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Important Very

One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Words Vague

If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'

- A. R. Ammons

Lazy Given

Cinema seats make people lazy. They expect to be given all the information. But for me, question marks are the punctuation of life.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Thought Needed

The question I asked Georges has now become a general one - You, who thought you were superfluous, who thought there was no place for you in society, not only are you not superfluous, you are needed and so those who were beggars become givers.

- Abbe Pierre

Big Issue

After the 9/11 incidents, Islam has become a big question mark among westerners, especially Americans. The mass media constantly raise the issue of relationship between Islam and terrorism.

- Abdolkarim Soroush

Here Encompass

It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?

- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Side Like

The flip side of suicide is that it leaves a lingering question in the minds of the people who survived. It's like a cancer that's metastasized. The suicide is the cancer and the metastasis is all these people saying, Why? Why? Why?

- Abraham Verghese

Taught Antiwar

The civil rights and antiwar movements taught Americans to question authority.

- Adam Cohen

Race Before

Before competition, I start to question things. I don't know why it happens, but you've got to control it so you don't get too far out of the race.

- Adam Peaty

Song About

What should a song be about? It's a trick question for songwriters because lots of amazing songs aren't 'about' anything. Or, at least, they're not about anything that's obvious or logical.

- Adam Schlesinger

Children White

It's a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?

- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Mouth Statesman

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

- Adlai E. Stevenson

Army How

It won't be a question of how well-trained or well-equipped the army is but one of the authority it serves.

- Adnan Pachachi

Doing Stories

When I started publishing my work, one of the biggest surprises to me was the recurring question about my background and why I wasn't doing more stories about Asian-Americans.

- Adrian Tomine

England Purely

More and more do I see that only a successful revolution in India can break England's back forever and free Europe itself. It is not a national question concerning India any longer; it is purely international.

- Agnes Smedley

Rest Increasingly

The signs that the world is spinning out of kilter are increasingly difficult to misinterpret. The question is how to convince enough people to join a critical mass of urgent opinion, in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

- Al Gore

Law Bible

For most people, the question why be good - as distinguished from merely law abiding - is a simple one. Because God commands it, because the Bible requires it, because good people go to Heaven and bad people go to Hell.

- Alan Dershowitz

Marry Players

I have three tools at my disposal - my whistle, my body language and my talk. It is a question of how I marry them up to try to get the players around to my way of thinking.

- Alan Lewis

Trust Directors

The directors you trust the most are the ones, when you ask them a question, they've got the guts to say, 'I don't know.'

- Alan Rickman

Politics Asking

By asking the question 'Am I happy?,' and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question - 'Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?'

- Alastair Campbell

Sometimes Drives

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

- Albert Einstein

Small Always

The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought, while the question of what is right and what is wrong has seemed all-important.

- Albert J. Nock

More Substances

The more the relationships of the nitrogen-rich substances to the cell nucleus were recognized, the more the question of the arrangement of the nitrogen and carbon atoms in the molecule came to stand out.

- Albrecht Kossel


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

- Aldo Leopold

Process Improve

To question your own process is a necessity. If you don't question yourself, it's impossible to improve.

- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Over Increasingly

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries.

- Alex Campbell

Keeping Hospitals

In the U.S., hospitals are rewarded for keeping hospital beds full. That's the market at work. The question is: should we work for the market, or should the market work for us?

- Alex Gibney

Nature Placed

You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.

- Alexander the Great

Sailor Square

I swear like a sailor, assuming the sailor in question died in 1800 and was really square.

- Alexandra Petri

Woman Joined

I have joined the 'suffragettes' - the militant party on the woman suffrage question.

- Alice Paul

Poem Came

What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.

- Allen Tate

Happen Come

How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.

- Allen Tate

Maybe No Question

My work is better, maybe all filmmakers are better, for Polanski's imprint on cinema. He created language for all of us to use, there is no question about that.

- Allison Anders

Work Am

When I define polarities in my work, I actually create the space between things. I point to the question I am actually interested in, without naming it.

- Alva Noto

Behind Which

The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.

- Alvar Aalto

Questions More

You can't say history teaches us this or that; it gives us more questions than answers, and many answers to every question.

- Amin Maalouf

Became Whole

I changed my name when we became aware of the African revolution and the whole question of our African roots.

- Amiri Baraka

Guns Having

Cop families have guns in their houses. It's a bigger question for mothers. When is the right time to introduce to your children the things that could hurt them? But not having the knowledge could hurt them.

- Amy Carlson

My Life Author

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That's the question that changed my life forever.

- Amy Purdy

Sometimes Will

Basically, sometimes a reporter will ask a question, and I feel the answers only matter when the questions are relevant.

- Anderson Silva

Moments Like

Like anybody, you have moments when you question yourself and you're insecure.

- Andie MacDowell

Very Melodies

John Williams is, without question, talented. He writes very good scores and very good melodies and all that.

- Andre Previn

Always Like

I'm always fascinated by the 'who would you like to work with' question. I've never really had an answer; it only really comes as you work with them.

- Andrew Buchan

Been Very

Men are recognizing that they have been forced to conform to a very narrow and rather two-dimensional picture of maleness and manhood that they have never had the freedom to question.

- Andrew Cohen

Bad Going

I know how bad Albany is. I know it better than most. I understand why people are angry. I'm angry. The question is going to be, how do you change Albany, what is the plan for change, and then how do you actually get it done?

- Andrew Cuomo

Damage Whether

Whether a president can truly improve, or damage, an economy remains an open question.

- Andrew Ross Sorkin

Fail Either

Without question, I've either got to be a writer, or I fail.

- Andrew Vachss

Give Answer

You ask me a question, I'm going to give you an honest answer.

- Andy Roddick

Always Role

The question is always 'What is the role of a labor movement?' How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers?

- Andy Stern

Love Finally

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.

- Andy Warhol

Get Costs

We really do have to get at the underlying question of health-care costs.

- Angela Braly

Art Need

Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.

- Angela Carter

Fast Whether

The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.

- Angela Merkel

Good Taste

It's a hard thing to legislate. You can't legislate good taste and you can't put a number on it in terms of square footage. It's a question of where individual rights end and community rights begin.

- Ann Robinson

Work Voice

My work is about giving voice to the unheard, and reiterating the voice of the heard in such a way that you question, or re-examine, what is the truth.

- Anna Deavere Smith

Puts Perfectly

When everything is perfectly orderly and understandable, there has to be one thing that puts everything into question.

- Annabelle Selldorf

Same Still

It is possible to be different and still be all right. There can be two - or more - answers to the same question, and all can be right.

- Anne Wilson Schaef

Alaska Missed

I missed that question on Alaska. I hear they want to make it a state now.

- Anson Williams

Wise Answer

That is a good question for you to ask, not a wise question for me to answer.

- Anthony Eden

Sure Issue

The most pressing ethical question is to make sure that everything you do from a scientific standpoint is done for the ultimate good and positive issue for the people that you're caring about.

- Anthony Fauci

Shadow Made

But on this show, it's a good question because in the 35 shows that we've done now, I've really made a consistent effort to really shadow the directors because in many ways they have to be more prepared than feature directors.

- Anthony Michael Hall

Thought May

It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.

- Anthony Trollope

Point Again

I become absolutely reclusive when I'm not working, to the point where I question whether I can actually do it again.

- Anthony Warlow

Die Last

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become - to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Director Black

It's a dumb question, because I don't look at things as a black director, just as a director, so ask me as a director first and we can segue into the colour thing later.

- Antoine Fuqua

Spice Best Way

The worst question is, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' I don't know. Variety is the spice of life. That's the best way to describe it.

- Anton du Beke

Sculpture Social

'6 Times' is an attempt to reinvestigate the social responsibility of sculpture. The body in question is a particular body, but it doesn't really matter whose it is.

- Antony Gormley

Belong South

As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are.

- Antony Sher

Dancing Always

The first question is always, 'We loved him on 'Dancing with the Stars,' we loved him in the Olympics, but can he speak English?' Yes I speak English. Yes, I can.

- Apolo Ohno

Art Move

I value above all the ability of art to move me emotionally and psychically, without answers. I make art that makes me question, that derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation, that is intuitive, that is beautiful.

