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CURIOSITY
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[ Also see Busybodies Discovery Exploration Indifference Inquisitiveness Questions Research Secrecy Speculation Wonder ]

Nobody wanted me to know. But I wanted to know.
      - Joyce Carol Oates,
        After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, And Flew Away

Curiosity is thought on its entering edge.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Curiosity is but vanity. Oftenest one wishes to know but to talk of it. Otherwise one would not go to sea if he were never to say anything about it, and for the sole pleasure of seeing, without hope of ever communicating what he has seen.
      - Blaise Pascal

Our inquisitive disposition is excited by having its gratification deferred.
  [Lat., Incitantur enim homines ad agnoscenda quae differuntur.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (IX, 27)

Talkativeness has another plague attached to it, even curiosity; for praters wish to hear much that they may have much to say.
      - Plutarch

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
      - Alexander Pope

Curiosity has lost more young girls than love.
      - Madame Marie Madeleine Puisieux

Men are; more inclined to ask curious questions than to obtain necessary instruction.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

The first vice of the first woman was curiosity, and it runs through the whole sex.
      - Samuel Richardson

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
      - James Harvey Robinson

The knowledge that women lack stimulates their imagination; the knowledge that men possess blunts theirs.
      - Mme. (de Wimpffen) de Sartory

'Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at V, i)

I have perceived a most faint neglect of late, which I have rather blamed as mine own jealous curiosity than as a very pretense and purpose of unkindness.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at I, iv)

When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags thou know'st none, but art despised for the contrary. There's a medlar for thee; eat it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at IV, iii)

The enquiring spirit will not be controll'd,
  We would make certain all, and all behold.
      - Charles Sprague

Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
      - James Stephens

A penny for your thought.
      - Jonathan Swift

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit. Knock therefore at the door before you enter upon your neighbor's privacy; and remember that there is no difference between entering into his house and looking into it.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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