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A man should go on living -- if only to satisfy his curiosity.
~ Yiddish Proverb

 

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A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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All my life I've been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
~ Luis Bunuel

 

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All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.
~ Grace Paley

 

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Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shrewd unto thee than men understand.
~ Bible

 

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Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
~ Clarence Day

 

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Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
~ Alistair Cooke

 

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Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
~ Richard Whately

 

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Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
~ Victor Hugo

 

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Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.
~ Jeremy Taylor

 

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Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
~ Thomas Hobbes

 

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Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
~ Thomas Hobbes

 

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Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
~ G. M. Trevelyan

 

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Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
~ Mary Mccarthy

 

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I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie.
~ Christy Turlington

 

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I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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