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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. ~Bernard Baruch

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. ~Franklin P. Adams

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. ~Sudie Back

Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance. ~S. Leonard Rubinstein, Writing: A Habit of Mind

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. ~James Stephens, The Crock of Gold

If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. ~Stephen Fry

Curiosity had twins — one was Invention and the other was Stick Yer Nose Into Things. ~Josh Billings

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling. ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées

While I find that I can keep my nose out of other people's business, I do have a curiosity as to their non-business activities. ~Robert Brault,

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education. ~Smiley Blanton

No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn't die out, it's wiped out. ~B.F. Skinner

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.
~Rudyard Kipling

Curiosity is the engine of achievement. ~Ken Robinson

Curiosity is little more than another name for Hope. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~Ellen Parr, quoted in Reader's Digest "Quotable Quotes," December 1980

There is no cure for curiosity. It must be outgrown or endured. A child is born with its mouth in position to utter the word "Why?" and when, at some later date, it is punished for asking too many questions, it thinks up enough additional questions during its punishment to make the Encyclopedia Britannica look sick. ~Boston Sunday Post, "Curiosity," 1915 August 1st  []

If you read someone else's diary, you get what you deserve. ~David Sedaris

To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd. ~Plato

Oh, I learn things everywhere I go.... why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what's on the other side? ~George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. ~Charles Proteus Steinmetz

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. ~Ralph W. Sockman

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. ~Bishop Mandell Creighton

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