If you have been at all keeping up with my posts, you probably know that I am very inquisitive. Here are some interesting and witty quotes about questions, as they are so a part of me.
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.
~ Stephen Jay Gould
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. ~ Thomas Jefferson
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~ James Thurber
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ~Voltaire
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. ~Francis Bacon
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. ~Thomas Paine
To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the stings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take up arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing them, end them. Hamlet~ William Shakespeare
In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer. ~Oscar Wilde
Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer sex raises some pretty good questions.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. “
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. physicist.
Motto for the astronomy building of Junior College, Pasadena, California.
The Columbia World of Quotations. Copyright © 1996 Columbia University Press.
- A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
- Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
- To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
- We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
- An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
- The truth is rarely pure and never simple.*
These are a sample of Oscar Wilde’s many witticisms.
He certainly knew how to turn a phrase.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
“Friendship is unnecessary,
like philosophy, like art…
It has no survival value;
rather is one of those things that give value to survival.”
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
(Spiritual Leader in India)
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clear clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth”