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Absolute Certainty Quotes


"If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible." - Tony Robbins

"Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can." - Richard Stallman

"The greatest weapon any warrior can carry into battle is absolute certainty of her eternal soul." - Chuck Palahniuk

"People always tell me with absolute certainty that they don't trust themselves." - Richard Bandler

"Inquiry is fatal to certainty." - Will Durant

"Absolute morality leads logically to absolute intolerance." - Michael Shermer

"The only absolute morality is absolute stagnation." - Samuel Butler

"Scientists do not believe in fundamental and absolute certainties. For the scientist, certainty is never an end, but a search; not the ordering of certainty, but its exploration. For the scientist, certainty represents the highest degree of probability." - Ashley Montagu

"Absolute welfare corrupts absolutely." - Mark Steyn

"Absolute certainty is a privilege of uneducated minds and fanatics. - It is, for scientific folk, an unattainable ideal." - Cassius Jackson Keyser

"Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists." - Thomas Huxley

"Such sober certainty of waking bliss." - John Milton

"God alone knows absolute Truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"To refuse a hearing to an opinion, because they are sure that it is false, is to assume that their certainty is the same thing as absolute certainty. All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility." - John Stuart Mill

"One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty... absolute certainty." - Paul Outerbridge

"Faith to me is having absolute certainty that God is in control of my life and that He has my best interests at heart." - Dan Ellis

"As a scientist, I don't believe anything. Science shouldn't use the word belief. There are things more likely and less likely. Science can say nothing with absolute certainty." - Lawrence M Krauss

"Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen." - Oswald Chambers

"Absolute certainty will always elude us. We will always be mired in error. The most each generation can hope for is to reduce the error. . . ." - Carl Sagan

"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong." - Joe Biden

"It is not that there are no certainties, it is that it is an absolute certainty that there are no certainties." - Christopher Hitchens

"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong." - Joe Biden

"Science does not give us absolute and final certainty. It only gives us assurance within the limits of our mental abilities and the prevailing state of scientific thought." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I am one of a rare breed of true politicians who definitely say what they may or may not mean with absolute certainty." - Anthony Eden

"Don't try and understand this with your mind. There will be no absolute knowing, no certainty in these thoughts and philosophies and ideas." - Frederick Lenz

"Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now. To insist on absolute certainty before starting to apply ethics to life decisions is a way of choosing to be amoral." - Richard Stallman

"What men really want is not knowledge but certainty." - Bertrand Russell

"The opposite of faith is not doubt, it's certainty." - Anne Lamott

"Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty." - Stephen Colbert

"Push your limit to the absolute extreme." - Gordon Ramsay

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - John Acton

"The right of the majority is absolute." - Benjamin Tucker

"Collaboration is not an absolute good." - Clay Shirky

"Powerlessness corrupts: absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Women should have absolute access to capital." - Donald Trump

"Nobody in this world possesses absolute truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power." - Robert Shea

"Jim Henson was an absolute genius." - Marcus Brigstocke

"Turn yourself inside out. Live with absolute certainty that you have the power to create anything that you desire-anything!-because the power you need is the power of the Universe flowing through you." - Sonia

"I'm sure one of the frustrations of being a Western enthusiast of Japanese food and culture is you're confronted every day with the absolute certainty that you will die ignorant." - Anthony Bourdain

"He recognized with absolute certainty the empty fragility of even the noblest theorizings as compared with the definitive plenitude of the smallest fact grasped in its total, concrete reality." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"We do know, with absolute certainty, that [Saddam] is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon." - Dick Cheney

"The greatest good that can come to anyone is forming within them an absolute certainty of themselves, and of their relationship to the Universe, forever removing the sense of heaven as being outside of them." - Ernest Holmes

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority." - Lord Acton

"I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it." - Woodrow Wilson

"Men and governments must act to the best of their ability. There is no such thing as absolute certainty but there is assurance sufficient for the purposes of human life." - John Stuart Mill

"I'm through with Tolstoy. He has ceased to exist for me.... If I eat a bowl of soup and like it, I know by that fact alone and with absolute certainty that Tolstoy will find it bad, and vice versa." - Ivan Turgenev

"When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone." - Loren Eiseley

"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." - Bertrand Russell

"That though we are certain of many things, yet that Certainty is no absolute Infallibility, there still remains the possibility of our being mistaken in all matters of humane Belief and Inquiry." - Joseph Glanvill

"Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"'Et Tu, Babe' was born out of my absolute certainty that a writer's life was solitary and insular, and I was happy with that. I love reading and writing; it's my whole life." - Mark Leyner

"Et Tu, Babe' was born out of my absolute certainty that a writer's life was solitary and insular, and I was happy with that. I love reading and writing; it's my whole life." - Mark Leyner

"If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible." - William Lyon Phelps

