Quotations on Certainty

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The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Love, Men, Women, Certainty, Delight, Evil, Lies)

We often call a certainty a hope, to bring it luck.
- Elizabeth Bibesco
(Keywords: Hope, Certainty, Luck)

I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could - with 100 per cent certainty - know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Knowledge, Action, Certainty, Military, Weapons)

Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
- George Boole
(Keywords: Change, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Certainty, Circumstances, Expectation, Theory)

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Wisdom, Certainty, Envy, Fool, Self)

Sooner or later you must move down an unknown road that leads beyond the range of the imagination, and the only certainty is that the trip has to be made.
- Bruce Catton
(Keywords: Imagination, Certainty, Road)

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Keywords: Nature, Certainty, Clarity, Intellect, Uncertainty)

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.
- Edward Coke
(Keywords: Mother, Cause, Certainty, Quiet, Uncertainty)

Ideas which have been developed simultaneously or in immediate succession in the same mind mutually reproduce each other, and do this with greater ease in the direction of the original succession and with a certainty proportional to the frequency with which they were together.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Ideas, Certainty, Direction, Mind)

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: Death, Certainty, Nothing, Taxes, World)

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
- William Glasser
(Keywords: Education, Certainty, Challenge, Responsibility)

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Keywords: Dream, Certainty, Nothing, Sight, Stars)

For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
- Stanislav Grof
(Keywords: Death, Life, Certainty, Culture, Key, Meaning, Study, Understanding)

For those with ambition, reality is more of a creation than an unalterable certainty.
- Lori Guinn
(Keywords: Ambition, Certainty, Creation, Reality)

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
- Vaclav Havel
(Keywords: Hope, Optimism, Certainty, Conviction, Sense, Will)

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
- Vaclav Havel
(Keywords: Hope, Certainty, Conviction, Sense, Will)

When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes
(Keywords: Faith, Certainty, Distrust, Doubt, Prayer, Universe)

I feel, sometimes, as the renaissance man must have felt in finding new riches at every point and in the certainty that unexplored areas of knowledge and experience await at every turn.
- Polykarp Kusch
(Keywords: Experience, Knowledge, Certainty, Man)

The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give them some certainty. Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts. And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence.
- John McCain
(Keywords: People, American, Certainty, Confidence, Tax, Tax cuts, Want, Will)

I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.
- Ewan McGregor
(Keywords: Work, Certainty, Parents)

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
- Ashley Montagu
(Keywords: Science, Certainty, Proof)

The statistics of life out there and the statistics of intelligent beings and advanced civilization is a certainty, the way I look at it. that It has not been accepted, because we've been in an anthropocentric era.
- Story Musgrave
(Keywords: Life, Civilization, Certainty, Statistics)

If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Religion, Act, Certainty, Sea, Uncertainty)

If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.
- William Lyon Phelps
(Keywords: People, Beliefs, Certainty, Sense)

Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles. So the real terror, the real aggression against life comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness.
- Godfrey Reggio
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Aggression, Certainty, Mystery, Principles, Pursuit, Terror)

As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play.
- Bridget Riley
(Keywords: Work, Certainty, May, Play, Today)

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Age, Being, Certainty, Hesitation, Philosophy, Study)

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Knowledge, Certainty, Ignorance, Philosophy, Sense, Skepticism)

It is only of life on Earth, however, that one can speak with any certainty. It seems to me that all life on Earth, the sum total of life upon the Earth, has purpose.
- Clifford D. Simak
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, Certainty, Earth)

Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.
- Richard Stallman
(Keywords: Gods, Certainty, Ethics)

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
- Tom Stoppard
(Keywords: Truth, Certainty, Facts, Principles)

Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
- Tom Stoppard
(Keywords: Beauty, Certainty, Joy, May, Order)

It is to be feared that those who emigrate to New South Wales, generally anticipate too great facility in their future operations and certainty of success in conducting them; but they should recollect that competency cannot be obtained without labour.
- Charles Sturt
(Keywords: Success, Certainty, Competency, Future)

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau
(Keywords: Design, Life, Certainty, Man)

It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
- Anthony Trollope
(Keywords: Selling, Certainty, Fortune, May, Now, Will)

From this bestial view that the human mind consists of only sense certainty, pleasure and pain, Locke developed an equally bestial theory of the nation. Man originally existed in a State of Nature of complete liberty.
- Robert Trout
(Keywords: Nature, Certainty, Liberty, Man, Mind, Nation, Pain, Pleasure, Sense, State, Theory)

A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life is change but believes that the change can be directed toward a constructive end.
- Henry A. Wallace
(Keywords: Change, Life, Certainty, End, Liberal)

Psychologists have set about describing the true nature of women with a certainty and a sense of their own infallibility rarely found in the secular world.
- Naomi Weisstein
(Keywords: Nature, Women, Certainty, Sense, World)









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