Quotation Explorer - 'Evidence'

The best historian is he who combines knowledge of the evidence with the largest intellect, the warmest human sympathy and the highest imaginative powers. - G. M. Trevelyan
Faith is believing beyond the power of reason, when they're all against you. To one who has faith, no explanation is possible. To one without faith, evidence is necessary. - Esteban Urayoán
PROOF, n. Evidence having a shade more of plausibility than of unlikelihood. The testimony of two credible witnesses as opposed to that of only one. - Ambrose Bierce
Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong. - Robert Henri
The great trouble with religion - any religion - is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak uncertainty of reason - but one cannot have both. - Robert A. Heinlein
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. - Carl Sagan
Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either. - Gore Vidal
The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers groceries causes change in our nutrition.
If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic? - Sam Harris
To believe in nothing is as ridiculous as to believe in everything. Reason and factual evidence may convert a belief into knowledge. - Felix Alba-Juez
Human nature constitutes a part of the evidence in every case. - Elisha Potter
Now faith is the substance of things hoped' for, the evidence of things not seen. - Bible
That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.
After we deal and heal...NOT A A SHRED OF EVIDENCE EXISTS THAT LIFE IS SERIOUS.....Jan Marshall - Jan Marshall
Speculation is a dangerous thing without any evidence to back it up. - Jane Casey
For manipulation to be most effective, evidence of its presence should be nonexistent... It is essential, therefore, that people who are manipulated believe in the neutrality of their key social institutions.
All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses. - Friedrich Nietzsche
True kindness is evidence of true courage. - Debasish Mridha
The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. - Mark Twain
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it. - Terry Pratchett
When the world does its level best to devalue me in ways that are nothing short of brutal, all it does is evidence my value. For why would it expend such massive amounts of energy attempting to destroy something that’s not there? - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Wars are the strongest evidence for the claim that man is still a wild animal. - Mehmet Murat ildan
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. - Brendan Gill
Sometimes losses in life are not losses at all. They are simply the evidence God provides, in order to build a story so profound, that it will cause social change. - Shannon L. Alder
People need to stop accepting the evidence of reality, and start questioning it. - Lionel Suggs
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
Christian faith is not an irrational leap.Examined objectively, the claims of the Bible are rational propositions well supported by reason and evidence. - Lee Strobel
The evidence of death is before my eyes constantly. Moving from me outward. My death always a step in advance. The world is a mirror of myself dying. The world not dying anymore than I die. I more alive a hundred years from now. Than at this very moment. - Lydia Lunch
The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. - Mark Twain
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
Kindness is the ultimate essence of life; compassion is the ultimate evidence of love. - Debasish Mridha
You won't be able to find it out for yourself in any library or archive, either, because my grandmother has carefully and systematically destroyed every shred of evidence. - Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix, The White Glove War
Faith is evidence unseen and never seen, trust is gained from evidence seen and understood. - Gary J. Spaulding
If there's a god, it knows exactly what it would take to convince me and has refused to provide it. In fact, it has gone to great lengths to hide any evidence of its existence. That doesn't seem like a deity that wants to be worshiped to me. - David G. McAfee
If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words. - Fran Lebowitz
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. - Seneca
I look myself in the mirror and see what I am inside. In a glimpse, I find the perfection in the imperfect evidence of the former existence. - Katia M. S.
