March 2010 quotes of the month

6 Mar

On Uncertainty

“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”

–          William Shakespeare

“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”

–          Tom Peters

“The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting: by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking, we may come upon the truth.”

–          Pierre Abelard

“It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.”

–          Carl Sagan

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

–          Andre Gide

“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.  Uncertainty is the very condition that impels man to unfold his powers.”

–          Erich Fromm

“Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.”

–          Florence Nightingale

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd”

–          Voltaire

“Dwell comfortably in the midst of profound uncertainty.”

–          John Keats

“You know more than you think you do.”

–          Benjamin Spock