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  • The lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.
    * Theodor Adorno

  • 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.
    * Francis Bacon

  • If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake--Aye, what then?
    * Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

  • I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
    * Wilson Mizner

  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
    * Bertrand Russell

  • I had else been perfect,
    Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
    As broad and general as the casing air,
    But now I am cabin'd cribb'd, confin'd, bound in
    To saucy doubts and fears.
    * William Shakespeare

  • There lives more faith in honest doubt,
    Believe me, than in half the creeds.
    * Lord Tennyson