Finding Answers

Sunday, April 19, 2009 – Finding Answers


An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions. ~ Claude Levi-Strauss


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


Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard. ~ Edgar R. Fiedler


They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. ~ Ronald Reagan


There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind. ~ A. Bartlett Giamatti


To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question. ~ Edward Abbey


By the time the people asking the questions are ready for the answers, the people doing the work have lost track of the questions. ~ Norman Ralph Augustine


Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. ~ Pablo Picasso


The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers ~ James Baldwin


Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don’t even arise. ~ Jean Baudrillard


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


I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally. ~ Calvin Trillin


If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself. ~ Bob Dylan


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


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


A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing. ~ Joey Adams


My mother answers all my fan mail. ~ Patti Smith


Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. ~ Oscar Wilde


We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


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


The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept. ~ George Carlin


Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up. ~ Charles M. Schulz


The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. ~ Susan Sontag


A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~ Maya Angelou


All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog. ~ Franz Kafka


There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves. ~ Soren Kierkegaard


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


I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. ~ Mark Twain


The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? ~ Stephen Hawking


My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate — that’s my philosophy. ~ Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth


I think animal testing is cruel. They get nervous and get all the answers wrong. ~ Stephen Fry