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Questioning Quotes


"Respect authority while questioning it." - Randy Pausch

"The thing is, not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"Questioning is the piety of thought." - Martin Heidegger

"Art is the questioning of culture" - Gerard Mortier

"Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!" - Joel Osteen

"Warhol was questioning the capitalist society." - James Rosenquist

"By doubting we come to questioning, and by questioning we perceive the truth," - Peter Abelard

"With the Jews, the questions are always open; we're always questioning. I love that questioning tradition." - Hanna Rosin

"Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen." - Samuel Johnson

"After sixty, the self-questioning of middle age is obsolete." - Mason Cooley

"Effective questioning brings insight, which fuels curiosity, which cultivates wisdom." - Chip R. Bell

"The most important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"The path to holiness lies through questioning everything." - M Scott Peck

"Questioning is not the mode of the conversation among gentlemen." - Samuel Johnson

"Under questioning, a terrorist should be made to yield." - Ami Ayalon

"Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock." - Henry Rollins

"The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning." - Peter Abelard

"Usually people are questioning my athleticism more than my femininity!" - Gabrielle Reece

"A free, analytical and questioning press must be helped survive." - Xavier Niel

"So then there was the Greek, Socrates, he was great... He invented questioning. Before Socrates, no questioning. Everyone sort of went, 'Yeah, I suppose so." - Eddie Izzard

"Men accept without questioning that this world is real and important and worthwhile. This is faith. Philosophy is the ongoing questioning of this faith." - Josiah Royce

"We're not questioning the legitimacy of the outcome of the election. You didn't have Republicans questioning whether or not [Barack] Obama legitimately beat John McCain in 2008." - John Lewis

"The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth." - Peter Abelard

"Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks." - Euripides

"The important thing is to never stop questioning. Never lose a holy curiosity." - Albert Einstein

"Death: Do you never stop questioning? Antonius Block: No. I never stop." - Ingmar Bergman

"The intelligent employer encourages challenge, questioning-not blind acceptance and "our Leader knows best" acclaim." - Mary Barnett Gilson

"That one never asks a question unless he knows the answer is basic to parliamentary questioning." - John Diefenbaker

"I am not second-guessing or questioning my understanding of the issue" - Christine Maggiore

"Faith never stays put. It's always challenging always questioning. That's what makes it real." - Patrick Carman

"We grow up never questioning that which is unquestioned around us." - Margaret Mead

"A questioning mind is the most cherished resource man has and the rarest." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"I want to break the taboo against questioning this drive for maximum longevity." - Katy Butler

"The curious questioning eye, that plucks the heart of every mystery." - Grenville Mellen

"The second you stop questioning yourself is the second that you become the monster. -Merry" - Laurell K Hamilton

"Religion is based on dogma and belief, whereas science is based on doubt and questioning." - Jerry A. Coyne

"The reason people lose their healing is because they begin questioning if God really did it." - Benny Hinn

"You can question somebody's views and their judgment without questioning their motives or patriotism." - Barack Obama

"I would say that deconstruction is affirmation rather than questioning, in a sense which is not positive: I would distinguish between the positive, or positions, and affirmations. I think that deconstruction is affirmative rather than questioning: this affirmation goes through some radical questioning, but it is not questioning in the field of analysis." - Jacques Derrida

"I think it's high time we started questioning the old cliches like "Grunt big for Daddy."" - Jack Handey

"Believe what you like, but don't believe everything you read without questioning it." - Pauline Baynes

"Houllier couldn't deal with players expressing any anger or questioning any of his decisions" - Robbie Fowler

"Advances are Made by Answering Questions. Discoveries are Made by Questioning Answers." - Bernard Haisch

"Maybe that's what is means to be human . . . forever questioning our certainties." - Kay Hooper

"If it's worth listening to, it's worth questioning until you understand it." - Seth Godin

"I am not questioning your honor, I am denying its existence." - George R R Martin

"Houllier could' deal with players expressing any anger or questioning any of his decisions" - Robbie Fowler

"I think people are starting to look away and questioning, and they're sort of horrified." - Charlie Brooker

"Questioning our stressful thoughts, we come to see they're not true." - Byron Katie

"What I saw was the hoax: Immortals questioning mortality when they should have asked eternity." - Vanna Bonta

"Ideas worth questioning: 'Being an artist is a job for life." - Brian Eno

"The reason people lose their healing, is because they begin questioning if God really did it." - Benny Hinn

"I was 13 when I was started questioning and 16 when I stopped believing in God." - Jim Jefferies

"They turned a distracted gaze on the world, wide-eyed, somehow, and questioning." - Kim Edwards

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

"By doubting we are led to question, by questioning we arrive at the truth." - Peter Abelard

"When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you?" - Jim Bakker

"Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning." - Vera Farmiga

"The past nine years in San Diego have represented such a period of questioning." - Brian Ferneyhough

"The questioning is a stupid formality aimed exclusively at preventing us from speaking at the demonstration." - Alexei Navalny

