„There is only one question. And once you know the answer to that question there are no more to ask. That one question is the Original Question. And to that Original Question there is only one Final Answer. But between that Question and its Answer there are innumerable false answers.“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
47 : The Question and its Answer, p. 78.
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
Context: I am told, in a dream... you can only get the answer to all your questions through a dream. So in my dream, I fall asleep, and I dream, in my dream, that I'm having that absolute, revealing dream. Speaking of a dream not fully remembered, in Fragments of a Journal (1966)
— Cory Booker 35th Class 2 senator for New Jersey in U.S. Congress 1969
Quoting his mother, in
„I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.“
— James Cameron (journalist) British journalist 1911 - 1985
Cameron Country, broadcast on BBC TV, July 12, 1969.
„You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.“
— Naguib Mahfouz Egyptian writer 1911 - 2006
Cited in: Michael J. Gelb (1996) Thinking for a change: discovering the power to create, communicate and lead. p. 96
„You may have power, position, but at the end of it — what? Please, this is a serious question that you must ask yourself. Another cannot answer this question for you.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: Are we wasting our lives? By that word “wasting” we mean dissipating our energy in various ways, dissipating it in specialized professions. Are we wasting our whole existence, our life? If you are rich, you may say, “Yes, I have accumulated a lot of money, it has been a great pleasure.” Or if you have a certain talent, that talent is a danger to a religious life. Talent is a gift, a faculty, an aptitude in a particular direction, which is specialization. Specialization is a fragmentary process. So you must ask yourself whether you are wasting your life. You may be rich, you may have all kinds of faculties, you may be a specialist, a great scientist or a businessman, but at the end of your life has all that been a waste? All the travail, all the sorrow, all the tremendous anxiety, insecurity, the foolish illusions that man has collected, all his gods, all his saints and so on — have all that been a waste? You may have power, position, but at the end of it — what? Please, this is a serious question that you must ask yourself. Another cannot answer this question for you. p. 63
„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
„We should ask three basic questions of any system we encounter. The first question is, “If I am perfect at this practice, what can I expect to achieve?” Once you have heard the answer to this question, you may decide that you do not care to proceed any further, or you may find that the goal is exactly what you have always wanted. The second question is, “What are the means for attaining the goal?” The answer to this question enables you to decide whether you are willing to pay the price to get there. The third question to ask is, “Who has already reached the goal and how do they live their lives?” We should carefully scrutinize those who have supposedly reached the goal to discover their true situation in life. If we feel aligned with the answers to all three questions, then we can “go for it.” If we do not, then we should look somewhere else.“
— Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005
Chapter 8 - How To Strengthen Ourselves
„You have questions—urgent questions—I know that. And what makes them urgent is that you have in your mind the answers you want to hear. You will be more and more angry if you do not get those answers, but some can’t be given as you would hear them, because they would not be true.“
— Theodore Sturgeon American speculative fiction writer 1918 - 1985
Section 13 (p. 40)
„For let there be no mistake about it: freedom is not an end in itself—it is only a means to an end. The moment you achieve freedom from something, the question arises: What is this freedom for? It is this question which the Muslim millah is now being called upon to answer.“
— Muhammad Asad Austro-Hungarian writer and academic 1900 - 1992
Chapter: Calling All Muslims, Radio Broadcast #1, p 92
„For any picture, ask yourself what question or questions it might be answering. Since the picture could answer many, questions, we can decide what question we are interested in. The picture will, of course, suggest that some questions are likely to find answers in it. For instance, Owens's pictures of pantries and refrigerators clearly suggest that they will answer questions about what kinds of food the inhabitants of the houses store and presumably eat, while other pictures in Suburbia suggest that they will answer other questions about the housekeeping arrangements of these people.“
— Howard S. Becker American sociologist 1928
Howard Becker (1974). "Art as Collective Action." American Sociological Review 39:767-76.