„Previously I did not understand why I got no answer to my question; today I do not understand how I could believe I was capable of asking. But I didn’t really believe, I only asked.“

—  Franz Kafka, livro The Zürau Aphorisms

36
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918)

Franz Kafka photo
Franz Kafka97
Escritor austro-húngaro-tchecoslovaco 1883 - 1924

Citações relacionadas

„I learn by doing, but each time I don’t understand, I will ask… If I don’t understand, I don’t feel ashamed to ask questions.“

—  Sukanto Tanoto Indonesian businessman 1949

Keynote speech, Wharton Global Modular Course, May 25, 2015. http://www.inside-rge.com/Sukanto-Tanoto-Entrepreneur-Journey-1
2015

Laurie Halse Anderson photo
Sania Mirza photo
Jean Paul Sartre photo
Ralph Ellison photo

„I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.“

—  Ralph Ellison, livro Invisible Man

Fonte: Invisible Man (1952), Chapter 1.
Contexto: All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.

George Orwell photo

„I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY“

—  George Orwell, livro 1984

1984
Variante: I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.

„And I will not ask what all others ask of you - why? Because what I have come to understand is that there is no why.“

—  Ian Cameron Esslemont, livro Return of the Crimson Guard

To ask why is to impose expectations on mute existence - expectations it is in no way obliged to meet or even extend. And so I make no more, ask no more.
Return of the Crimson Guard (2008)

Orson Scott Card photo
Regina Spektor photo
Salvador Dalí photo
Ludwig Wittgenstein photo
Eugéne Ionesco photo

„Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician.“

—  Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994

As quoted in The Writer's Quotation Book : A Literary Companion (1980) by James Charlton, p. 44

Fyodor Dostoyevsky photo
José Saramago photo

„I believe that I've been asked all possible questions. I, myself, if I were a journalist, would not know what to ask me.“

—  José Saramago Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature 1922 - 2010

Interview with "O Globo", July 2009.

Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Sarah Vaughan photo
Zadie Smith photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“