Answer

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An answer is a response or reply; something said or done in reaction to a statement or question.

Quotes[edit]

  • Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.
    • Ray Bradbury, in "All flesh is one: what matter scores?" in When Elephants Last In The Dooryard Bloomed : Celebrations For Almost Any Day In The Year (1975).
  • There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions.
  • Why 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.
    • Eugène Ionesco, as quoted in The Writer's Quotation Book : A Literary Companion (1980) by James Charlton, p. 44
  • Philosophy means to be on the way. Its questions are more essential than its answers, and every answer becomes a new question.
    • Karl Jaspers, Way to Wisdom, R. Mannheim, trans. (New Haven: 1951), p. 12
  • Our questions and answers are in part determined by the historical tradition in which we find ourselves.
  • I'm for mystery, not interpretive answers.
    • Ken Kesey in "The Art of Fiction" - interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994), p. 92.
  • The answer is never the answer.
    • Ken Kesey in "The Art of Fiction" - interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994), p. 92.
  • If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have.
    • Ken Kesey in "The Art of Fiction" - interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994), p. 92.
  • The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.
    • Ken Kesey in "The Art of Fiction" - interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994), p. 92.
  • Philosophical questions are not by their nature insoluble. ... Their answers are interpretations instead of factual reports.
  • Cognition is autonomous; it refuses to have any answers foisted on it from the outside.
  • There is a man in each scholar, a man who inquires and stands in need of answers. I am anxious to answer the scholar qua man but not the representative of a certain discipline, that insatiable, ever inquisitive phantom which like a vampire drains whom it possesses of his humanity.
  • The question begs the answer, can you forgive me somehow?
    • Tom Waits, All the World is Green, Blood Money (2002).

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