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You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.

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The questions which one asks oneself begin, at last, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
To ask the hard question is simple.
Good questions outrank easy answers.
There are two sides to every question.
Not every question deserves an answer.
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.


Many things are lost for want of not asking.
— English proverb

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Judge a man by his questions, not his answers.
There are no right answers to wrong questions.
A wise man's question contains half the answer.


Questions are dangerous, for they have answers.
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

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What you are is a question only you can answer.
Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.
'Tis not every question that deserves an answer.
To question a wise man is the beginning of wisdom.


Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.
Truth walks toward us on the path of our questions.


A question is a trap, and an answer your foot in it.
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.
Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.
Questions are never indiscreet.  Answers sometimes are.
There are inquiries which are a sort of moral burglary.
A timid question will always receive a confident answer.
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.


Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.
Don't ask questions if you don't want to hear the answers.
Question and answer is not a civilized form of conversation.


The noblest question in the world is What Good may I do in it?
When we have arrived at the question, the answer is already near.
There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.
There aren't any embarrassing questions—just embarrassing answers.
There aren't any embarrassing questions, only embarrassing answers.
Those who wish to succeed must ask the right preliminary questions.


The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.


To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.


He must be very ignorant, for he answers every question he is asked.
The impulse to ask questions is among the more primitive human lusts.
An answer is invariably the parent of a great family of new questions.


No question is so difficult to answer as one in which the answer is obvious.
If we would have new knowledge, we must get us a whole world of new questions.


Time does not dispose of a question—it only presents it anew in a different guise.
It is less embarrassing to ask a silly question than to explain later why you didn't.
More trouble is caused in the world by indiscreet answers than by indiscreet questions.
A sudden, bold, and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.


The words "question" and "quest" are cognates.  Only through inquiry can we discover truth.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.


In real life exams, someone gives you an answer and you have to find the best corresponding questions.
The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.

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There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to.
To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

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Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I keep six honest serving men...they taught me all I know; their names are: what and why and when and how and who and where.
You start a question, and it's like starting a stone.  You sit quietly on top of a hill; and the stone goes, starting others.
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.
A work of art does not answer questions: it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between their contradictory answers.


The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning... for by doubting we are led to questioning and by questioning we arrive at the truth.


Questions which cannot be freed by words find it easy to slip into the blood stream, changing the body's chemistry, changing a whole life, sometimes.
It is not enough for me to ask questions; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

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Questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs.
In all affairs—love, religion, politics, or business—it's a healthy idea, now and then, to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.


Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
A good question is never answered.  It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
Never, never, never, on cross examination ask a witness a question you don't already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.  Do it, and you'll often get an answer you don't want.
It is not more answers we need, but better questions. It is not more action we need, but deeper reflection. It is not more knowledge we need, but profounder wisdom. It is not more technology we need, but greater aspirations.
The great pleasure of ignorance is, after all, the pleasure of asking questions.  The man who has lost this pleasure or exchanged it for the pleasure of dogma, which is the pleasure of answering, is already beginning to stiffen.

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It has always puzzled me, in my business, that people think they have to answer questions, no matter how disagreeable or dangerous, just because they were asked. Of course, we journalists would be out of business if they didn't.