Skeptical Quotes

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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

Bertrand Russell

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Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.

Michael Shermer

People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.

Carl Sagan

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Science is the only way of knowing - everything else is superstition.

Robert Park

I am suspicious of all the things that the average citizen believes.

Henry Louis Mencken

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One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth.

Carl Sagan

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For it is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.

Henry Louis Mencken

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Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.

Miguel de Unamuno

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This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.

Robert G. Ingersoll

He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.

William Drummond

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Skepticism is the father of freedom. It is like the pry that holds open the door for truth to slip in.

Gerry Spence

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief
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Gerry Spence

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Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.

Adam Smith

That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be. 


P. C. Hodgell

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

William Osler

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