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Curiosity & Wonder



I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein, 1952


Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will; indeed, it has led many people into dangers which mere physical courage would shudder away from, for hunger and love and curiosity are the great impelling forces of life. ~James Stephens, The Crock of Gold, 1912


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


Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. ~Sudie Back, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1990


I keep six honest serving-men;
      (They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Where and When
      And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
      I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
      I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,
      For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
      For they are hungry men:
But different folk have different views;
      I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
      Who get no rest at all!
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
      From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
      And seven million Whys!
~Rudyard Kipling


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


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, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1960


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. ~"Curiosity," Boston Sunday Post, 1915  [quoteinvestigator.com]


The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. ~Ralph W. Sockman, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1998


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


Now I have certainly not time for such enquiries; shall I tell you why? I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my business, while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous. ~Plato, translated by B. Jowett, 1875


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


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, in The Saturday Evening Post, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1983


This delicate little plant [curiosity], aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. ~Albert Einstein, 1946


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


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, as quoted by The Reader's Digest 1980


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend only a little of this mystery every day. ~Albert Einstein





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