Questioning Whatever They Tell You
[Apropos of the emphasis on questioning in last Thursday’s post Sleep App on Your Phone? Maybe Not a Good Idea. Part of being resourceful and resilient is challenging what “everybody knows” and asking good questions to look for deeper answers.]
[Questioning] is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
– Daniel Boorstin
It is important that [people] bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their [questioning]; they are not here to worship what is known but to question it.
– Jacob Bronowski
Learning is always rebellion. Every bit of new truth discovered is revolutionary to what we believed before.
– Margaret Lee Runbeck
It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong.
– Martin H. Fischer
It is in fact a part of the function of [questioning] to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.
– T.S. Eliot
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
– Harry S. Truman
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
– Malcolm Forbes
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
– Lloyd Alexander
Only the curious will learn and only the resolute will overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.
– Eugene S. Wilson
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
When you raise a child, you don’t sit down and take all the rules of life, write them into a big catalog, and start reading the child all these individual rules from A to Z. When we raise a child, a lot of what we do is let the child experiment and guide the experimentation. The child basically has to process his own data and learn from experience.
– Sebastian Thrun
Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The important thing is not to stop questioning. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
– Albert Einstein
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
– Samuel Johnson
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.
– Martina Horner, president, Radcliffe College