Curiosity (quotes)


What is curiosity?


Curiosity is an eager wish to know something


The rewards of curiosity


Curiosity is one of life’s most precious gifts and greatest virtues

  • 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
  • The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity. Anatole France
  • I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
  • Curiosity is the single most important attribute with which humans are born. More than a simple desire to discover or know things, curiosity is a powerful tool, like a scalpel or a searchlight. Curiosity changes us. It is also a way to effect change, perhaps even on a global level. Loren Rhoads
  • The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke
  • Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing. James Harvey Robinson
  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan
  • Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. Tony Schwartz
  • My deeply held belief is that if a god of anything like the traditional sort exists, our curiosity and intelligence is provided by such a God. We would be unappreciative of that gift . . . if we suppressed our passion to explore the universe and ourselves. Carl Sagan
  • Somehow, I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. Walt Disney
  • We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born. Albert Einstein
  • Curiosity has its own reason for existence. Albert Einstein
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Curiosity is intelligence in action

  • Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. Samuel Johnson
  • Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence. Alistair Cooke
  • Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real civilisation. M. Trevelyan
  • Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.  Samuel Johnson
  • One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute. William Lyon Phelps
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Curiosity is the death of ignorance

  • Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance. Leonard Rubenstein
  • Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance. William Wirt
  • Curiosity may have killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance. Harry Lorayne
  • Curiosity was framed. Ignorance killed the cat.
  • Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases and familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas. John Dewey
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Curiosity is a springboard to creativity

  • Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Leo Burnett
  • Curiosity is the key to creativity. Akio Morita
  • Healthy curiosity is a great key in innovation. Enoch Onuoha
  • Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. Henri Matisse
  • Creative thinking is more than just coming up with new ideas. It is about living life in a way that is open, authentic and curious. It is a mind-set and approach to everything we do. Cyndi Burnett
  • Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions: a conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self- preservation, self-aggrandizement, and saving energy, and an expansive tendency made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk—the curiosity that leads to creativity belongs to this set. But whereas the first tendency requires little encouragement or support from outside to motivate behaviour, the second can wilt if not cultivated. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Structures, how-to’s, dogma, principles…all disciplines and theories should be used to support your freedom and independent thinking. Curiosity is exponentially more powerful than playing by the rules. Danielle LaPorte
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Curiosity is a portal to discovery

  • Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool. Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here. Luci Swindoll
  • The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke
  • There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward – opening up new doors and doing new things – because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting. We call it Imagineering – the blending of creative and imagination with technical know-how. Walt Disney
  • Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot. Samuel Horsley
  • We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
  • Only the curious have something to find.
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Curiosity is an adventure into the unknown

  • A man practices the art of adventure when he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies. When he has the curiosity to experiment–to test and try new ways of living and thinking. Wilfred A. Peterson
  • Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. Wendell Berry
  • Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
  • Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end. Saul D. Alinsky
  • Curiosity is the essence of human existence and exploration has been part of humankind for a long time. The exploration of space, like the exploration of life, if you will, is a risk. We’ve got to be willing to take it. Gene Cernan
  • Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. Tony Schwartz
  • Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E. Cummings
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Creativity brings happiness

  • Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. Linus Pauling
  • The days on which one has been the most inquisitive are among the days on which one has been happiest. Robert Lynd
  • When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. Walt Disney
  • Each situation is a blossom to be picked with a curious spirit. Donna Quesada
  • 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
  • It’s only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement, and self- love that your soul can bloom as it was created to do. Sue Patton Thoele
  • Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness. Bryant McGill
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Curiosity conquers fear

  • Fear paralyzes; curiosity empowers. Be more interested than afraid. Patricia Alexander
  • Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. James Stephens
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More rewards of curiosity

  • Curiosity is more flexible and practical than belief. Steve Pavlina
  • If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things. Daniel C. Dennett
  • Somehow, I can’t believe there are many heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret can be summarized in four C’s. They are: curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence. Walt Disney
  • I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best. Michael J. Fox

To abandon curiosity is to turn your back on life

  • People die when curiosity goes. Graham Swift
  • A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity. Yiddish proverb
  • Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?  Frank Moore Colby
  • Although there may be nothing new under the sun, what is old is new to us and so rich and astonishing that we never tire of it. If we do tire of it, if we lose our curiosity, we have lost something of infinite value, because to a high degree it is curiosity that gives meaning and savour to life.  Robertson Davies
  • Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse. Proverb
  • So as I thought about it, the most important “tool” you can have today in business is insatiable curiosity. The minute you lose it, you’re dead. Steve Rubel
  • The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn. Gordon B. Hinckley

