Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Quotes: Quarrels. Questions.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

We hazard our lives on quarrels that have trivial causes.
Quarrels 529 See why this man hazards his honor and life on his sword and dagger; let him tell you where the source of this quarrel comes from; he cannot do so without blushing, so frivolous is its cause. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Socrates was a seeker who did not teach, but asked.
Questions 279 He [Socrates] was always the seeker, asking, not teaching.... E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

The ancient Greeks thought that everything needed to be questioned.
Questions 21 The Greeks said, ‘All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set to thought.’ E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

We are learning to ask terrible questions.
Questions 212 Emerson: “What terrible questions we are learning to ask.” Eiseley, The Star Thrower

The child is fortunate whose family encourages him to ask questions.
Questions 192 I was fortunate to be raised in a family that encouraged kids to ask questions. Gates, The Road Ahead.

The value of rephrasing the question.
Questions 555 [Asked whether he thought the U.S. should supply funds for international birth control studies]: JFK: If your question is: can we do more, should we know more about the whole reproduction cycle, and should this information be made more available to the world so that everyone can make their own judgment, I would think that it would be a matter which we could certainly support. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Questions often conceal statements.
Questions 365 He [Kennedy] listened patiently to long statements concealed as questions.... Sorenson, Kennedy

All questions are answerable.
Questions 7 Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. Emerson, Nature.

Nothing confuses us more than a child’s question.
Questions 417 ...the wisest doctor is graveled [confused, perplexed] by the inquisitiveness of a child. Emerson, Intellect.

Why is the sky blue? Aren’t you sorry you asked?
Questions 201 [What makes the sky blue?] Each space of air the size of a robin’s egg contained more than a million of these particles, and they were filters that reduced the sun’s heat and cut out the reds, violets, and greens of light from space, allowing only the dominant color of blue to reach the pond. Russell, Watchers at the Pond.

Liberals start with answers; JFK started with questions.
Questions answers 28 Unlike those liberals who start out with all the answers, he [Kennedy] had started out asking questions. Sorenson, Kennedy

He will be learned and wise if he remembers the answers to all his questions.
Questions learned wise 57 He will be [learned and wise], though, some day, if he recollects the answers to all his questions. Twain, Innocents Abroad.

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