Best 311 of Certainty quotes - MyQuotes
Certainty abolishes hope, and robs us of renewal.
We're all bewildered, but most bewildered of all are those who think they know the truth.
Charles William Eliot
All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties.
Be certain independent of facts, when you doubt yourself, you cannot be, you cannot do and you cannot have.
The quest for precision is analogous to the quest for certainty and both - precision and certainty are impossible to attain.
If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
VIRTUES, n.pl. Certain abstentions.
Indeed, on close inspection one sees that by far the greater number of educated people still desire convictions from a thinker and nothing but convictions, and that only a small minority want certainty. The former want to be forcibly carried away in order thereby to obtain an increase of strength; the latter few have the real interest which disregards personal advantages and the increase of strength also. The former class, who greatly predominate, are always reckoned upon when the thinker comports himself and labels himself as a genius, and thus views himself as a higher being to whom authority belongs. In so far as genius of this kind upholds the ardour of convictions, and arouses distrust of the cautious and modest spirit of science, it is an enemy of truth, however much it may think itself the wooer thereof.
People prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty
Obedience to God's will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to DO (obey) God's will that brings certainty.
I count it as a certainty that in paradise, everyone naps.
How do you ever hold on to anybody?
I have teken refuge in the doctrine that advises one not to seek tranquility in certainty but in permanently suspended judgement.
Between certainty and the real, an ancient enmity.
Deep down in everyone was sorrow and certainty.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Courage is a certainty.
Doubt is not a very agreeable status, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Logic is the foundation of the certainty of all the knowledge we acquire.
The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.
Deeply convinced of the reality of the divine will, he (Lincoln) had no patience at all with any who were perfectly sure they knew the details of the divine will.
Certainty. Life's last and kindest gift.
Alfred North Whitehead
The certainty of mathematics depends on its complete abstract generality.
In this quest to seek and find God in all things, there is still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good.
My mother and father were always pushing me away from secondhand answers—even the answers they themselves believed. I don’t know that I have ever found any satisfactory answers of my own. But every time I ask it, the question is refined. That is the best of what the old heads meant when they spoke of being “politically conscious”—as much a series of actions as a state of being, a constant questioning, questioning as ritual, questioning as exploration rather than the search for certainty.
She had been too well-trained to allow her emotions to take control of her at the time, but the feelings were too strong to quietly recede into a regimen of critical thought. Deep inside her they stewed, logic and reason slowly boiling off. Reduced to their essence, her feelings became more potent, condensed into an emotional certainty. I should have saved them.
Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress.
I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.
Always doubtful is the one who always looks for certainty.
The Greeks made Space the subject-matter of a science of supreme simplicity and certainty. Out of it grew, in the mind of classical antiquity, the idea of pure science. Geometry became one of the most powerful expressions of that sovereignty of the intellect that inspired the thought of those times. At a later epoch, when the intellectual despotism of the Church, which had been maintained through the Middle Ages, had crumbled, and a wave of scepticism threatened to sweep away all that had seemed most fixed, those who believed in Truth clung to Geometry as to a rock, and it was the highest ideal of every scientist to carry on his science 'more geometrico.
Iain M. Banks
[I]t would be a niceness that was enforced leniently, patiently and gracefully, with the sort of unflappable self-certainty [they] couldn't help displaying when all its statistics proved that it really was doing the right thing.
Alister E. Mcgrath
At Oxford University, the certainties of my atheist faith (and atheism is a faith) began to crumble
Statistics were magic like this: they could tell you with near-certainty that a thing would occur, without a hint of when or where.
Jose Manuel Barroso
For investor confidence, it is important that there is certainty about the future of Ireland in E.U.
There has to be some certainty about who the leader is before the summer break.
Edgar Allan Poe
I am walking like a bewitched corpse, with the certainty of being eaten by the infinite, of being annulled by the only existing Absurd.
The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast; the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
R. Ys Perez
Have you ever loved something so much that you never had to even think about whether you did or not? That's how I love him.
Doubter wants proof which contributes nothing to her faith.
John Henry Newman
If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.
Having tried to give pattern to the chaos which lives within the pattern of your certainties, I must come out, I must emerge.
...the morning with the whole day waiting, full of promise, the night of quiet, of no expectations, of rest. And the certainty of home, the one I live in, and the one that lives in me.
[Heraclitus had] a regal air of certainty.
There is no great danger to politics in the desire for certainty at any price.
A world full of "certainties" All the plans, all the vanities. Where black covers the white Suited in "confidence"- the constant fight. A million roads I dream to take One destination, knowing not I turn where. A green veil covers for two years, some two decades. But the "plan" awaits, new roads to make. I pant, I struggle, I do my best While they say, "You are, dear, but so inadequate".
Be certain there are no coincidences
Christian Lous Lange
But teleological considerations can lead no further than to a belief and a hope. They do not give certainty.
What kind of husband would I be if I bet against my own marriage?' I smiled. 'The stupid kind. Didn't you listen to your dad when he told you not to bet against me?
Michael Bassey Johnson
If you build the faith to trust a friend as God, then your heart can never be broken.
I don’t know whether there are numbers. And you?
He who asserts belief with absolute certainty knows nothing of faith and makes himself into a fool. He who is wise, upon realizing they have done this, recants and searches themselves for further enlightenment.