He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes;
he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
A few quotes about asking question that I like:
- It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.(by Thomas Paine)
- You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.(by Naguib Mahfouz)
- The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. (by Thomas Berger)
- It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.(by G.K. Chesterton)
- Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.(by Vanessa Redgrave)
- In school, we’re rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.(by Richard Saul Wurman)
- Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.(by Voltaire)
- My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.(by Peter Drucker)
Good question! It motive me to do some research and find there is a few good quotes from some great books.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.
–Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.
–J.D. Stroube, Caged by Damnation
Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not.
Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay?
Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.
–Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
–Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.
There are some questions that shouldn’t be asked until a person is mature enough to appreciate the answers.
–Annie Bishop, Daughter of the Blood
Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.
–Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.
–Shannon L. Alder
Never give up on someone. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone.
–Shannon L. Alder