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

Wonder implies the desire to learn.
      - Aristotle

He that questioneth much shall learn much and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge; but let his questions not be troublesome, for that is fit for a poser; and let him be sure to leave other men their turn to speak; nay, if there be any that would reign and take up all the time, let them find means to take them off, and bring others on,--as musicians used to do with those that dance too long galliards. If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.
      - Francis Bacon

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
      - Joan Baez

Inquire not too much into your bosom companion's griefs, nor compel him to tell all the tale of his life. Much and all will be told to those that do not ask; and you shall have the secrets into which you do not pry.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.
      - Smiley Blanton, M.D.

As those things which engage us merely by their novelty cannot attach us for any length of time, curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections.
      - Edmund Burke

Curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections; it changes its object perpetually; it has an appetite which is very sharp, but very easily satisfied, and it has always an appearance of giddiness, restlessness and anxiety.
      - Edmund Burke

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
      - Edmund Burke

Each window like a pill'ry appears,
  With heads thrust through nail'd by the ears.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 391)

I loathe that low vice--curiosity.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 23)

Adults ask questions as a child does. When you stop wondering, you might as well put your rocker on the front porch and call it a day.
      - Johnny Carson

The curiosity of an honorable mind willingly rests there, where the love of truth does not urge it farther onward, and the love of its neighbor bids it stop; in other words, it willingly stops at the point where the interests of truth do not beckon it onward, and charity cries, Halt!
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.
      - Abraham Cowley

There is philosophy in the remark that every man has in his own life follies enough, in the performance of his duty deficiencies enough, in his own mind trouble enough, without being curious after the affairs of others.
      - Charles Dibdin

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
      - Walt Disney

He who would pry behind the scenes oft sees a counterfeit.
      - John Dryden

The poorest of the sex have still an itch
  To know their fortunes, equal to the rich.
    The dairy-maid inquires, if she shall take
      The trusty tailor, and the cook forsake.
      - John Dryden, Sixth Satire of Juvenal
         (l. 762)

Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
      - Albert Einstein

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
      - Albert Einstein

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.
      - Albert Einstein

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
      - Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
      - Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
      - Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
      - Albert Einstein

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
      - Albert Einstein


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