"Anytime you make big plans, you have people questioning what you're doing." - Tim Armstrong

"I'm interested in people who have lived, who are searching and questioning." - Maria Bello

"You know, everybody believes in free speech until you start questioning them about it." - Larry Flynt

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." - Werner Heisenberg

"A Western upbringing tends to stress questioning authority, which is always asking why, why, why." - Amy Chua

"Disability doesn't make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does." - Stella Young

"I went through a lot of occupations. I was questioning my contribution to the world." - Cory Michael Smith

"Original thought, original artistic expression is by its very nature questioning, irreverent, iconoclastic." - Salman Rushdie

"I started second-guessing myself and was always questioning myself. I have really learned a lot." - Yani Tseng

"You should always be questioning your government, but do not become cynical." - Pete Visclosky

"The only attitude (the only politics-judicial, medical, pedagogical and so forth) I would absolutely condemn is one which, directly or indirectly, cuts off the possibility of an essentially interminable questioning, that is, an effective and thus transforming questioning." - Jacques Derrida

"How is AIDS research to progress when the premise of science is questioning but the premise of questioning HIV is considered so dangerous that even venturing into the facts is too great a risk?" - Nate Mendel

"Whenever you are questioning a person's desire for something, consider what he does, not necessarily what he says." - David J. Lieberman

"If thinking minds, questioning minds, doubting minds, are talking about faith, their whole life will become fake." - Jaggi Vasudev

"I can't understand why most people believe in medicine and don't believe in art, without questioning either." - Damien Hirst

"Physics is about questioning, studying, probing nature. You probe, and, if youre lucky, you get strange clues." - Lene

"It's disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money. What does that say about our world?" - John Moffitt

"But questioning does not mean the end of loving, and loving does not mean the abnegation of intelligence" - Winifred Holtby

"By questioning all the aspects of our business, we continuously inject improvement and innovation into our culture." - Michael Dell

"Underlying great doubt there is great satori, where there is thorough questioning there will be thoroughgoing experience of awakening." - Hakuin Ekaku

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you're in nonprofit." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe in not quite knowing. A writer needs to be doubtful, questioning. I write out of curiosity and bewilderment." - William Trevor

"The hallmark of an authoritarian idiot is yelling TERRORIST-LOVER! at anyone questioning the definition of Terrorist." - Glenn Greenwald

"It's disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money. What does that say about our world?" - John Moffitt

"You really get tired in one area of your life, and then you start questioning your whole existence." - Seth Avett

"Sometimes the concept you're questioning makes more sense to ask just the second one and not the first one." - Byron Katie

"The constant questioning of our values and achievements is a challenge without which neither science nor society can remain healthy." - Aage Niels Bohr

"We have to remember that what we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." - Werner Heisenberg

"Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a relentless, questioning, hopeful people." - Bill Clinton

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"As a teacher, my strategy is to encourage questioning. I'm the least authoritarian professor you'll ever meet." - Niall Ferguson

"Questioning growth is deemed to be the act of lunatics, idealists and revolutionaries. But question it we must." - Tim Jackson

"Ladies, if you want a happy marriage, then do whatever your husband tells you without questioning his authority." - Rush Limbaugh

"I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin, especially when people start questioning me." - Skeet Ulrich

"No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe." - William Kingdon Clifford

"If we don't have a vigorous questioning, aggressive journalistic community and mythology, democracy itself is in great jeopardy." - Milton Glaser

"Physics is about questioning, studying, probing nature. You probe, and, if you're lucky, you get strange clues." - Lene Hau

"I believe babies are born as innovative personalities... But our social processes work to stamp out exploration and questioning." - Jay Wright Forrester

"Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a relentless, questioning, hopeful people." - William J Clinton

"Openly questioning the way the world works and challenging the power of the powerful is not an activity customarily rewarded." - Dale Spender

"The day people around me stop questioning my character is the day my character begins to grow vulnerable." - John Ortberg

"Science and policy-making thrive on challenge and questioning; they are vital to the health of inquiry and democracy." - Nicholas Stern

"I am always rethinking how art is perceived and received, questioning our relationship to art. That's always been a constant." - Rirkrit Tiravanija

"Suggesting a married Jesus is one thing, but questioning the Resurrection undermines the very heart of Christian belief." - Dan Brown

"The first task is to discover the dharma by introspection, by constantly questioning yourself and asking yourself, "What is right?"" - Frederick Lenz

"As soon as a norm is established, people start questioning it, which is probably a good thing in the end." - Robyn Hitchcock

"If you're just addressing your own emotions and challenging yourself to find some sort of harmonious sense of being in life and questioning authority and questioning what's given and questioning what's expected of you, you're already on the cusp of finding something in yourself, and maybe waking something in somebody else." - Saul Williams

"The most important part of the practice is for the question to remain alive and for your whole body and mind to become a question. In Zen they say that you have to ask with the pores of your skin and the marrow of your bones. A Zen saying points out: Great questioning, great awakening; little questioning, little awakening; no questioning, no awakening." - Martine Batchelor

