65 Unreliable Quotes On Success In Life

These unreliable quotes will inspire you. Unreliable, not able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed or promised or not able to be relied upon.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging unreliable quotes, unreliable sayings, and unreliable proverbs.

Best Unreliable Quotes

  1. “Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.” ~ Paul Theroux
  2. “People can be unreliable and disloyal; possessions can lose their value; jobs that once stimulated you can become boring. But principles remain steady through it all.” ~ Nido R Qubein
  3. “The most unreliable thing in this world is human relationships.” ~ Jack Ma
  4. “Conclusions from observations are unreliable, only the mind can come nearer to to the truth. Thus, in some ways, philosophy is more important than science.” ~ Anaxagoras
  5. “My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

  6. “Still, accomplishment is unreliable. “Succeeding,” whatever that might mean to you, is hard, and the need to do so constantly renews itself (success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it), and there’s the very real danger that “succeeding” will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.” ~ George Saunders
  7. “Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
  8. “First impressions are always unreliable.” ~ Franz Kafka
  9. “I knew he was unreliable, but he was fun to be with. He was a child’s ideal companion, full of surprises and happy animal energy. He enjoyed food and drink. He liked to try new things. He brought home coconuts, papayas, mangoes, and urged them on our reluctant conservative selves. On Sundays he liked to discover new places, take us on endless bus or trolley rides to some new park or beach he knew about. He always counseled daring, in whatever situation, the courage to test the unknown, an instruction that was thematically in opposition to my mother’s.” ~ E. L. Doctorow
  10. “A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.” ~ Leonard Cohen

  11. “Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in the future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.” ~ Sri Yukteswar Giri
  12. “Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.” ~ Evan Esar
  13. “Don’t doubt your faith; doubt your doubts for they are unreliable.” ~ T. B. Joshua
  14. “What do you want to avoid? Such an easy answer: sloth and unreliability. If you’re unreliable it doesn’t matter what your virtues are. You’re going to crater immediately. Doing what you have faithfully engaged to do should be an automatic part of your conduct. You want to avoid sloth and unreliability.” ~ Charlie Munger
  15. “What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth.” ~ Lillian Hellman

  16. “Underneath the shifting appearances of the world as perceived by our unreliable senses, is there, or is there not, a bedrock of objective reality?” ~ Hans Christian von Baeyer
  17. “Truths that become old become decrepit and unreliable; sometimes they may be kept going artificially for a certain time, but there is no life in them.” ~ P.D. Ouspensky
  18. “Hope founded upon a human being, a man-made philosophy or any institution is always misplaced… because these things are unreliable and fleeting.” ~ Charles Stanley
  19. “The only situation a commander can know fully is his own: his opponent’s he can know only from unreliable intelligence.” ~ Carl von Clausewitz
  20. “Our feelings are unreliable and cannot be trusted to convey truth.” ~ Joyce Meyer

  21. “I, on the other hand, believe that books, maps, scissors, and Scotch tape dispensers are all unreliable vagrants, likely to take off for parts unknown unless strictly confined to quarters.” ~ Anne Fadiman
  22. “Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man’s greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  23. “The worry that unreflective belief acquisition may be unreliable, after all, applies equally to reflective belief acquisition: it too may be unreliable. To my mind, the plausibility of internalist views about justification is dramatically decreased when one becomes vividly aware of what introspection and reflection actually achieve.” ~ Hilary Kornblith
  24. “[Theory is] an explanation that has been confirmed to such a degree, by observation and experiment, that knowledgeable experts accept it as fact. That’s what scientists mean when they talk about a theory: not a dreamy and unreliable speculation, but an explanatory statement that fits the evidence. They embrace such an explanation confidently but provisionally – taking it as their best available view of reality, at least until some severely conflicting data or some better explanation might come along.” ~ David Quammen
  25. “In matters editorial, I am a believer in totalitarian despotism. Most writers are lazy, difficult, selfish, thoughtless, and unreliable.” ~ John Derbyshire

  26. “In fact global warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning. No climate model has predicted a cooling of the Earth – quite the contrary. And this means that the projections of future climate are unreliable.” ~ Henrik Svensmark
  27. “Computers can bully us. A slow and unreliable system will bring even the toughest soul to their knees as they find themselves completely defenseless against the erratic whims of their rogue machine.” ~ Lou Ferrigno
  28. “I would argue that search has made the world a better place. It has done so for reasons that arbitrarily could completely change that – not arbitrarily at all but to completely change how that plays out based upon the needs of profitability. So it’s totally unreliable and it has many layers nested underneath that of many ulterior motives nested underneath it.” ~ Jonathon Keats
  29. “So too Plato was, in my view, a very unreliable Platonist. He was too much of a philosopher to think that anything he had said was the last word.” ~ Gilbert Ryle
  30. “Our feelings about how we’re feeling are notoriously unreliable.” ~ Ariel Garten

  31. “UFOs: The reliable cases are uninteresting and in the interesting cases are unreliable.” ~ Carl Sagan
  32. “Gun laws are an attempt to nationalize the right of self-defense. Politicians perennially react to the police’s abject failure to prevent crime by trying to disarm law-abiding citizens. The worse government fails to control crime, the more the politicians want to restrict individuals’ rights to defend themselves. But police protection in most places is typical government work – slow, inefficient, and unreliable.” ~ James Bovard
  33. “As those who have seen Jurassic Park will know, this means a tiny disturbance in one place, can cause a major change in another. A butterfly flapping its wings can cause rain in Central Park, New York. The trouble is, it is not repeatable. The next time the butterfly flaps its wings, a host of other things will be different, which will also influence the weather. That is why weather forecasts are so unreliable.” ~ Stephen Hawking
  34. “We have seen over and over that white male historians in general have tended to dismiss any history they didn’t themselves write,on the grounds that it is unserious, unscholarly, a fad, too “political,” “merely” oral and thus unreliable.” ~ Adrienne Rich
  35. “Are you a devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good, then you can be my most trusted advisor.” ~ Terry Pratchett

