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Quotes about Doubt

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It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth. (Peter Abelard)

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself. (Bryan Adams)

Doubt is always accompanied by a pervasive cynicism that unconsciously puts a negative spin on whatever it touches. (Adyashanti)

When I paint, I liberate monsters... They are the manifestations of all the doubts, searches and groping for meaning and expression which all artists experience... One does not choose the content, one submits to it. (Pierre Alechinsky)

Being true to yourself is what feeds creativity, not self-doubt and criticism. (Diane Arenberg)

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Who never doubted never half believed / Where doubt there truth is - 'tis her shadow. (Philip James Bailey)

In this poor body... So it has been from the very start, never finding peace with itself, always doubting the worth of what it makes. (Matsuo Basho)

- Master of Stupidity...
There's doubt in trying. Just do it or stop thinking. (Toba Beta)

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out. (William Blake)

Everyone has the right to doubt everything as often as he pleases and the duty to do it at least once. (Edward de Bono)

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

It's all right to hesitate if you then go ahead. (Bertolt Brecht)

No pain or doubt can invade the honest soul engaged in the communion of creation. We artists must love the world with our deepest selves and forgive it at every turn. (Charles Philip Brooks)

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. (Gautama Buddha)

When I begin to doubt my ability to work the word, I simply read another writer and know I have nothing to worry about. My contest is only with myself, to do it right, with power, and force, and delight, and gamble. (Charles Bukowski)

It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts. (G. B. Burgin)

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. (Thomas Carlyle)

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO. (Thomas Carlyle)

But perhaps my art is the art of a lunatic, I thought, mere glittering quicksilver, a blue soul breaking in upon my pictures. (Marc Chagall)

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. (Raymond Chandler)

The only virtue on which I pride myself is my self-doubt; when a writer loses her self-doubt, the time has come to lay aside her pen. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

I love to doubt as well as know. (Dante)

I felt so insufficiently equipped, so unprepared, so weak, and at the same time it seemed to me that my reflections on art were correct. I quarreled with all the world and with myself. (Edgar Degas)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. (Rene Descartes)

And new philosophy calls all in doubt, / The element of fire is quite put out, / The sun is lost, and th'earth, and no man's wit / Can well direct him where to look for it. (John Donne)

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. (Alexandre Dumas)

You can tell when something's not moving forward anymore. When the doubts you have about it don't go away. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Remember, with every doubt comes a hitch in the natural flow of being. (Ian Factor)

Every time I start a picture... I feel the same fear, the same self-doubts... and I have only one source on which I can draw, because it comes from within me. (Federico Fellini)

Lacking an external focus, the mind turns inward on itself and creates problems to solve, even if the problems are undefined or unimportant. If you find a focus, an ambitious goal that seems impossible and forces you to grow, these doubts disappear. (Timothy Ferriss)

There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. (Richard Feynman)

The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts. (Gustave Flaubert)

Profound, bottomless self-doubt – it has no value – what's the point? In a way, it takes up as much time as anything else. (Jonathan Safran Foer)

What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art? (Paul Gauguin)

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. (Kahlil Gibran)

Of that there is no manner of doubt – / No probable, possible shadow of doubt – / No possible doubt whatever. (W. S. Gilbert)

When we are not sure, we are alive. (Henry Graham Greene)

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy. (Franz Grillparzer)

Sunbeams out of the clouds. Faith out of my doubt. (Terri Guillements)

Every work of art has its necessity; find out your very own. Ask yourself if you would do it if nobody would ever see it, if you would never be compensated for it, if nobody ever wanted it. If you come to a clear 'yes' in spite of it, then go ahead and don't doubt it anymore. (Ernst Haas)

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. (Sherlock Holmes)

It seems to me that if any one doubts the value or 'use' of painting they doubt the value of being. (Francis Hoyland)

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is given to the less talented as a consolation prize. (Robert Hughes)

If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground. (Henrik Ibsen)

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. (Benjamin Jowett)

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune.' (Carl Gustav Jung)

Doubts are suppressed by groups... But remember that the internal incentives that shape how the group perceives risks and rewards may be very different from the reality of the risks and rewards in the external marketplace. Those incentives can distort risk perception. (Daniel Kahneman)

Doubts must be resolved alone within the soul. Otherwise one would profane one's own powerful solution. (Wassily Kandinsky)

I think it's the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don't write very well. (Dean Koontz)

A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards. (Karl Kraus)

Doubt tempers belief with sanity. (Barbara Kruger)

