Questioning Quotes


‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.’ John Abbott

That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to the pertinent answer. Jacob Bronowski

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. Edmund Burke

I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. Arthur C. Clarke

Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fund doing it? Charles Connolly

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. Mandell Creighton

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever Chinese Proverb

What’s in a question, you ask? Everything. It is evoking stimulating response or stultifying inquiry. It is, in essence, the very core of teaching. John Dewey (1933) The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. Albert Einstein

A wise man's question contains half the answer. Solomon Ibn Gabirol

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. Indira Gandhi

Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them. Ralph Gerard

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question. Stephen Jay Gould

Only stupid questions create wealth. Gary Hamel

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. Werner Heisenberg

The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions. Claude Levi-Strauss

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men John Locke

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz

The job is to ask questions–it always was–and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility. Arthur Miller

One hears only those questions for which one is able to find answers. Friedrich Nietzsche

How do you get the right answers? By asking the right questions, of course. The questions you ask define the areas in which you will look, so taking time and even asking questions about the questions you are asking can be a useful strategy for getting creatively great solutions. Jamie McKenzie

Questioning is to thinking as yeast is to bread making.
Questioning is what converts the stuff of thinking into something of value. Jamie McKenzie (2004). The Question Mark Vol 1, No 3, November 2004. http://questioning.org/nov04/whyquestion.html

He who has a why can endure any how Friedrich Nietzsche

Questioning is the door of knowledge. Irish saying

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions. Claude Levi-Strauss

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. Ursula Le Guin

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods. Neil Postman

Everything we know has its origin in questions. Questions, we might say, are the principal intellectual instruments available to human beings. Then how is it possible that no more than one in one hundred students has ever been exposed to an extended and systematic study of the art and science of question-asking? How come Alan Bloom did not mention this, or E. D. Hirsh, Jr., or so many others who have written books on how to improve our schools? Did they simply fail to notice that the principal intellectual instrument available to hu­man beings is not examined in school? (Postman, 1995 , p. 173)New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Look at all the sentences which seem true and question them. David Reisman

Be patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Rainer Maria Rilke

An answer is an invitation to stop wondering. Riemann 2003

Art is really people asking the eternal question, What is it all about? Gene Roddenberry

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readilly, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. Alice Wellington Rollins

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. Bertrand Russell

What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. Jonas Salk

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. Susan Sontag

There are no foolish questions, and no man has become a fool until he stops asking questions. Charles P. Steinmetz

It is not every question that deserves an answer. Publilius Syrus

I’d rather know some of the questions than all of the answers. James Thurber

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. James Thurber

The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer. Thomas J. Watson

The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development. Alfred North Whitehead

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence Unknown

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire

Sometimes questions are more important than answers. Nancy Willard