"I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way." - Ewan Mcgregor

"Relativity theory forced the abandonment, in principle, of absolute space and absolute time." - Marshall Mcluhan

"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?" - Harry Shearer

"Zealots: Wild eyed persons afflicted with incurable certainty about the workings of the world, a certainty that can lead to violence when the world doesn't fit." - Jonathan Stroud

"The only difference between causation and the value is that the word "cause" implies absolute certainty whereas the implied meaning of "value" is one of preference. In classical science it was supposed that the world always works in terms of absolute certainty and that "cause" is the more appropriate word to describe it. But in modern quantum physics all that is changed. Particles "prefer" to do what they do. An individual particle is not absolutely committed to one predictable behavior. What appears to be an absolute cause is just a very consistent pattern of preferences." - Robert M Pirsig

"Certainty becomes you." - Tessa Dare

"Certainty ends inquiry." - Jacob Bronowski

"One of the best ways of repressing emotions is artificial certainty." - Stefan Molyneux

"Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions." - Edward Coke

"I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance." - Richard Dreyfuss

"Today I will run for pure, absolute joy!" - Lopez Lomong

"Fame is an accident; merit a thing absolute." - Herman Melville

"Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!" - Bruce Lee

"War should always be the absolute last resort." - Joe Biden

"Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted." - Vladimir Bartol

"Baseball's absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all" - Roger Angell

"The Bible is either absolute, or it's obsolete." - Leonard Ravenhill

"It [abortion] is a crime, an absolute evil." - Pope Francis

"Power can corrupt, but absolute power is absolutely delightful." - Anonymous

"It is the absolute right of India to misgovern herself." - Mahatma Gandhi

"True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values." - William Ralph Inge

"Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth." - E T Bell

"I won't do anything unless it's the absolute best." - Waris Ahluwalia

"Madonna is completely down-to-earth. She's an absolute professional." - Natalie Dormer

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John F Lehman Jr

"War is an absolute failure of imagination, scientific and political." - Adrienne Rich

"Life is absolutely horrific, leading up to absolute horror." - Meg Rosoff

"Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute." - Alfred Stieglitz

"Absolute freedom is absolute responsibility." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation." - Paul Carvel

"I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice." - Jack Kevorkian

"The capacity to tolerate complexity and welcome contradiction, not the need for simplicity and certainty, is the attribute of an explorer. Centuries ago, when some people suspended their search for absolute truth and began instead to ask how things worked, modern science was born. Curiously, it was by abandoning the search for absolute truth that science began to make progress, opening the material universe to human exploration." - Heinz Pagels

"Learn to live without self concern. For this you must know your own true being as indomitable, fearless and ever victorious. Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas, and live by truth alone." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The existence of a first cause of the universe is a necessity of thought ... Amid the mysteries which become more mysterious the more they are thought about, there will remain the one absolute certainty that we are over in the presence of an Infinite, Eternal Energy from which all things proceed." - Herbert Spencer

"Clearly it is not reason that has failed. What has failed-as it has always failed-is the attempt to achieve certainty, to reach an absolute, to find the course of human events to a final end. It is not reason that has promised to eliminate risk in human undertakings; it is the emotional needs of men." - Allen Wheelis

"Perseverance is more than endurance." It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may only be exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered." - Oswald Chambers

"I speak "with absolute certainty" only so far as my own personal belief is concerned. Those who have not the same warrant for their belief as I have, would be very credulous and foolish to accept it on blind faith. Nor does the writer believe any more than her correspondent and his friends in any "authority" let alone "divine revelation"!" - H. P. Blavatsky

"The [Israelis] believed - they were possessed of an absolute certainty and conviction - that 'terrorists' were in Chatila. How could I explain to them that the terrorists had left, that the terrorists had worn Israeli uniforms, that the terrorists had been sent into Chatila by Israeli officers, that the victims of the terrorists were not Israelis but Palestinians and Lebanese?" - Robert Fisk

"Sometimes we have the absolute certainty there's something inside us that's so hideous and monstrous that if we ever search it out we won't be able to stand looking at it. But it's when we're willing to come face to face with that demon that we face the angel." - Hubert Selby Jr

"The hope we have in Christ is an absolute certainty. We can be sure that the place Christ is preparing for us will be ready when we arrive, because with Him nothing is left to chance. Everything He promised He will deliver." - Billy Graham

"Can you predict the future with absolute certainty? Your answer must be no. You have two options: You can either decide to accept yourself as an imperfect human being with limited knowledge and realize that you will at times make mistakes, or you can hate yourself for it." - David D Burns

"That which draws us by its mystical force; what every created thing, even the very stones, feels with absolute certainty as the center of its being... is the force of love. Christians call this "eternal blessedness." It is a necessity of man for growth and joy." - Gustav Mahler

