Doubt is the feeling of uncertainty about something, calling into question whether something is true or possible. Uncertainty is a feeling or status where something is not known, and can also signal a lack of conviction. Doubt and uncertainty usually carry a connotation of less intensity than skepticism.

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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

— Thomas Merton

Sometimes you sense how faithfully your life is delivered, even though you can’t read the address.

— Thomas R. Smith

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.

— Tom Peters

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

— Umberto Eco

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

— Ursula K. Le Guin

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

— Victor Frankl

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

— Vince Lombardi

It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.

— Virginia Woolf

It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.

— Virginia Woolf

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

— Voltaire

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

— Voltaire

Re-examine all that you have been told.

— Walt Whitman

If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt, if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius; and Fancy herself would lie muffled up in her robe, inactive, pale, and bloated.

— Walter Savage Landor

It is terribly important to realize that the leap of faith is not so much a leap of thought as of action. For while in many matters it is first we must see then we will act; in matters of faith it is first we must do then we will know, first we will be and then we will see. One must, in short, dare to act wholeheartedly without absolute certainty.

— William Sloane Coffin

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

— Zora Neale Hurston
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