C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Incredulity is not wisdom.


Incredulity is the wisdom of a fool.

H. W. Shaw.

The incredulous are the most credulous.


The whole trouble is, that we won’t let God help us.

George MacDonald.

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.


Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.


Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity.


The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous. Tell an English cottager that the belfries of Swedish churches are crimson, and his own white steeple furnishes him with a contradiction.


Some men will believe nothing but what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend.

St. Evremond.

Of all the signs of a corrupt heart and a feeble head, the tendency of incredulity is the surest. Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.


Incredulity is not wisdom, but the worst kind of folly. It is folly, because it causes ignorance and mistake, with all the consequents of these; and it is very bad, as being accompanied with disingenuity, obstinacy, rudeness, uncharitableness, and the like bad dispositions; from which credulity itself, the other extreme sort of folly, is exempt.