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Quotes about Asking Questions

May you find great value in these wise Question quotes and sayings.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Perspective Open Insight

Honor tradition AND question tradition.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The well-timed question is more impacting than an answer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you ask a stupid question, you may feel stupid;
if you don't ask a stupid question, you remain stupid.
- Tony Rothman

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

Life's most urgent question is:
what are you doing for others?
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

To be or not to be is not
a question of compromise.
Either you be or you don't be.
- Golda Meir

Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?'
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants.
The question is: What are we busy about?
- Henry David Thoreau

I question my questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Question every assumption and expectation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Affirmation:
I question my questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is love there is no question.
- Albert Einstein

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

Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

A question that sometimes drives me hazy:
am I or are the others crazy?
- Albert Einstein

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question
"How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"
- Erwin Chargaff

The question of whether a computer can think is no
more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- Edsger Dijkstra

So my father was a person who never lied to me.
If I had a question, he answered it.
I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.
- Nick Cannon

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

I refuse to answer that question
on the grounds that I don't know the answer
- Douglas Adams

Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being.
Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.
- Carl Jung

Identify your assumptions (what you believe).
Question how you feel when you hold those assumptions.
Visualize holding different assumptions.
Ask yourself how it feels to hold a different world-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we've gone through in the last several years has
caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
- Steve Ballmer

The answer is twelve monkeys, what's the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always question WHY you are doing something.
Is it a free-will gift or an obligation?
That which is done out of a feeling of obligation
is unworkable as a substitute for a gift.
Obligation creates a feeling of resentment on your part,
and evokes resentment rather than gratitude
on the part of the recipient.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate,
the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts,
our attitudes.
That is why many people live in the withering negative world.
That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world.
- Alfred A. Montapert

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the question arose whether I, as a member of the royal family,
should take part in active combat in the Falklands,
there was no question in her mind, and it only took
her two days to sort the issue.
- Prince Andrew

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
- Sheri Rosenthal

Fix reason firmly in her seat,
and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God;
because, if there be one,
he must more approve of the homage of reason,
than that of blindfolded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.
- Felix Frankfurter

Judgment of the people in the situation is not helpful.
How can you help them is the question.
- Russell Simmons

In the time honored tradition of email,
just ignore the question.
- John Dobbin

Almost everyone thinks they are a good person,
but the question you should be asking is,
am I good enough to go to Heaven? How would you know?
- Candace Cameron

I've seen Keith fall asleep at business meetings about
millions of dollars for him-because of heroin,
just nod out and then wake up and answer a question.
- Charlie Watts

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must
be held of higher value than solving it.
- Georg Cantor

The gift of broadcasting is, without question,
the lowest human capacity to which any man could attain.
- Harold Nicolson

The question is no longer whether the United States
should contribute to assuring Israel's survival and prosperity;
that goes without saying.
- George Ball

Good history is a question of survival.
Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the
defining impression of our being.
- Ken Burns

The question of peace, progress and prosperity,
it's a motherhood statement, all of us like it.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

We can't be as good as we'd want to,
so the question then becomes,
how do we cope with our own badness?
- Nick Hornby

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin,
barefoot irreverence to their studies;
they are not here to worship what is known,
but to question it.
- Jacob Bronowski

I think there are a lot of pictures to make.
I sometimes question whether I'm even an artist or just a painter.
To me, the making of the pictures is the most important thing.
- Martin Mull

The great question is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with failure.
- Laurence J. Peter

I think that's not a question that one can answer accurately.
I read a whole range of books, quite a lot of history at the time,
and still do read a lot.
I read very widely.
- John Hume

I deem it established, then, that the Constitution
does not recognize property in man,
but leaves that question, as between the states,
to the law of nature and of nations.
- William H. Seward

For us democracy is a question of human dignity.
And human dignity is political freedom.
- Olof Palme

We want to encourage those who are able to work,
no question.
- Gerhard Schroder

The fidelity question is difficult for me.
Society has made us believe we're supposed to be monogamous
when we're not killer whales,
or whatever the monogamous species is.
- Rachel Hunter


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