An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


For every why he had a wherefore.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Every clarification breeds new questions.


Arthur Bloch


I believe the best test of a model is how well can the modeler answer the questions, "What do you know now, that you did not know before?" and "How can you find out if it is true?"


Jim Bower (British song writer)


Do not answer the person whose questions are vile. Do not question a person whose answers are vile.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


If a person is not in the habit of asking, `What is this? What is this?' then I cannot do anything for him.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fund doing it?


Charles Connolly (American psychologist)


Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.


EE Cummings (1894-1962, American poet)


A timid question will always receive a confident answer.


Lord Darling


The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.


E. W. Dijkstra


If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


If you do not ask the right questions, you do not get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the A-B-C of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.


Edward Hodnett


Why ask why? If it's raining it just is.


Doug Horton


The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.


Anthony Jay


Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.


Naguib Mahfouz (1911-, Egyptian writer and Nobel Prize winner)


The question to everyone's answer is usually asked from within.


Steve Miller


The question to everyone's answer is usually asked from within.


Steve Miller


Man will not live without answers to his questions.


Hans J. Morgenthau (1904-1980, German American political scientist)


It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


If you ask questions, you cannot avoid answers.


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


Every question has an answer.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


How can you prove if we are currently sleeping and our thoughts are a dream, or if we are awake and talking to each other in the waking state?


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

Author's website:


Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

Author's website:


To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the stings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take up arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing them, end them.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Hamlet


No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


The wise man questions the wisdom of others because he questions his own, the foolish man, because it is different from his own.


Leo Stein


No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.


Charles Steinmetz (1865-1923, German electrical engineer)


It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


An educated man is one who has finally discovered that there are some questions to which nobody has the answer.


Author Unknown


An expert knows all the answers -- if you ask the right questions.


Author Unknown


Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question.


Author Unknown


He who knows all the answers has not yet been asked all the questions.


Author Unknown


It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.


Author Unknown


The word question is derived from the Latin quarrier (to seek) which is the same root as the word for quest. A creative life is a continued quest, and good questions can be very useful guides. Most useful are open-ended questions; they allow for fresh unanticipated answers to reveal themselves.


Author Unknown


There are no foolish questions and no one becomes a fool until they have stopped asking questions.


Author Unknown


When someone says, That's a good question. You can be sure it's a lot better than the answer you're going to get.


Author Unknown


Why? Why not? Why not you? Why not now?


Author Unknown


He must be very ignorant, for he answers every question he is asked.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


To find the exact answer, one must first ask the exact question.


Tobin S. Webster


We should not only master questions, but also act upon them, and act definitely.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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