Quotations on Doubt

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Scholars and historians have dubbed the last 100 years the American Century, and I think there can be little doubt that the Council on Foreign Relations helped to make it so.
- Spencer Abraham
(Keywords: American, Doubt, Foreign relations, Historians, Years)

If the word gets out, if the perception exists that by speaking to a CBS journalist you are, therefore, inevitably, immediately speaking to the police, I don't think there's any doubt but that people won't talk. And, therefore, the public won't learn.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: People, Perception, Doubt, Police, Public, Talk, Word)

Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.
- Steve Albini
(Keywords: Wisdom, Doubt, Reason)

There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: Time, Doubt, Infinite, Myth, Reason, Universe, Years)

In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which might ensue. And so they found the truth.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Truth, Action, Decision, Consequences, Doubt, Question, Sense, Spirit)

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Faith, Thought, Action, Criticism, Doubt, Order, Reflection)

If none were to Marry, but Men of strict Vertue and Honour, I doubt the World would be but thinly peopled.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Men, Doubt, World)

Metaphysical thinking will always no doubt be a strong element in her mentality, and it is to be hoped that she will never lose her great, her sovereign powers in that direction.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Direction, Doubt, Thinking, Will)

Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt, so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth, unless it finds it by the method of experiment.
- Roger Bacon
(Keywords: Truth, Knowledge, Argument, Doubt, May, Mind, Rest)

That a majority of the Abolitionists in this place would patronize a free labor store, in preference to others, I do not doubt; but we do not muster money in Cincinnati.
- Gamaliel Bailey
(Keywords: Money, Doubt, Labor, Majority)

In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they'll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Movies, Doubt, Interest, Romantic)

Not only must Americans admire Israel, there can be no doubt that we have an interest in, and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.
- George Ball
(Keywords: Americans, Doubt, Interest, Israel, Nation, Responsibility)

At one time I thought the Editor of the Lancet would kindly publish a letter from me on the subject, but further reflection led me to doubt whether so insignificant an individual would be noticed without some special introduction.
- William Banting
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Doubt, Reflection)

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Work, Doubt, Self)

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
- Jose Bergamin
(Keywords: Belief, Doubt, Superstition)

I feel safe in saying this, and that is that Peter Weir is without a doubt one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. I'd open a door in a movie for him if he asked me to.
- Paul Bettany
(Keywords: Time, Doubt, Open, Saying)

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Truth, Danger, Denial, Doubt, Investigation, May)

Doubt is the father of invention.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Father, Doubt, Invention)

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Truth, Doubt, Shadow)

No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Being, Doubt, Unity)

But what of black women?... I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Keywords: Women, Doubt, Fire, Race)

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
- Hal Boyle
(Keywords: People, Doubt, Want)

But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Christianity, Consciousness, Doubt, Horror, Madness, Sin)

There is but little room for doubt that Egypt led the way in the creation of the earliest known group of civilizations which arose on both sides of the land bridge between Africa and Eurasia in the fourth millennium B.C.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Creation, Doubt, Land)

To the present writer a careful study of the facts now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Civilization, Doubt, Facts, Now, Present, Study, Writer)

There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
- David Brin
(Keywords: Science, Doubt, English, Fiction, Training)

Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Dissent, Doubt, Man, Trouble, Will, Years)

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
- Heywood Broun
(Keywords: Soul, Adventure, Doubt, First, World)

One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed - different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Keywords: American, Defeat, Doubt, Iraq)

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
- Buddha
(Keywords: People, Habit, Doubt, Nothing, Poison)

If it doesn't work out there will never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Work, Doubt, Pain, Pleasure, Will, Worth)

There can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society.
- Warren E. Burger
(Keywords: Society, Doubt, Practice, Prayer)

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: America, Diplomacy, Doubt, Now, Word, Words)

There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless - it's oppression.
- Amir Butler
(Keywords: Love, Americans, Desire, Doubt, Freedom, Oppression, Right, Self)

However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Balance, Being, Compassion, Connection, Delight, Doubt, Evil, Sorrow)

John Paul II, above all, managed to contain the huge mass of frustration, of hate that had accumulated in that region, in favour of a peaceful transition. This was, without doubt, something that changed European history.
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Keywords: History, Doubt, Frustration, Hate)

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Religion, Doubt, Spirit)

You have to not listen to the nay sayers because there will be many and often they'll be much more qualified than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: Cause, Doubt, Will)

If there are Muslims who believe that they've got to kill Christians to make a way for the Islamic faith in the West, not only would they be disappointed, but it will lead to conflict, there's no doubt about that.
- George Carey
(Keywords: Faith, Conflict, Doubt, Will)

My understanding is that what was provided was general order of battle information, not operational intelligence. I certainly have no knowledge of US participation in preparing battle and strike packages and doubt strongly that that occurred.
- Frank Carlucci
(Keywords: Intelligence, Knowledge, Battle, Doubt, Information, Order, Participation, Understanding)

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Kiss, Doubt, Pretty)

There is little doubt that Iran is on a mission to rebuild its nuclear weapons and use that capability to wreak havoc and destruction on Israel and others throughout the world.
- Russ Carnahan
(Keywords: Destruction, Doubt, Israel, Mission, Weapons, World)

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie
(Keywords: Home, Fear, Action, Courage, Confidence, Doubt, Inaction, Want)

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
- Lewis Cass
(Keywords: People, Doubt, May, Will)

The Senator from Massachusetts has given us ample grounds to doubt the judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security.
- Dick Cheney
(Keywords: Attitude, Doubt, Judgment, National security)

We cannot afford to have any large section of the business world in doubt whether they have broken the laws or not, and we cannot let the laws become a dead letter through vagueness. In this view it is clear that an administrative commission can render invaluable service.
- John Bates Clark
(Keywords: Business, Doubt, Laws, Service, World)

After having dispatched a meal, I went ashore, and found no habitation save a single house, and that without an occupant; we had no doubt that the people had fled in terror at our approach, as the house was completely furnished.
- Christopher Columbus
(Keywords: People, Doubt, Terror)

We are involved in youth testing internationally. We want to try to prove without a shadow of a doubt the relationship between physical fitness and health, not just physical fitness and ability to perform.
- Kenneth H. Cooper
(Keywords: Fitness, Health, Ability, Doubt, Shadow, Testing, Want, Youth)

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Keywords: Artist, Doubt, Value)

Your primary presumption that The Bridge was proffered as an epic has no substantial foundation. You know quite well that I doubt that our present stage of cultural development is so ordered yet as to provide the means or method for such an organic manifestation as that.
- Hart Crane
(Keywords: Development, Doubt, Present)



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