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-b.1821 d.1893...
'How do you know so much about everything?' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.' (John Abbott)

- My Mother: Demonology...
What other knowledge will my solitude and muteness bring? What other worlds? (Kathy Acker)

Ask yourself, 'Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?' Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful. (Ansel Adams)

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? (Scott Adams)

The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or who am I? (Adyashanti)

Whether something 'has color' or not is as hard to define verbally as are such questions as, 'What is music?' or 'What is musical?' (Josef Albers)

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. (Lloyd Alexander)

What's on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement? (Fred Allen)

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? (James Allen)

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

I don't know the question, but sex is definitely the answer. (Woody Allen)

What do we need to stop doing, in order to stay focused on what we have to accomplish? (David Allen, author)

One of the toughest question I've ever had to answer is: Can there be beauty without art? (David Allio)

Artistic life can be a never-ending process of looking for answers that are invisible and difficult to imagine in our physical world. (Carlos Rodriguez Amadeo)

Attend to mushrooms and all other things will answer up. (A. R. Ammons)

Asking questions gives you significant power. (Greg Anderson)

My work is more about trying to ask good questions and not trying to come up with big shows... (Laurie Anderson)

Why am I compelled to write? Because the writing saves me from this complacency I fear. Because I have no choice. (Gloria Anzaldua)

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Sometimes discussing the subtler questions is essential for the soul. (Elaine Aron)

If I were to say, 'God, why me?' about the bad things, then I should have said, 'God, why me?' about the good things that happened in my life. (Arthur Ashe)

You can't assert an answer just because it's not something else. (Isaac Asimov)

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. (Margaret Atwood)

For who can bear to feel himself forgotten? (W. H. Auden)

When would we stop churning water? Can we move ahead now from this 'point' onwards? This is not an end of world, let us find our space. (Jeet Aulakh)

What means all this? (Marcus Aurelius)

Why talk when you can paint? (Milton Avery)

There is only one question. And once you know the answer to that question there are no more to ask. (Meher Baba)

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 colors from the same jewel. (Richard Bach)

A prudent question is one-half wisdom. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. (Sir Francis Bacon)

There is no such thing as a silly question at a workshop. No questions... no answers! (J.R. Baldini)

What is sublime? / the artist said. / I haven't time / to be well read. / To be sub lime / I'll place, instead, / green citrus fruit / upon my head. (Darby Bannard)

It matters little if something is 'craft' or 'art.' The question is only this: does it give me pleasure? (Darby Bannard)

The question, 'What is art?' has only one truly useful answer. Art is a once forgotten verb, and viewed with the right perspective, it's always the subject of Re-Membering. (Che Baraka)

What is next to learn in this vast but small world? (Moncy Barbour)

-Canadian writer...
When did it get so hard to just look at art? Was it ever possible? How long before the Lascaux bulls became the Lascaux bull session? (Michael Barnes)

We have all the answers, we just need to work out what the questions are. (Marion Barnett)

Don't ask me about this building or that one, don't look at what I do, see what I see. (Luis Barragan)

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why. (Bernard Baruch)

I always feel attacked when I'm asked about my painting. (Georg Baselitz)

The most important question facing the planet is: Is it worth it? (Robert Bateman)

What is art? Prostitution. (Charles Baudelaire)

Sure, I am where I am because of where I have been, but what of the question, 'Where has the rudder touched the quintessential flow?' Which current would it have discovered had it been tested by another push, another pull? (Nicoletta Baumeister)

-Molloy, 1951...
If there is one question I dread, to which I have never been able to invent a satisfactory reply, it is the question what am I doing. (Samuel Beckett)

What was God doing with himself before the creation? (Samuel Beckett)

All life long, the same questions, the same answers. (Samuel Beckett)

What are you? What am I? Those are the questions that constantly persecute and torment me and perhaps also play some part in my art. (Max Beckmann)

Who am I, and where am I going? You are the answer to this question. You are here to ask the question, and to be the answer. (Dr. Michael Beckwith)

The problem with certainty is that sometimes it can sound cold and heartless, although it is the most compassionate and supportive answer. (Yehuda Berg)

Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned. (Jose Bergamin)

People ask what are my intentions with my films - my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer... (Ingmar Bergman)

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. (Adolf Berle)

A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory answers. (Leonard Bernstein)

We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, 'Why did this happen to me?' unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way. (Philip F. Bernstein)

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question. (Yogi Berra)

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough? (Wendell Berry)

Where is our common-sense? Do we not know that we are busy ruining our own gift? Are we that insensitive? (Lida van Bers)

-Master of Stupidity...
If you don't listen to the question entirely, then you are going to revise your answers frequently. (Toba Beta)

Be the answer not the question. (Yogi Bhajan)

Where there is love there is no question. (Yogi Bhajan)

There are a hundred answers to the same question! I have never found a formula for anything that I paint. I know more or less the foundation for creating an image, but it is an ever-changing thing. (Betty Jean Billups)

How could you paint, and not want to make music? (Eleanor Blair)

What has reasoning to do with painting? (William Blake)

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question. (Niels Bohr)

'Why' and 'How' are words so important that they cannot be too often used. (Napoleon Bonaparte)

The most horrible question students ask: 'How do you paint copper?' 'How do you paint flesh or glass?' You paint everything the same way: Right color, right value, in right spot. There are no prescriptions. (Sergei Bongart)

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong. (Bono)

-The Everyday Work of Art...
Artists love the questions without single correct answers. People sometimes mistake this proclivity, thinking it means that artists cannot handle a hard right-wrong edge. (Eric Booth)

How does a simple question lead to a surprisingly relevant result? (Eric Booth)

-responding to a sneeze from the audience...
Who exploded? (Victor Borge)

