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

Answers    Man    Questions    Thinking

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

How    Life    Purpose    Questioning    Questions    Why

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.

Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon

Gravity's Rainbow
Answers    Paranoia    Proverbs    Questions    Wit

Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, "What else could this mean?

Albert grunted. "Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?"
Mort thought for a moment.
"No," he said eventually, "what?"
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, "Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve 'em right.


Terry Pratchett


Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.

She Stoops to Conquer

Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to Conquer
Ask    Humor    Lies    Questions    Sarcasm    Wit    Witty

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.

I don't get it,' Caroline said, bemused. 'She's the only one with wings. Why is that?'
There were so many questions in life. You couldn't ever have all the answers. But I knew this one.
It's so she can fly,' I said. Then I started to run.

Answers    Life    Questions    Running

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.

Answers    Despair    Inspiration    Life    Meaning    Pain    Purpose    Questions    Road    Strength    Survive

There are some questions that shouldn't be asked until a person is mature enough to appreciate the answers.

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.

Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.

It's a fact—
is ignorant in some way or another.
Ignorance is our deepest secret.
And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it.
Here is a quick test:
If you have
changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never
the basics, and if you have
no wish
to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who,
in your opinion
, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.
It will do
of you good.

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

Asking    Courage    Daring    Knowledge    Questions    Risk    Seeking    Uncertainty

Does he treat you with respect at all times? That's the first question. The second question is, if he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? And finally, does he inspire to be a better person? You find someone you can answer yes to all three, then you've found a good man.

Those questions you have? Whether he's the one, whether you feel about him the way you should, or whether the relationship is going okay? When you're not sure whether you're in love with someone or not, the answer is not.

Feel    Love    Questions    Relationship    The one

There are always answers. We just have to be smart enough.

Never give up on someone. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone.

Answers    Commond ground    Found    Friendship    Holding on    Lost    Love    Questions    Seeking    Waiting

Which would you rather be if you had the choice--divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

My 'morals' were sound, even a bit puritanic, but when a hidebound old deacon inveighed against dancing I rebelled. By the time of graduation I was still a 'believer' in orthodox religion, but had strong questions which were encouraged at Harvard. In Germany I became a freethinker and when I came to teach at an orthodox Methodist Negro school I was soon regarded with suspicion, especially when I refused to lead the students in public prayer. When I became head of a department at Atlanta, the engagement was held up because again I balked at leading in prayer. I refused to teach Sunday school. When Archdeacon Henry Phillips, my last rector, died, I flatly refused again to join any church or sign any church creed. From my 30th year on I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war.
I think the greatest gift of the Soviet Union to modern civilization was the dethronement of the clergy and the refusal to let religion be taught in the public schools

Atheist    Atlanta    Civilization    Clergy    Creed    Deacon    Evil    Exploitation    Freethinker    Germany    Harvard    Morals    Orthodox    Orthodox religion    Public prayer    Public school    Puritanic    Questions    Rebel    Slavery    Soviet union    Ussr    War

He explained to me with great insistence that every question posessed a power that did not lie in the answer.


Elie Wiesel's five-year-old grandson


How do we get there? How did you get here, by the way?' [Will asked].
He heard Halt's deep sigh and knew he'd done it again.
'Do you ever,' the older Ranger said with great deliberation, 'manage to ask just one question at a time? Or does it always have to be multiple choice with you?'
Will looked at him in surprise. 'Do I do that?' he asked. 'Are you sure?'
Halt said nothing. He raised his hands in a 'See what I mean?' gesture...
'Halt,' [Selethen said], 'I could be wrong, but I think you were just guilty of the same fault. I'm sure I heard you ask two questions just then.'
'Thank you for pointing that out, Lord Selethen,' Halt said with icy formality.

Questions are great, but only if you know the answers. If you ask questions and the answers surprise you, you look silly.

When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'No answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you don't understand.

Answers    God    God's love    Love    Peace    Prayer    Questions

‎Halt looked up at the trees above him.
"Why does this boy ask so many questions?" he asked the trees.
Naturally, they didn't answer.

The Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan
Halt    Questions    Rangers    Will

Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions.

The question is very understandable, but no one has found a satisfactory answer to it so far. Yes, why do they make still more gigantic planes, still heavier bombs and, at the same time, prefabricated houses for reconstruction? Why should millions be spent daily on the war and yet there's not a penny available for medical services, artists, or for poor people?
Why do some people have to starve, while there are surpluses rotting in other parts of the world? Oh, why are people so crazy?

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.

The Magus

John Fowles

The Magus

At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.

Choices    Life    Questions    Wisdom

The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.

