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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.

Woody Allen (1935-?) American director, actor and comedian.

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

Lord Byron (1788-1824) 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.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.


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

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) 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.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

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.

Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German author.

Great intellects are skeptical.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French scientist.