While painting years ago, someone asked the question, 'What is it you are trying to say?' I was stumped. You mean I have to say something? (Kelly Borsheim)

The blunt large questions become connected to smaller, apparently esoteric ones. (Alain de Botton)

'How do the stems connect to the roots?' 'Where is the mist coming from?' 'Why does one tree seem darker than another?' These questions are implicitly asked and answered in the process of sketching. (Alain de Botton)

-Fahrenheit 451, 1953
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? (Ray Bradbury)

A painting without something disturbing in it – what's that? (Georges Braque)

Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire. (Robert Brault)

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? (Bertolt Brecht)

Why was the painting made? What ideas of the artist can we sense? Can the personality and sensitivity of the artist be felt when studying the work? What is the artist telling us about his or her feelings about the subject? What response do I get from the message of the artist? Do I know the artist better because of the painting? (Gerald Brommer)

Do you have a dollar on you? I hate to answer questions for nothing. (Mel Brooks)

- at age 13, on a European art tour...
Is there going to be any Greek art in Greece, when we get there? (Nicholas Brown)

Who knows whether the best of men be known? or whether there be not more remarkable persons forgot, than any that stand remembered in the known account of time? (Thomas Browne)

What has brought unique, irreplaceable me – out of all the possibilities of life – here, now, to this? (William Broyles, Jr.)

So, 'What's it all about, Alfie?' is my way of saying goodbye. (Art Buchwald)

One of his students asked Buddha, 'Are you the messiah?' 'No,' answered Buddha. 'Then are you a healer?' 'No,' Buddha replied. 'Then are you a teacher?' the student persisted. 'No, I am not a teacher.' 'Then what are you?' asked the student, exasperated. 'I am awake,' Buddha replied. (Gautama Buddha)

I need to go to a place for an answer and return with an answer for that place. (Michael J. Budnicki)

Alas! must it ever be so? / Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go, / And fight our own shadows forever? (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

What am I, other than this, that I know I am not. (Robbie K. Burger)

-A Clockwork Orange...
Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him? (Anthony Burgess)

If we vibrate at a low level, with anger, fear or intolerance, what do we expect to be attracted to? And what will be attracted to us? (Susan Easton Burns)

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. (William S. Burroughs)

It's a very good question, very direct, and I'm not going to answer it. (George H.W. Bush)

Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you. (George H.W. Bush)

I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question. (George W. Bush)

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning? (George W. Bush)

I'm ready for the 'gotcha' questions and they're already starting to come... (Herman Cain)

The mother of all answers is... 'paint.' (Ken Campbell)

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question. (Albert Camus)

While many conclusions are drawn... the process of asking questions is more important than the answers... an ongoing process of discovery. (John Paul Caponigro)

Some people see things that are and ask, 'Why?' Some people dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?' Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. (George Carlin)

What if there were no hypothetical questions? (George Carlin)

Over and over one must ask oneself the queston, 'What do I want to express? What is the thought behind the saying? What is my ideal, what my objective? What? Why? Why? What?' (Emily Carr)

To what extent is any given man morally responsible for any given act? We do not know. (Alexis Carrel)

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. (Lewis Carroll)

Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal? (Rachel Carson)

'Do we dare to be ourselves?' This is the question that counts - and not, 'Must a man be helpless?' ...A man can do something for peace without having to jump into politics. (Pablo Casals)

Even in the USA, patients in institutions are not allowed to have guns. Why was Vincent Van Gogh allowed to have a gun? (Maxine Cassin)

Will there be anymore? (Marc Chagall)

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 Chanowski)

-on his self-portrait...
Who is this painter? Does it look like me? Does it sound like me? Can I be understood? (Karen Chapnick)

It's always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumption. (C. West Churchman)

Which questions do I answer, and which do I leave the viewer to ponder? (Beverly Claridge)

When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions. (George S. Clason)

What are the needs of the world? What can I do that won't be done if I don't do it? (Bill Clinton)

What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say 'yes' to life? (Paulo Coelho)

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood? (Leonard Cohen)

The romantic artist expects people to ask, 'What has he got to say?' The classical artist expects them to ask, 'How does he say it?' (R. G. Collingwood)

The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it. (Joan Collins)

Questions focus our thinking. (Charles Connolly)

Where does personality end and brain damage begin? (Doug Coupland)

If your life had lyrics, would they be any good? (Doug Coupland)

Are you up to the challenge? Are you going to be a reproduction or an original? Will you strive to be innovative or imitative? Are you ready to take your turn on the page, turn up the heat, turn it on? (Phil Cousineau)

Can great art be made in a state of emotional and sexual fulfillment, intellectual and moral self-satisfaction? What happens to art when the lemon turns into lemonade? (Warren Criswell)

A timid question will always receive a confident answer. (Lord Darling)

The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is any place we can stand in ourselves where we can look at all that's happening around us without freaking out... (Ram Dass)

I think that when you've got a big brain... big enough to understand quite a lot of what you see around you, but not everything, you naturally fall to thinking about the deep mysteries. Where do we come from? Where does the world come from? Where does the universe come from? (Richard Dawkins)

Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. (Eugene V. Debs)

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. (Decouvertes)

I don't know why I paint, and I like it this way. (Donald Demers)

Who will bell the cat? (Eustache Deschamps)

The question about everything was, would it bring a blush to the cheek of a young person. (Charles Dickens)

I asked the waiter, 'Is this milk fresh?' He said, 'Lady, three hours ago it was grass.' (Phyllis Diller)

-when Alexander the Great addressed him with greetings, and asked if he wanted anything...
Yes, stand a little out of my sunshine. (Diogenes of Sinope)

The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, am on the side of the angels. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. (Benjamin Disraeli)

How did she do that? What are the steps she used? are questions I'm often asked and choose not to answer. After all, that's what makes my work unique. (Lorna Dockstader)

