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UNCERTAINTY
[ Also see Anxiety Apprehension Certainty Distrust Doubt Expectation Indecision Irresolution Knowledge Mutability Mystery Questions Suspense Suspicion Unbelief Unknown Wonder Worry ]

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
      - Eric Hoffer

Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour?
  [Lat., Quis scit, an adjiciant hodiernae crastina summae
    Tempora di superi?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IV, 7, 17)

Most men make the voyage of life as if they carried sealed orders which they were not to open till they were fairly in mid-ocean.
      - James Russell Lowell

Uncertainty!
  Fell demon of our fears! the human soul,
    That can support despair, supports not thee.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

All human things hang on a slender thread, the strongest fall with a sudden crash.
  [Lat., Omnia sunt hominum tenui pendentia filo:
    Et subito casu, quae valuere, ruunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 3, 35)

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the one we don't know we don't know.
      - Donald Rumsfeld

All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
  Shakes so my single state of man that function
    Is smothered in surmise and nothing is
      But what is not.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, iii)

This
  I ever held worse that all certitude,
    To know not what the worst ahead might be.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, Marino Faliero
         (act V)

When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.
  [Lat., Dum in dubio est animus, paulo momento huc illuc impellitur.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (I, 5, 32)

Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the observer the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action.
      - Baron Carl Maria von Weber


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