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Famous Uncertainty Quotes

Faith means living with uncertainty feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark. Dan Millman

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. Gilda Radner

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security. John Allen Paulos

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance. Beryl Markham

The quality of your life is directly related to how much uncertainty you can comfortably handle. Tony Robbins

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart live in the question. Rainer Maria Rilke

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Erich Fromm

I took a test in Existentialism. I left all the answers blank and got 100. Woody Allen

Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. John Huston Finley

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty! Douglas Adams

Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. Bernard Beckett

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. Richard P. Feynman

We need to practice acting in spite of fear, in spite of doubt, in spite of worry, in spite of uncertainty, in spite of inconvenience, in spite of discomfort, and even to practice acting when we’re not in the mood to act. T. Harv Eker

Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of not knowing. Mark Z. Danielewski

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire

The mistake is thinking that there can be an antidote to the uncertainty. David Levithan

Hope Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to Us A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead. Barack Obama

Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. Tony Schwartz

The future is uncertain but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity. Ilya Prigogine

Normal, in our house, is like a blanket too short for a bed sometimes it covers you just fine, and other times it leaves you cold and shaking; and worst of all, you never know which of the two it’s going to be. Jodi Picoult

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly  indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection. Arianna Huffington

In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse either in fantasies of the future or in modified visions of a half imagined past. Alan Moore

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Albert Einstein

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

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner. Anne Rice

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. Ursula K. Le Guin

But I have my life, I’m living it. It’s twisted, exhausting, uncertain, and full of guilt, but nonetheless, there’s something there. Banana Yoshimoto

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late. Lee Iacocca

In these times I don’t, in a manner of speaking, know what I want; perhaps I don’t want what I know and want what I don’t know. Marsilio Ficino

The very essence of romance is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde

When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. Alice Hoffman

Change is all about motion, motion is all about uncertainty and we are deeply uncomfortable with uncertainty. Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m convinced that most men don’t know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man’s atrocities, but wouldn’t dream of imprisoning a mother for her son’s crime? Criss Jami

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity. Criss Jami

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. Richard P. Feynman

If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it keep going, keep going come what may. Vincent van Gogh

Having faith doesn’t mean I have all the answers. It means trusting God especially in the midst of uncertainty. Lysa TerKeurst

Sometimes the clouds weren’t weightless. Sometimes their bellies got dark and full. It was life. It happened. It didn’t mean it wasn’t scary, or that I wasn’t still afraid, but now I knew that as long as I was standing under it with Braden beside me when those clouds broke, I’d be alright. We’d get rained on together. Knowing Braden he’d have a big ass umbrela to shelter us from the worst of it. That there was an uncertain future I could handle. Samantha Young

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Carl von Clausewitz

Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain that it may perhaps be this is not important but the unity of the world, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying. Hermann Hesse

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide

And I said, That last thing is what you can’t get, Carlo. Nobody can get to that last thing. We keep on living in hopes of catching it once and for all. Jack Kerouac

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Karl Von Clausewitz

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. Brené Brown

But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don’t need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life. Ron Rash

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing. William Congreve

As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity. Pema Chödrön

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. David Lloyd George

Risk means shit happens or good luck. Toba Beta

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty! Douglas Adams

Everything you’ve learned in school as obvious becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. Richard Buckminster Fuller

When 99% of people doubt your idea, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history. Scott Belsky

But what now? What am I supposed to do with all these feelings? Jenny Han

A time of uncertainty, of not knowing exactly where we’re headed, or what kind of choice to make is a Zen moment. Brenda Shoshanna

Nobody knows how things will turn out, that’s why they go ahead and play the game. You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it’s hardly ever what you expect. Gennifer Choldenko

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn’t get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. Richard P. Feynman

The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life. Mandy Hale

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying. J. Paul Getty

Some care is needed in using Descartes argument. I think, therefore I am says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences. Bertrand Russell

An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties. Djuna Barnes

The death of God left the angels in a strange position. Donald Barthelme

It is an act of courage to acknowledge our own uncertainty and sit with it for a while. Harriet Lerner

It is for your own good to love a dare devil rather than a holy coward. A dare devil is a unique devil, battling your fears, your pains, conquering your uncertainties, carrying you his arms, and flying out of the corrosive fire. The coward is a trickster serpent, which vanishes in your time of despair, and appears in time of equanimity. Michael Bassey Johnson

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything. There are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask Why are we here? I might think about it a little bit, and if I can’t figure it out then I go on to something else. But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell. Richard P. Feynman

Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know. Criss Jami

Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn. Charlie Sheen

We spend so much time defending our choice to do this that it becomes hard to show any vulnerability at all. There’s only so many times you can handle someone asking about your fall back for when things don’t work before you start thinking that maybe the fall back should just be your plan. Cora Carmack

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. Jacob Bronowski

They were close enough that he could feel the hurried beat of her heart. He could feel Charlotte’s indecision in every word she didn’t say and every move she didn’t make. She was tense with uncertainty, quivering with irresolution. She might not be leaning into him, but she wasn’t pulling away, either. Lauren Willig

Teach yourself to work in uncertainty. Bernard Malamud

The very foundation of science is to keep the door open to doubt. Carlo Rovelli

I used to be scared of uncertainty; now I get a high out of it. Jensen Ackles

In God’s eyes, a man who teaches one truth and nothing else is more righteous than a man who teaches a million truths and one lie. Criss Jami

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe. Deepak Chopra

Everything tells me you care for me. And yet never a sign from you. André Aciman

For one day, or for one day for a week, refrain from something you habitually do to run away, to escape. Pick something concrete, such as overeating or excessive sleeping or overworking or spending too much time texting or checking e mails. Make a commitment to yourself to gently and compassionately work with refraining from this habit for this one day. Really commit to it. Do this with the intention that it will put you in touch with the underlying anxiety or uncertainty that you’ve been avoiding. Do it and see what you discover. Pema Chodron

I should have been bolder and kissed her at the end. I should have been more cautious. I had talked too much. I had said too little. Patrick Rothfuss