” In like manner, if I let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence, there may be no great harm done by the mere belief, it may be true after all, or I may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts. “


” The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough, but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them, for then it must sink back into savagery. “


” No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe. “


” To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. “


” Namely, we have no right to believe a thing true because everybody says so unless there are good grounds for believing that some one person at least has the means of knowing what is true, and is speaking the truth so far as he knows it. “


” It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. “



All 6 William Kingdon Clifford Quotes about Believe in picture


In like manner, if I let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence, there may be no great harm done by the mere belief, it may be true after all, or I may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts.
The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough, but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them, for then it must sink back into savagery.
No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe.
To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
Namely, we have no right to believe a thing true because everybody says so unless there are good grounds for believing that some one person at least has the means of knowing what is true, and is speaking the truth so far as he knows it.
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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