Quotation Explorer - 'Certainty'

A common fallacy in much of the adverse criticism to which science is subjected today is that it claims certainty, infallibility and complete emotional objectivity. It would be more nearly true to say that it is based upon wonder, adventure and hope. - Cyril Norman Hinshelwood
Certainty a strange Ferris wheel of a statement! - John Allen Paulos
Customers loves certainty, make sure you give it to them. - Amit Kalantri
He talked about the future with such certainty, he might have been talking about the past. - Michael Dobbs
A reasonable probability is the only certainty.
Joy is not a denial of painful circumstances, but a certainty that He is at work while we are in them. EL - Evinda Lepins
The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. - Carlos Castenada
She can feel her vanished talent like a phantom limb, the empty ache of its subtraction from the short list of her assets, and she knows with spiteful certainty that it is gone for good. - Christina Moracho
The very desire to be certain,to be secure,is the beginning of bondage.It's only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty,and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery. - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Do not expect to arrive at certainty in every subject which you pursue. There are a hundred things wherein we mortals. . . must be content with probability, where our best light and reasoning will reach no farther.
I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts.
I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. - Václav Havel
There is no certainty, not even your next breath. Live like you are dieing because in reality we all are. - Nikki Rowe
The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind. - May Sarton
Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. - Mark Twain
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. - Vincent Van Gogh
I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. - Michael Crichton
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty. - Seneca
For true liberation, you do not need to fight. You simply have to change your thoughts and drift away from conformity, comfort, security, and certainty of life and embrace and enjoy the possibilities and magnificence of the uncertainty of life. - Debasish Mridha
The secret to my success is actually simple: I failed so many times that succeeding eventually became a mathematical certainty. - Max Hawthorne
If in other sciences we should arrive at certainty without doubt and truth without error, it behooves us to place the foundations of knowledge in mathematics. - Francis Bacon
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire
A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to bet better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse. - Albert Camus
We are between the wild thoat of certainty and the mad zitidar of fact. - Edgar Rice Burroughs
One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. - Aristotle
No great deed, private or public, had ever been undertaken in a bliss of certainty. - Leon Wieseltier
Chaos... by its very definition cannot be controlled. Once introduced, all order and intention is rendered useless. The outcome of chaos can never be predicted. The only certainty it brings... is the devastation it leaves in its wake. - Emily Thorne
He who asserts belief with absolute certainty knows nothing of faith and makes himself into a fool. He who is wise, upon realizing they have done this, recants and searches themselves for further enlightenment. - Cristina Marrero
We must talk and reach for common understandings, precisely because all of us are imperfect and can never act with the certainty that God is on our side; and yet at times we must act nonetheless, as if we are certain, protected from error only by providence. - Barack Obama
Dream and act HUGE my friends; for to do less is to deny who you are. And live with BOLD conviction as you move forcefully into the certainty of your great success! - Christopher Babson
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. - Ashley Montague
Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time. - Edmund Burke
Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you. - Saint Augustine
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;They pace in sleek chivalric certainty. - Adrienne Rich
The only thing that can be said with an absolute certainty by seeing the behaviour of a vast majority of the people on the Earth is that an invisible Almighty is a big lover of watching the comedy activity. - Anuj Somany
Set off on a quest to find someone who has read a book or many books and remains the same, and I can tell you with all certainty there is no one you will see. - K.C. OBI
Literature will save me it's the only certainty i am sure of. - Nikki Rowe
To believe with certainty we must begin by doubting.
Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. - Tony Schwartz
I am sustained by the certainty that life has meaning. As does death. - Dean Koontz
How easily they spoke of love. And yet, when she'd needed the certainty of his feeling for her, he'd let her slip away, never able to bring himself to tell her about the ways in which he'd been changed. He'd been incapable he'd let Nenebah believe the problem lay with her. - Aminatta Forna
To the extent that in one's act of faith one participates in the truth through reason and heart, faith already implies a particular level of knowledge and of certainty. - Osman Bakar
And like nectar inside the bud,my blood drinks from your blood, beloved,and starves to join the salvation in your eyes;to be understood again and again, by your nakedness and certainty, a humbleness that trickles into the crevices of my seasoned mind. - V.S. Atbay
Letting go of who you're supposed to be and discovering who you really are is a journey of many experiences, but certainty is not one of them. No matter how long you wait, it'll never feel safe enough. Plunge in anyway. - Vironika Tugaleva
when the uncertainty is known, certainty is guaranteed. Until we unravel the uncertainties of our lives, we shall always be uncertain with the life we live - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire
Certainty is the most vivid condition of ignorance and the most necessarycondition for knowledge. - Kedar Joshi
Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning. - Václav Havel
The mystery of death is a certainty, but mystery of love is everlasting. - Debasish Mridha
When we get our spiritual house in order, we'll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don't expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty. - Flannery O'Connor
As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls. - M. Cartmill
Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists. - Thomas H. Huxley
I knew with certainty now—I could say no, and he would stop. Above all, I felt the fierce beauty of the choice. I knew now what it was that had held me from falling into my desire to be with him fully: I first needed to make sure he was a man who would respect my 'No. - Aspen Matis
One of the best ways of repressing emotions is artificial certainty. - Stefan Molyneux
The future isn't written in the stars. There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood. Be intentional. Get to work. Pick your family. Do the math. Make your own certainty. Don't be defined by what you didn't know or didn't do.You are deciding your life right now. - Meg Ray
How wise should we be if, with joyful certainty, we accepted each unfolding of His will as a proof of His faithfulness and love! - Susannah Spurgeon
May the love in your heart overshadow any sorrows, and may you always know with a deep inner certainty, how loved you truly are. - Jodi Livon
The misconception of something being a certainty sometimes gets to me until I remember we can change most things consciously. - Jay Woodman
In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder
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
Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason. - Alain de Botton
To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. - Stanislaw Leszczynski
The beauty of life does not reside in certainty or conformity. It resides in the infinite possibilities of uncertainty. - Debasish Mridha
In a race between danger and indecision, the difference between life and death comes down to confidence. Faith in our abilities, certainty in ourselves and the trust we put in others. - Emily Thorne
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. - Anatole France
We see it [the as-yet unseen, probable new planet, Neptune] as Columbus saw America from the coast of Spain. Its movements have been felt, trembling along the far-reaching line of our analysis with a certainty hardly inferior to that of ocular demonstration. - William Herschel
Life is exciting because of uncertainty. Certainty make it very dull and boring. - Debasish Mridha
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924) - Anatole France
Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?' - Johann K. Lavater
Happiness is a perceptual reality, not an absolute certainty. - Debasish Mridha
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions. - Thomas Szasz
The only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder
Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land. - Carter Heyward
With certainty, one thing would be unattainable for a thousand years, if I live; is the ability to stop ceaselessly falling deeper, and deeper, and deeper, in loving with you, over, and over, and over again... - Solomon Debisette
Compassion is not prevention of all negative certainty, it is a home floating on the sea of fear, that equally brings assistance to those sinking. - James C. Emlund
Let go of consistency, let go of certainty. Learn to live with the waves of change and uncertainty. - Debasish Mridha
To abandon language is to stop/creating a place other than your own life/in which to live. It is to enter/the terrible certainty of the flesh. Even god/is only possible through language. - Jude Nutter
You're the certainty of my uncertainty. Your significance defines the love and connection I have for you and I wanna thank you because you help me grow to become my full self and contribute meaningfully to this world we're both in. - Jayson Engay
There are few things reason can discover with so much certainty and ease as its own insufficiency.
Passion is the desire to do something with fervor. It is the certainty that one is going to accomplish their dreams. - Subhan Zein
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