— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?“
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
His reply to a shoe manufacturer who had asked why Miller's job should be subsidized when his was not, as recounted at a London press conference. The Guardian (25 January 1990)
„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.“
— Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming
„The question of whether Machines Can Think... is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim.“
— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
Dijkstra (1984) The threats to computing science http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD08xx/EWD898.html (EWD898).
„The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.“
— Charles Stross British science fiction writer and blogger 1964
Chapter 1 (“Lobsters”), p. 1 (quoting Edsger W. Dijkstra)
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Il est encore plus facile de juger de l'esprit d'un homme par ses questions que par ses réponses. (It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers) — Pierre-Marc-Gaston, duc de Lévis (1764-1830), Maximes et réflexions sur différents sujets de morale et de politique (Paris, 1808): Maxim xviii
„Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.“
— Viktor E. Frankl Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor 1905 - 1997
„We can see that in putting the question "what is man?" what we mean is: what can man become? That is, can man dominate his own destiny, can he "make himself," can he create his own life? We maintain therefore that man is a process and, more exactly, the process of his actions. If you think about it, the question itself "what is man?" is not an abstract or "objective" question. It is born of our reflection about ourselves and about others, and we want to know, in relation to what we have thought and seen, what we are and what we can become; whether we really are, and if so to what extent, "makers of our own selves," of our life and of our destiny. And we want to know this "today," in the given conditions of today, the conditions of our daily life, not of any life or any man“
— Antonio Gramsci Italian writer, politician, theorist, sociologist and linguist 1891 - 1937
Selections from the Prison Notebooks (1971).
„The first one has to do with whether a man knows what he is talking about, whether what he says has some basis or not. And my trick that I use is very easy. If you ask him intelligent questions — that is, penetrating, interested, honest, frank, direct questions on the subject, and no trick questions — then he quickly gets stuck. It is like a child asking naive questions. If you ask naive but relevant questions, then almost immediately the person doesn't know the answer, if he is an honest man.“
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
lecture III: "This Unscientific Age"
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
„Why is not the original deposited in some public library, instead of exhibiting attestations of its existence? Suppose there were a question in a court of justice, whether a man be dead or alive. You aver he is alive, and you bring fifty witnesses to swear it. I answer, 'Why do you not produce the man?“
— James Macpherson Scottish writer, poet, translator, and politician 1736 - 1796
Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1785), p. 487.