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A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My position now, especially in this town, adds an element of skepticism with people you meet - especially girls. I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult.More [11/01/2006 12:11:00]
The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.More [10/07/2007 12:10:00]
Vicomte de Valmont:
Be careful of the Marquis



Chevalier Danceny:
You must permit me to treat with skepticism anything you have to say about her.



Vicomte de Valmont:
Nevertheless, I must tell you in this affair, we are both her creatures, as I believe her letters to me will prove. When you have read them, you may decide to circulate them.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Richard Courtois:
[of the priest's privately-expressed skepticism about witchcraft] Would you say all that in court?



Albertius:
Richard, I like it here; it's a very nice living. Having my balls burnt off in public might take some of the pleasure out of it.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[Aeryn is upset with John and walks off annoyed]



Neeyala:
She doesn't like you.



John Crichton:
Nah, it's a phase. It's part of her charm.



Neeyala:
I admit to some skepticism myself.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Crowd:
(In unison) You were right and we were wrong.



Jimmy:
Thanks. A healthy skepticism is the sign of... Say it again.



Crowd:
(In unison) You were right and we were wrong.



Jimmy:
Now in French.


[Crowd repeats in French]



Jimmy:
Now in Chinese.


[Crowd mutters in confusion]

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.More [07/10/2011 06:07:37]
The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin. More [09/02/2011 11:09:47]
I'd say there was a fair amount of skepticism at the time about whether the Internet held any promise. And of course I felt that it did.More [09/30/2011 10:09:04]
Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced, is skepticism. Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I have a lot of skepticism about marriage and monogamy.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, whereas in religion, having belief without evidence is regarded as a virtue.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I think I've always had a certain amount of skepticism of this whole 'shut up and smile' theory. I haven't ever swallowed that pill so easily, although I tried.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at allMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musicallyMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophyMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticismMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To believe in luck - is skepticismMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it caMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of
skepticism may . . . readily degenerate into the rival folly of
credulity.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism
leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no
understanding.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The heart must be kept tender and pliable; otherwise agnosticism converts to skepticism. In such a case, the value of apologetics is voided, for apologetics is aimed at persuading doubters, not at refuting the defiant. He who demands a kind of proof that the nature of the case renders impossible, is determined that no possible evidence shall convince him.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In deciding which passages he will accept, [the "rational skeptic"] proceeds on the a priori assumption that miracles can't happen. So he automatically writes off any Biblical account of a wondrous happening which suggests that there is an order of reality transcending the observable regularities of nature and occasionally breaking in upon them. Nor is rational skepticism content with jettisoning the Bible's miracle stories. It also dismisses other passages on the grounds that they reflect the ignorance and prejudice oMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915 It is vain for bishops and pious bigwigs to discuss what dreadful things will happen if wild skepticism runs its course. It has run its course. It is vain for eloquent atheists to talk of the great truths that will be revealed if once we see free thought begin. We have seen it end. It has no more questions to ask; it has questioned itself. You cannot call up any wilder vision than a city in which men ask themselves if they have any selves. You cannot fMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is slow suicide.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Any opinion coming from the Justice Department has to be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. Congress must hold open, substantive hearings to let the American public know how their privacy was invaded.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A major problem for Black women, and all people of color, when we are challenged to oppose anti-Semitism, is our profound skepticism that white people can actually be oppressed.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The story took on an importance later that it did not deserve originally. Whether I wrote that story or not, Enron would have gone bankrupt, investors would have lost billions of dollars and thousands of people would have lost their jobs. I just picked up on an underlying skepticism. If you had told me then that the company would go under by the end of the year, I would have never believed it. I was as naive as the rest of us.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do not believe the press is guilty of the charge that it abandoned its healthy skepticism in Iraq , and I would hate to see it draw the inference from New Orleans that 'in your face' journalism is the panacea for restoring our lost credibility.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Regardless of people's skepticism, I am pursuing what is (and has been) my dream for my own purposes. I appreciate the importance that so many others have placed on this effort, but I would still do it if I was alone and no one was watching.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You will find that there is a very significant skepticism or cynicism that has been developing among law students -- and has been for quite some time, ... That may be attributed in part, if not in whole, to the approach that is being advanced by the law schools.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Investors should start with a view of skepticism. They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors. They should be careful, and they should be skeptical.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the United States, the Supreme Court's decision of 1954, outlawing segregation in school systems, was greeted with mixed feelings of hope and skepticism by African-Americans.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is not a position that you stake out ahead of time and stick to no matter what.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I view my role now as providing more of a macro-level skepticism, rather than saying this poll is good or this poll is evil.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My skepticism is strong, but my curiosity is stronger.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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