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Doubt Quotes

He that knows nothing doubts nothing.

Author: George Herbert (1593-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

Author: George Iles


Everybody in the world thought we couldn't do it. But we did, dammit. [After winning the America's Cup]

Author: Bill Koch (1946)

Profession: American Skipper

An honest man can never surrender an honest doubt.

Author: Walter Malone (1866-1915)

Profession: American Jurist

To doubt is worse than to have lost; And to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.

Author: Philip Massinger (1583-1640)

Profession: British Dramatist

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

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

Author: Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

Profession: American Author

Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.

Author: Albert Pike (1809-1891)

Profession: American Lawyer, Masonic Author, Historian

Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin

Doubt is the key to knowledge.

Author: Persian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Persian Origin

The road to perseverance lies by doubt.

Author: Francis Quarles (1592-1644)

Profession: British Poet

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, by fearing to attempt.[Measure For Measure]

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor