The man who questions opinion is wise; the man who quarrels with fact is a fool.
—Frank A. Garbutt (1869–1938) American Inventor, Movie Pioneer
You don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colours from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them.
—Richard Bach (b.1936) American Novelist, Aviator
Questions show the mind’s range, and answers its subtlety.
—Joseph Joubert (1754–1824) French Writer, Moralist
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 (1924–2007) American Writer of Fantasy Novels
You can’t ask for what you want unless you know what it is. A lot of people don’t know what they want or they want much less than they deserve. First you have figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it.
—Barbara De Angelis (b.1951) American Self-Help Author
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
—Thomas Paine (1737–1809) American Nationalist, Author, Pamphleteer, Radical, Inventor
Man, if you gotta ask you’ll never know.
—Louis Armstrong (1900–71) American Jazz Trumpeter, Singer
That is the essence of a witch-hunt, that any questioning of the evidence or the procedures in itself constitutes proof of complicity.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) Indian Hindu Political leader
Read less and think more. Read about great things and think about great questions and issues.
—Wallace Wattles (1860–1911) American New Thought Author
If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Man will not live without answers to his questions.
—Hans Morgenthau (1904–80) German-American Political Scientist
There are no foolish questions, only foolish silence
One who never asks either knows everything or nothing.
—Malcolm S. Forbes (1919–1990) American Publisher, Businessperson
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
—Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) Egyptian Novelist
Our jobs determine to a large extent what our lives are like. Is what you do for a living making you ill? Does it keep you from becoming a more fully realized person? Do you feel ashamed of what you have to do at work? All too often, the answer to such questions is yes. Yet it does not have to be like that. Work can be one of the most joyful, most fulfilling aspects of life. Whether it will be or not depends on the actions we collectively take.
—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1934–2021) Hungarian-American Psychologist
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others.
—James Baldwin (1924–87) American Novelist, Social Critic
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
—C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish-born British Academic, Author, Literary Scholar
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? .
—James Lane Allen (1849–1925) American Novelist, Short Story Writer
It’s easier to see both sides of a question than the answer.
—Arnold Glasow (1905–98) American Businessman
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
—Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) Russian Novelist
The Work is: Judge your neighbor, write it down, ask four questions, turn it around. That’s it. Simple stuff.
—Byron Katie (b.1942) American Speaker, Author
It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it!
It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
—Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–72) American Jewish Rabbi
No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
—Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865–1923) German-born American Mathematician, Engineer
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 A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
—Eugene Ionesco (1909–94) Romanian-born French Dramatist
There are no foolish questions and no one becomes a fool until they have stopped asking questions.