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INQUISITIVENESS
[ Also see Babblers Curiosity Eyes Questions ]

Few men are raised in our estimation by being too closely examined.
      - Honore de Balzac

The key to all sciences is unquestionably the question mark. To the word How? we owe most of our greatest discoveries. Wisdom in life may perhaps consist in asking ourselves on all occasions: Why?
      - Honore de Balzac

Inquisitiveness or curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit, which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, and sometimes to the danger of his choking.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

In ancient days, the most celebrated precept was, "Know thyself;" in modern times it has been supplanted by the more fashionable maxim, "Know thy neighbor, and everything about him."
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Inquisitiveness is an uncomely guest.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

An inquisitive man is a creature naturally very vacant of thought itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistance.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.
      - Isaac Watts


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