Quotations on Questioning




“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”

                                                                       Albert Einstein




“He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.”

                                                                     Elie Wiesel


Socrates Louvre


“The unexamined life is not worth living.”



34 thoughts on “Quotations on Questioning

      • Socrates indeed had it right! It just occurred to me that children are naturally curious and know intuitively how to ask good questions. Then we put them through K-12 education, and by the time they get to college, we have to teach them how to ask good questions.

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      • Boy, does that hit a nerve. You are so right! When does this change? I think grades 1-3 are okay (not as great as preschool or kindergarten), but beyond that, the natural questioning crumbles. Sad!

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      • Brilliant, Charles. You are absolutely right. When it comes to early education and grade school, Finland has it nailed. Their approach to learning is so right, and they rank #1 in reading. America ranks #26. At your end, who do you think does the best in education at the high school and college level? I don’t even know if that’s a fair question, because by then the ‘obey and recite’ has already taken its toll. Just thinking aloud and wondering how the long term comes into play.

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      • I suspect that countries like Finland also do very well with higher education. I try very hard, in my classes, to open students up to the idea of independent thinking and questioning, but I fear I am a dinosaur in my approach.

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      • No! You are not a dinosaur in your approach! If you were, your students wouldn’t be writing their own wonderful blogs. A dinosaur doesn’t start a U.L.S. A dinosaur doesn’t have students debate Shakespeare. You are the lifeline of independent thinking for students. Thank goodness.

        I think you’re right that countries like Finland probably do well in higher education, too. If they do well in the early years, that carries through. My biggest worry in education today is technology. It’s being pushed, and it’s not a natural way of learning for young children. If children skip or miss the hands-on learning, the real, true thinking is gone.

        On a side note, I read that surgeons today are not as skilled, because they didn’t play with sticks and stones and build forts out of rocks when they were kids. They were playing games and working on their computers. Therefore, their hand skills aren’t as precise. Makes sense.

        Apologies for such a long response, Charles. While our system might not be the best, we can still make a difference and teach children to love learning.

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      • I think your mother was absolutely right. K-3 is still pretty good, but not so much after that. Although, private schools do a good/better job at stimulating creativity and thinking.

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