"Our union represents a breaking away...represents sharing a power, represent questioning, represents a new force...however long it takes, we are geared for a struggle." - Cesar Chavez

"As, pricked out with less and greater lights, between the poles of the universe, the Milky Way so gleameth white as to set very sages questioning." - Dante Alighieri

"In its more authoritarian forms, religion punishes questioning and rewards gullibility. Faith is not a function of stupidity, but a frequent cause of it." - Wendy Kaminer

"Courtney Love said she once escorted Kerry to a concert. John Kerry once went out with Courtney Love and he's questioning Bush's judgment." - Jay Leno

"Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable. Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith or, for that matter, my citizenship." - Barack Obama

"To the questioning glance of love, as it flashes out and then conceals itself, speech has no reply; the smile, the kiss, the sigh answer." - Jose Rizal

"It is only by questioning what people take for granted, what people hold to be true, that we can break through the hypnosis of social conditioning." - Deepak Chopra

"Everyone I looked at, their whole lives, did exactly what they were supposed to do without even questioning it, without even wondering if they could do something different." - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

"My faith is a wounded faith, but my life is not without faith. I didn't divorce God, but I'm quarrelling and arguing and questioning, it's a wounded faith." - Elie Wiesel

"Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates. Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service. The very spirit of rebellion is reprehensible." - Che Guevara

"That is the essence of a witch-hunt, that any questioning of the evidence or the procedures in itself constitutes proof of complicity." - Bergen Evans

"I'm a huge fan of ghost stories, that sort of slow build, the suspense and the questioning about whether you're imagining something or if it's real." - Gillian Flynn

"The making of adaptable, curious, open, questioning people has nothing to do with vocational training and everything to do with humanistic and scientific studies." - Neil Postman

"In my judgement, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions." - Alberto Gonzales

"We must strive for literacy and education that teach us to never quit questioning and probing at the assumptions of the day." - Bryant H Mcgill

"We value... fantasy over dreams, fiction over truth, being served over serving, answering over questioning, speaking over listening, and coercion over leadership." - Alan Robert Neal

"The forever-unhappy question lives that do not fit their expectations instead of questioning expectations that do not fit their lives." - Alan Robert Neal

"In Europe, Henk Tennekes was dismissed as research director of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Society after questioning the scientific underpinnings of global warming." - Richard Lindzen

"I wish we questioned the aid model as much as we are questioning the capitalism model. Sometimes the most generous thing you can do is just say no." - Dambisa Moyo

"Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority." - William Redington Hewlett

"The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical. . . . Any man who for one moment abandons or suspends the questioning spirit has for that moment betrayed humanity." - Bergen Evans

"A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt." - Emile Durkheim

"Any school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers." - Brian Herbert

"To maintain nice relation with the people is half of intelligence, nice questioning is half of knowledge, and nice domestic arrangements is half of the management of livelihood." - Ali Ibn Abi Talib

"I guess it's the age group of students; You are questioning life. Then there are those who actually see their problems reflected in it." - Trisha Goddard

"During really difficult times in my life when I start questioning why I am struggling with something, I often turn to books to understand myself better." - Halle Berry

"I think the key is to realize that life is temporary and spending life questioning life is a waste of time." - Fred Durst

"Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God's presence during dark seasons of questioning." - Ravi Zacharias

"We are human beings, not 'students' and 'teacher,' coming together and questioning, looking together, not having made up our minds about what we're looking at, but starting afresh." - Toni Packer

"The heart [of my work], the quintessential, remains the questioning of photographic truth. Be careful, be critical, doubt, and filter the information you receive." - Joan Fontcuberta

"I find that students are very strong on my issues, stronger than anyone: anti-death penalty, anti-racial profiling, campaign finance reform, questioning the anti-terrorism bill." - Russ Feingold

"Che is not just a potent figure of protest, but the idealistic, questioning kid who exists in every society and every time." - Jon Lee Anderson

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiousity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein

"I like to leave the movie theater and still be thinking about the film and questioning why the character did that." - Juno Temple

"The same government that requires a taxpaying citizen to document every statement on his tax return decrees that questioning a welfare applicant demeans and humiliates him." - Ronald Reagan

"Are you really questioning the wisdom of central planning? Because the happy citizens of Cuba and North Korea beg to differ." - Jonathan Gruber

"Have you ever noticed the Democrats always set the agenda? Whatever the Democrats say they want, that's just what's gonna happen. There's no questioning the policy!" - Rush Limbaugh

"Curiosity about the world and questioning of the status quo to open minds to alternative visions of the future are essential leadership skills. And they can be learned." - Stewart D. Friedman

"We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn't encouraged-it is barely tolerated." - Warren Berger

"I don't think 'Dark Heart' has to be malevolent. It conveys a sense of depth. There is a sense of questioning turmoil." - Patricia Piccinini



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