A historian cannot pick and choose his facts; he must deal with all the evidence. - Barbara W. Tuchman
After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared. - Arthur Erickson
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. - H. L. Mencken
What a joy, that literacy is no longer prima facie evidence of treason. - John Steinbeck
To think about your life is to create it. You have to take ownership of where you are right now and know where you want to go before you can get there. Keep collecting evidence for your success. You can believe it, and you can be it. - Ali Vincent
You will never change a prospective customer’s mind, my boy. There is a chance that he might make a new decision if enough reliable evidence comes his way, but to do that he has to want to listen - to hear it - and that requires trust and respect. - Chris Murray
.....I believe in you and me. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. ... - Francis Albert Sinatra
People who have cut their teeth on philosophical problems of rationality, knowledge, perception, free will and other minds are well placed to think better about problems of evidence, decision making, responsibility and ethics that life throws up. - Simon Blackburn
A bookstore is one of the many pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. - Jerry Seinfeld
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. - Unknown
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. - Bertrand Russell
When the Higher Man does something worthy of admiration, it is an evidence of his Mastership, not the object of it. - Idries Shah
It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition. - Bertrand Russell
Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humor. He will always use it in evidence against you. - Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Well it's fairly straightforward: there isn't one [a god]. And there's no evidence for one, no reason to believe that there is one, and so I don't believe that there is one. And I think that it is rather foolish that people do think that there is one. - Peter Atkins
Immense self-made wealth is the evidence of a grandly rich mind - Julian Pencilliah
We have no rational evidence that there exits another world, but we have a clear feeling that man does not exist only to produce and to consume. - Alija Izetbegović
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence. - Christopher Hitchens
The Use of the Understanding, in endeavouring to find out the Meaning of any Proposition whatsoever, in considering the nature and Evidence for or against it, and in judging of it according to the seeming Force or Weakness of the Evidence. - Anthony Collins
No one can destroy the love God has for you. When you abide in truth, you also abide in love. And truth is evidence of love. Nothing can destroy the power of trusting and loving unconditionally. - Amaka Imani Nkosazana
I am the prosecutor. I represent the state. I am here to present to you the evidence of a crime. Together you will weigh this evidence. You will deliberate upon it. You will decide if it proves the defendant's guilt. - Scott Turow
The easy assumption that we have remembered the most important people and events and have preserved the most valuable evidence is immediately trumped by our inability to know what we have forgotten. - Wendell Berry
The faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence. - Sam Harris
It’s not right because it just isn’t. You can’t go round making up evidence just because you’re convinced someone is guilty. You can’t be judge and jury; that’s not your job. (Liz) - Stella Rimington
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. - Leonard Cohen
Neuroanatomy, political history, and introspection all offer evidence that human beings are quite capable of resisting the urge to surrender to every impulse of reptilian core of brain. - Carl Sagan
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot
Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one. - Thomas Jefferson
Impossible things happen. When they do happen, most people just deal with it. Today, like every day, roughly five thousand people on the face of the planet will experience one-chance-in-a-million things, and not one of them will refuse to believe the evidence of their senses. - Neil Gaiman
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. - Carl Sagan
I realized that the legal system was corrupt when I went to court and the judge imposed a very short time limit on my evidence submission before removing my legal rights to free speech. - Steven Magee
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot
Plainly it is not every error made by a witness which affects his credibility. In each case the trier of fact has to make an evaluation; taking into account such matters as the nature of the contradictions, their number and importance, and their bearing on other parts of the witness's evidence. - H.C. Nicholas
Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence. - Richard Dawkins
We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid. - Christopher Hitchens
But my dreaming self refuses to be consoled. It continues to wander, aimless, homeless, alone. It cannot be convinced of its safety by any evidence drawn from my waking life. - Margaret Atwood
However, robust evidence shows that people systematically overestimate the probability of positive future contingencies, and underestimate the probability of negative ones only those who are depressed or dysphoric come to accurate assessments. - Daniel Nettle
I personally cannot discern a shred of evidence for ‘[intelligent] design.’ If 97% of all creatures have gone extinct, some plan isn't working very well! - Irven Devore
MONEY, n. A blessing that is of no advantage to us excepting when we part with it. An evidence of culture and a passport to polite society. Supportable property. - Ambrose Bierce
Now, evolution is the substance of fossils hoped for, the evidence of links not seen. - Duane T. Gish
It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored. - Terry Pratchett
We should be agnostic about those things for which there is no evidence. We should not hold beliefs merely because they gratify our desires for afterlife, immortality, heaven, hell, etc. - Julian Huxley
Once or twice I saw evidence that rats had been nesting among the books, rearranging them to make snug two and three-level homes for themselves and smearing dung on the covers to form the rude characters of their speech. - Gene Wolfe
You are the grace of my life So tender, so undeserved Hard to believe you're my wife Even harder to put what I feel into words If I need evidence God is good Just looking at you is enough You are the grace of my life For you grace my life with your love - Brian Littrell
Do we ever have to abandon all hope? Is it not perhaps a good thing that by refusing to give in to the evidence, the dreams that lie half awake in us all may persist? - Théodore Monod
Faith, noun. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel - Ambrose Bierce
"I must've seen it in a USENET posting"; that's sort of like hearsay evidence from Richard Nixon.
If someone believes in god, is he a liar? He never saw god or any proof or evidence of god. He only heard about god. - Debasish Mridha
Facts do not become historical evidence until someone thinks up something for them to prove or disprove. - Cary Carson
There is a Japanese word for things made more beautiful by use, that bear the evidence of their own making, or the individuating marks of time's passage: a kind of beauty not immune to time but embedded in it. - Mark Doty
Indeed taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the Resurrection of Christ. Nothing but the antecedent assumption that it must be false could have suggested the idea of deficiency in the proof of it. - Brooke Foss Westcott
Poetry is the essence and evidence of life. - Debasish Mridha
Success is no proof of virtue. In the case of a book, quick acclaim is presumptive evidence of a lack of substance and originality. - Walter Kaufmann
The formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word. It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence. - National Academy of Sciences
I've poured my heart out on this page. Now burn it and destroy the evidence that anyone ever cared this much for you. - Kate McGahan
Love pouring out of you is evidence of God pouring into you. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Dogmatism is inversely proportional to evidence. - Dana Wallace
A big hole in a poor child’s shoe is the simplest evidence to condemn the society he lives in. - Mehmet Murat ildan
The thing with thoughts is that they die, like everything else. But almost everything else leaves a trace behind, even if it's a tiny carcass, some proof that it existed. Unless thoughts are spoken or written or sung or acted upon, there's no evidence that they were ever there. - Adi Alsaid
As a leader, I am there to make the best decisions possible with the evidence at hand and to be able to justify that decision. If it goes wrong, we add to the evidence for making the next decision, but there is no reason for regretting failure, as failure is just the production of evidence. - Michael A. Wood Jr.
We shouldn't be surprised that conditions in the universe are suitable for life, but this is not evidence that the universe was designed to allow for life. - Stephen Hawking
What I'm asking you to entertain is that there is nothing we need to believe on insufficient evidence in order to have deeply ethical and spiritual lives. - Sam Harris
The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it. - E.M. Bounds
Why do we keep focusing on the minutiae, not the possible significant large events, in spite of the obvious evidence of their huge influence? - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. - Bertrand Russell
We can learn from history, but we can also deceive ourselves when we selectively take evidence from the past to justify what we have already made up our minds to do. - Margaret MacMillan
Fiction is the evidence that reality exists - Max W. Miller
Imagination is evidence of the divine, and the divine is the imagination of evidence. - Erik Banks
Love is the source, power, essence, and evidence of life. - Debasish Mridha
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. - Henry David Thoreau
I was happy in the library. Walls of printed pages, evidence of so many created worlds--this was a comfort to me. - Alice Munro
For one human being instinctively feels respect and love for another human being so long as he does not know him well enough to judge him; and that he does not, the craving he feels is evidence. - Thomas Mann
I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom rather than imprisoning the minds of the young in a rigid armor of dogma calculated to protect them though life against the shafts of impartial evidence. - Bertrand Russell
[T]he success of democracy depends, in the end, on the reliability of the judgments we citizens make, and hence upon our capacity and determination to weigh arguments and evidence rationally. - Irving M. Copi
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence - Mantra
The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man - T.S. Eliot
One might equate growing up with a mistrust of words. A mature person trusts his eyes more than his ears. Irrationality often manifests itself in upholding the word against the evidence of the eyes. Children, savages and true believers remember far less what they have seen than what they have heard. - Eric Hoffer
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. - Jerry Seinfeld
Soul is the invisible part of a living being that is immortal and breath is the evidence that the soul exists. The soul is what goes to Heaven when we no longer need our body here. We may be dogs, but we breathe, we bleed, and we love just like anybody else. - Kate McGahan
..the senses do not give us a picture of the world directly; rather they provide evidence for checking hypotheses about what lies before us. Indeed we may say that a perceived object is a hypothesis, suggested and tested by sensory data. - Richard Langton Gregory
We wait upon finite minds to validate infinite things— this is evidence of human stupidity. - C. JoyBell C.
Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgement when we have not. - John Lubbock
Isn't it amazing how we always have to put our mark on things? And how, from the natural world, we find evidence over and over again that reminds us, not so much of the birds, but of our own stories and our own kinds of art? - Rosamond Purcell
It takes the trust of God for things that exist, to wait on him for the evidence of things that do not exist. Faith and hope make you to thank God for the invisible things by looking at the visible things which were once invisible too. - Israelmore Ayivor
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. - Compton Gage
Since when has love ever looked for reasons, or evidence? Why would love bow to the reality of things, when it creates a reality of its own, so much more vivid, wherein everything resonates to the key of the heart? - Paul Murray
Be sceptical, ask questions, demand proof. Demand evidence. Don't take anything for granted. But here's the thing: When you get proof, you need to accept the proof. And we're not that good at doing that. - Michael Specter
I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence. - Thomas Jefferson
The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. - Thomas H. Huxley
It takes those who uses telescope of faith to catch a spiritual vision. To see the invisible things of the Spirit you need the eyes of faith. Faith sees beyond the physical eyes. Live and walk by faith. Christianity is a faith walk. The substance and evidence is seen only with the spiritual eyes. - Prince Akwarandu
At a stage in life, you learn to talk less. That is, let your works do the talking. Hence, work hard in silence. The evidence will be clear for all to see. - Oscar Bimpong
We rely on faith only in the context of claims for which there is no sufficient sensory or logical evidence. - Sam Harris
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. - Richard Dawkins
It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Rod Cockshutt, Professor Emeritus at N.C. State University called my book, Evidence of Insanity, "an extraordinary achievement" and told me to not change the last 10-15 pages no matter what. - carol piner
We find no evidence that Congress intended to modify the nostrum to read, 'crime does not pay, except for attorney's fees.'
The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief. - Michael Crichton
Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence. - Salman Rushdie
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. - Steven Wright
Abundant evidence exists to prove that we are continually creating excuses to explain why we do not reach our goals. - Andrea Goeglein
Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. - Richard Dawkins
Truth is only relative to those that ignore hard evidence. - A.E. Samaan
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. - Bertrand Russell
Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development. - Dorothy L. Sayers
History furnishes scant evidence of the goodwill of the people. - Marty Rubin
You're supposed to trust friends. You have no reason to be his friend? That is part of the pleasure of friendship: trusting without absolute evidence and then being rewarded for that trust. - David Shore
The burned corpses of the doppelgängers of Hitler and Braun, numerous false leads, meticulously orchestrated evidence, misdirection, and other diversions now being set in place will confuse the Americans and Russians, Zeller knew, and, in the end, put them at each other’s throats. - Paul Majkut
The historian, on the contrary, cannot experiment and can rarely observe. Instead, the historian has to collect his own evidence, knowing, all the while, that some of it is useless and much of it unreliable." -Professor Charles Homer Haskins - Jill Lepore
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality. - Norman Douglas
Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. - Alexander Hodge
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried. - David Brent
I could only defend myself so much. It was my word against his. There was no evidence, nor was there any proof. My word meant very little. - Brenda Perlin
By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing. - Emil Cioran
Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
We cannot view the world through another being's eyes. Love is knowing, without a doubt, another's perception of the world and being content with having no evidence.
Laughter is the first evidence of freedom.
Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book... - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Desperation is not an evidence of hard work, it's a sign of lack of faith - Constance Friday
Revealing of origin , evidence the existence of hidden pearls in mind which is addicted to imagine and thought as well. - Seema Gupta
OSTRICH, n. A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly. - Ambrose Bierce
The evidence suggests that you would be more likely to select the tempting chocolate cake when your mind is loaded with digits. System 1 has more influence on behavoir when System 2 is busy, and it has a sweet tooth. - Kahneman Daniel
We must remember that science is a way of using empirical evidence to better understand our world. We are all scientists, just many of us are not very good ones. However, we are all capable of exercising our intellects in a purposeful, linear pursuit of knowledge. - Chris Matakas
The fact of your heart's enfoldment in mine is evidence enough that there is, underneath it all, some hidden order to this world. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal
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