Quotes about Questioning

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

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


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

Charles Proteus Steinmetz (April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923) was a German-American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers.


"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers."

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.


"The great question which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirthy years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want ?."

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was a Jewish Austrian neurologist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychiatry.


"The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions."

Claude Lévi-Strauss (28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a French anthropologist and ethnologist, and has been called the "father of modern anthropology.


"It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don't know all the answers."

John P. Loughrane (-)


"We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads to on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of species."

Desmond John Morris (born 24 January 1928 in Purton, north Wiltshire) is a British zoologist and ethologist, also known as a surrealist painter, television presenter and popular author.


"Questions are never indiscreet: answers sometimes are."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer."

Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer and dramatist.


"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."

Chinese Proverb (-)