- The Path to Enlightenment, 1994...
Reason well from the beginning and then there will never be any need to look back with confusion and doubt. (Dalai Lama)

When we are in our studios, in our private space... we need to block out the outside world; we need to disbelieve anything that would doubt us, because - everyone will doubt us if we allow them that space. (Adam Leipzig)

Stick it out through the hard times and don't doubt yourself. Have people in your life who believe in you to give you a pep talk. (Dana Levin)

Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for. (Jennifer Lopez)

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. (John Lubbock)

All uncertainly is fruitful... so long as it is accompanied by the wish to understand. (Antonio Machado)

Chronic self-doubt is a symptom of the core belief, 'I'm not good enough.' We adopt these types of limiting beliefs in response to our family and childhood experiences, and they become rooted in the subconscious... we have the ability to take action to override it... (Lauren Mackler)

See who is the doubter, who is the thinker. It is the ego. Hold it; the other thoughts will die away - the ego will be left pure. See the source from where the ego arises and abide in it. That is pure consciousness. (Ramana Maharshi)

Creativity requires introspection, self-examination, and a willingness to take risks. Because of this, artists are perhaps more susceptible to self-doubt and despair than those who do not court the creative muses. (Eric Maisel)

Do I doubt the painting I've just painted because it is not right or because I can never like what I do? (Eric Maisel)

To the medieval mind the possibility of doubt did not exist. (William Manchester)

Being an artist is very independent thinking, although there's always going to be a lot of doubt. (Brice Marden)

No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. (Orison Swett Marden)

Your goals minus your doubts equals your reality. (Ralph Marston)

Beatrice and Virgil...
To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. When you are in the sun, can you avoid creating a shadow? ...You can't. This shadow is doubt. (Yann Martel)

It is the essence of certainty to be established only with reservations. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)

The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors. (John Stuart Mill)

Doubt is what gets you an education. (Wilson Mizner)

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. (Wilson Mizner)

Man, I'm sick of doubt. (Jim Morrison)

Visual artists work alone in their studios or on location and have to be self-sufficient for inspiration and energy sources. It is easy to fall into doubting the validity of one's work under these conditions. (Alfred Muma)

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. (Sylvia Plath)

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! (Alexander Pope)

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. (Laurens van der Post)

Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom. (English proverb)

When in doubt, leave it out. (Latin proverb)

Your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. (Joseph Roux)

Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century. (Salman Rushdie)

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. (Bertrand Russell)

Certainty sees things in restrictive, protective, aggressive ways, and thus isn't seeing at all. (Jerry Saltz)

Every artist does battle, every day, with doubts... I lost the battle. It doomed me. But also made me the critic I am today. (Jerry Saltz)

I always doubt my paintings can hold together. I'm trying to get to the point where they carry the sense of doubt that is one of the most engaging things about painting. (Mark Schlesinger)

Speed eliminates all doubt. Am I smart enough? Will people like me? Do I really look all right in this plastic jumpsuit? (David Sedaris)

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. (William Shakespeare)

Modest doubt is the beacon of the wise. (William Shakespeare)

The worst thing about... prejudice... is that, while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough. (Nina Simone)

I keep going because I doubt myself. It drives me to be better. I've learned that the mastery of self-doubt is the key to success. It's like being animated by the love of a woman – the need to be worthy of her. (Will Smith)

Once you start doubting, it's hard to know what to believe. (Junichiro Tanizaki)

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith. (Paul Tillich)

I see something that blows my socks off and I'm left in the dust of my doubts and I have to start building the wall of conviction/isolation all over again. (Sandy Triolo)

- The Great Dark...
Our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows. (Mark Twain)

The torch of doubt and chaos is what the sage steers by. (Chuang Tzu)

The cure for self-doubt is achievement. (Author unknown)

That painter who has no doubts will achieve little. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one. (Voltaire)

The analytical left brain not only breaks the painting into its components, it is also the doubter, the inhibitor and the one that doesn't want to ruin the painting. (Marney Ward)

Compositional know-how gives us a weapon to fight aesthetic phantoms of doubt, fear, discouragement and apathy. It turns all these negatives into yea-saying. (Frank Webb)

Doubt is a central factor all the time. There's always the doubt: What the hell am I doing out here in the middle of the woods, all alone, painting? (Neil Welliver)

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your Soul. (Walt Whitman)

Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so. (Marcia Wieder)

Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself... Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so. (Marcia Wieder)

When in doubt, scribble. (Jean Wilson)

My work would have the impact of my unreality - my doubts... (Joel Peter Witkin)

Doubts are death. Doubts are the dry rot of life. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)