Little pebble upon the sand / Now you're lying here in my hand, / How many years have you been here? (Donovan)

What is your artistic mission? To express? To communicate? To decorate? To idealize? To profit? (Duane Dorshimer)

Do artists ever really take a vacation? (Eileen Doughty)

How do you feel about a person when you're talking over the phone? If you know them, or if you don't know them, do you get something, do you put that into words of your own, from what they say, or from what you think? Or if it were music over the radio, have you ever tried to think how it would look? (Arthur Dove)

The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions. (Peter Drucker)

The 'why' of a child is repeated over and over, causing more questions and the never-ending process of discovery. (Charles Duback)

Do you think that, if I did, I would lead you to the answer inch by inch, like a dramatist or a novelist? (Alexandre Dumas)

Inquiry is fatal to certainty. (Will Durant)

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing he will never get the answers. (Will Durant)

Why can't everybody leave everybody else the hell alone? (Jimmy Durante)

Why do humans make art? It's how we evolved. (Denis Dutton)

We are divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. (Bob Dylan)

The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable? How is it going to look in ten years? (Charles Eames)

If you give yourself permission to become unlimited, guess what happens? (Nic East)

If anyone went on for a thousand years asking of life, 'Why are you living?' - life, if it could answer, would only say, 'I live so that I may live.' That is because life lives out of its own ground and springs from its own source, and so it lives without asking why it is itself living. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up? (Marian Wright Edelman)

At what point does an artist make a conscious decision to be artistic? (Sterling Edwards)

The important thing is never to stop questioning. (Albert Einstein)

One day during his tenure as a professor, Albert Einstein was visited by a student. 'The questions on this year's exam are the same as last year's!' the young man exclaimed. 'Yes,' Einstein answered, "but this year all the answers are different.' (Albert Einstein)

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? (T. S. Eliot)

What kinds of problems, and what kinds of meanings, happen in the paint? Or as one historian puts it, 'What is thinking in painting, as opposed to thinking about painting?' These are important questions, and they are very hard to answer using the language of art history. (James Elkins)

In the context of a question regarding what an artist might be, I would want to raise the question of what a theorist might be, to signal how inextricably linked these existences and practices might be. (James Elkins)

Why do visual artists 'work' and musicians 'play?' (Max Elliott)

How do my paintings benefit mankind? (Deborah Elmquist)

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)

They were asking me questions like, 'Is it art?' And I was saying, 'Well, if it isn't art... what the hell is it doing in an art gallery and why are people coming to look at it?' (Tracey Emin)

So what is wild? What is wilderness? What are dreams but an internal wilderness and what is desire but a wildness of the soul? (Louise Erdrich)

What madness makes us think we can replicate the majesty that is? What more frustrating life's work could we possibly have taken on? (Mary Erickson)

Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling? (M. C. Escher)

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. (Euripides)

Think of Art as an answerless question. Probably a multiple choice without any correct answer. (Chris Everest)

Why push your life to the brink and experience so much pain? To do something that you may be proud of, to stay true to yourself and go to the end. (Olinda Everett)

Where do we go when we dream? Meditate? Die? Where do we go when we create? What is the essence of the wind? (Ian Factor)

When I was making a shift... from one thing to another I didn't want to be answering questions: 'How come you're doing this?' 'How come you're doing that?' so I didn't allow anyone in my studio and I just worked away in there. (Joe Fafard)

Most of us have forgotten what it was like to follow our own noses, to ask our own questions and find our own answers. (Aaron Falbel)

How many of us give up along the way because we'll never be the expert that so-and-so is? (Suzanne Falter-Barns)

Why, when I am in special need of help, is the good deed usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. (William Feather)

'What do you want?' is too imprecise to produce a meaningful and actionable answer. (Timothy Ferriss)

Do not keep saying to yourself... 'But how can it be like that?' because you will get 'down the drain' into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that. (Richard Feynman)

Is the new academic the old avant-garde? Has the avant-garde gotten so avant that it is la rear garde? (John Fitzsimmons)

Are we at the end of fun? Is common sense an anachronism? Must everything, no matter how benign the reality, be dissected and politicized beyond reason? (Bridget Foley)

Are you doing the kind of work you were built for, so that you can expect to be able to do very large amounts of that kind and thrive under it? Or are you doing a kind of which you can do comparatively little? (B. C. Forbes)

At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes. (E. M. Forster)

Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one. (Felix Frankfurter)

An important question to ask is, 'Where and when did decoration and utility first meet?' (Edward J. Fraughton)

What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince. (Lucian Freud)

All giving is asking, and all asking is an asking for love. (Sigmund Freud)

What is this thing that has us chewing at our own selves, grating ourselves against our own sharp sieve? It is the act of stepping back. It is the act of separating, and judging. It takes only one because the one becomes two. (Bonnie Friedman)

Are we still living in the dark ages? (Ellen Friel)

The capacity to be puzzled is... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science. (Erich Fromm)

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?' (Robert Fulghum)

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? (Robert Fulghum)

A wise man's question contains half the answer. (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

You know, it's weird being interviewed! Because the weird thing about being interviewed is you get asked these questions that you've never thought about, and you find out what you think as you answer. (Neil Gaiman)

This world, this slaughterhouse, this nuthouse, is this the work of God or man? What past time gave birth to this present? (Eduardo Galeano)

Have I already spoken too much? (Ron Gang)

Why all these years have I been agreeably turning down the stereo every time the phone rings? (Sara Genn)

Some artists approach their 'why?' intuitively, and work toward giving it a voice through their technical skill. Others begin as technicians, and develop, or discover, their 'why?' as they become stronger communicators. (Sara Genn)

Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them. (Ralph N. Gerard)

What is your Primary Aim? Where is the script to make your dreams come true? (Michael Gerber)

