Ambiguous Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ambiguous quotes, ambiguous sayings, and ambiguous proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous.     

Pier Paolo Pasolini

The charge of being ambiguous and indefinite may be brought against every human composition, and necessarily arises from the imperfection of language. Perhaps no two men will express the same sentiment in the same manner and by the same words; neither do they connect precisely the same ideas with the same words.     

Oliver Ellsworth

The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.     

Milan Kundera

The mental mist of ambiguity and the fog of ambivalence hamper human existence.     

Kilroy J. Oldster

Ambiguity supposes eventual resolution of itself whereas certitude implies further ambiguity.     

John Ashbery

Even righteousness is an ambiguous thing.     

Nadia Hashimi

The enemy of accountability is ambiguity.     

Patrick Lencioni

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements as well as one's deepest failures is a definite symptom of maturity.     

Paul Tillich

Ambiguity lurks in generality, and may thus become an instrument of severity.     

Felix Frankfurter

The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.     

Frank Herbert

All our qualities, whether good or bad, are unstable and ambiguous, and almost all are at the mery of chance.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The more elusive and ambiguous a symbol is, the more it gains significance and power.     

Umberto Eco

Testing is the process of comparing the invisible to the ambiguous, so as to avoid the unthinkable happening to the anonymous.     

James Marcus Bach

Hope is ambiguous, but fear is precious.     

Leo Rosten

Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent.     

Augustus Hare

Stuff that's hidden and murky and ambiguous is scary because you don't know what it does.     

Jerry Garcia

Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life.     

Paul Tillich

Ambiguous things that ape goats in their visage, women in their shape.     

Lord Byron

All things will be ambiguous, for this is the curse of wisdom.     

Greg Bear

All men are naturally included to obscure the morally ambiguous element in their political cause by investing it with religious sanctity.     

Reinhold Niebuhr

That ambiguous area of culture where something unfailingly political, though separate from the political choices of the day, infiltrates judgment and language.     

Roland Barthes

Ambiguity is very interesting in writing; it's not very interesting in science.     

Janna Levin