certainty

A Quote by Willard Van Orman Quine on certainty, facts, faith, language, temptation, truth, and world

It is obvious that truth in general depends on both language and extra-linguistic fact. The statement 'Brutus killed Caesar' would be false if the world had been different in certain ways, but it would also be false if the word 'killed' happened rather to have the sense of 'begat'. Thus one is tempted to suppose in general that the truth of a statement is somehow analysable into a linguistic component and a factual component. Given this supposition it next seems reasonable that in some statements the factual component should be null; and that these are the analytic statements. But for all its a priori reasonableness, a boundary between the analytic and synthetic statements simply has not been drawn. That there is such a distinction to be drawn at all is an unempirical dogma of empiricists, a metaphysical article of faith.

Willard Van Orman Quine (1908 -)

Source: Two Dogmas of Empiricism by Willard Van Orman Quine

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A Quote by Washington Irving on certainty, change, and coaching

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have often found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.

Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)

Source: Tales of a Traveller

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A Quote by Warren G. Bennis on certainty, danger, facts, leadership, myth, nonsense, opposites, and people

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

Warren G. Bennis (1925 -)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on certainty, children, day, pity, and wonder

There was a child went forth everyday, And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or dread, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day... or for many years or stretching cycles of years...

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: There Was a Child Went Forth, in Leaves of Grass

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on certainty and doubt

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

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on certainty

He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which is far from certain.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Virginia Woolf on certainty, suicide, time, and words

Last Words in a Suicide note: I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices.

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

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A Quote by Viktor E. Frankl on behavior, boredom, camping, certainty, circumstances, clarity, death, decisions, dignity, facts, food, freedom, losing, sleep, and suffering

Even though conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that the inmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone. Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him - mentally and spiritually. He may retain his human dignity even in a concentration camp. I became acquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering and death, bore witness to the fact that the last inner freedom cannot be lost.

Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997)

Source: Dr. Victor E. Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963, p. 104-105.

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on attitude, body, certainty, and soul

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are certain moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Valentine Blacker on anecdotes, certainty, enemies, fanaticism, god, mind, trust, and words

Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry. note: There is a well-authenticated anecdote of Cromwell. On a certain occasion, when his troops were about crossing a river to attack the enemy, he concluded an address, couched in the usual fanatic terms in use among them, with these words: "Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry!"

Valentine Blacker (1778 - 1823)

Source: Edward Hayes, Ballads of Ireland,1856, Oliver’s Advice

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