„I do not know the answer to these questions, and I do not believe that anybody else does, but I think human life would be impoverished if they were forgotten, or if definite answers were accepted without adequate evidence. To keep alive the interest in such questions, and to scrutinize suggested answers, is one of the functions of philosophy.“
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
„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
„Love is the answer to a question I have forgotten, but I know I've been asked. And the answer has got to be love.“
— Regina Spektor American singer-songwriter and pianist 1980
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„How, then, shall I respond to him who asks, “What was God doing before he made heaven and earth?” I do not answer, as a certain one is reported to have done facetiously (shrugging off the force of the question). “He was preparing hell,” he said, “for those who pry too deep.” It is one thing to see the answer; it is another to laugh at the questioner--and for myself I do not answer these things thus. More willingly would I have answered, “I do not know what I do not know,” than cause one who asked a deep question to be ridiculed--and by such tactics gain praise for a worthless answer.“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Book XI, Chapter XII; translation by E.B. Pusey
— Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001
„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.
„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.
„... I would rather have questions that I can't answer than answers that I can't question. (variation of a remark by Richard Feynman)“
— Max Tegmark Swedish-American cosmologist 1967
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„Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren't. They weren't even one of the questions.“
— Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
„"Why won't anyone ever answer my questions?"
"Because you never stop asking them and especially because you keep asking them even when it's clear that nobody knows the answers."
"Well, how do I know that they don't know the answer unless I ask?"“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„There were a significant number of questions I had asked myself and, as you know, when you really ask yourself the questions, you give better answers than if we merely read the conventional answers.“
— Albert Messiah French physicist 1921 - 2013
explaining how he came to write his textbook on quantum mechanics, in Descente au coeur de la matière, an interview edited by
— Cory Booker 35th Class 2 senator for New Jersey in U.S. Congress 1969
Quoting his mother, in
„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
Context: 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. Ch. I: "Method Pursued in this Work. The Idea of a Revolution"