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Doubt is the accomplice of tyranny.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

In contemplation, if a man 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 we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
      - Francis Bacon, De Augmentis (bk. I)

Doubt is the shadow of truth.
      - Philip James Bailey

I run the gauntlet of a file of doubts,
  Each one of which down hurls me to the ground.
      - Philip James Bailey

Who never doubted, never half believed.
  Where doubt there truth is--'tis her shadow.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Country Town)

Weary the path that does not challenge reason. Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.
      - Hosea Ballou

Doubt follows white-winged hope with trembling steps.
      - Honore de Balzac

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XIV, v. 23)

Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, doubt (called by Galileo the father of invention), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins?
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Galileo called doubt the father of invention; it is certainly the pioneer.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Who knows most, doubts most; entertaining hope means recognizing fear.
      - Robert Browning

Remember Talleyrand's advice, "If you are in doubt whether to write a letter or not, don't!" The advice applies to many doubts in life besides that of letter-writing.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

When in doubt, lean to the side of mercy.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

A bitter and perplexed "What shall I do?"
  Is worse to man than worse necessity.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Doubt is the vestibule of faith.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Nothing is more perplexing than the power, but nothing is more durable than the dynasty of doubt; for he reigns in the hearts of all his people, but gives satisfaction to none of them, and yet he is the only despot who can never die while any of his subjects live.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained a something that will stay by us, and which will serve us again. But, if to avoid the trouble of the search, we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He would not, with a peremptory tone,
  Assert the nose upon his face his own.
      - William Cowper, Conversation (l. 121)

I love sometimes to doubt, as well as know.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

Doubting charms me not less than knowledge.
  [It., Non menno che saper, dubbiar m'aggrata.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (XI, 93)

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
      - Clarence Darrow

Uncertain ways unsafest are,
  And doubt a greater mischief than despair.
      - Sir John Denham, Cooper's Hill (l. 399)

You prove but too clearly that seeking to know
  Is too frequently learning to doubt.
    [Fr., Vous ne prouvez que trop que chercher a connaitre
      N'est souvent qu' apprendre a douter.]
      - Madame Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulieres

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