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135,610.  The truly educated become conscious.  They become self-aware.  They do not lie to themselves … Thought is a dialogue with one’s inner self.  Those who think ask questions, questions those in authority do not want asked.  They remember who we are, where we come from and where we should go.  They remain eternally skeptical and distrustful of power.  And they know that this moral independence is the only protection from the radical evil that results from collective unconsciousness.  The capacity to think is the only bulwark against any centralized authority that seeks to impose mindless obedience.  There is a huge difference, as Socrates understood, between teaching people what to think and teaching them how to think.  (Question & Education) Chris Hedges, Why the United States is Destroying Its Education System, 2011  



120,101.  The [tobacco] industry had realized you could create the impression of controversy simply by asking questions.  (Tobacco & Question)  Naomi Oreskes, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming  



515.  Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.  Religion is answers that may never be questioned.  (Religion & Philosophy & Question & Answer)  Author unknown



95,137.  Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations  



38,722.  Sir Humphrey: I strongly advise you not to ask a direct question.  It might provoke a direct answer.


Jim: It never has yet.  (Government & Question & Answer)  Yes, Minister: The Moral Dimension s3e4



2,676.  There are no forbidden questions in science, no matters too sensitive or delicate to be probed, no sacred truths.  (Science & Truth & Question)  Carl Sagan



86,233.  Shall the blessed sun of heaven prove a mincer and eat blackberries?  a question not to be asked.  William Shakespeare, I Henry IV II iv 454



1,194.  To be, or not to be – that is the question.

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? – To die – to sleep –

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished.  To die – to sleep –

To sleep!  Perchance to dream.  Aye, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause.  There’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office...’  (Life’s Like That & Be & Question & Noble & Mind & Suffer & Fortune & Arms & Trouble & Opposition & Death & Pain & Suicide & Dream & Oppress & Law & Office & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, Hamlet III i 56-73



2,275.  Only Reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.  (Reason & Liberty & Believe & Like & Question)  Clive Bell 1881-1964, English art critic



2,375.  The essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.  (Science & Question & Answer)  Jacob Bronowski



6,819.  It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.  (Learning & Education & Students & Study & Question)  Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man   



2,398.  You just keep pursuing question after question after question.  (Science & Question)  Beautiful Minds: Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell



2,616.  A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something.  Success and failure are for him answers above all.  (Science & Think & Experiment & Question & Success & Failure & Answer)  Friedrich Nietzsche   



2,619.  The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.  (Science & Answer & Question) Claude Levi-Strauss 



2,630.  We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.  (Science & Question & Answer & Truth & Progress)  Carl Sagan



2,678.  The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer.  Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems.  (Science & Question & Answer)  G W Allport 



4,306.  For the first time I believe Science has pushed past Religion and Philosophy in daring to tackle this most fundamental of questions.  (Humanity & Question & Religion & Philosophy)  Professor Jim Al-Khalili, The Secret Life of Chaos BBC



61,138.  They did teach us how to ask the right questions.  (Islam & Science & Questions)  Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Science & Islam: The Empire of Reason



130,269.  Giant telescopes are being built all over the world which scientists hope will answer some of the oldest and most profound questions humans have ever asked.  (Idea & Telescope & Invention & Engineering & Space & Question)  Jim Al-Khalili, Revolutions: The Ideas that Changed the World V: Telescope, BBC 2019



6,679.  It is not that I’m so smart.  But I stay with the questions much longer.  (Intelligence & Clever & Question)  Albert Einstein



48,768.  Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is to not stop questioning.  (Physics & Learn & Question)  Albert Einstein



86,235.  To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.  Albert Einstein



6,713.  Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.  (Intellect & Question & Answer)  Janis Joplin



8,556.  Back in 1960 Frank Drake went about creating an equation that would answer the big question once and for all.  (Alien & Life & Question)  Horizon: Are We Alone in the Universe?  BBC 2008



9,086.  The philosopher’s treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.  (Philosophy & Question)  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophische Untersuchungen



9,134.  Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.  (Philosophy & Question)  Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy 1912 


9,135.  Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.  (Philosophy & Question & Universe)  ibid.



9,778.  The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.  (Art & Question)  Anton Chekhov 


20,601.  What kind of a fucking question is that?  You know we are all going to be real glad when we get rid of you, Somerset, you know that?  It’s always these questions with you.  Did the kid see it?  Who gives a fuck.  (GBH Films & Murder Films & Question)  Se7en 1995 starring Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman & Kevin Spacey & Gwyneth Paltrow & Richard Roundtree & Richard Schiff & R Lee Ermey & Mark Boone junior & John Cassini & Reg E Cathey et al, director David Fincher, rozzer to Freeman



21,355.  No questions.  What you don’t know can’t hurt you.  (GBH Films & Question)  The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 starring Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway & Paul Burke & Jack Weston & Gordon Pinsent & Biff McGuire & Yaphet Kotto & Addison Powell et al, director Norman Jewison