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Christopher HitchensTo the dumb question, 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, 'Why not?'

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

William ShakespeareTo be, or not to be: that is the question.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Pablo PicassoYou mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoComputers are useless. They can only give you answers.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

George Bernard ShawYou see things; you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Eugene IonescoWhy do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Eugene IonescoIt is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Ronald ReaganIf more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Stanislaw Jerzy LecA tired exclamation mark is a question mark.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

VoltaireJudge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Peter DruckerThe most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Anton ChekhovThe role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Arthur ClarkeI don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Lou HoltzI never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

ConfuciusThe man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Latin Quotes

QuintilianWho, what, where, with what, why, how, when.

Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando?

—  Quintilian, 35-96 AD, Roman rhetorician


Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotOh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Funny Quotes

George CarlinWhen will all the rhetorical questions end?

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Charles de GaulleGentlemen, I am ready for the questions to my answers.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Woody AllenI don't know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director


English proverbAsk a silly question and you'll get a silly answer.

—  English proverb

English proverbAsk no questions and hear no lies.

—  English proverb

Movie Quotes

Quiz Show 1994Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.

—  from the film Quiz Show 1994

Pulp Fiction (1994)If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

—  from the film Pulp Fiction (1994)


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