Marty Rubin

 

  • Doubt is one of the names of intelligence. – Jorge Luis Borges

 

  • Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy. – Denis Diderot

 

  • Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. – Napoleon Bonaparte

 

  • A universal skepticism is limited by its own criteria. If we assume it to be true, then it is false. – Paul Kurtz

 

  • Profound skepticism is favorable to conventions, because it doubts that the criticism of conventions is any truer than they are. – George Santayana

 

  • Skepticism does not abolish the world, it turns it into questions. – Milan Kundera

 

  • Skepticism can keep us from blessing, can keep us trapped in two minds. – John Ortberg

 

  • Doubt grows with knowledge. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

  • Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect. – George Santayana

 

  • Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history. – Samuel E. Morison

 

  • Skepticism literally means a thoughtful inquiry, the looking at a problem in a disinterested spirit, the surveying of a question from many sides. In this sense it is the very essence of philosophy and science. – Joseph Alexander Leighton

 

  • Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous. – Confucius

Skepticism quotes

 

  • Skepticism is always a wise default position to start one’s inquiry, but if no knowledge is being acquired, skepticism quickly morphs into stubborn ignorance. – Charles Hugh Smith

 

  • Skepticism is an ability, or mental attitude, which opposes appearances to judgments in any way whatsoever, with the result that,owing to the equipollence of the objects and reasons thus opposed we are brought firstly to a state of mental suspense and next to a state of unperturbedness or quietude. – Sextus Empiricus

 

  • Healthy skepticism is the basis of all accurate observation. – Arthur Conan Doyle

 

  • Skepticism is in fact the wholly self-abrogating contradiction. – Michael N. Forster

 

  • Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth. – Albert Einstein

 

  • Skepticism must go hand in hand with rationality. When theories are shown to be false, the correct thing to do is to move on. – Brian Cox

 

  • There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made. – Richard Feynman

 

  • Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. – Carl Sagan

 

  • Always doubtful is the one who always looks for certainty. – Raheel Farooq

 

  • The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. – Christopher Hitchens

 

  • Skepticism is the first step towards truth. – Denis Diderot

 

  • In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life to doubt, as far as possible, of all things. – Rene Descartes

 

  • The key to wisdom is this constant and frequent questioning for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. – Peter Abelard

 

  • Skepticism is a discipline fit to purify the mind of prejudice and render it all the more apt, when the time comes, to believe and to act wisely. – George Santayana

 

  • Skepticism is healthy in matters of the intellect, but disastrous in matters of the heart. – Marty Rubin

 

  • It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better. – Ambrose Bierce

 

  • Skepticism about the potential to achieve the kinds of breakthroughs we need has been a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Ted Nordhaus

 

  • Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt. – Thomas Carlyle

 

  • It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind. – Naguib Mahfouz

 

  • Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. – Voltaire

 

  • Skepticism is a useful tool of the inquisitive mind, but it is scarcely a method of investigation. – James Thurber

 

  • Skepticism is like a microscope whose magnification is constantly increased: the sharp image that one begins with finally dissolves, because it is not possible to see ultimate things: their existence is only to be inferred. – Stanislaw Lem

 

  • Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. – John Dewey

 

  • A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. – James Russell Lowell

 

  • Skepticism is a way of freeing the dogmatic mind, and that’s where its value lies. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

  • If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. – Anatole France