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A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression. The information requested may be provided in the form of an answer.
- Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
- Aristotle in: Martin C. Dillon Merleau-Ponty Vivant: The History of Albany's Rapp Road Community, SUNY Press, 1991, p. 31
- How many questions arise in this place! Constantly the question comes up: Where was God in those days? Why was he silent? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil? . . . We must continue to cry out humbly yet insistently to God: Rouse yourself! Do not forget mankind, your creature!
- There are as many types of questions as components in the information.
- Jacques Bertin, Semiology of graphics (1967/83), p. 10
- In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
- Napoleon Bonaparte in: Paul Chan, Rachel Cooper Constructing Futures: Industry leaders and futures thinking in construction, John Wiley & Sons, 8 December 2010, p. 105
- 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.
- One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself.
- It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state. Those who choose to disregard this responsibility can justly be accused of complicity in war crimes, which is itself designated as ‘a crime under international law’ in the principles of the Charter of Nuremberg.
- If physics is too difficult for the physicists, the nonphysicist may wonder whether he should try at all to grasp its complexities and ambiguities. It is undeniably an effort, but probably one worth making, for the basic questions are important and the new experimental results are often fascinating.
- Edward Condon Physics, in What is Science?: Twelve Eminent Scientists and Philosophers Explain Their Various Fields to the Layman, by James Roy Newman, published by Simon and Schuster (1955), p. 102
- A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
- A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person.
- The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'
- Sigmund Freud in: Shoshana Felman What Does a Woman Want?: Reading and Sexual Difference, JHU Press, 1 September 1993, p. 73
- The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
- Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
- Bill Gates in: Esmonde Holowaty Unleash the Billionaire Within: Learn the Mastermind Principles for Acquiring Wealth Beyond Imagination, AuthorHouse, 2011, p. 298
- To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.
- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, (1969) Chapter 11 “Soliloquies in Mishnory” (p. 151)
- The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.
- There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return.
- Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.
- It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
- Eugene Ionescoin: Chris Clarke-Epstein 78 Important Questions Every Leader Should Ask and Answer, AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 1 January 2002, p. 14
- The only stupid question is the one that is not asked.
- Hull, E., K. Jackson, et al. (2005). Requirements engineering, Springer.
- The Greek word for philosopher (philosophos) connotes a distinction from sophos. It signifies the lover of wisdom (knowledge) as distinguished from him who considers himself wise in the possession of knowledge. This meaning of the word still endures: the essence of philosophy is not the possession of the truth but the search for truth. … 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
- Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson in: Al Gore The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-Making, Bloomsbury Publishing, 5 July 2012, p. 45
- If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
- Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
- Thomas Jefferson in:The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for the Year, J. Dodsley, 1813, p. 352
- Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
- Martin Luther King, Jr. in: James H. Toner Morals Under the Gun: The Cardinal Virtues, Military Ethics, and American Society, University Press of Kentucky, p. 11
- The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?
- Philosophical questions are not by their nature insoluble. They are, indeed, radically different from scientific questions, because they concern the implications and other interrelations of ideas, not the order of physical events; their answers are interpretations instead of factual reports, and their function is to increase not our knowledge of nature, but our understanding of what we know.
- Susanne Langer, Feeling and Form, ch. 1, Scribner (1953)
- I wish that objections to questions as leading, might be a little better considered before they are made. It is necessary, to a certain extent, to lead the mind of the witness to the subject of inquiry. If questions are asked, to which the answer "Yes" or "No" would be conclusive, they would certainly be objectionable, but in general no objections are more frivolous than those which are made to questions as leading ones.
- Lord Ellenborough, Nicholls v. Dowding and another (1815), 1 Stark. 81.
- Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, Part 4 (1961).
- Militant feminists are pro-choice because it's their ultimate avenue of power over men. And believe me, to them it is a question of power. It is their attempt to impose their will on the rest of society, particularly on men.
- A civil question deserves a civil answer.
- To stand in the midst of … this whole marvelous uncertainty and rich ambiguity in existence without questioning, without trembling with the craving and the rapture of such questioning, … that is what I feel to be contemptible, and this is the feeling for which I look first in everybody. Some folly keeps persuading me that every human has this feeling just because he is human.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, W. Kauffman, trans., § 2
- When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
- A fundamental American question is, 'What's the big idea?'
- If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
- Cognition is autonomous; it refuses to have any answers foisted on it from the outside. Yet it suffers without protest having certain questions prescribed to it from the outside (and it is here that my heresy regarding the unwritten law of the university originates). Not every question seems to me worth asking. Scientific curiosity and omnivorous aesthetic appetite mean equally little to me today, though I was once under the spell of both, particularly the latter. Now I only inquire when I find myself inquired of. Inquired of, that is, by men rather than by scholars. 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.
- Franz Rosenzweig, in Franz Rosenzweig: His Life and Thought (1961/1998), p. 97
- Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask myself is: is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
- Rita Rudner in: John C. Mayoue Southern Divorce: Why Family Breakups Have Fractured the South and How to Cope with It, PSG Books, 30 October 2004, p. 122
- In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
- Bertrand Russell in: Dorothy Strachan Making Questions Work: A Guide to How and What to Ask for Facilitators, Consultants, Managers, Coaches, and Educators, John Wiley & Sons, 6 January 2011, p. 159
- Old questions are not answered—they only go out of fashion.
- Donald Schön (1971, 42) cited in: William G. Weissert, Carol S. Weissert (2012) Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy. p. 296
- Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.
- No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
- George Bernard Shaw in: Andrew Finlayson Questions That Work: How to Ask Questions That Will Help You Succeed in Any Business Situation, AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2001, p. 239
- To be, or not to be, that is the question.
- If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson in: John Philip Henderson The Small Business Self-Starter Handbook: How to Manage Pitfalls of a Small Business Start-up, iUniverse, 23-Mar-2009, p. 213
- It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
- What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
- Gore Vidal in: M.I. Seka Life Lessons of Wisdom & Motivation - Volume IV: Insightful, Enlightened and Inspirational quotations and proverbs, Providential Press, 28 February 2014, p. 37
- He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
- The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'
- Alice Walker in: Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman Know Your Mind: Everyday Emotional and Psychological Problems and How to Overcome Them, Pan Macmillan, 9 May 2011, p. 137
- Art is naturally concerned with man in his existential aspect, not in his scientific aspect. For the scientist, questions about man's stature and significance, suffering and power, are not really scientific questions; consequently he is inclined to regard art as an inferior recreation. Unfortunately, the artist has come to accept the scientist's view of himself. The result, I contend, is that art in the twentieth century — literary art in particular — has ceased to take itself seriously as the primary instrument of existential philosophy. It has ceased to regard itself as an instrument for probing questions of human significance. Art is the science of human destiny. Science is the attempt to discern the order that underlies the chaos of nature; art is the attempt to discern the order that underlies the chaos of man. At its best, it evokes unifying emotions; it makes the reader see the world momentarily as a unity.
- Colin Wilson in The Strength To Dream, p. 214 (1961)