Half of the time, the Holy Ghost tries to warn us about certain people that come into our life. The other half of the time he tries to tell us that the sick feeling we get in a situation is not the other person’s fault, rather it is our own hang-ups. A life filled with bias, hatred, judgment, insecurity, fear, delusion and self-righteousness can cloud the soul of anyone you meet. Our job is never to assume,instead it is to listen, communicate, ask questions then ask more, until we know the true depth of someone’s spirit.

The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.

An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy.

A Circle of Quiet

Madeleine L'Engle

A Circle of Quiet

Religion carries two sorts of people in two entirely opposite directions: the mild and gentle people it carries towards mercy and justice; the persecuting people it carries into fiendish sadistic cruelty. Mind you, though this may seem to justify the eighteenth-century Age of Reason in its contention that religion is nothing but an organized, gigantic fraud and a curse to the human race, nothing could be farther from the truth. It possesses these two aspects, the evil one of the two appealing to people capable of naïve hatred; but what is actually happening is that when you get natures stirred to their depths over questions which they feel to be overwhelmingly vital, you get the bad stirred up in them as well as the good; the mud as well as the water. It doesn't seem to matter much which sect you have, for both types occur in all sects....

Age of reason    Curse    Fraud    Hatred    Justice    Mercy    Nature    Questions    Sect    Truth    Vital

Ada beza antara jumpa benda yang kita nak cari, dan cari benda yang kita nak jumpa.

He looked at me intently, from what seemed behind the veil of a grave experience. Then slowly and prophetically, he said the scariest thing I'd ever heard: "Because the answer to a heartfelt question, Jack, will always break your heart.

Master of the Delta

Thomas H. Cook

Master of the Delta

She holds herself with such reserve. She smiles, but the smile doesn't reach her eyes, even in the company of the girls she's chosen to eat with. Why?
I have no clue, and I really don't want to spend my time worrying about it. But my brain pushes at the question anyway.
Why are people aloof?
Because they don't want to let others in.
Why don't they want to let others in?
Well, sometimes because they're shy, and sometimes because they're convinced of their own superiority.
But those aren't the only reasons. Sometimes it's because thay have something to hide.


Lauren Myracle (Let It Snow)

Aloof    Hiding    Questions    Shy

To ask the 'right' question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.

Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both.

Agnosticism    Atheism    Believable    Convincing    Doubt    Faith    Honesty    Inspiration    Life    Memorable    Questioning    Questions    Realism    Realistic    Storytelling    Theism    Writing

Q: Why do I love thee, O Night?
A: Because you know I will never answer.

Aloneness    Answer    Answers    Communication    Communion    Enigma    Introspection    Love    Lovers    Mystery    Night    Peace    Question    Questions    Quiet    Silence

Good books make you ask questions. Bad readers want everything answered.

Books    Questions    Read    Twitter

حُكمك على الشخص يكون من أسئلته وليس أجوبته

Answers    Man    Questions    Thinking

The two girls disappeared into the stern cabin once more. Will watched them go, then asked Halt, 'Anything you'd like me to do? Grow a beard? Learn to walk like a rooster?'
'If you could stop asking facetious questions, that'd be a start,' Halt told him. 'But it's probably a little late in life for you to do that.

Her eyes were of different colors, the left as brown as autumn, the right as gray as Atlantic wind. Both seemed alive with questions that would never be voiced, as if no words yet existed with which to frame them. She was nineteen years old, or thereabouts; her exact age was unknown. Her face was as fresh as an apple and as delicate as blossom, but a marked depression in the bones beneath her left eye gave her features a disturbing asymmetry. Her mouth never curved into a smile. God, it seemed, had withheld that possibility, as surely as from a blind man the power of sight. He had withheld much else. Amparo was touched—by genius, by madness, by the Devil, or by a conspiracy of all these and more. She took no sacraments and appeared incapable of prayer. She had a horror of clocks and mirrors. By her own account she spoke with Angels and could hear the thoughts of animals and trees. She was passionately kind to all living things. She was a beam of starlight trapped in flesh and awaiting only the moment when it would continue on its journey into forever. (p.33)

Angel    Apple    Asymmetry    Atlantic    Autumn    Blind man    Blossom    Bones    Clock    Colors    Depression    Eyes    God    Horror    Journey    Left eye    Living things    Madness    Mirror    Nineteen years old    Power of sight    Prayer    Questions    Sacraments    Smile    Starlight    Tree    Wind

It’s not a bad lesson to learn in the bleaker months: how you view a storm is a question of perspective; provided you find the right rock to watch it from, it could be the most incredible thing you’ll ever witness.

Lesson    Life    Perspective    Questions    Rock    Storm    Viewpoint

The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.
While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.



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