Certainty Quotes

Most popular certainty quotes

A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect. - Aesop quote.
A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

taxes death

Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul
When hot for certainties in this our life! - George Meredith quote.
Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul
When hot for certainties in this our life!

answers

I should be foolish to release the bird I have in my hand in order to pursue another. - Aesop quote.
I should be foolish to release the bird I have in my hand in order to pursue another.
One bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. - John Bunyan quote.
One bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

safety

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 quote.
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.

doubt

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth—and truth rewarded me. - Simone de Beauvoir quote.
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth—and truth rewarded me.

comfort

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time. - Josh Billings quote.
I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.
Josh Billings Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh: Or, Josh Billings on Practically Everything
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. - Carl von Clausewitz quote.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.

intellect clarity uncertainty

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. - Michael Crichton quote.
I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty. - Will Durant quote.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
Will Durant The Age of Napoleon: A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815
There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty.
Bart D. Ehrman God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. - Anatole France quote.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. - Erich Fromm quote.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

uncertainty

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. - Eric Hoffer quote.
We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
Longing for certainty and for repose . . . is in every human mind.  But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quote.
Longing for certainty and for repose . . . is in every human mind.  But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.
Certitude is not the test of certainty.  We have been cocksure of many things that were not so. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quote.
Certitude is not the test of certainty.  We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
A reasonable probability is the only certainty. - E. W. Howe quote.
A reasonable probability is the only certainty.
It is wrong for a man to say that he is certain of the objective truth of any proposition unless he can produce evidence which logically justifies that certainty. - Thomas Huxley quote.
It is wrong for a man to say that he is certain of the objective truth of any proposition unless he can produce evidence which logically justifies that certainty.
Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead. - Carl Jung quote.
Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. - John F. Kennedy quote.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
One certainty we all accept is the condition of being uncertain and insecure. - Doris Lessing quote.
One certainty we all accept is the condition of being uncertain and insecure.
Doris Lessing A Small Personal Voice: Essays, Reviews, Interviews
There are inquiries in which scanty evidence is worth using.  We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread. - C. S. Lewis quote.
There are inquiries in which scanty evidence is worth using.  We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread.
The highest probability amounts not to certainty. - John Locke quote.
The highest probability amounts not to certainty.
John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
It is wise to be sure, but otherwise to be too sure.
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.
There is no such thing as absolute certainty, but there is assurance sufficient for the purposes of human life. - John Stuart Mill quote.
There is no such thing as absolute certainty, but there is assurance sufficient for the purposes of human life.
The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof. - Ashley Montagu quote.
The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder quote.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
The only thing that's certain is the final curtain.
Since we can never know anything for sure, it is simply not worth searching for certainty; but it is well worth searching for truth, and we do this chiefly by searching for mistakes, so that we have to correct them. - Karl Popper quote.
Since we can never know anything for sure, it is simply not worth searching for certainty; but it is well worth searching for truth, and we do this chiefly by searching for mistakes, so that we have to correct them.
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. - Bertrand Russell quote.
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind. - May Sarton quote.
The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
May Sarton Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. - Thomas Szasz quote.
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis.

doubt

I believe in evil.  It is the property of all those who are certain of truth. - Edward Teller quote.
I believe in evil.  It is the property of all those who are certain of truth.
Edward Teller The Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century
A maxim for the twenty-first century might well be to start not by fighting evil in the name of good, but by attacking the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found.

good and evil

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition.  But certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire quote.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition.  But certainty is an absurd one.
Only the madman is absolutely sure. - Robert Anton Wilson quote.
Only the madman is absolutely sure.

insanity

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell quote.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
Certainty is not a property of the universe; it is a construct of the mind.