„In other cases they do this because they do not know how to ask certain kinds of questions.“
„"Why won't anyone ever answer my questions?"
"Because you never stop asking them and especially because you keep asking them even when it's clear that nobody knows the answers."
"Well, how do I know that they don't know the answer unless I ask?"“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„How, then, shall I respond to him who asks, “What was God doing before he made heaven and earth?” I do not answer, as a certain one is reported to have done facetiously (shrugging off the force of the question). “He was preparing hell,” he said, “for those who pry too deep.” It is one thing to see the answer; it is another to laugh at the questioner--and for myself I do not answer these things thus. More willingly would I have answered, “I do not know what I do not know,” than cause one who asked a deep question to be ridiculed--and by such tactics gain praise for a worthless answer.“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Book XI, Chapter XII; translation by E.B. Pusey
„I would have been surprised if you had not asked that question, because everywhere I am, I am asked how about the Chinese. There’s a lot of sudden interest on the Chinese and Africa. You know, what is it that we are trying to do in Africa? Africa as a continent in pursuit of development.“
— Jakaya Kikwete Tanzanian politician and president 1950
On China's engagement with the continent.
„Q: So, why do you write these strong female characters?
A: Because you’re still asking me that question.“
— Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964
"American Rhetoric: Joss Whedon - Equality Now Address" (15 May 2006) http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/josswhedonequalitynow.htm
„I was asking questions which nobody else had asked before, because nobody else had actually looked at certain structures.“
— Benoît Mandelbrot Polish-born, French and American mathematician 1924 - 2010
Context: I was asking questions which nobody else had asked before, because nobody else had actually looked at certain structures. Therefore, as I will tell, the advent of the computer, not as a computer but as a drawing machine, was for me a major event in my life. That's why I was motivated to participate in the birth of computer graphics, because for me computer graphics was a way of extending my hand, extending it and being able to draw things which my hand by itself, and the hands of nobody else before, would not have been able to represent. Segment 8
„[A certain Italian judge] declared in an interview that at night he has no need of sleeping pills since, with regards to the Law, his conscience is at peace. We believe him without further ado. But if he asked himself the same question with regards to Justice, I ask myself if his sleep would be equally untroubled. And we are after all aware that he'll never ask himself this question, and on the contrary it would seem to him totally odd. Because, for an Italian judge, the Law and Justice have nothing to do with each other.“
— Indro Montanelli Italian journalist 1909 - 2001
Il testimone, p. 386.
„[on the question 'Why selecting certain subjects over others':] I do not exactly know, unless it is that I believe them [his chosen subjects] to be the best mediums for a synthesis of my inner experience.“
— Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
In: 'Edward Hopper', Goodrich; p. 152; as quoted in "Edward Hopper", Gail Levin, Bonfini Press, Switzerland 1984, p. 52
„The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.“
— James Cameron (journalist) British journalist 1911 - 1985
Cameron Country, broadcast on BBC TV, July 12, 1969.
„Science is meaningless because it gives no answer to our question, the only question important for us: 'what shall we do and how shall we live“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Quoted by Max Weber in his lecture "Science as a Vocation"; in Lynda Walsh (2013), Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy (2013), Oxford University Press, p. 90