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William Kingdon Clifford Quotes

When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that.
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It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

— William Kingdon Clifford

If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm done from the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss, or it may prevent him from using the money badly. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself dishonest.

— William Kingdon Clifford

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.

— William Kingdon Clifford

The rule which should guide us in such cases is simple and obvious enough: that the aggregate testimony of our neighbours is subject to the same conditions as the testimony of any one of them.

— William Kingdon Clifford

Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it.

— William Kingdon Clifford

Remember that [scientific thought] is the guide of action; that the truth which it arrives at is not that which we can ideally contemplate without error, but that which we may act upon without fear; and you cannot fail to see that scientific thought is not an accompaniment or condition of human progress, but human progress itself.

— William Kingdon Clifford

The aim of scientific thought, then, is to apply past experience to new circumstances; the instrument is an observed uniformity in the course of events. By the use of this instrument it gives us information transcending our experience, it enables us to infer things that we have not seen from things that we have seen; and the evidence for the truth of that information depends on our supposing that the uniformity holds good beyond our experience.

— William Kingdon Clifford

Thought is powerless, except it make something outside of itself: the thought which conquers the world is not contemplative but active.

— William Kingdon Clifford

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