Quotations on Certainty

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The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Certainty, Laws)

If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.
- William Barclay
(Keywords: Certainty, Christ, Conviction, Man)

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)

We have to be mindful that there is the certainty that terrorists will attempt to launch multiple attacks against their enemy, which is us and our allies.
- Cofer Black
(Keywords: Certainty, Enemy, Will)

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)

Well, as a former small businessperson - I understand what's going on, I think in the business community. And businesspeople around the country are looking at all the spending and all the debt. They're looking at all the policies coming out of this Congress and this administration the last two years, and they - it's created all this uncertainty.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Business, Community, Congress, Country, Debt, Uncertainty, Years)

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)

Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme, although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
- Alan Bullock
(Keywords: Certainty, Extreme, Weekend)

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Action, America, Consequences, Decisions, Tragedy, Uncertainty, Weakness, Will, World)

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: People, America, American, Duty, President, Tragedy, Uncertainty, Weakness, Will, World)

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)

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
- William Congreve
(Keywords: Fear, Uncertainty, Worth)

We regard it as a certainty that the earth, enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Keywords: Certainty, Earth)

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
- Michael Crichton
(Keywords: Certainty, World)

I have moved from certainty to doubt, from devotion to rebellion.
- Phil Donahue
(Keywords: Certainty, Devotion, Doubt, Rebellion)

I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.
- Richard Dreyfuss
(Keywords: Certainty, Ignorance, Living)

We can say with certainty - or 90% probability - that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information.
- Peter Drucker
(Keywords: Certainty, Information, Nothing, Will)

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)

Could we have prevented in 100% certainty? I don't think anything is that certain. However, we would have had a very, very good chance for preventing it.
- Sibel Edmonds
(Keywords: Certainty, Chance)

When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone.
- Loren Eiseley
(Keywords: Certainty, Light, Man, May, Mind, Reason, Will)

In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
- Pliny the Elder
(Keywords: Certainty, Nothing)

The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
- Pliny The Elder
(Keywords: Certainty, Nothing)

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Certainty, Deed)

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

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
- Erich Fromm
(Keywords: Certainty, Man, Meaning, Quest, Uncertainty)

Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.
- Harold S. Geneen
(Keywords: Uncertainty, Will)

And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.
- William Gibson
(Keywords: Certainty, Eyes)

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)

A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.
- Bret Harte
(Keywords: Certainty, May)

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)

When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.
- Charles Evans Hughes
(Keywords: Certainty, Law, Principles, Questions)

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
- Rudyard Kipling
(Keywords: Certainty, Man, Woman)

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)

In this era of uncertainty and conflict, the United States - blessed with the world's strongest military, most ingenious economy, and most tolerant society - remains a model and leader to the world.
- Joe Lieberman
(Keywords: Society, Leader, Conflict, Economy, Military, states, Uncertainty, United, World)

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)

Step by step a powerful and enterprising race has driven them back from the Atlantic to the West until at last there is scarcely a spot of ground upon which the Indians have any certainty of maintaining a permanent abode.
- Nelson A. Miles
(Keywords: Certainty, Race)

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)

To allow all U.S. workers to put part of their earnings into private investment accounts would definitely erode the Social Security system and cause uncertainty for new investors.
- Grace Napolitano
(Keywords: Cause, Investment, Security, Uncertainty, Workers)

You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
- Conor Cruise O'Brien
(Keywords: Certainty, Nations, United, Will)



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