Lovely Indulgences

If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.
– Hazel Henderson

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, 1879 – 1955

Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790

Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
– François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 – 1778

Do not expect to arrive at certainty in every subject which you pursue. There are a hundred things wherein we mortals … must be content with probability, where our best light and reasoning will reach no farther.
– Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.
– Josh Billings, 1818 – 1885

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
– Matt Cartmill

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