Skepticism

Immanuel Kant Page

“Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.”

- Immanuel Kant

Source/Notes: Preface to 2nd edition, B xxxiv - Critique of Pure Reason (1781; 1787)
Stanisław Lem Page

“Skepticism is like a microscope whose magnification is constantly increased: the sharp image that one begins with finally dissolves, because it is not possible to see ultimate things: their existence is only to be inferred.”

- Stanisław Lem

Source/Notes: His Master's Voice (1968)
Napoleon Bonaparte Page

“Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.”

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Clarence Darrow Page

“The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.”

- Clarence Darrow

Source/Notes: Why I Am An Agnostic (1929)
Mary Catherine Bateson Page

“The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.”

- Mary Catherine Bateson

Source/Notes: Composing a life (1990 edition), Plume - ISBN: 9780452265059

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Ambrose Bierce Page

“It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.”

- Ambrose Bierce

Jason Biggs Page

“My position now, especially in this town, adds an element of skepticism with people you meet - especially girls. I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult.”

- Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs Page

“We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.”

- Jason Biggs

Edwin Hubbell Chapin Page

“Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.”

- Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Linda Chavez Page

“Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians.”

- Linda Chavez

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John Dewey Page

“Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.”

- John Dewey

Denis Diderot Page

“Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.”

- Denis Diderot

K. Eric Drexler Page

“I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics but very few who have substantive criticisms. There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more a matter of inertia than it is of people having some real reason for thinking something else.”

- K. Eric Drexler

Walter Gilbert Page

“The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.”

- Walter Gilbert

Tracey Gold Page

“I'm the most cynical person, and I know what that sounds like when you say, I don't drink and drive, and I don't. But I know people look at that with skepticism, and I understand.”

- Tracey Gold

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Thomas Henry Huxley Page

“The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.”

- Thomas Henry Huxley

Walter Isaacson Page

“I don't think there was enough skepticism because I think most of us kind of believed that Saddam Hussein was building biological, chemical, and perhaps even, nuclear weapons.”

- Walter Isaacson