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  Better to be too sceptical than to be too trusting.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.  
 -  Alfred North Whitehead
  

  I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  We wish to find the truth, no matter where it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  The method of science is tried and true. It is not perfect, it's just the best we have. And to abandon it with its skeptical protocols is the pathway to a dark age.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  In all the events of life, we ought still to preserve our scepticism. If we believe that fire warms, or water refreshes, it is only because it costs us too much pains to think otherwise.  
 -  David Hume
  

  Be skeptical, but learn to listen.  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  All great truths begin as blasphemies.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection.  
 -  Henri Poincare
  

  All great truths begin as blasphemies.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection.  
 -  Henri Poincare
  

  I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.  
 -  Johannes Kepler
  

  The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.  
 -  John Locke
  

  Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.  
 -  Louis Pasteur
  

  The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism - and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency.  
 -  Michael Shermer
  

  I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.  
 -  Sam Harris
  

  Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  So I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.  
 -  Will Durant
  

  The three main sources of scepticism are first, that not every people desires freedom; second, that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous; and third, that there is little the world's democracies can do to advance freedom outside their countries.  
 -  Natan Sharansky
  

  There's a certain kind of scepticism that can't bear uncertainty.  
 -  Rupert Sheldrake