Curiosity Quotes

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Curiosity Quotes

Curiosity might be pictured as being made up of chains of small questions extending outwards, sometimes over huge distances, from a central hub composed of a few blunt, large questions.

Alain De Botton

I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.

Albert Einstein

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Albert Einstein

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Albert Einstein

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.

Alexander Pope

Curiosity … endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.

Alistar Cooke

The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy

Anatole France

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.

Arnold Edinborough

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.

Bernard Baruch

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.

Blaise Pascal

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.

Chinese Proverb

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.


Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.

Clarence Day

Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act.

Damien Echols

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

Curiosity is often mistaken as love, since they both have the common elements of interest and passion.

Drishti Bablani

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.

Edmund Burke

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.

Edmund Burke

Childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common–inquisitiveness.

Edwin Bulwar-Lytton

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Eleanor Roosevelt

None of us can afford to stop learning or to check our curiosity about new things, or to lose our humility in the face of new situations.

Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.

Enrico Fermi

When curiosity is alive, we are attracted to many things; we discover many worlds.

Eric Booth

Without curiosity, my dear, there would be no wise men.

Fernand Lacaud

There are different kinds of curiosity; one of interest, which causes us to learn that which would be useful to us; and the other of pride, which springs from a desire to know that of which others are ignorant.

Fran├žois de la Rochefoucauld

Curiosity is one of the many masks of love.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Curiosity is looking over other people’s affairs, and overlooking our own.

H. L. Wayland

They know enough who know how to learn.

Henry Adams

She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.

Henry James

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.

Henry L. Doherty

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

James Stephens

Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The open mode is a mood in which curiosity for its own sake can operate, because we’re not under pressure to get a specific thing done properly. We can play.

John Cleese

Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.

John Locke

God spare me sclerosis of the curiosity, for the curiosity which craves to keep us informed about the small things no less than the large is the mainspring, the dynamo, the jet propulsion of all complete living.

John Mason Brown

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

John Muir

Questions show the mind’s range, and answers its subtlety.

Joseph Joubert

Curiosity is the engine of achievement.

Ken Robinson

Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Lauren Bacall

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by he who interests his heart in everything.

Laurence Sterne

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

Leo Burnett

Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.

Linus Pauling

I loathe that low vice, curiosity.

Lord Byron

It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.

Luci Swindoll

As children we all possess a natural uninhabited curiosity, a hunger for explanations, which seems to die slowly as we age–suppressed, I suppose by the need not to appear ignorant.

Mahlon Hoagland

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Marie Curie

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.

Martin H. Fischer

I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best.

Michael J. Fox

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Oscar Wilde

People are more inclined to ask curious questions, than to obtain necessary instruction.

Pasquier Quesnel

Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.

Pema Chodron

Do not let the weight of fear weigh down curiosity.

Peter Guber

The over curious are not over wise.

Philip Massinger

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.


If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.

Rachel Carson

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.


Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.

Richard Feynmann

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.

Richard Whately

Where the apple reddens never pry — lest we lose our Edens, Eve and I.

Robert Browning

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

Curiosity is a willing, a proud, and eager confession of ignorance.

S.Leonard Rubinstein

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

Samuel Johnson

The gratification of curiosity rather frees us from uneasiness, than confers pleasure. We are more pained by ignorance, than delighted by instruction. Curiosity is the thirst of the soul.

Samuel Johnson

Curiosity is one of those insatiable passions that grow by gratification.

Sarah Scott

A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.

Smiley Blanton

Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.


Curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, sometimes to the clanger of his choking.

Thomas Fuller

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.

Thomas Hobbes

Curiosity is a call from knowledge.

Toba Beta

Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.

Tony Schwartz

Be very wary of any attempt, by anybody or anything, to limit the ultimate human right and duty to question and verify the truth.


You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives


Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.

Vernon Howard

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.

Victor Hugo

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

Victor Hugo

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.


Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.

William Arthur Ward

I have always had a curious nature; I enjoy learning, but I dislike being taught.

Winston Churchill

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