Is happiness really the only thing we should be aiming for? (Daniel T. Gilbert)

Why when I plan so much and divide my tasks every which way in order to head off potential problems which may come along later do I quite often but often consistently do work that ends up looking like chop sui? (Cesar Girolamo)

We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for. (Malcolm Gladwell)

To be or not to be. That's not really a question. (Jean-Luc Godard)

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? (Vincent van Gogh)

Ask yourself, 'What is obstructing my vision?' What is the difference between seeing and looking?' (Josh Goldberg)

For your information, I would like to ask a question. (Samuel Goldwyn)

An answer, once found, is dull; and the only remaining interest lies in a further effort to render equally dull what is still obscure enough to be intriguing. (Nelson Goodman)

Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier. (Baltasar Gracian)

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

A good novel begins by stirring a question in the reader's mind... The story question must remain the focus throughout the story, and should never be completely answered until the end of the novel... (Vanessa Grant)

You ask yourself and the work of art, 'Where are we going with this?' - a brave question. For not to ask the question is to stay where you are, to not finish the piece of art, to not grow, not become the work of art which is your life... (Mary A. Gravelle)

The frustrating, arrogant times were when I tried to make a finished thing. How do you do something? How do you get there? How do you become that? I was always interested in the question. (Elliott Green)

Sometimes a good 'What if?' has enabled me to see a sketch (or even a good sketch) in a new way. (Irwin Greenberg)

Instead of asking, 'Am I doing things right?' ask yourself, 'Am I doing the right things?' (Dr. Mardy Grothe)

Painting unfamiliar things I felt like a child again, not knowing what things meant but asking the right questions like 'How is this?' not 'What is this?' (Guy Gruwier)

How does it happen that I open a book at random and read a page that is in direct answer to a question? We are told the mind is not the brain. So where is the mind? (Joy Gush)

Do I really believe that? I make a mark, a few strokes, I argue with myself, not do I like or not, but is it true or not? Is that what I mean, is that what I want? (Philip Guston)

A few words about the question of whether photography is art or not: I never understood the question. (Ernst Haas)

A picture can be an answer as well as a question but if you can't answer your question try to question your question... There can be questions without answers but no answers without questions. (Ernst Haas)

Science and literature give me answers. And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer. (Mark Haddon)

What is the sound of one hand? (Hakuin)

What is that which asks such a question? Is it your mind? Is it your original nature? Is it some kind of spirit or demon? Is it inside you? Outside you? Is it somewhere intermediate? Is it blue, yellow, red, or white? (Hakuin)

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. (Robert Half)

In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us. (Dag Hammarskjold)

We are told to believe that focus leads to fate. Shakespearean questions arise. How much of focus is simply constructing our own delusions like setting up a lean-to in the forest? (Cherie Hanson)

I want to question my belief, so that what is left after I have questioned it, will be even stronger. (Thomas Hardy)

Academic questions are interlopers in a world where so few of the real ones have been answered. (Henry S. Haskins)

I am drawn to vibrant color in the Fall - yellows, oranges, reds, purples, greens, in trees and shrubs... pondering, Who does all this? and How are these transmitted for me to see and enjoy and interpret with the color mediums I prefer? (Mona Hearne)

But did thee feel the earth move? (Ernest Hemingway)

The shortest answer is doing. (George Herbert)

What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs. (Werner Herzog)

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. (Hermann Hesse)

Ask yourself where the painting comes from. (Rowland Hill)

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? (Hillel, the Elder)

There's a hierarchy. Why do I pick out that thing, that thing, that thing? (David Hockney)

I sometimes hear a voice from behind while contemplating at the easel, 'Did you do that by hand?' (Margie Hunter Hoffman)

When do you feel most authentic? Authenticity feels so natural, so why isn't it easy? (Robert Holden)

It's the question that beats in my head like a hammer. (Sherlock Holmes)

It has been said that the question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is so profound that it would occur only to a metaphysician, yet so simple that it would occur only to a child. (Jim Holt)

For some, the question is not really a question. It is more an expression of philosophical amazement - a way of saying 'wow' in the face of existence. (Jim Holt)

Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you. (Horace)

Child students often ask, 'Are we allowed...?' I reply, 'You are not allowed to ask me any questions.' (Dar Hosta)

Toddlers ask many questions, and so do school children – until about grade three. By that time, many of them have learned an unfortunate fact, that in school, it can be more important for self-protection to hide one's ignorance about a subject than to learn more about it, regardless of one's curiosity. (Jan Hunt)

Who has the right to cry foul when an artist makes a statement, especially one that can be taken several ways? (Bee Hylinski)

Whether or not the artist can fulfill a social function is a question that remains unanswered. (Jorg Immendorf)

My focus is on finding and enhancing the patterns of communication: Why is the subject or the space reaching out to me? What is this connection to the paint and the brush? How do I transfer these findings so that I may touch the viewer? And, finally, when have I said enough? (Shawn A. Jackson)

What it is to see, what liberties are taken when one looks, where looking leaves one vis-a-vis one's subject, or how far looking ultimately becomes one's subject – these are important questions. (Howard Jacobson)

Doesn't the world need the painter's praise anymore? (Randall Jarrell)

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. (Anthony Jay)

What's your point? (Anthony Mars Jenkins)

You shouldn't think about how we're doing this. You should ask yourself, 'Why?' (Penn Jillette)

There are innumerable questions to which the inquisitive mind can in this state receive no answer: Why do you and I exist? Why was this world created? Since it was to be created, why was it not created sooner? (Samuel Johnson)

Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen. (Samuel Johnson)

Is this what I've been aiming for? Is this the zenith? Is it all downhill from now on? (Charlotte Jones)

Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I ask, 'What is my exciting thing for today?' Then, I do the day. Don't ask me about tomorrow. (Barbara Jordan)

