„Mondrian... The constructivists?... They had certainties. They wanted a stable basis to work on, but I’m afraid that that was enormous arrogance on their part. Nothing is stable and no certainties are possible.“

11 August 1972; p. 90
1970's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde (1970 - 1972)

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Bram van Velde
niederländischer Maler 1895 - 1981

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„For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me want to dream.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

Variante: I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.
Quelle: Van Gogh's Starry Night Notebook

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„There is nothing so stable as change.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

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„The only certainty is that nothing is certain.“

—  Pliny the Elder, buch Naturalis historia

Fuller version: This series of instances entangles unforeseeing mortality, so that among these things but one thing is in the least certainthat nothing certain exists, and that nothing is more pitiable, or more presnmptuous, than man! In Latin: Quae singula inprovidam mortalitatem involvunt, solum ut inter ista vel certu sit nihil esse certi nec quicquam miserius homine aut superbius.
Book II, sec. 5.
Naturalis Historia

Jodi Picoult Foto

„Life isn't nearly as stable as we want it to be.“

—  Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Quelle: My Sister's Keeper

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Emil M. Cioran Foto

„We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.“

—  Emil M. Cioran, buch Lehre vom Zerfall

A Short History of Decay (1949)

H.L. Mencken Foto

„The public…demands certainties…But there are no certainties.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956

Quelle: 1910s, Prejudices, First Series (1919), Ch. 3

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„Stability means we run it. There are countries that are very stable. Cuba is stable, but that’s not called stability.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

Interview by Hugh Gusterson, November 2000 https://web.archive.org/web/20051210055017/http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/2002----.pdf.
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„I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein, buch On Certainty

Quelle: On Certainty

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„Uncertainty, doubt, perpetual wrestling with the mystery of our final destiny, mental despair, and the lack of any solid and stable foundation, may be the basis of an ethic.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), XI : The Practical Problem

Ashley Montagu Foto

„The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof.“

—  Ashley Montagu British-American anthropologist 1905 - 1999

The second sentence is often misquoted as “Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.” or “Religion gives us certainty without proof; science gives us proof without certainty.”
Kontext: Bigotry and science can have no communication with each other, for science begins where bigotry and absolute certainty end. The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof. Let us never forget that tyranny most often springs from a fanatical faith in the absoluteness of one’s beliefs.

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„The fact that there is nothing but a spiritual world deprives us of hope and gives us certainty.“

—  Franz Kafka, buch Die Zürauer Aphorismen

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