Certainty Proverbs

Sayings about Certainty

Mistrust is the mother of certainty. ~ French Proverb

To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous. ~ Chinese Proverb

It is precisely the uncertainty of this world that makes life worth living. ~ Japanese Proverb

There is nothing certain, but the uncertain. ~ Traditional Proverb

Just as a medicine may not cure a serious illness, wine will certainly not dispel your grief. ~ Chinese Proverb

Two farmers each claimed to own a certain cow. While one pulled on its head and the other pulled on its tail, the cow was milked by the lawyer. ~ Hebrew Proverb

One is certain only of death. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The worst is not always certain but it’s very likely. ~ French Proverb

Unlaid eggs are uncertain chickens. ~ Dutch Proverb

Quit not certainty for hope. ~ Traditional Proverb

No gain is so certain as that which proceeds from the economical use of what you already have. ~ Latin Proverb

We lose the certain things, while we seek the uncertain ones. ~ Latin Proverb

To believe in certainty, we must begin by doubting. ~ Polish Proverb

There are three uncertainties: woman, wind, and wealth. ~ Indian Proverb

Only death is certain.~ Maltese Proverb

If you are going to sit on it for three years, the seat will certainly get warm. ~ Japanese Proverb

What wise men suppose is worth more than the certainties of fools. ~ Arabian Proverb

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. ~ Traditional Proverb

If you don’t understand it with a wink, you certainly will with a blow. ~ Moroccan Proverb

A fruit tree that grows in a dung heap will certainly blossom. ~ Solomon Islander Proverb

Who can say with certainty that one will live to see the morrow? ~ Tibetan Proverb

There’s no insurance against death and poverty. ~ Yiddish Proverb

A child is a certain sorrow and uncertain joy. ~ Swedish Proverb

Quotations about Certainty

A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty. ~ Rudyard Kipling

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cock-sure of many things that were not so.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only certainty is that nothing is certain. ~ Pliny The Elder

He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder. ~ Tad Williams

Only one thing is certain — that is, nothing is certain. If this statement is true, it is also false. ~ Ancient Paradox

No great deed is done by flatterers who ask for certainty.~ George Eliot

Certainties are arrived at only on foot. ~ Antonio Porchia

Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.~ Mark Twain Quotes

We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously. ~ Albert Camus

Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one. ~ Voltaire

We delight in one knowable thing, which comprehends all that is knowable; in one apprehensible, which draws together all that can be apprehended; in a single being that includes all, above all in the one which is itself the all. ~ Giordano Bruno

Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour? ~ Horace

The odds are six to five that the light in the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train. ~ Paul Dickson

If you do know that here is one hand, we’ll grant you all the rest. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.~ Bertrand Russell

There are only two things you have to do in life. You have to die. You have to live until you die. You make up all the rest. ~ Author Unknown

One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or No. ~ Thomas Carlyle

A reasonable probability is the only certainty.~ Edgar Watson Howe

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous. ~ Eric Hoffer

It is not certain that everything is uncertain. ~ Blaise Pascal

The more I see the less I know for sure. ~ John Lennon

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. ~ Author Unknown

Events are never absolute, their outcome depends entirely upon the individual. Misfortune is a stepping stone for a genius, a piscina for a Christian, a treasure for a man of parts, and an abyss for a weakling. ~ Honore de Balzac

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me. ~ Sylvia Ashton Warner

A chuck under the chin is worth two kisses. ~ Jonathan Swift

All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave is uncertain. ~ Seneca

There is nothing certain in a man’s life but that he must lose it. ~ Owen Meredith

Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. ~ William Butler Yeats

The longing for certainty… is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull. ~ H. L. Mencken

There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing. ~ Scotty Bowman

When we are not sure, we are alive. ~ Graham Greene

The present is the only reality and the only certainty.~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions. ~ Lord Edward Coke

When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side. ~ Terence

If you have a choice between certainty and hope, choose certainty every time. ~ Author Unknown

What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude. ~ Honore de Balzac

To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one’s voice. ~ Ambrose Bierce

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination. ~ John Keats

Positiveness is an absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat. ~ Laurence Sterne

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.~ Charles Edward Montague

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. ~ Bertrand Arthur William Russell

There is nothing certain except the unforeseen. ~ Author Unknown

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain. ~ John F. Kennedy Quotes

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. ~ Eric Hoffer

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

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

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most certain of the first time. ~ Josh Billings

Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. ~ Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.~ William J. Durant

We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead. ~ Donald Rumsfeld

Do not feel certain of anything. ~ Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty.~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. ~ Pliny The Elder

With each sunrise, we start anew. ~ Author Unknown

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