The supreme question about a work of art is, out of how deep a vision of life does it spring? (James Joyce)

Fortunately, in her kindness and patience, Nature has never put the fatal question as to the meaning of their lives into the mouths of most people. And where no one asks, no one needs to answer. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us. (Carl Gustav Jung)

What is it about certain paintings that transport us to that sweet spot at the core of our inner being? (Alar Jurma)

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. (Franz Kafka)

What the artist should be asking is, "Am I being honest? Am I being myself? Am I searching for the truth? Am I reporting my experience of life and the world as I see and experience it? (Scott Kahn)

All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope? (Immanuel Kant)

An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering. (Byron Katie)

Would You Wear My Eyes? (Bob Kaufman)

Some men look at things the way they are and ask, why? I dream of things that are not and ask, why not? (Robert F. Kennedy)

Some questions to ask yourself when viewing a piece of art: What is the artist trying to say? What is the focal point of the composition? What techniques have been used by the artist to create the specific look of the painting? How would I have painted this piece? What use of drawing, value, color, and edges has the artist made? (Daniel J. Keys)

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? (Soren Kierkegaard)

Where would we be as a society without the visual stimulation given us by art? (Mary Kilbreath)

Ask yourself, 'Is it a mistake just because it is not what I intended to do?' (Earl Grenville Killeen)

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk. (Stephen King)

Questions are the creative acts of intelligence. (Frank Kingdon)

What life can I live that will let me breathe in and out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods? (Barbara Kingsolver)

Why are some people born with a fire in the belly, while others need something to get their pilot light lit? (Jeffrey Kluger)

Nothing is more frustrating than not having an answer to the question. (Jackie Knott)

How do I define a work of art? It is not an asset in the stock-exchange sense, but a man's timid attempt to repeat the miracle that the simplest peasant girl is capable of at any time, that of magically producing life out of nothing. (Oskar Kokoschka)

How many thoughts float in and out of your head without your stopping to identify them? How many ideas and insights have escaped because you forgot to pay attention? (Maria Konnikova)

What if Van Gogh had taken medication for his mental illness? Would the world have been deprived of a great artist? (Peter D. Kramer)

One could go on for ever as to whether the paint should be thick or thin, whether to paint the woman or the square, hard-edge or soft, but after a while such questions become a bore. They are merely problems in aesthetics, having only to do with the outer man. (Lee Krasner)

Don't we introduce time as a means of becoming more evolved? The brain has evolved but is there evolution inwardly? Can the brain dominated by time not be subservient to it? (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

In this world of brutal humanity, what is this Art, this Life, this Humanity? What is non-violence? What is passion and love? And Peace? (Girish Kumar)

How can you measure the contribution that artists make to society? (John Kurtz)

I want to move you into the painting by provoking questions. If I give you a chair with a crushed pillow casting shadows, will you wonder, 'Who sat here? For how long? Why? What was his mood?' (Andrew Kusmin)

If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions. (Suzanne Langer)

Exactly what is a successful artist? (Jackie Larocque)

I hear at shows, 'What do you do - I mean, for a real job?' (Jamie Lavin)

Could five hundred men have painted the Sistine Chapel? (William Lear)

-last words...
Why not, why not, why not? Why not? Yeah. (Timothy Leary)

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

There are no right answers to wrong questions. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

-on financiers and distributors in the film industry...
How do I get it made? How do I get it seen? How do I get it in front of the people I want to serve? (Adam Leipzig)

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. (Aldo Leopold)

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? (Stephen Levine)

Instead of the vast organization to exploit the weakness of the Many, should we not possess one for the exploitation of the intelligence of the Few? (Wyndham Lewis)

When artists make art, they shouldn't question whether it is permissible to do one thing or another. (Sol LeWitt)

There is nothing I can tell you that you do not already know. There is no question that you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer. You have just forgotten. (David Littlewood)

If all be a Dream, then he doth but dream that he makes the Question; and so it is not much matter that a waking Man should answer him. (John Locke)

Could it be that we, as artists, use art as a means of asking the questions for which we are seeking answers? (Curtis Long)

Did I create that? (Duncan Long)

Where should the scholar live? In solitude, or in society? in the green stillness of the country, where he can hear the heart of Nature beat, or in the dark, gray town where he can hear and feel the throbbing heart of man? (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

How far should an artist go in promoting himself and his own work? At what point does marketing turn into vanity and self-assertion? (Larry Lovett)

We have learned the answers, all the answers: / It is the question that we do not know. (Archibald MacLeish)

What message is needed when heart speaks to heart? (Ramana Maharshi)

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. (Naguib Mahfouz)

All the while you are asking, 'Is this basic mass, lighter/darker, warmer/cooler, more/less intense (chroma, saturation) than the one next to it?' You keep adjusting the masses with these questions until they are in proper relation to each other. (Jeff Mahorney)

Isn't today a day to devote to craft? Isn't tomorrow? Isn't every day, routinely, until the end of time? (Eric Maisel)

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living? (Bob Marley)

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? (Ralph Marston)

Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast net if there's so little fish to catch? (Yann Martel)

Can someone eat the fruit that comes from the tree of action that grows from the seeds of your mind? (Eugene J. Martin)

My work started out as a healing process. Then it took a turn. I realized that I had something to say, but what was my message? (Pamela Masik)

The key question isn't 'What fosters creativity?' But it is 'Why in God's name isn't everyone creative?' (Abraham Maslow)

I generally will answer any question about anything. (Danny Masterson)

Louis Armstrong, when asked the question, 'What is Jazz?' said, 'Man, if you don't know, don't mess with it.' (Richard McDaniel)

How was I to know that I'd be okay? / I thought I'd lose it all when you walked away. / How was I to know that I'd be this strong? / I had what it takes all along. / How was I to know? (Reba McEntire)

Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life! (George Meredith)

In a very small way, painting addresses the 'Big Questions' to which we'll never find the answers. You do what you have to do even if it seems hopeless. (Sam Messer)

What is an artist? He's a man who has antennae, who knows how to hook up to the currents which are in atmosphere, in the cosmos. (Henry Miller)

-notice to visitors...
Questions relating to work-in-progress will be answered in stereotype fashion in the columns of the Big Sur Guide at the usual space rates... Let us do our best, even if it gets us nowhere. (Henry Miller)

Why is it so? (Julius Sumner Miller)

The question of painting is bound up with epistemology, with the engagement of the viewer, with what the viewer may learn. (Guido Molinari)

What is it that's taken hold of me, for me to carry on like this in relentless pursuit of something beyond my powers? (Claude Monet)

The world is but a school of inquiry. (Michel de Montaigne)

Questions appear real for as long as you consider yourself to be a person. When you realize you are the impersonal presence, all questions vanish. (Mooji)

You ask, 'How to live my life?' But with the question you are suffocating life itself, for life is spontaneity. (Mooji)

-The Speed of Dark...
I always thought my questions were wrong questions because no one else asked them. Maybe no one thought of them. Maybe darkness got there first. Maybe I am the first light touching a gulf of ignorance... Maybe my questions matter. (Elizabeth Moon)

Isn't the role of artists to strive in being a reflecting soul or sounding board of the world they live in? (Brad M. Moore)

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it? (Henry Moore)

Is there a sudden proliferation of artists out there? They are reproducing like bunnies – and we all know what happens when there are too many bunnies on the island. (Larry Moore)

Why certain people collect art in a certain culture at a certain time may be a question. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

Do you know the warm progress under the stars? Do you know we exist? Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom? Have you been born yet and are you alive? (Jim Morrison)

If one were to ask a painter what he felt about anything, his just response – though he seldom makes it – would be to paint it, and in painting, to find out... (Robert Motherwell)

Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines? (John Muir)

I sometimes question whether I'm even an artist or just a painter. (Martin Mull)

But can they [great works] get rid of the worm that lies gnawing at the roots of my heart? No, never. (Edvard Munch)

He was evidently the sort of person who posed questions that were traps for you to fall into. (Alice Munro)

-from The Book of Mirdad...
Ask not of things to shed their veils. Unveil yourselves, and things will be unveiled. Nor ask of things to break their seals. Unseal yourselves, and all will be unsealed. (Mikhail Naimy)

-response to Robert Genn
If 'Art's a doing thing,' why are you writing all these twice-weeklies? (Richard (Dick) Nelson)

The question, 'Where to do you get your ideas from?' has always rubbed me the wrong way. (Odette Nicholson)

Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god? (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Do IQ tests measure creativity? Can they? Perhaps they measure whether the test-takers have become better at taking tests. (Brigitte Nowak)

I ofen looked up at the sky an' assed meself the question – what is the stars, what is the stars? (Sean O'Casey)

Did you ever have something to say and feel as if the whole side of the wall wouldn't be big enough to say it on, and then sit down on the floor and try to get it onto a sheet of charcoal paper? (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Can a nasty, horrible person still produce good quality, uplifting and inspirational work? (oliver)

Is it not the play of the mind we are after? Is it not that that shows a mind is there at all? (Charles Olson)

It is easy to answer the ultimate questions - it saves you bothering with the immediate ones. (John James Osborne)

Questioners sooner or later end up in a library... And answers are dangerous; they kill your wonder. (Osho)

Do not make the mistake of asking me my particularities. (Egbert Oudendag)

A chit for life. Is that what it is to be an artist? A cushy sidestepping of the grit and slog of the ordinary mortal? A real-life exemption certificate? (Judith Palmer)

What is it at which all true artists are aiming? It is life, it is reality. (John Edgar Park)

Consciously and unconsciously, an artist engaged in serious work is always raising or dealing with the question, 'What really matters?' (Freeman Patterson)

-Origins...
What makes us the way we are? This is a question that has long fascinated me. It's why I became a writer. (Annie Murphy Paul)

People and things have edges, but where does a landscape stop? (Myfanwy Pavelic)

What can be sustained and repeated without emptying out? (Jan Peacock)

Can't the 'new' manifest from anywhere, through any portal of style or idea? (Melanie Peter)

It is frequently more rewarding merely to ask pertinent questions. It may get someone to go and look for an answer. (Prince Philip)

A VIP at a local airport asked HRH: 'What was your flight, like, Your Royal Highness?' Philip replied, 'Have you ever flown in a plane?' The VIP answered, 'Oh yes, sir, many times.' 'Well,' said Philip, 'it was just like that.' (Prince Philip)

-to journalist Caroline Wyatt, who asked if the Queen was enjoying a Paris trip, 2006...
Damn fool question! (Prince Philip)

Is the artist impelled by spiritual forces, by the divine afflatus, by conscious or unconscious emulation of others? Do angles whisper in the ears of the chosen few, and create for them visions of aethereal beauty? Do landscape painters of genius walk the plains of Heaven? Or is it only vanity that urges him to paint? (Walter J. Phillips)

Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? (Pablo Picasso)

You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigation. It remains there like a question. And it alone gives the answer. (Pablo Picasso)

Whenever I meet someone new, I always ask the same question... 'So, what do you do?' (Daniel H. Pink)

It's a question we all ask ourselves. What have we done lately? It rattles us each birthday. (Daniel H. Pink)

It takes courage to be who you are. Who are you? (Todd Plough)

How in the world does one collate the cone of vision with what is felt about the landscape, how it molds to one's boots and grates beneath one's feet and caresses the very skin, in its ever changing moods? (Sally Pollard)

