„It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers.“
— Patrick Rothfuss, livro The Wise Man's Fear
Fonte: The Wise Man's Fear (2011)
— Edgar Cayce Purported clairvoyant healer and psychic 1877 - 1945
— 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
„If they’ve really caught the #GoldenStateKiller I hope I get to visit him. Not to gloat or gawk — to ask him the questions that @TrueCrimeDiary wanted answered in her “Letter To An Old Man” at the end of #IllBeGoneInTheDark.“
— Patton Oswalt stand-up comedian 1969
25 April 2018 tweet https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/989124477530320896
„If I were asked to answer the following question: What is slavery? and I should answer in one word, It is murder, my meaning would be understood at once. No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of life and death; and that to enslave a man is to kill him. Why, then, to this other question: What is property! may I not likewise answer, It is robbery, without the certainty of being misunderstood; the second proposition being no other than a transformation of the first?“
— Pierre Joseph Proudhon French politician, mutualist philosopher, economist, and socialist 1809 - 1865
Fonte: What is Property? (1840), Ch. I: "Method Pursued in this Work. The Idea of a Revolution"
Contexto: If I were asked to answer the following question: What is slavery? and I should answer in one word, It is murder, my meaning would be understood at once. No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of life and death; and that to enslave a man is to kill him. Why, then, to this other question: What is property! may I not likewise answer, It is robbery, without the certainty of being misunderstood; the second proposition being no other than a transformation of the first?
I undertake to discuss the vital principle of our government and our institutions, property: I am in my right. I may be mistaken in the conclusion which shall result from my investigations: I am in my right. I think best to place the last thought of my book first: still am I in my right.
— Quintilian ancient Roman rhetor 35 - 96
Perhaps confusion of Book VI, Chapter II, 30
Similar to Matthew Prior: "For hope is but the dream of those that wake", Solomon on the Vanity of the World, book iii, line 102.
„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 -563 - -483 a.C.
As quoted in: Ṭhānissaro (Bhikkhu.) (2004) Handful of leaves. Vol. 3, p. 80
„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
„“What’s that all about?” Golden said to his wife, a rhetorical question. She looked at him and said nothing, a non-rhetorical answer.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018
“Darkrose and Diamond” (p. 125)
Earthsea Books, Tales from Earthsea (2001)
„The question was once put to him, how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, "As we should wish our friends to behave to us."“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 5: The Peripatetics
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
Speaking of a dream not fully remembered, in Fragments of a Journal (1966)
Contexto: 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.
„For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed.
The riddle does not exist.
If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, livro Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Fonte: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
Dissenting, Priebe and Sons v. United States, 332 U.S. 407, 420 (1947).
Contexto: If one starts with the assumption that, in the absence of specific Congressional authority, a fixed rule of law precludes contracting officers from providing in a Government contract terms reasonably calculated to assure its performance even though there be no money loss through a particular default, there is no problem. But answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
„Dreams — are well — but Waking's better,
If One wake at Morn —
If One wake at Midnight — better —
Dreaming — of the Dawn“
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
450: Dreams — are well — but Waking's better