Quotes for
the Journey:

Doubt



  
There is no greater
hell than doubts.

Amar Jyoti

   

We never encounter a mountain greater than doubt.  Doubt is a deceiver.  It is as a thief in the night.  Remove it, do not let it come nigh your dwelling.        -Frater Achad

   

It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts.  Healthy questions keep faith dynamic. In fact, unless we start with doubts we cannot have a deep-rooted faith.  One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not much of a belief. One who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won it through blood and tears--has worked his or her way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns.        -Helen Keller

   

Those who have conquered doubt and fears have conquered failure.  Their every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome.       -James Allen

   
If you would be a real seeker of the truth, it is necessary at least once in your life to doubt, as far as possible, all things.        -Rene Descartes
   

Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to the honest.  They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood. . . . Doubts must precede every deeper assurance; for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.       -George MacDonald

    

Doubt comes in the window when inquiry is denied at the door.       -Benjamin Jowett

Our own doubts are our greatest barriers in any endeavors.  We are only free and able to accomplish what we think we can.  When doubt arises, defeat is not far behind.  However, that principle is just as strong in reverse.  When we believe in ourselves, nothing can hold us back.  Our accomplishments are many when we've developed the habit of self-assurance.        -unattributed

    

Indecision, doubt and fear.  The members of this unholy trio are closely related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand.       -Napoleon Hill

   
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.       -William Shakespeare
    

Doubt is really a groping ignorance.        -Eliphas Levi

   

    
I have a lot of doubts.  Some of them are about me and things I do.  Others are about other people and the things that they do, and how they'll affect me.  Most of the doubts hurt me, for they make it difficult for me to trust in myself, in others, in God, and in life in general.

I don't know the source of all my doubts, but I don't think that's as important any more as it used to be.  What's important right now is what I do with them, how I act when they surface, the extent of the effect that I allow them to have on me.

When I doubt my own ability to get something done or my own potential, then I'm setting limits on myself, often subconsciously.  My doubts then can keep me from reaching my potential, from accomplishing things that are well within my abilities.  More negatively, though, the doubts can keep me from even trying something, so I'll never know whether I can do them or not.  A great example of this for me is in relationships--I can't tell you how many times I haven't called someone up to ask them to do something because I doubted they had any interest in doing something with me, only to find out later that they had plenty of interest.  I doubted my own value, and I doubted other people's perceptions of me, and I paid a price--and this is a price that I'll never know the true level of, because I'll never be able to talk to all of the people that I didn't try to make friends with.

When we doubt other people, we're sending them a clear signal, even if it's not a completely visible symbol.  If I doubt that one of my students can pass a class this semester, then the way I treat that student will change subtly, and study after study has proved that our doubt of someone else's ability often proves to be a predictor of that person's performance.

Sometimes we even doubt that life is fair, and we put ourselves in a position in which we see ourselves being treated unfairly.  If I don't think I'm going to be treated fairly, though, I start to act like a victim.  Once I act like a victim, then things start happening to me that make me more of a victim.  It's not life being unfair that causes those things to happen, though--it's my doubts in life's fairness that's keeping me from feeling the objectivity of life.

Most doubts serve little purpose, especially when they're doubts of our selves or of other people.  These doubts limit us, as they define us in tight little spaces that we may never be able to get out of as long as we doubt ourselves.  Watch an athlete sometime after he or she had suffered a serious setback--a serious loss or an injury--that causes him or her to have doubt in his or her own ability.  Usually, you'll see one of two things:  either a great ability to push doubt out of one's mind, or a sub-par performance caused by the person's own doubts.  Doubts nag at us, and they keep us from exploring new possibilities and new ideas and new ways of doing things.

On the other hand, there is a positive side to doubt.  Doubt can lead us to new heights when we're able to doubt the truth of other people's claims, especially when those claims seem to be based on out-dated, outworn information or views.  Columbus doubted the conventional wisdom that told him the world was flat, and he set out to find out whether the claim was true or not.  Einstein doubted that the explanations of physics offered by his contemporaries adequately explained the nature of physics and the world, and he was able to visualize things on a much deeper level once he moved past their limitations.

This type of doubt can lead at least two ways, though.  If I doubt my faith in God, that doubt can lead me to explore the concept of God and come up with my own answers by looking at works from sources I might otherwise never have read, or it can lead me to reject the concept of God completely, never exploring it fully in ways that could be beneficial to me and to others.

Where will your doubt lead you?  What will you do with it?  How will you allow it to affect you?  The most important things we can do with doubt are to acknowledge it, and then to put it in its place, somewhere over there with our fears and our old nightmares.  Doubts can provide us with a valuable service for ourselves, or doubts can keep us from reaching our own, almost unlimited potential.  What are you going to do with your doubts?

from livinglifefully.com

   
   

   
Faith and doubt both are needed--not as antagonists, but working side by side--to take us around the unknown curve.     -Lillian Smith
  
Yes, I have doubted.  I have wandered off the path.  I have been lost.  But I always returned.  It is beyond the logic I seek.  It is intuitive--an intrinsic, built-in sense of direction.  I seem always to find my way home.  My faith has wavered but has saved me.     -Helen Hayes
  
If a person will begin with certainties, he or she shall end in doubts, but if that person will be content to begin with doubts, he or she shall end in certainties.     -Francis Bacon
  
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.     -Voltaire
  
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.     -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  
With most people, doubt about one thing is simply blind belief in another.     -Georg C. Lichtenberg
  
Doubt is the disease of this inquisitive, restless age.  It is the price we pay for our advanced intelligence and civilization--the dim light of our resplendent day.  But as the most beautiful night is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best.     -Robert J. Turnbull
  
As long as there is a material body, you are carrying doubt.  Do not despise your doubting.  That is the human condition.  When there is no more doubt, you do not need to be human.     -Emmanuel
  
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom.     -Charles Caleb Colton
  
But doubt is a crucial to faith as darkness is to light.  Without one, the other has no context and is meaningless.  Faith is, by definition, uncertainty.  It is full of doubt, steeped in risk.  It is about matters not of the known, but of the unknown.     -Carter Heywood
  
To find oneself living in an age of doubt is not such a curse.  There is a kind of reverence in undertaking the quest for truth, even before the first scrap has been found.     -Deepak Chopra
  
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.  Doubt is a foundling unhappy and astray, and though his own mother who gave him birth should find him and enfold him, he would withdraw in caution and in fear.     -Khalil Gibran
  
The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning. . . . for in doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we arrive at truth.     -Peter Abelard
  
Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any, but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own.     -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

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