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    curiosity Quotes

    I am at my happiest when I'm problem solving and a large part of writing is for me a lovely labor in problem solving. Every act of discovery in writing involves a process of figuring out why I'm not seeing what I need to see. Niggling feelings, discomforts, a sense that you've forgotten or overlooked something, a sudden curiosity about what if here? - these are priceless. They are the bases of problems and lead the way.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    I like to keep my curiosity alive and question everything, and because I hate leaving something undone once I start it, I think far into the future.
    — Yunho
    There is no virtue in curiosity. In fact, it might be the most immoral desire a man can possess.
    — Yukio Mishima
    tags: desires  men  curiosity  virtue  facts 
    Why is compassion not part of our established curriculum, an inherent part of our education? Compassion, awe, wonder, curiosity, exaltation, humility - these are the very foundation of any real civilization, no longer the prerogatives, the preserves of any one church, but belonging to everyone, every child in every home, in every school.
    — Yehudi Menuhin
    As children, our imaginations are vibrant, and our hearts are open... Everything amazes us, and we think anything is possible. We continuously experience life with a sense of newness and unbridled curiosity.
    — Yehuda Berg
    It is the object of learning, not only to satisfy the curiosity and perfect the spirits of ordinary men, but also to advance civilization.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    I'm not coming from film school. I learned cinema in the cinema watching films, so you always have a curiosity. I say, 'Well, what if I make a film in this genre? What if I make this film like this?'
    — Wong Kar-wai
    tags: curiosity  film  school 
    The valuable attributes of research men are conscious ignorance and active curiosity.
    — Willis R. Whitney
    I happen to be a kind of monkey. I have a monkeylike curiosity that makes me want to feel, smell, and taste things which arouse my curiosity, then to take them apart. It was born in me. Not everybody is like that, but a scientific researchist should be. Any fool can show me an experiment is useless. I want a man who will try it and get something out of it.
    — Willis R. Whitney
    tags: men  curiosity  fools 
    You'll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive. The English language is rich in strong and supple words. Take the time to root around and find the ones you want
    — William Zinsser
    The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food. Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness.
    — William Winwood Reade
    tags: food  curiosity  genius  spirit 
    I believe in not quite knowing. A writer needs to be doubtful, questioning. I write out of curiosity and bewilderment.
    — William Trevor
    Math is really about the human mind, about how people can think effectively, and why curiosity is quite a good guide.
    — William Thurston
    tags: people  human  curiosity  mind 
    A tree you pass by every day is just a tree. If you are to closely examine what a tree has and the life a tree has, even the smallest thing can withstand a curiosity, and you can examine whole worlds.
    — William Shatner
    tags: world  curiosity 
    Creative people have an abiding curiosity and an insatiable desire to learn how and why things work. They take nothing for granted. They are interested in things around them and tend to stow away bits and pieces of information in their minds for the future use. And, they have a great ability to mobilize their thinking and experiences for use in solving a new problem.
    — William Redington Hewlett
    The view after seventy is breathtaking. What is lacking is someone, anyone, of the older generation to whom you can turn when you want to satisfy your curiosity about some detail of the landscape of the past. There is no longer any older generation. You have become it, while your mind was mostly on other matters
    — William Maxwell
    tags: past  curiosity  mind 
    One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.
    — William Lyon Phelps
    tags: secret  curiosity 
    There are those much more rare people who never lose their curiosity, their almost childlike wonder at the world; those people who continue to learn and to grow intellectually until the day they die. And these usually are the people who make contributions, who leave some part of the world a little better off than it was before they entered it.
    — William Herbert Sheldon
    tags: people  world  curiosity  wonder  die  learn 
    Experimental novels are sometimes terribly clever and very seldom read. But the story that appeals to the child sitting on your knee is the one that satisfies the curiosity we all have about what happened then, and then, and then. This is the final restriction put on the technique of telling a story. A basic thing called story is built into the human condition. It's what we are; it's something to which we react.
    — William Golding
    Books gratify and excite our curiosity in innumerable ways.
    — William Godwin
    tags: curiosity  book 
    Curiosity is a mistress whose slaves decline no sacrifice.
    — William Faulkner
    Anyone can memorize facts and figures. The real way to learn anything is to go out and experience it. Let your curiosity lead you.
    — Will Ferrell
    Thus, sped by currents of curiosity afloat the swift river of rumor do secrets sail to strange ports.
    — Will Eisner
    tags: secret  curiosity 
    Cultivate your garden… Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. There is no way; each pilgrim must make his own path. "Happiness," said Chamfort, "is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.
    — Will Durant
    Cultivate your garden. Do not depend upon teachers to educate you... follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony.
    — Will Durant
    Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation. Four elements constitute it: economic provision, political organization, moral tradition, and the pursuit of knowledge and the arts. It begins where chaos and insecurity end. For when fear is overcome, curiosity and constructiveness are free, and man passes by natural impulse towards the understanding and embellishment of life.
    — Will Durant
    Imagination is a flame that ignites the creative spirit. Imagination lights up your mind by stoking mental fires. It can be stimulated from the outside through the senses, or from the inside through the driving power of curiosity and discontent.
    — Wilferd Peterson
    Curiosity fed the dog.
    — Wes Fesler
    tags: curiosity  dog 
    Curiosity is a quest for wisdom on untamed grounds.
    — Wes Fesler
    tags: curiosity  wisdom 
    It's curiosity, and always a sense of poetry. You see it in particular in the chapter "Iceland" where I'm reciting ancient Icelandic poetry. It has this very beautiful gravitas in conjunction with the volcanoes.
    — Werner Herzog
    When I see a face, I see a face in general and I see you are curious, I see the curiosity but I don't not look after a dermatological report of your cheeks, and that's what you see when you're too high-resolution. And now desperately in post-production, in color grading, they are trying to wipe out the precision of the dermatological report.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: curiosity 
    For a moment the feeling crept over me that my work, my vision, is going to destroy me, and for a fleeting moment I let myself take a long, hard look at myself, something I would not otherwise do-out of instinct, on principle, out of self-preservation-look at myself with objective curiosity to see whether my vision has not destroyed me already. I found it comforting to note that I was still breathing.
    — Werner Herzog
    Spirit of immersion and curiosity and awe and participation is something which Timothy Treadwell and I have in common.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: curiosity  spirit 
    Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: fear  alone  curiosity 
    What we love and what captures our curiosity draws us forward into some place of great destiny.
    — Wayne Muller
    tags: curiosity 
    Fear is the enemy of curiosity.
    — Warren Berger
    tags: enemies  fear  curiosity  enemy 
    I have always had a sense of curiosity and aspiration.
    — Waris Ahluwalia
    tags: curiosity 
    It was in the beginning of the month of November, 17-, when a young English gentleman, who had just left the university of Oxford, made use of the liberty afforded him, to visit some parts of the north of England; and curiosity extended his tour into the adjacent frontier of the sister country.
    — Walter Scott
    We relate to Leonardo da Vinci because his genius was just being passionately curious about everything. He wanted to know everything he could know about our universe, including how we fit into it. We can't all have a superhuman intellect like Albert Einstein's, but we can be super-curious. And we can also quit smashing curiosity out of the hands our children.
    — Walter Isaacson
    Leonardo da Vinci was lucky to be born the same year that Johannes Gutenberg opened his printing shop. As a young person, he could get information about whatever struck his curiosity. The Internet is to our age what Gutenberg's press was to his, so he would have loved being alive today.
    — Walter Isaacson
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