"Audiences aren't going to get rid of me. One thing I can say, with absolute certainty, is that my shows will still be performed when I'm dead, buried and forgotten. They're going to absolutely outlive me, which is a wonderful thing to think about." - Cameron Mackintosh

"I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: my state Senate seat or for the governor. I'm still trying to decide, but I do think people are ready for a change from the partisan, very fractured leadership we have in Texas." - Wendy Davis

"The only certainty is that there is no certainty." - Robert Rubin

"Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous." - Will Durant

"The only certainty is death." - Guy De Maupassant

"The only certainty is uncertainty" - Pliny The Elder

"Certainty is a cruel mindset." - Ellen Langer

"One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try." - Sophocles

"Quit not certainty for hope." - Proverbs

"Certainty, not data, is knowledge." - L Ron Hubbard

"Moral certainty is intellectual immorality" - Kedar Joshi

"Not only subjective poverty is never overcome by growth, but absolute poverty is increased by it. ... Absolute misery grows while wealth increases." - Joan Robinson

"The only absolute attainment is absolute abandonment." - Gore Vidal

"His essential nature is sat-chit-ananda: (Sat) Absolute Being - He encompasses everything because there is nothing outside of him; (Chit) Absolute Consciousness - He is the complete consciousness" - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable, and absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is." - Samuel Butler

"I love inventing interesting people and then pushing them to their absolute limits - and usually those absolute limits involve homicidal faeries, werewolves, or some other paranormal menace." - Maggie Stiefvater

"Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians." - David Brinkley

"The Principle of Uncertainty fixed once for all the realisation that all knowledge is limited. It is an irony of history that at the very time when this was being worked out there should rise, under Hitler in Germany and other tyrants elsewhere, a counter-conception: a principle of monstrous certainty. When the future looks back on the 1930s it will think of them as a crucial confrontation of culture as I have been expounding it, the ascent of man, against the throwback to the despots' belief that they have absolute certainty." - Jacob Bronowski

"It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth." - Werner Heisenberg

"Absolute knowledge is only possible when you know the Absolute Truth and to have the Absolute Truth you have to go to the Absolute Being within you which is your Spirit. So, it gives you the truth, it gives you the collective consciousness. The main thing is that you become extremely peaceful personality, you become peace, you emit peace." - Nirmala Srivastava

"The absolute goal of vision for ministry is to glorify God." - George Barna

"It almost always happens that true, but exaggerated, coloring is more agreeable than absolute coloring." - Michel Eugene Chevreul

"It doesn't pay to be good at something unless you are the absolute best at it." - Josh Lieb

"Whoever said it's tough at the top is talking absolute sh*t." - Conor Mcgregor

"So absolute, it is no other than happiness itself, a breathing too quiet to hear." - Denise Levertov

"The great God absolute! The centre and circumference of all democracy! His omnipresence, our divine equality!" - Herman Melville

"I'm a total soccer freak. I total soccer freak. Absolute total." - Robert Plant

"If there is a choice between absolute safety and freedom, then freedom must always prevail." - Salman Rushdie

"The Universe is the periodical manifestation of this unknown Absolute Essence." - Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

"There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth." - Samuel Butler (novelist)

"Time is nothing absolute; its duration depends on the rate of thought and feeling." - John Draper

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"The day of the absolute is over, and we're in for the strange gods once more." - David Herbert Lawrence

"I want to reach absolute perfection. And I think I can reach it." - Richard Krajicek

"Mathematicians practice absolute freedom." - Henry Adams

"Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other." - William E Simon

"The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Events are never absolute, their outcome depends entirely upon the individual." - Honore De Balzac

"But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots." - Basil Bunting

"Freedom is an absolute state, there is no such thing as being half-free." - Daniel Delgado

"In absolute terms, we may have to look at restricting the number of flights people take." - Adair Turner, Baron Turner of Ecchinswell

"Cruelty signifies rigor, implacable intention and decision, irreversible and absolute determination," - Antonin Artaud

"Everything comes out in blues music: joy , pain , struggle . Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance." - Wynton Marsalis

"Absolute power demoralizes." - Lord Acton

"Art lives where absolute freedom is because when it is not, there can be no creativity." - Bruce Lee

"You have to search the absolute demons of your soul to make a great record." - Billie Joe Armstrong

"I'm on a quest to claim absolute victory on every front." - Charlie Sheen

". . . be absolute moderne." - Arthur Rimbaud

"Are not all finite beings better pleased with motions relative than absolute?" - Henry David Thoreau

"A warrior is not about perfection or victory or invulnerability. He's about absolute vulnerability." - Nick Nolte

"I think getting married and then running away for 10 months would be an absolute disaster." - David Bowie

"Thermonuclear fusion is an absolute requirement, for the preservation of the human species." - Lyndon LaRouche

"There's a perception that novels can't usually allow for your kind of absolute attention to detail." - Zadie Smith



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