Curiosity is at the heart of science, philosophy, research and travel


Curiosity is at the heart of science

  • Science is an intellectual journey, and to me, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey to get there. It’s a way of thinking and it’s an intellectual curiosity, a desire to know how the world works, and to know what the fundamental principles of the world are, and to know our place in it. I think once we stop asking questions like “what is the age of the universe,” or “how are the instructions of DNA carried out on a microscopic level,” once we stop asking questions like that, we’re dead. Alan Lightman
  • Scientific progress on a broad front results from the free play of free intellects, working on subjects of their own choice, in the manner dictated by their curiosity for exploration of the unknown. Vannevar Bush
  • Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions. Frederick Seitz
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Curiosity is at the heart of philosophy

  • Philosophy is a discipline open to anyone — all you need is a bit of curiosity and an open mind. Bill Brewer
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Curiosity is at the heart of research

  • Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. Zora Neale Hurston
  • When curiosity turns to serious matters, it’s called research. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Curiosity is at the heart of travel

  • The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown. Paul Theroux
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Feed your curiosity


Curiosity has an insatiable appetite that grows with feeding

  • Curiosity is one of those insatiable passions that grow by gratification. Sarah Scott
  • The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch
  • The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Ellen Parr
  • 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
  • If happiness is the absence of fever then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience and creation. Anaïs Nin
  • Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last. Samuel Johnson
  • Curiosity needs food as much as any of us, and dies soon if denied it. Stella Benson
  • Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. Victor Hugo
  • Curiosity is the lust of the mind. Thomas Hobbes

Nurture your curiosity

  • Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. Mae Jemison
  • Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sonrag
  • Follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. Will Durant
  • If there isn’t something in your life that makes you wake up curious and excited to start the day, you will never be a powerful person. Passion is what fuels the jet engine propelling you toward a meaningful existence. Phil
  • Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t. Tom Hiddleston
  • The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun struck hills every day. Diane Ackerman
  • Train yourselves. Don’t wait to be fed knowledge out of a book. Get out and seek it. Make explorations. Do your own research work. Train your hands and your mind. Become curious. Irving Langmuir
  • I could not, at any age, be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. The fatal thing is the rejection. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt

Don’t stop questioning and wondering

  • The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.   Albert Einstein
  • Not knowing is not a problem, not wondering is. Chase Weir
  • The first key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning – for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. Peter Abelard
  • One of life’s best lessons is not being afraid to look foolish — to just ask the question. Melissa Senate
  • Why-why-why!… Ask it of everything your mind touches, and let your mind touch everything!  Ann Fairbairn
  • Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. Bernard Baruch
  • There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.  Charles Proteus Steinmetz
  • Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. Earl Gray Stevens
  • Sometimes questions are more important than answers. Nancy Willard
  • Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire
  • I keep six honest serving-men. They taught me all I knew.  Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.  Rudyard Kipling
  • Go around asking a lot of damn fool questions and taking chances. Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only by gambling can we take advantage of them. Clarence Birdseye
  • We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species. Desmond Morris
  • Curiosity and irreverence go together. Curiosity cannot exist without the other. Curiosity asks, “Is this true?” “Just because this has always been the way, is the best or right way of life, the best or right religion, political or economic value, morality?” To the questioner, nothing is sacred. He detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality, rebels against any repression of a free, open search of ideas no matter where they may lead. Saul D. Alinsky
  • Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. Man Ray

Interest your heart in everything

  • A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything. Laurence Sterne
  • Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested. Helen MacInness
  • Genuine curiosity and sincere interest are burning coals that can warm you for a good, long time. Danielle LaPorte
  • There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. Gilbert Chesterton
  • The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul. Alexandra Stoddard
  • Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. Richard P. Feynman
  • A man with a great curiosity will never get bored even if he lives millions of years! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • Each situation is a blossom to be picked with a curious spirit. Donna Quesada

Replace judgement with curiosity

  • Become an anthropologist. Being interested, without judgement, how others choose to live and behave is a way of replacing judgements with loving-kindness. When you are genuinely curious about the way someone reacts or the way they feel about something, it’s unlikely you will also be annoyed.  Richard Carlson
  • Be curious, not judgmental. Walt Whitman
  • Let go of the need to judge

Curiosity, knowledge and learning


Transform your curiosity into knowledge

  • I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge. Charles Baudelaire
  • I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. Franklin P. Adams
  • As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. Charles Morgan
  • Curiosity is a call from knowledge. Toba Beta
  • Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.  Sudie Back
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  • Socrates told us, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I think he’s calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge. Roger Ebert
  • Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles. Samuel Johnson
  • If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.  Stephen Fry
  • Whatever we read from intense curiosity gives us the model of how we should always read. Plodding along page after page with an equal attention to each word results in attention to mere words. Ernest Dimnet
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The art of teaching and purpose of education should be to kindle curiosity …

  • Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly. Arnold Edinborough
  • The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France
  • A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education. Smiley Blanton
  • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. Albert Einstein
  • The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.  Bishop Mandell Creighton
  • A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils. Ever Garrison
  • You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
  • Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. Will Durant
  • It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. Albert Einstein
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… for curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning

  • Learning is by nature curiosity… prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained. Alexandrinus Philo
  • Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. William Arthur Ward
  • Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory. Richard Whately
  • Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it sure has earned a lot of people graduate degrees. Robyn Irving
  • Cultivate your garden… Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. Will Durant.
  • Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. Eugene S. Wilson
  • The great advantage of openness-to-learning is that you’re in charge of it at all times. You can choose to shift out of defensiveness into genuine curiosity at any moment. Gay & Katie Hendricks

Curiosity and children


The genius of children is that they are naturally curious

  • Childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common – inquisitiveness. Edwin Bulwar- Lytton
  • A child is an island of curiosity surrounded by a sea of question marks.
  • Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. Aldous Huxley
  • As children, we all possess a natural uninhabited curiosity, a hunger for explanations, which seems to die slowly as we age–suppressed, I suppose by the need not to appear ignorant. Mahlon Hoagland
  • A child’s eyes, those clear wells of undefiled thought—what on earth can be more beautiful? Full of hope, love and curiosity, they meet your own. Caroline Norton
  • I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students. Carl Sagan
  • Children are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage. They venture out into a world that is immense and dangerous. A child initially trusts life and the processes of life. John Bradshaw

Unfortunately we wipe this out through education and upbringing

  • Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn’t die out, it’s wiped out. F. Skinner
  • There is no cure for curiosity. It must be outgrown or endured. A child is born with its mouth in position to utter the word “Why?” and when, at some later date, it is punished for asking too many questions, it thinks up enough additional questions during its punishment to make the Encyclopedia Britannica look sick.  Garson O’Toole
  • Children usually have a natural curiosity about the world and everything in it until they get to school and somebody throws them against the locker because they get A’s and act intelligent. After that, some kids try to dumb it down and adapt. Joshua Neik

We need to consciously encourage the curiosity of children

  • Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool. Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Children are notoriously curious about everything, everything except the things people want them to know. It then remains for us to refrain from forcing any kind of knowledge upon them, and they will be curious about everything. Floyd Dell
  • The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder. John Garrett
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We need to awaken the curiosity of our own inner child

  • Enlightenment takes place when one lets his innocence emerge and sees nature and life with a childlike awe and respect. The ‘why’ of a child is repeated over and over, causing questions and the never-ending process of discovery. Charles DuBack
  • A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions. Frederick Seitz
  • Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.  John Locke
  • While we are born with curiosity and wonder and our early years full of the adventure they bring, I know such inherent joys are often lost. I also know that, being deep within us, their latent glow can be fanned to flame again by awareness and an open mind.  Sigurd Olson
  • The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. ‘Who, what, where, why, when and how!’ They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old. Sylvia Earle
  • Youth is not measured by the age of a person, but by the curiosity a person keeps. Salvador Pániker
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What to be curious about


Be curious about everything and become a generalist

  • Intellectually curious men become generalists. Intellectually lazy men settle for being specialists. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • The specialist who imprisons himself in self-inflicted one-dimensionality — pursuing an impossible perfection — spends decades stagnant or making imperceptible incremental improvements while the curious generalist consistently measures improvement in quantum leaps. It is only the latter who enjoys the process of pursuing excellence. Tim Ferriss

Be curious about the universe and our very existence

  • It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious. Stephen Hawking
  • Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all—that has been my religion. John Burroughs
  • The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment. David Attenborough
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Be curious about ideas

  • Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie
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Be curious what it is like to be another

  • Only curiosity about the fate of others, the ability to put ourselves in their shoes, and the will to enter their world through the magic of imagination, creates this shock of recognition. Without this empathy, there can be no genuine dialogue, and we as individuals and nations will remain isolated and alien, segregated and fragmented. Azar Nafisi

Be curious about others and listen with genuine interest

  • Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words. Roy T. Bennett
  • One of the best ways to show engagement is by expressing a natural curiosity for what the other person is telling you. Make it a point to ask at least one question before moving on to the next topic. John Hall
  • Show interest and be curious. People who are genuinely interested in others are usually interesting themselves. Why? Because they are more open to learning about and understanding new things. Showing interest also encourages the other person to be relaxed and share information more freely. Display attentiveness by keeping good eye contact and listening actively. Zorka Hereford
  • There was no aphrodisiac more powerful than talking, no seduction more effective than curiosity. Manju Kapur
  • Be more interested than interesting. Mark Goulston
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Be curious about criticism

