Quotations on Questions

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If you write, one of the questions you're always trying to answer is, Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write, you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Ideas, Question, Questions, Trying)

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.
- Isabel Allende
(Keywords: Heart, Fate, Questions, Rules)

At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration.
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Keywords: First, Mind, Questions, Writing)

My work is more about trying to ask good questions and not trying to come up with big shows. Every fashion company is doing that, every car company is doing that.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: Car, Work, Company, Fashion, Questions, Trying)

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit of fundamental questions.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Pursuit, Questions, Theory)

If journalists ask you again and again about the same bands, you'll end up saying you hate them just because you're so fed up with being asked all those stupid questions.
- Billie Joe Armstrong
(Keywords: Being, End, Hate, Questions, Saying)

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: History, Answers, Anthropology, Questions, Study)

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 colors from the same jewel.
- Richard Bach
(Keywords: Answers, Colors, Light, Questions, Study, Want)

In the beginning I thought, and still think, he did great good in giving support and encouragement to this movement. But I did not believe then, and have never believed since, that these ills can be settled by partisan political methods. They are moral and economic questions.
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Keywords: Thought, Beginning, Encouragement, Giving, Questions, Support)

But I recognize no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Faith, Honesty, Authority, May, Questions, Respect, Sincerity)

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Experience, Key, Questions, World)

The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest.
- Albert Barnes
(Keywords: God, Soul, Bible, Desire, Information, Questions, Rest)

As I walk'd by myself, I talk'd to myself, And myself replied to me; And the questions myself then put to myself, With their answers I give to thee.
- Bernard Barton
(Keywords: Answers, Questions, Talk)

You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening - this goes to the first question you asked - the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn't been resolved yet.
- Birch Bayh
(Keywords: Time, Country, First, Rights, Human rights, Injustice, Question, Questions, Years)

We do not yet have the solutions to these questions, but the awareness that we live in an endangered world is present in more and more life situations.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Life, Awareness, Present, Questions, World)

Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Open, Questions, Reason)

The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.
- Carl Bernstein
(Keywords: Fear, Environment, First, Information, May, Pressure, Questions, Will)

Because, you know, resilience - if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you'd be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn't a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.
- Jeff Bezos
(Keywords: Gold, Innovation, Now, Pretty, Questions, Right)

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
- Otto von Bismarck
(Keywords: Blood, Day, Decisions, Majority, Questions, Will)

Most people are really cool and I really don't mind talking to them and answering their questions.
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Keywords: People, Mind, Questions, Talking)

And I like asking questions, to keep learning; people with big egos might not want to look unsure.
- Heston Blumenthal
(Keywords: People, Learning, Questions, Want)

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono
(Keywords: Thought, Answers, Questions, Wrong)

In the past, I always used to be looking for answers. Today, I know there are only questions. So I just live.
- Sarah Brightman
(Keywords: Answers, Past, Questions, Today)

Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions. And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too, then you can hear God thinking.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Work, God, Answers, Man, Questions, Thinking)

I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress.
- Dan Brown
(Keywords: Work, Life, Progress, Quest, Questions, Spiritual, Will)

Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Keywords: Money, People, Survival, Freedom, Liberals, Questions, Security)

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
- William S. Burroughs
(Keywords: Mind, Questions, Relax, Will)

I'll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.
- George H. W. Bush
(Keywords: Help, Questions, Will)

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.
- Laura Bush
(Keywords: Answers, Children, Learning, Libraries, Open, Questions, World)

And we've got to ask ourselves some very serious questions as to whether or not certain religious leaders, in terms of raising money - I hate to bring this up - are pushing hot buttons.
- Tony Campolo
(Keywords: Money, Hate, Leaders, Questions, Religious)

I was going to go make a film in Greece. if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles. I thought, what I am doing?
- Dyan Cannon
(Keywords: Thought, Film, Greece, Questions, Trying)

Socialism is good when it comes to wages, but it tells me nothing when it comes to other questions in life that are more private and painful, for which I must seek answers elsewhere.
- Karel Capek
(Keywords: Life, Answers, Nothing, Questions, Socialism, Wages)

One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Mind, Questions, Surprises)

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
- Edgar Cayce
(Keywords: Dreams, Answers, Questions, Today, Tomorrow)

My wife - to-be and I went to see my father. Only he could answer the two questions before us: Shall we get married now? Shall I begin the practice of law, or continue being the successful wine salesman I had become, working my way through law school?
- Emanuel Celler
(Keywords: Father, Wife, Successful, Being, Law, Now, Practice, Questions, School, Wine)

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Work, Successful, Answers, Questions, Results, Will)

I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!
- Tracy Chapman
(Keywords: Death, Questions, Songs, Weather)

In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(Keywords: People, Now, Questions, Will)

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Science, Action, Decision, Choice, Loss, Questions, Reason, Will)

I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery.
- Kate Chopin
(Keywords: Trust, Editors, Flattery, Giving, Questions, Secrets, Will, Woman)

I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Answers, Questions, Thinking, Worth)

Could the one whom Christians worship be merely a mythological creation, or is he real? These questions have exercised many great minds and have been the dominant issue in New Testament studies during this century.
- John Clayton
(Keywords: Creation, New testament, Questions, Worship)

Kids enjoy laughing and are seldom bored when they find something funny. They also ask questions, often to adults, because they understand that the more words they can comprehend about a funny story or a joke, the more they'll enjoy it.
- Brian P. Cleary
(Keywords: Funny, Kids, Questions, Words)

I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything again about how I work with Ethan, or whether we have arguments, or... you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years. I suppose it's interesting to people.
- Joel Coen
(Keywords: Work, People, Arguments, Questions, Years)

I appreciated and respected kids who asked questions. They didn't do it to get attention, but because they were interested. Kids who didn't want to look dumb seemed like scared little rabbits.
- Henry Cole
(Keywords: Attention, Dumb, Kids, Questions, Want)

A man usually falls in love with a woman who asks the kinds of questions he is able to answer.
- Ronald Colman
(Keywords: Love, Man, Questions, Woman)

When people ask me silly questions about my private life, I just say, I don't discuss that.
- Imogen Cunningham
(Keywords: Life, People, Questions, Silly)

On some level, now, we are joining the larger world and realizing that we are connected with people in these very scary ways, sometimes. What happened recently in Spain affects us here and brings questions up. It is too bad that people have to be shaken up in that way.
- Edwidge Danticat
(Keywords: People, Now, Questions, Spain, World)

There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.
- Johnny Depp
(Keywords: Love, Life, Dying, Living, Questions, Spirit, Value, Worth)

One of the fundamental questions of today's world is undoubtedly the question of equitable globalisation.
- Janez Drnovsek
(Keywords: Question, Questions, Today, World)



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