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)

Well, the Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist Party outside Soviet Union, there's no doubt about that.
- Gianni Agnelli
(Keywords: Doubt, Italy, Party)

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that this is not an area that I find easy. I doubt that I would have the patience in front of a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter
(Keywords: Doubt, Patience, Respect, Writer, Writers)

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)

It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Doubt, English, Vice, Will)

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)

Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Doubt, New testament)

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)

I just did what I did and I still am. It makes you unpopular, maybe for a lifetime, but I'd rather do that than be popular and doubt what I am.
- Robert Barnes
(Keywords: Doubt, Popular)

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

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.
- E. T. Bell
(Keywords: Doubt, Pretty, Pursuit, Quest, Silly, Vice)

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)

While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Doubt, Ideology, Practice)

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)

During my six years with them Dr Garnet Davey (subsequently Research Director) constantly supported me and, I have no doubt, fought many battles on my behalf to keep the initially controversial programme going.
- James W. Black
(Keywords: Doubt, Research, Years)

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Doubt, Moon, Sun)

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)

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren
(Keywords: Doubt, Trouble)

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Doubt, Will)

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)

There can be no doubt that the transportation sector is the most critical sector of our economy.
- Robert Brady
(Keywords: Doubt, Economy)

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)

I don't doubt a number of those ballots, of those votes that were cast for me, probably were intended for Vice President Gore.
- Pat Buchanan
(Keywords: Doubt, President, Vice)

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)

If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.
- Luis Bunuel
(Keywords: Doubt, Luck)

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)

Thus there is no doubt the eye was intended for us to see with.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Doubt, Eye)

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)



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