I have more questions than answers. Can art be spiritual or is that just another visual illusion? Art the creator, god the creator. Ego, or the sublime? (Sally Pollard)

-on Jackson Pollock...
In response to the question, 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied, 'How do you know when you're finished making love?' (Jackson Pollock)

-Force of Evil, 1948...
I'll give you my answer calmly and sensibly, my final answer. My final answer is finally no. The answer is no! Absolutely and finally no! Finally and positively no! No! No! No! N - O! (Abraham Polonsky)

How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence? (Alexander Pope)

When you paint a nude in the nude, are you sure which one is the nude painting? (Bernard Poulin)

A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values. (Ezra Pound)

These are not easy questions. Who am I? Why am I here? They're not easy because the human being isn't wired to function as an individual. (Steven Pressfield)

Ask no question and hear no lies. (proverb)

Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer. (English proverb)

To question a wise man is the beginning of wisdom. (German proverb)

How many water lily flops did Monet have, that we shall never know about? (Faith Puleston)

I wonder if pursuing any artistic occupation, or preoccupation, is an attempt to find an identity we haven't been able to find otherwise. Or is it a form of escape? Is it easier in the long run to be an artist than a 'normal' person? (Faith Puleston)

Always question the 'why'; don't be satisfied with only knowing the 'how'. (Catherine Pulsifer)

Why do certain paintings live in one's soul? (Stephen Quiller)

How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise? (Francois Rabelais)

Unfortunately, there's no greater rhyme or reason as to why it would be me. And since there is no answer as to why me, it's not a question I feel really entitled to ask. (David Rakoff)

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. (Ayn Rand)

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. (Ayn Rand)

Where do we learn how and when to talk about our art?... Why are some people so magnetic when they're just standing there saying nothing? What kind of school is going to teach us this stuff? (Liz Reday)

If we could see energy between things, the relationship between the seer and the seen, then how would our world look? (Gillian Redwood)

-Contact with Space, 1957...
Am I a Spaceman? Do I belong to a new race on earth, bred by men from outer space in embraces with earth women? (Wilhelm Reich)

The question should be how does it make you feel to view it, not how does it feel to have made it, or what will others think. (Stella Reinwald)

-Out Of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School by Geoffrey Dorfman...
Nothing in the world excites the culture today so much as a question. A question seems very appropriate to whatever you have in mind. Allowing your work to remain questionable is a way of satisfying your cultural condition. (Milton Resnick)

Why do some people believe that plein air works should cost less? (B. Eric Rhoads)

What is valid? What is derivative of someone else? What is ground breaking? Where does our art fit? (Alice Rich)

When showing your art, never ask, 'What do you think?' unless you really want to know! (CJ Rider)

Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write [create]? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

I beg you... to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything, live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. (Tony Robbins)

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to? (Tony Robbins)

Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one? (Tony Robbins)

How will I be remembered? As a technician or artist? As a humorist or a visionary? (Norman Rockwell)

Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me? (Carl Rogers)

You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? (Jim Rohn)

Reasons come first. Answers come second. (Jim Rohn)

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than to avenge it? (Eleanor Roosevelt)

The question is just as important as the answer. (Charlie Rose)

There are studies on why we breathe, why we Love, why we advance, why we chew our nails... We are too caught up with the 'why we' factor... (Rick Rotante)

I don't ask writers about their work habits. I really don't care. Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they're actually trying to find out, 'Is he as crazy as I am?' I don't need that question answered. (Philip Roth)

I want people to come away from my book with questions. Questions about virtue and goodness. Not answers. (Veronica Roth)

Always the question: What to paint? (Joan Rudman)

We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

We have millions of questions that need answers because there are so many things that the reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. (Muriel Rukeyser)

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. (Rumi)

I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this: was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it? (John Ruskin)

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)

You think I'm gonna look inside me for the answers? Talk about your black hole of personal mistakes... (Gary Rutz)

There is never any question of what to paint, but how to paint. (Robert Ryman)

Where are the meanderings of my inner being going, and what do they look like? (Linda Saccoccio)

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. (Carl Sagan)

How do you know what you are going to do until you do it? The answer is, you don't. (J. D. Salinger)

There is no limit on questions. Humankind will not be able to ask all the questions needed to understand our natural environment for example – at least not for the foreseeable future. (Indira Samarasekera)

Good questions outrank easy answers. (Paul A. Samuelson)

It is necessary... for a man to go away by himself... to sit on a rock... and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?' (Carl Sandburg)

Where was I going? I puzzled and wondered about it 'til I actually enjoyed the puzzlement and wondering. (Carl Sandburg)

-in understanding a work of art...
"Why would anyone want to do that?" (Irving Sandler)

Why should not things be largely absurd, futile and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and we and they go very well together. (George Santayana)

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all. (George Santayana)

I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind! The answer is twelve? I think I'm in the wrong building. (Charles Schulz)

We want an answer for everything, but he can't give you the answer! You know the man through his art, and he's still going. He doesn't know where he's gonna wind up. He's trying to get home. Like all of us, I guess. (Martin Scorsese)

Is it weather, music or events that ruffle one's inner space? (Jo Scott-B)

What are the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish? How do we get from zero to plus five? (Martin Seligman)

If you don't know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise man for the rest of your life. (Seneca)

If you want to know what you think of yourself, then ask yourself what you think of others, and you will find your answer. (Seth)

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. (Dr. Seuss)

To be or not to be – that is the question. (William Shakespeare)

Who can leap the world's ties to sit with me among white clouds? (Han Shan)

No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious. (George Bernard Shaw)

What makes angels sing and devils dance? (Herbert Siebner)

Is there in painting an effect which arises from the being together of repose and energy in the artist's mind? - can both repose and energy be seen in a painting's line and color, plane and volume, surface and depth, detail and composition? - and is the true effect of a good painting on the spectator one that makes at once for repose and energy, calmness and intensity, serenity and stir? (Eli Siegel)

