Skeptics Quotes

I have no desire to discredit spiritualism; I have no fight with the Spiritists; but I do believe it is my duty to place before the public the results of my long investigation of Spiritualism.

Hume, and other skeptical innovators, are vain men, and will gratify themselves at any expense. Truth will not afford sufficient food to their vanity; so they have betaken themselves to error. Truth, Sir, is a cow that will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.

A skeptic is one who won’t take know for an answer.

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.

Skeptics are never deceived.

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.

Believe nothing and be on your guard against everything.

The only safe skeptic is one who was never exposed to faith in his infancy. Converts of more mature years are always more or less unreliable.

“Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect” is one of Santayana’s most admirable epigrams. But chastity is meaningless except in relation to passion, and his own brand of seems to me little more than intellectual old-maidishness fittingly expressed in that genteel – and soporific – style for which is famous. No wonder he was averse […]

The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete skeptics in religion.