Quotes About Questioning

On my journey into the fascinating world of questioning, I’ve been finding and gathering some wonderful quotes about questioning from well-known people.

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A longer version of the Anne Frank quote, as written in Anne Frank’s Tales From the Annex.

“Ever since I was a little girl and could barely talk, the word ‘why’ has lived and grown along with me… When I got older, I noticed that not all questions can be asked and that many whys can never be answered. As a result, I tried to work things out for myself by mulling over my own questions. And I came to the important discovery that questions which you either can’t or shouldn’t ask in public, or questions which you can’t put into words, can easily be solved in your own head. So the word ‘why’ not only taught me to ask, but also to think. And thinking has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it does us all a world of good.”

Another one that I absolutely love, from the Nobel laureate scientist Isidor Isaac Rabi.

“My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, “So? Did you learn anything today?” But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference—asking good questions—made me become a scientist.”

(Hat tip to Jason Fried’s excellent website 37signals.com, which recently featured that quote.)

I’ll be featuring new quotes regularly, so please check back in. And if you come across a great questioning quote and would like to share it, send it here.