„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

The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918)

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„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

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„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.

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„I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY“

—  George Orwell, livro 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)

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„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

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„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.

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