  • Be curious about criticism, is the prescription for regulating your defensive arousal. This allows you to approach criticism with a friendlier attitude, and as a result, you can become more physically relaxed and learn. Hendrie Weisinger
  • To spark your curiosity and buffer your defensiveness, develop a curious attitude about criticism: “Criticism is information that can help me grow. How can this information help me? What is it the person wants me to know?” Hendrie Weisinger
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Most of all, be curious about yourself …

  • Try to be like a scientific researcher, observing the mind and body with curiosity and objectivity, and without judgment. Bob Stahl
  • When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe. Henri Matisse
  • Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine
  • Your practice is to become a curious witness to your feelings so that feelings become more familiar and less scary. Ultimately, you will notice that feelings aren’t permanent, that they change and move through us, if we let them. Rivka Simmons
  • Compassionate curiosity is the attitude most of us, depressed or not, need to apply to ourselves as well. Curiosity suggests a little cool detachment from the emotional heat, a desire to understand objectively why we feel what we feel, why we do what we do—especially when it’s troublesome or self-defeating.  Why did I get angry just then?  What’s making me so blue today?   We look at ourselves, not to torture ourselves, not to give ammunition to the Critic, not with desperation for a quick fix, but with compassion, sincere interest, and the belief that there are answers that make sense.  Richard O’Connor
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… including your fears and pain …

  • Get curious about what thoughts generate your fear, where do you feel the fear, and how do you react to it? Again, be an observer of what is going on. Henri Junttila
  • Think of yourself as an explorer going into new territory. Mentally put on your headlamp and bring your attention into the fear. Forget about what you think it may be like, and be curious about what it is actually like. What triggers it? What sensations do you feel in your body? What thoughts appear in your mind? What urges do you have? Study your fear without acting on it so it becomes a known quantity to you. Leo Babauta
  • Bring your attention to the area of pain. What do you notice? Is the pain sharp or dull? Burning? Stabbing? Fiery? Clenching? Is it moving, or does it stay in one place? How deeply does it go into your body? Get very curious about the changing set of bodily sensations. Susan Smalley
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… especially through the practice of mindfulness …

  • Mindfulness is a way of being which involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to- moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. It involves a process of becoming more aware and accepting towards all your experiences—including the unpleasant ones. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness also means deliberately learning to use your mind in a new way. It’s learning to watch your mind at work, looking at yourself with compassionate curiosity.  Curiosity shows us that there’s really nothing to be afraid of in our own heads, but a lot we could learn.   Richard O’Connor
  • Mindfulness is much more than simply being aware. We can be aware of pain without being at all mindful of it. Mindfulness is a particular kind of awareness, which is purposeful, focused, curious, and rooted in our moment- by- moment experience. Bodhipaksa
  • It will support and deepen your mindfulness to bring an attitude of curiosity, openness, non- judgmental acceptance, and even a kind of friendliness to the things you’re aware of.  Rick Hanson
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Less enthusiastic thoughts on curiosity

  • Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.  Blaise Pascal
  • Ambition and curiosity are the two scourges of the soul: the latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything; the former prevents our leaving anything in doubt or undecided. Michel de Montaigne
  • There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of. La Rochefoucauld
  • To be curious about that which is not one’s concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd. Plato
  • Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts. Clarence Day
  • I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind. Michel de Montaigne
  • Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided. Michel de Montaigne
  • There are two kinds of curiosity: the first drives us to seek what serves our own advantage; the other is pride in knowing what others don’t know. François de la Rochefoucauld

Curiosity and spirituality

  • I have found two elements to be the most helpful and most powerful when it comes to awakening. The first is developing a meditative attitude, in which we let go of control on a very deep level and allow everything to be as it is. The second is a serious engagement with our own inherent curiosity and intelligence through meditative self- inquiry. Adyashanti
  • The two implants, desire and curiosity, — the catalysts used to force us to keep going in life, — can be used by us by the same simple reversal, to keep us going forward in the pursuit of spiritual life. Richard Rose

On a lighter note

  • Curiosity may have killed the cat, but the cat still had eight lives left. Mark Woods
  • Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. Steven Wright
  • Curiosity was framed. Ignorance killed the cat.
  • Child : An island of curiosity surrounded by a sea of question marks.
  • Four be the things I’d been better without: Love, curiosity, freckles and doubt. Dorothy Parker
  • The cure for boredom is curiosity; there is no cure for curiosity.  Dorothy Parker
  • Labels? Okay, fine.  I’m bisensual.    And life-curious.  That about covers it.  Morgan Torva
  • Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious; both are disappointed. Oscar Wilde
  • If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve. David Sedaris
  • While I find that I can keep my nose out of other people’s business, I do have a curiosity as to their non-business activities. Robert Brault
  • The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde
  • Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. Eugene O’Neill