Monday, 21 March 2011

Quotes about Curiosity

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.

When a finger points at the moon the imbecile looks at the finger.
Zen koan

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson, British poet, critic, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein, German physicist (1979-1955)

I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer (1452-1519)

Men go abroad to wonder at the height 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.
Augustine, Latin scholar, high priest (354-430 AD)

We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious – and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Walt Disney, US artist, film producer (1901-1966)

Change pace. Go to work next Thursday and declare it a miniature golf day. Showing a training film this afternoon? Order popcorn for every participant. Curiosity has a lot to do with looking at the world through slightly cockeyed glasses.
Tom Peters, US management author, presenter (b. 1942)

Tom Peters

I like to think that I walk through life with my eyebrows continually raised.
Warren Bennis, US academic, management author (b. 1925)

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
William Ward, British author, theologian (1812-1882)

Complacency is the enemy of curiosity.
Charles Handy, Irish management consultant, author (b. 1924)

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