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Letter "Q" » questioning
«A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. If it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning -- and it would be miraculous if it so soon succeeded in solving so many mysteries -- it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions. But in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revere.»
Author: Emile Durkheim
, void of
«As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment.»
« I am all in favor of the skeptical mind. Do not believe anything unless you have experienced it. Do not believe anything - go on questioning, however long it takes. »
«Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.»
Author: Albert Pike
, Faculty of
, The Faculty
«And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.»
«And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.»
« Doubt helps your intelligence, sharpens it. Questioning makes you aware of many possibilities of which you may not have been aware before.»
«HANGMAN, n. An officer of the law charged with duties of the highest dignity and utmost gravity, and held in hereditary disesteem by a populace having a criminal ancestry. In some of the American States his functions are now performed by an electrician, as in New Jersey, where executions by electricity have recently been ordered --the first instance known to this lexicographer of anybody questioning the expediency of hanging Jerseymen.»
Author: Ambrose Bierce
, first instance
, law of gravity
«I think we all ought to be questioning all the time and learning and growing. And I think that's what we need, but it's not my deal, I don't think.»
«I know you have been critically looking at the mores and customs of the past and questioning their value. Every generation does that. But don't discard the time-tested values upon which civilization has been built just because they are old.»