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Jim Tucker - Kenneth Clark TV - Albert Einstein - Marie Curie - Genius of Britain TV - Brian Cox TV - Daniel C Dennett - Samuel Johnson - Margaret Singer - Anatole France - F Scott Fitzgerald - Proverbs - Oscar Wilde - Dorothy Parker - Lewis Carroll - Thomas Hobbes - Michio Kaku - Edmund Burke - Daniel Boone - Bryant H McGill - George R R Martin - Laurence Sterne - Graham Greene - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2009 - Robert Louis Stevenson - Blackadder III 1987 -       

 

 

 

Bilderberg: If a hundred and twenty film stars or a hundred and twenty NFL football players met behind locked and guarded doors in a remote location for three days you’d try very hard to penetrate and try to find out what those movie stars or football players are doing.  Why no curiosity at all when a hundred and twenty of the world’s most powerful financial leaders and political leaders meet for three days at a remote location behind armed guards and a complete black-out?  Why no curiosity?  Jim Tucker 

 

 

One more giant: Leonardo da Vinci ... He belongs to no epoch; he fits into no category.  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 5/13: The Hero as Artist, BBC 1969

 

He was the most relentlessly curious man in history.  ibid.

 

Leonardo’s curiosity was matched by an indefatigable energy.  He is never satisfied with a single answer.  ibid.

 

Every dissection was drawn with marvellous precision.  ibid.

 

 

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.  Albert Einstein

 

 

The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity.  Albert Einstein, cited Life 2nd May 1955

 

 

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.  Marie Curie, cited Henry & Dana Thomas, Living Adventures in Science 1972

 

 

‘It was curiosity which drove them.’  Genius of Britain II: A Roomful of Brilliant Minds, Stephen Hawking, Channel 4 2012  

 

 

Cavendish embodies what science and what being a scientist is all about: his curiosity about the world drove him to design experiments in an effort to gain new insights into how the world works.  Brian Cox, Science Britannica II: Method and Madness, BBC 2013

 

 

Science is based on curiosity ... Space for the dreamers to dream.  Brian Cox, Science Britannica III: Clear Blue Skies

 

 

If you can approach the worlds complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.  Daniel C Dennett: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon 

 

 

A generous and elevated mind is distinguished by nothing more certainly than an eminent degree of curiosity.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

Somehow the average citizen thinks that his or her mind could never be manipulated, and yet every day were manipulated by each other, were manipulated by advertising – a thousand things impact and manipulate us in different ways.  Doctor Margaret Singer, Emeritus Professor Berkeley UC

 

 

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.  Anatole France

 

 

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.  Anatole France

 

 

I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.  F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

 

Curiosity killed the cat.  Early 20th century proverb

 

 

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.  Oscar Wilde

  

 

The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.  Dorothy Parker, attributed

 

 

Curiouser and curiouser!  Lewis Carroll  

 

 

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.  Thomas Hobbes

 

 

Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams.  That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy.  And also, learn the math.  Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.  Michio Kaku

 

 

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.  Edmund Burke

 

 

Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.  Daniel Boone

 

 

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.  Bryant H McGill

 

 

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

 

 

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his little life by him who interests his heart in everything.  Laurence Sterne

 

 

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.  Graham Greene

 

 

I’m curious – what comes next?  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2009 starring Brad Pitt & Robert Towers & Peter Donald Badalamenti & Tom Everett & Spencer Daniels & Chandler Canterbury & Cate Blanchett & Elle Fanning & Julia Ormond & Taraji P Henson et al, director David Fincher, old lady opening scene

 

I always had a healthy curiosity – what was up the street, or around the next corner.  ibid.  Benjamin’s commentary  

 

You’re odd.  You’re different from anybody I’ve ever met.  ibid.  her to him

 

Our lives are defined by opportunities.  Even the ones we missed.  ibid.    

 

While everybody else was ageing, I was getting younger, all alone.  ibid.

 

Benjamin, do you know anything about buttons?  ibid.   

 

You can be mad as a mad dog at the way things went.  You can swear and curse the Fates.  But when it comes to the end you have to let go.  ibid.

 

But life being what it is – a series of intersecting lives and incident out of anyone’s control.  ibid.  

 

 

It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.  Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

 

I charge you now, Baldrick, for the good of all mankind never allow curiosity to lead you to open your trousers.  Nothing of interest lies therein.  Blackadder III: Nob & Nobility,  Blackadder, BBC 1987