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If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.

Author: Woody Allen (1935)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it is a forgery.

Author: Morris Bender

Profession:

There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.

Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

Profession: American Author, Clergyman

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.

Author: John Dewey (1859-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Educator

He talks about the Scylla of Atheism and the Charybdis of Christianity -- a state of mind which, by the way, is not conducive to bold navigation.

Author: Norman Douglas (1868-1952)

Profession: British Author

A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. If it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning -- and it would be miraculous if it so soon succeeded in solving so many mysteries -- it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions. But in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revere.

Author: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

Profession: French Sociologist

Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

"Skepticism," is that anything more than we used to mean when we said, "Well, what have we here?"

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one: if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

We, when we sow the seeds of doubt deeper than the most up-to-date and modish free-thought has ever dreamed of doing, we well know what we are about. Only out of radical skeptics, out of moral chaos, can the Absolute spring, the anointed Terror of which the time has need.

Author: Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

Profession: German Author, Critic