quotations about questions
A question is a trap, and an answer your foot in it.
JOHN STEINBECK, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Wisdom is understanding when to ask questions.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
ANTHONY ROBBINS, attributed, 101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
Why ... did so many people spend their lives not trying to find answers to questions -- not even thinking of questions to begin with? Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers?
ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation
Questions are dangerous, for they have answers.
JACQUELINE CAREY, Kushiel's Dart
Your questions are false if you already know the answer.
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, The Stone Raft
He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
RAINER MARIA RILKE, Letters to a Young Poet
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
THOMAS PYNCHON, Gravity's Rainbow
The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.
JOHN FOWLES, The Magus
No man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.
CHARLES PROTEUS STEINMETZ, attributed, The American Magazine, Volume 95, 1923
Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, The Problems of Philosophy
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things.
RONALD REAGAN, speech at Moscow State University, May 31, 1988
Animals are such agreeable friends -- they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
GEORGE ELIOT, Mr. Gilfil's Love Story
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without ever having asked a clear question.
ALBERT CAMUS, The Fall
Well, my head's full of questions
My temp'rature's risin' fast
Well, I'm lookin' for some answers
But I don't know who to ask
BOB DYLAN, "Mixed-Up Confusion"
Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, She Stoops to Conquer
Some questions cannot be answered.
They become familiar weights in the hand,
round stones pulled from the pocket,
unyielding and cool.
JANE HIRSHFIELD, "Woman in Red Coat"
The answer is a mirror of the question.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, The Butlerian Jihad
A good question is, of course, the key by which infinite answers can be educed.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation's Edge