Skeptical Quotes

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Doubt grows with knowledge.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one`s intelligence.

George Orwell

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I think it`s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

Richard Feynman

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Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.

Robert G. Ingersoll

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A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James

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I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt.

René Descartes

You never question the truth of something until you have to explain it to a skeptic.

Donald Miller

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I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom rather than imprisoning the minds of the young in rigid armor of dogma calculated to protect them through life against the shafts of impartial evidence.

Bertrand Russell

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men.

Robert G. Ingersoll

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Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.

Robert M. Lindner

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Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.

Ludwig Börne

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If two things don`t fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that`s credulity.

Umberto Eco

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Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell

When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of logic and reason.

Thucydides

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One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview - not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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