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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. ...
by Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

Faith consists in believing when it is
beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

 

What most persons consider as virtue,
after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
- Voltaire

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give
ourselves the gift of living well.
- Voltaire

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We must cultivate our own garden.
When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work,
which proves that man was not born to rest.
- Voltaire

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board.
It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of
an oak which he has planted.
- Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must
become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
- Voltaire

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- Voltaire

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Doubt is the vestibule which we all must pass through
before we can enter the temple of truth.
- Osho

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- The Buddha

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

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

My life is for living, not for worry or doubt,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

I no doubt deserved my enemies,
but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
- Khalil Gibran

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay.
If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
- Henry David Thoreau

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed.
If you truly eradicated it in a child,
he would grow up to be an eggplant.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

There is too much fathering going on just now and there
is no doubt about it fathers are depressing.
- Gertrude Stein

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble,
delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren

There is no doubt that life can be a bumpy ride.
But so were those roller coasters you loved as a kid.
Savor the adventure.
Find excitement in the uncertainty and the constant change.
Even let a touch of fear add spice to your life -
as you did on that roller coaster.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists,
but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.
- Lillian Smith

When in doubt, take more time.
- John Zimmerman

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

Doubt is part of all religion.
All the religious thinkers were doubters.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron


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