Certainty Sayings and Quotes

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


Certainty always produces questions, uncertainty statements. It is a balancing law of nature.     

Djuna Barnes

The quest for certainty in forecasting outcomes can be the enemy of progress.     

Nate Silver

Certainty ends inquiry.     

Jacob Bronowski

When we find our core certainty within, then we no longer look for certainty outside.     

Deepak Chopra

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.     

John F. Kennedy

The certainty within our spirit made the dream reality.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Just because someone seems to have more certainty, doesn't mean they're right.     

Tony Robbins

It is the essence of certainty to be established only with reservations.     

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Life is ever evolving. The only certainty is change.     

Allison McAtee

The only certainty about following the crowd is that you will all get there together.     

Mychal Wynn

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.     

Bertrand Russell

People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.     

Peter Drucker

Certainty is usually a sign of pathology.     

B.W. Powe

Nothing consoles and comforts like certainty does.     

Amit Kalantri

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.     

Edward Coke

Certainty is a cruel mindset. It hardens our minds against possibility.     

Ellen Langer

What is certainty but the refuge of those whose faith is not strong enough to entertain doubt.     

Robert Brault

Certainty sees things in restrictive, protective, aggressive ways, and thus isn't seeing at all.     

Jerry Saltz

Certainty, not data, is knowledge.     

L. Ron Hubbard

Certainty is the most vivid condition of ignorance and the most necessay condition for knowledge.     

Kedar Joshi

Doubt is long-winded. Certainty is brief.     

Mason Cooley

Certainty is no guarantor of correctness.     

Margaret Heffernan

The lack of faith is not doubt. It is certainty.     

Abigail Van Buren

Incompetence is certainty in the absence of expertise. Overconfidence is certainty in the presence of expertise.     

Malcolm Gladwell

Certainty is missing the point entirely.     

Anne Lamott

Certainty is the enemy of change.     

Salvador Minuchin

To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.     

Stanislaw Leszczynski

Logic is the foundation of the certainty of all the knowledge we acquire.     

Leonhard Euler

Certainty a strange Ferris wheel of a statement!     

John Allen Paulos

Such certainty is beautiful, but uncertainty is more beautiful still.     

Wislawa Szymborska

Certainty without power can be interesting, even amusing. Certainty with power can be dangerous.     

Donald Rumsfeld

Certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

People prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty.     

Virginia Satir

Certainty abolishes hope, and robs us of renewal.     

Neil Postman

Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.     

Will Durant

It is the certainty that you are about to recover, that brings results, not the hope.     

Emile Coue

Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty.     

Stephen Colbert

Certainty is the mother of repose, and therefore the common law aims at certainty.     

Philip Yorke

The only certainty is that nothing is certain.     

Pliny the Elder

We often call a certainty a hope, to bring it luck.     

Elizabeth Bibesco

Certainty is a closing of the mind. To create something new you must have doubt.      

Milton Glaser

One of the few certainties in life is that persons of certainty should certainly be avoided.     

Willy Russell

What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.     

Bertrand Russell

The certainty that everything has already been written annuls us, or renders us phantasmal.     

Jorge Luis Borges

Not doubt, certainty is what drives one insane.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Moral certainty is never more than probability.     

Giovanni Battista Beccaria

It's good to have some certainty in life, even if it's only that I'm in deep trouble.     

Ashleigh Brilliant

Certainty is an unrealistic and unattainable ideal.     

William Lane Craig

It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.     

Henri Poincare