Skeptical Quotes


If we can't think for ourselves, if we're unwilling to question authority, then we're just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.

Carl Sagan

Man prefers to believe what he wants to be true.

Francis Bacon


What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

Christopher Hitchens


I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

Wilson Mizner

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Desiderius Erasmus

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

Thomas Paine

You could claim that anything`s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody`s proved it doesn`t exist!

J. K. Rowling

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.



Science must begin with myth and with the criticism of myth.

Karl Popper

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Giordano Bruno


People may believe correct things for the damndest and weirdest of wrong reasons.

Stephen Jay Gould


Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.


Science [...] commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

Thomas Henry Huxley

All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common.

Francis Bacon


What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Bertrand Russell


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