Ambiguity Quotes

Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and […]

I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.

Christianity has done it’s utmost to close the circle and declare even doubt to be a sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought […]

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.

Now this principle of “soul,” universally and individually, is the principle of ambiguity. Plotinus knew what I try to teach… that life is ambiguous, that ambiguity is a definite characteristic of life.

But even well-educated Christians are frustrated in their thirst for certainty about the beloved figure of Jesus because of the undeniable ambiguity of the scriptural record. Such ambiguity is not apparent to children or fanatics, but every recognized Bible scholar is perfectly aware of it. Some Christians, alas, resort to formal lying to obscure such […]

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.

Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.

The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood.