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  • ... there have been so many answers / they have all been right.

  • Origins are of the greatest importance. We are almost reconciled to having a cold when we remember where we caught it.

  • Our whole life consists of despairing of an answer and seeking an answer.

  • It is not only by the questions we have answered that progress may be measured, but also by those we are still asking. The passionate controversies of one era are viewed as sterile preoccupations by another, for knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find.

  • O God / why do I storm heaven / for answers / that are already in my heart?

  • In each age there is a series of pressing questions which must be asked and answered. On the correctness of the questions depends the survival of those who ask; on the quality of the answers depends the quality of the life those survivors will lead.

  • Truth walks toward us on the path of our questions. As soon as you think you have the answer, you have closed the path and may miss vital new information. Wait awhile in the stillness, and do not rush to conclusions, no matter how uncomfortable the unknowing.

  • He had a way of meeting a simple question with a compound answer — you could take the part you wanted, and leave the rest.

  • We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.

    • Ruth Benedict,
    • 1915, in Margaret Mead, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict ()
  • You should know that there are some things for which there are no answers, no matter how beautiful the words may be.

  • ... hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.

  • It is the function of a liberal university not to give right answers, but to ask right questions.

  • The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers.

    • Ruth Benedict,
    • in Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict: A Humanist in Anthropology ()