  36. “Clergymen tend to be unreliable and pompous figures. Seldom Jewish rabbis, less often Catholic priests, but Protestant ministers tend to be… not really very admirable. Not necessarily evil, but silly. And wrong, of course.” ~ Charlton Heston
  37. “The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable – but teach him, inoculate him with chess.” ~ H. G. Wells
  38. “If I were God, I certainly wouldn’t want people to love me sentimentally. It’s too unreliable.” ~ J. D. Salinger
  39. “Anger may bring extra energy, but it eclipses the best part of our brain: its rationality. The energy of anger is almost always unreliable.” ~ Dalai Lama
  40. “Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable.” ~ Chris French

  41. “Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
  42. “If one discards the Bible as being unreliable, then he must discard almost all literature of antiquity.” ~ Josh McDowell
  43. “Memory, like so much else, is unreliable. Not only for what it hides and what it alters, but also for what it reveals.” ~ Anna Funder
  44. “Trend analyses for extreme tropical cyclones are unreliable because of operational changes that have artificially resulted in more intense tropical cyclones being recorded, casting severe doubts on any such trend linkages to global warming.” ~ Christopher Landsea
  45. “Most people wait for the muse to turn up. That’s terribly unreliable. I have to sit down and pursue the muse by attempting to work.” ~ Nick Cave

  46. “Unfortunately, my army consists of one unreliable criminal, one girl with a disability, and one incredibly foolish young vampire with a tanning issue. I am not confident.” ~ Rachel Caine
  47. “There were two now where they had been three. David’s death had dismantled the triangle, and an enclosed space was now open. Two points are unreliable; with nothing to anchor them, there is nothing to stop them drifting in opposite directions. If it is string that binds, it will eventually snap and the points will separate; if elastic, they will continue to part, further and further, until the strain reaches its limit and they are pulled back with such speed that they cannot help but collide with devastating force.” ~ Kate Morton
  48. “One’s lover is one’s partner in observing and understanding the world. Marriage is a place where joint narratives are composed. If the lover is a liar then all your joint observations are unreliable. You will have to start all over again.” ~ Philippa Gregory
  49. “He finished the bandage and was examining it critically. “You know those things are unreliable.” His voice held just a touch of reproach. “Eleven out of twelve work fine. I’d say that’s better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try.” ~ Ilona Andrews
  50. “Memory plays tricks. Memory is another word for story, and nothing is more unreliable.” ~ Ann-Marie MacDonald

  51. “What an unreliable thing is time–when I want it to fly, the hours stick to me like glue. And what a changeable thing, too. Time is the twine to tie our lives into parcels of years and months. Or a rubber band stretched to suit our fancy. Time can be the pretty ribbon in a little girl’s hair. Or the lines in your face, stealing your youthful colour and your hair. …. But in the end, time is a noose around the neck, strangling slowly.” ~ Rohinton Mistry
  52. “With all my ideas and follies I could one day found a corporate company for the propagation of beautiful but unreliable imaginings.” ~ Robert Walser
  53. “Maybe there’s nothing impossible tonight. We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.” If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.” ~ Dean Koontz
  54. “Rehearsals and screening rooms are often unreliable because they can’t provide the chemistry between an audience and what appears on the stage or screen.” ~ Gene Tierney
  55. “People under seventy and over seven are very unreliable if they are not cats.” ~ Leonora Carrington

  56. “The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn’t have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor
  57. “When we’re awake, cortisol can fragment memories – one reason eyewitness crime scene accounts are so unreliable. But at night that very fragmentation allows creative recombinations of ideas.” ~ Jeffrey Kluger
  58. “I think the large part of the function of the Internet is it is archival. It’s unreliable to the extent that word on the street is unreliable. It’s no more unreliable than that. You can find the truth on the street if you work at it. I don’t think of the Internet or the virtual as being inherently inferior to the so-called real.” ~ William Gibson
  59. “Evolution is unobservable. It’s based on blind faith in a few dry bones and on unreliable dating systems in which the gullible trust. Kids should be allowed to make up their own minds about this issue, and not be censored to ‘one side is all we will let you hear.'” ~ Ray Comfort
  60. “My heart was a hysterical unreliable organ.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov

  61. “The critic who doesn’t make a personal statement, in remeasurements he himself has made, is merely an unreliable critic. He is not a measurer but a repeater of other men’s results. KRINO, to pick out for oneself, to choose. That’s what the word means.” ~ Ezra Pound
  62. “…we should all fortify ourselves against the dark hours of depression by cultivating a deep distrust of the certainties of despair. Despair is relentless in the certainties of its pessimism. But we have seen again and again, from our own experience and others’, that absolute statements of hopelessness that we make in the dark are notoriously unreliable. Our dark certainties are not sureties.” ~ John Piper
  63. “Men can construct a science with very few instruments, or with very plain instruments; but no one on earth could construct a science with unreliable instruments. A man might work out the whole of mathematics with a handful of pebbles, but not with a handful of clay which was always falling apart into new fragments, and falling together into new combinations. A man might measure heaven and earth with a reed, but not with a growing reed.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
  64. “Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods -moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former -but no opinion.” ~ Hannah Arendt
  65. “I hide my true feelings to avoid causing you trouble or pain, I act strong to show you that I’m not unreliable, I hold my tears back to show you that I’m happy but what hurts the most is knowing the fact that I’m not all these things I portray to be.” ~ Harriet Morgan

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