„The real and proper question is: why is it beautiful?“

—  Annie Dillard, buch Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Quelle: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Annie Dillard
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Hochschullehrerin 1945

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„Why should films not be used for Irish-Ireland purposes and for the proper appreciation of scenery and beauty?“

—  Timothy Quill Early Dáil member, cooperative organiser, agriculturalist 1901 - 1960

Irish Independent (1943)
By Quill:, 1940s

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„To ask the proper question is half of knowing.“
Prudens quaestio dimidium scientiae.

—  Roger Bacon medieval philosopher and theologian 1220 - 1292

Cited in: LIFE, 8 sept 1958, p. 73
Variant translation: Half of science is asking the right questions.

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„He questioned softly "Why I failed"?
"For Beauty," I replied.
"And I — for Truth, — Themself are One —
We Brethren, are", He said —“

—  Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886

449: I died for Beauty —
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960)
Kontext: I died for Beauty — but was scarce
Adjusted in the Tomb,
When One who died for Truth, was lain
In an adjoining Room — He questioned softly "Why I failed"?
"For Beauty," I replied.
"And I — for Truth, — Themself are One —
We Brethren, are", He said —

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„I had the same questions for Superman as I did for God: If he was so powerful, why didn’t he deal with some real problems?“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951

“Bird Bones and Wood Ash”, p. 169
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)
Kontext: I had the same questions for Superman as I did for God: If he was so powerful, why didn’t he deal with some real problems? Why didn’t he stop wars, feed the starving in Ethiopia, cure cancer? At least God had the Church to do His PR work for Him — if you can buy their reasoning, they have any number of explanations ranging from how the troubles of this life build character to that inarguable catchall, “God’s will.” And the crap in this life sure makes heaven look good.
When I was growing up, the writers and artists of Superman never even tried to deal with the problem. And since they didn’t, I could only see Superman as a monster, not a hero. I couldn’t believe his battles with criminals, superpowered geniuses and the like.
I never believed in God either.

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„The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.“

—  James Joyce, buch A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Quelle: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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„Don't try to be beautiful. Just be real, and this is already beautiful enough.“

—  Jeff Foster Spiritual teacher 1980

Quelle: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE1MDw4HZEH/?igshid=1n491r0058nzk

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„Asking what the question is, and why the question is asked, is always asking a pertinent question.“

—  Raymond Geuss, buch Philosophy and Real Politics

Quelle: Philosophy and Real Politics (2008), p. 17.

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„These are real and we see their beauty.“

—  Robinson Jeffers American poet 1887 - 1962

"The Great Explosion" in the posthumous publication The Beginning and the End (1973)
Kontext: He is no God of love, no justice of a little city like
Dante's Florence, no anthropoid God
Making commandments: this is the God who does not
care and will never cease. Look at the seas there
Flashing against this rock in the darkness — look at the
tide-stream stars — and the fall of nations — and dawn
Wandering with wet white feet down the Carmel Valley
to meet the sea. These are real and we see their beauty.
The great explosion is probably only a metaphor — I know
not — of faceless violence, the root of all things.

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„Why are there beings at all, and why not rather nothing? That is the question.“

—  Martin Heidegger, buch Introduction to Metaphysics

Warum ist überhaupt Seiendes und nicht vielmehr Nichts? Das ist die Frage.
What is Metaphysics? (1929), p. 110
Cf. Gottfried Leibniz, De rerum originatione radicali (1697)ː "cur aliquid potius extiterit quam nihil."
Quelle: Introduction to Metaphysics

„Why is ultimately a question of purpose: Why do we exist? In most organizations, people are not encouraged to keep asking questions.“

—  Ikujiro Nonaka Japanese business theorist 1935

"The Practical Wisdom of Ikujiro Nonaka," 2008

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„To the dumb question "Why me?"“

—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011

the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?

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2010s, 2011, Mortality (2012)

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