The rose has no 'Why?' It flowers because it flowers. (Angelus Silesius)

Don't answer every question. (Agnes Sims)

What is art? We ought to very simply let it be what the artist says it is. (David Smith)

Art and craftsmanship are much closer than artists seem to be willing to admit, but the question is, where does the distinction seem to take place? (Tony Smith)

I hate it when someone answers a question with a question! (Snoopy)

Sometimes neuroscientists ask impossible questions. (David Soldier)

A student comes to me with a piece of writing, holds it out, says, 'Is this good?' A whole sequence of emergencies goes off in my mind. That's not a question to ask anyone but yourself. (William Stafford)

There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer. (Gertrude Stein)

The wise man questions the wisdom of others because he questions his own; the foolish man, because it is different from his own. (Leo Stein)

No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions. (Charles Steinmetz)

Who knows whether it is not true that phosphorus and mind are not the same thing? (Stendhal)

What do you do when something you work on defeats you? (Nick Stone)

Ask the next question. (Theodore Sturgeon)

A table with a broken leg remains a table. But a table from which the four legs have been removed becomes only a flat piece of wood. At what moment did it cease to be a table? (Carlo Suares)

Questions are infinitely superior to answers. (Dan Sullivan)

Would it be that walking through the darkness is a gate? Is a way to free the eyes? Is painting really a visual art? (Joseph Tany)

Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

When you're in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it. (Twyla Tharp)

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)

The fatal pedagogical error is to throw answers, like stones, at the heads of those who have not yet asked the questions. (Paul Tillich)

Are you appreciating the Mona Lisa for the wrong reason? (Ad for art appreciation course, magazine section, circa 1950] (New York Times)

Through art, we can answer the questions of who we are, what we live for and what we will leave behind when we're gone from this world. It is my goal to make these connections so that the people who see my paintings will understand and maybe will treasure their time on earth more. (Aleksander Titovets)

What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good on this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on? (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. (Leo Tolstoy)

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? (Lily Tomlin)

How to be in the modern world where intentions are known and keep hidden what must be hidden so it is not changed beyond recognition, making the inner process impossible. That is the question. (Kathryn Townsend)

Is it possible that Monet was motivated by something other than joy when he painted those lily pads and pools? (Stewart Turcotte)

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? (Mark Twain)

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know. (Mark Twain)

How can a heart expression find? / How should another know your mind? / Will he discern what quickens you? (Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev)

You will always find an answer in the sound of water. (Chuang Tzu)

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. (Lao Tzu)

When we get to the 'why' of our work, the 'how' of it follows more easily. (Luann Udell)

In the arts there are many right answers. (Jerry Uelsmann)

New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?' (Author unknown)

If the universe is infinite potential awaiting acceptance, what will we accept this day? (Author unknown)

Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead? (John Updike)

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand... These questions and other strange phenomena engage my thought throughout my life. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. (Voltaire)

He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. (Voltaire)

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

You must constantly engage in self-examination of your beliefs and working methods. It is not possible, nor is it fair to your group, to try and bluff your way through any difficult questions. (Robert Wade)

The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?' (Alice Walker)

What is it you want your audience to see? Who is your audience? What does surface signify? Does it carry meaning? Do you fully understand and know what you are doing? WHY are you using encaustic? (Kay WalkingStick)

'Why?' is the prophetic question. (Jim Wallis)

If you don't ask, 'they' cannot say yes. Sometimes it is 'me' asking 'me.' I usually answer yes, and the air clears and the sun comes out again. (Lillian E. Walsh)

Do you know that everything on the planet that wasn't created in nature was first created by an artist? (Dorenda Crager Watson)

What are we to make of this? What has happened? What plays the main role here? We mustn't look at it aesthetically, only note how it became possible for all the things of today to happen. (Anton Webern)

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch. (Orson Welles)

There is absolutely everything in great fiction but a clear answer. (Eudora Welty)

-on photography...
Why limit yourself to what your eyes see when you have such an opportunity to extend your vision? (Edward Weston)

A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. (E. B. White)

Selling is nothing more than asking questions and waiting for an answer. (Jack White)

The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. (Harold Thurman Whitman)

Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? (Walt Whitman)

Everybody asks, 'What colors should I use? What brushes?' as if the answers are going to help them be better painters. What people should be asking is, 'How do I improve my drawing skills?' (Richard Whitney)

I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions. (Elie Wiesel)

He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer. (Elie Wiesel)

Who gives it? Spirit gives it, but we really give it to ourselves. It's called permission. (J. Bruce Wilcox)

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. (Oscar Wilde)

I just always think, 'Do I like it?' And if I like it, maybe other people will come and like it too. (Billy Wilder)

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves? (Robin Williams)

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question. (Tennessee Williams)

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? (Marianne Williamson)

Why do I paint? Why does a dog bark? (David Wayne Wilson)

What beliefs are you buying into that are getting in your way? And what if changing those beliefs was completely within your control? (Liz Wiltzen)

It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

What is it that makes a man willing to sit up on top of an enormous Roman candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse? (Tom Wolfe)

It is intensely frustrating to be misquoted. (Stuart Pearson Wright)

Bid imagination run / Much on the Great Questioner; / What He can question, what if questioned I / Can with a fitting confidence reply. (William Butler Yeats)

You asked the question I couldn't form and the answers rushed at me as if awaiting only their release. (Jeanette Zaimes)

Anybody seen what's goin' on in their cornflakes lately? Animated or otherwise the question remains whether those suggestives we are prone to see just might be mentally proportional to what turns our crank... (Jan Zawadzki)

Why does not the brain adapt to repeated exposure and become indifferent, instead of satisfied? (Semir Zeki)


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