„"How to test?" is a question that cannot be answered in general. "When to test?" however, does have a general answer: as early and as often as possible.“
— Bjarne Stroustrup Danish computer scientist, creator of C++ 1950
„There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -566 - -483 a.C.
As quoted in: Ṭhānissaro (Bhikkhu.) (2004) Handful of leaves. Vol. 3, p. 80
„How does the philosophical question differ from the non-philosophical question? To philosophize means, we said, to direct one's view toward the totality of the world. So is that a philosophical question (and that alone) which has for its explicit and formal theme the sum-total of all existing things? No! What is peculiar and distinctive about a philosophical question is that it cannot be posed, considered, or answered (so far at least as an answer is possible) without "God and the world" also coming into consideration, that is, the whole of what exists.“
— Josef Pieper German philosopher 1904 - 1997
p. 95 Since "the answers of the special sciences" do not reach "the horizon of total reality", they are given "without having to speak at the same time of 'God and the world.'" (p. 96)
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„The Outsider cannot accept life as it is, who cannot consider his own existence or anyone else's necessary. He sees 'too deep and too much'. It is still a question of self-expression.“
— Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Chapter Four The Attempt to Gain Control
„Scepticism is not irrefutable, but obviously nonsensical, when it tries to raise doubts where no questions can be asked.
For doubt can exist only where a question exists, a question only where an answer exists, and an answer only where something can be said. (6.51)“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
„Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.“
— John Tukey American mathematician 1915 - 2000
The future of data analysis. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962), page 13. Variant: "An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question." "as the renowned statistician John Tukey once reportedly said," according to Super Freakonomics page 224.
„The right way to ask the question is: How does the concept of a point fit into the logical structure of Euclid's geometry? ...It cannot be answered by a definition.“
— Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
Context: Euclid... gave his famous definition of a point: "A point is that which has no parts, or which has no magnitude." …A point has no existence by itself. It exists only as a part of the pattern of relationships which constitute the geometry of Euclid. This is what one means when one says that a point is a mathematical abstraction. The question, What is a point? has no satisfactory answer. Euclid's definition certainly does not answer it. The right way to ask the question is: How does the concept of a point fit into the logical structure of Euclid's geometry?... It cannot be answered by a definition. Ch. 2 : Butterflies and Superstrings, p. 17
— Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
„A million words cannot express what a glance can convey, and a million glances cannot express what a moment of silence can.“
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spiritual leader 1956
Context: A million words cannot express what a glance can convey, and a million glances cannot express what a moment of silence can. A moment of silence conveys so much more than any other expression. Still, love is beyond silence too. You can describe silence to some extent, but that which is beyond silence cannot be expressed. You give, you hug... but still something remains unexpressed. Narada Bhakti Sutras (2001)
„The purpose of art is expression. Of course this short sentence raises many questions. By itself it is uninformative. One should specify what art can and cannot express. One should specify what art should and should not express. These questions cannot be answered without having some notion of the nature of man. Here it is presupposed that God created man as essentially a rational being. This implies that man’s most valuable expressions are rational and intellectual. Therefore, although man can express emotion, by screaming “Ouch,” art becomes more human and valuable in proportion to its intellectual content. This does not deny that excellent technique may express triviality, evil, and insanity. It asserts, however, that what should be expressed is rational and intelligent.“
— Gordon H. Clark American philosopher and Calvinist theologian 1902 - 1985
“Christian Aesthetics,” The Trinity Review, May 1989.
„In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions life puts to us … Hence too the necessity of preparing for it.“
— Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
— Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride