What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
History is the same thing over and over again.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
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