- April Gornik

Money No Question

Money talks; there's no question about it.

- Ara Parseghian

May Been

Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.

- Aristotle

Give Planet

The greatest question of all is whether our experience on this planet is 'it' or whether there is something else. Things in the supernatural realm give support, strangely perhaps, to the things we take on faith.

- Art Bell


It has nothing to do with commercial success. You cannot calculate in your head how to put the mosaic together to make a commercial film: that's out of the question.

- Arthur Cohn

Tell How

Don't tell your friends about your indigestion. 'How are you' is a greeting, not a question.

- Arthur Guiterman

Peace Durable

The question is, what are we to do in order to consolidate peace on a universal and durable foundation, and what are the essential elements of such a peace?

- Arthur Henderson

Think Funding

It's definitely an interesting question: 'Do you need more funding to start a luxury business?' That's something I want to think about a little bit more.

- Aslaug Magnusdottir

Which Wanted

I knew I wanted to be a scientist. Which kind of scientist was the question.

- Charles H. Townes

Important Answer

The question is just as important as the answer.

- Charlie Rose

Which Capital

Countries and states which have capital punishment have a much higher rate of murder and crime than countries that do not, so that makes sense to me, and the moral question - I struggle with it morally.

- Charlize Theron

Overcome Having

For me, it was never a question of whether or not I was transgender. It was a question of what I'd be able to handle transitioning and having to do it in the public eye. One of the issues that was hard for me to overcome was the fear of that.

- Chaz Bono

Brought Debated

The question was heatedly debated of how much Western culture should be brought into China.

- Chen-Ning Yang

Made No Question

With Clinton, there's no question that I would have made fun of his out-and-out lying. But he's also a good friend.

- Chevy Chase

Use Lacking

I have often said China is not lacking in material resources. The question is whether we can make full and good use of them.

- Chiang Kai-shek

Fiction Very

In the field of fantastic fiction, the question of world-building is not uncontroversial. But I grew up with 'Dungeons and Dragons,' so that whole world-building thing is very close to my heart.

- China Mieville

Trust Big

Is there any wonder why we are in such big trouble? Any question why the people don't trust their government anymore, and demand a change?

- Chris Christie

Questions Had

I don't believe he had a responsibility to even answer that question - you have no responsibility to answer personal questions that people have no right to ask you.

- Chris Matthews

Answer Even

I cannot look at a question and not try to find the answer, even if I don't know it.

- Christian de Duve

Yes Pops

If the right guy pops the question, I'll say yes.

- Christine McVie

Law Very

That's an interesting question. I would say that in general Americans know very little about the law. It's one of those things that most of us take for granted.

- Christopher Darden

Me Bothers

To the dumb question, 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, 'Why not?'

- Christopher Hitchens

Goal Assistants

When I was a kid growing up, my dad being a football coach, he asked the same question of all the assistants that he ever hired: 'Is your goal to be a head football coach?'

- Chuck Pagano

I Believe That

I believe that it is my right and responsibility as an American to question our government when our government is wrong.

- Cindy Sheehan

Similar Dagger

How do you solve a mystery? How do you write a book? The techniques for starting both are surprisingly similar. Find an intriguing question and, pen and dagger tucked under cloak, search for clues.

- Claire Cameron

Say Had

If I had to summarize, most broadly, my concerns as a writer, I'd say the question 'How then must we live?' is at the heart of it, for me.

- Claire Messud


The machines, the modern mode of production, slowly undermined domestic production and not just for thousands but for millions of women the question arose: Where do we now find our livelihood?

- Clara Zetkin

Think Very

It's not the things you don't know that trip you up. It's the things you think you know, but you don't. You fail to ask a certain question because you believe you know the answer. Separating your information from your assumptions can be very tricky business.

- Claudia Gray

Through Give

How do you keep the black female body present, and how do you own value for something that society won't give value to? It's a question I try to answer through my own life.

- Claudia Rankine

Subject Anybody

I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves - it's just a question of finding the subject.

- Clint Eastwood

Some Been

I've been working on my finishing for quite some time. It's just a question of paying attention to the minor details.

- Cobi Jones