Selected Quotes about Questions

I look at every business and ask, How long can this last? How can I identify the status quo and change it? -- Sheldon Adelson

What should exist? To me, that's the most exciting question imaginable. What do we need that we don't have? How can we realize our potential? -- Paul Allen

I am very excited to be supporting one of the world's most visionary efforts to seek basic answers to some of the fundamental question about our universe and what other civilisations may exist elsewhere. -- Paul Allen

If service is the rent you pay for your existence on this earth, are you behind in your rent? -- Robert G Allen

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in awhile, and watch your answers change. -- Richard Bach

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colours from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them. -- Richard Bach

It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. -- Jacob Bronowski

Australia must prioritise education spending. It is not a question of whether or not we have the money, it is a question of how we choose to spend it. -- Bob Brown

You ought to be able to explain why you’re taking the job you’re taking, why you’re making the investment you’re making, or whatever it may be. And if it can’t stand applying pencil to paper, you’d better think it through some more. And if you can’t write an intelligent answer to those questions, don’t do it. -- Warren Buffett

Stop frequently in your reading to think over what you are reading. Ask yourself just how and when you can apply each suggestion. -- Dale Carnegie

Check up each week on the progress you are making. Ask yourself what mistakes you have made, what improvement, what lessons you have learned for the future. -- Dale Carnegie

Asking questions not only makes an order more palatable; it often stimulates the creativity of the persons whom you ask. -- Dale Carnegie

Sovereignty is a question of principle. We must tell the Iraqis: you are a sovereign people. And you are in charge of your own future. -- Jacques Chirac

Small entrepreneurs wishing to generate the necessary working capital often find it difficult to open their mouth and ask for money. -- Chin-Ning Chu

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? -- Winston Churchill

Learn as much as you can about your proposed business. Ask questions. Join industry associations. Study successful competitors carefully. -- Paul Clitheroe

Begin by asking questions, even if you think you know the answers. Not only listen to what they are saying, but convey that you are engaged in active listening. -- Dr.Phil

Successful leaders don't start out asking, "What do I want to do?" They ask, "What needs to be done?" Then they ask, "Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?" -- Peter Drucker

Never ask who's right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions. -- Peter Drucker

The most important decisions in organizations are people decisions, and yet only the military, and only recently, has begun to ask, "If we assign this general to lead this base, what do we expect him to accomplish?" -- Peter Drucker

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. -- Peter Drucker

That is the essence of a witch-hunt, that any questioning of the evidence or the procedures in itself constitutes proof of complicity. -- Bergen Evans

A transitional government is the beginning of a transfer of sovereignty. It's a question of Iraqi security and moving forward with the political process. -- Joschka Fischer

The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success? -- Larry Flynt

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself. -- John Fowles

Despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, I have not been able to answer... the great question that has never been answered: what does a woman want? -- Sigmund Freud

The great question that has never been answered and which I have not been able to answer....is, What does a woman want? -- Sigmund Freud

Instinct is the gift of experience. The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'On what basis am I making a judgment?' ... If you have no experience, then your instincts aren't any good. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn. -- Katharine Graham

Technology happens, it's not good, it's not bad. Is steel good or bad? -- Andrew Grove

Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions. -- Eric Hoffer

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

You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. -- Steve Jobs

You can always find an evolutionary quotation for anything. But the question is whether it’s functional, which is not the same as being evolutionary. -- Daniel Kahneman

To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions. -- Sam Keen

Where am I? Who am I? / How did I come to be here? / What is this thing called the world? / How did I come into the world? / Why was I not consulted? / And If I am compelled to take part in it, / Where is the director? / I want to see him. -- Soren Kierkegaard

Keep calm, think clearly, keep an open mind, keep going, ask someone who has gone before you for some guidance, trust, and keep the faith in a higher power wanting the best for you. -- Robert Kiyosaki

You can always quit.. so why quit now? -- Robert Kiyosaki

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life. -- Dalai Lama

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. -- Barry Lopez

The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough. -- Angela Merkel

We have no intention of failing. The only question is how great a success we'll have. -- Rupert Murdoch

I'm actually someone who laughs a lot. I really am a joker. But if you ask serious questions, you get serious answers. -- Paul Newman

We each focus on what we're going to buy, but that's an incorrect focus. Focus instead on why you want to spend the money on this or that. What feeling in you does it satisfy? -- Suze Orman

Take risks. Ask big questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; if you don't make mistakes, you're not reaching far enough. -- David Packard

Why are we here? I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company's existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being. -- David Packard

The increasing volume of information is just more opportunity to build better answers to questions. -- Larry Page

Make "What, exactly, have you changed?" the most common question in the organization. Ask it a dozen times a day, at least. -- Tom Peters

When information is "around" people start asking all sorts of useful questions, and require more information. Time and again, new measure are invented by groups close to a machine or process who have finally been let in on its secrets. -- Tom Peters

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. -- John J. Plomp

One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. -- Chinese proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. -- Chinese Proverb

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company? -- Rene Rivkin

A truly effective leader has to have a strong internal frame. He wouldn't be much of a leader if he spent all his time asking people what they thought of something before he took any action. -- Tony Robbins

The difference between people is the difference in the questions they ask consistently. -- Tony Robbins

The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it? -- John Rockefeller

We need to ask how, why, where and when things are made. Knowing more about the generation and source of products empowers us. -- Anita Roddick

The big question is: how do you institutionalize success and still keep that edge of craziness and wildeness? -- Anita Roddick

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

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers. -- Carl Sagan

How do you think about money? No, it's not a joke. This is a serious question. -- Annette Sampson

Good questions outrank easy answers. -- Paul Samuelson

Good questions outrank easy answers. -- Paul A. Samuelson

New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths. -- George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation. -- Herbert Spencer

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. -- James Thurber

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. -- Paul Tillich

Nonviolence is the answer for the questions of our time. Love will conquer evil every time. -- James Twyman

Some children's answers to church school questions - from the Church of England: -- Unknown

Don't do what they ask you. Do what they ask you plus other insight. -- Jack Welch

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy. -- Thornton Wilder

All these questions about do you want to be king? It's not a question of wanting to be, it's something I was born into and it's my duty. . . . Wanting is not the right word. But those stories about me not wanting to be king are all wrong. -- Prince William

We should not only master questions,but also act upon them,and act definitely. -- Woodrow Wilson

In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright. -- Oprah Winfrey

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it. -- Oprah Winfrey

Material success is rewarding and a lot of fun, but it's not the most important thing in my life because I know when this is all over, the Master isn't going to ask me how many things I owned or how many television shows I did. I think the questions will be, What did I do to make a difference? Did I learn to live with love in my heart? -- Oprah Winfrey

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