curiosity

A Quote by James Stephens on bravery, curiosity, and fear

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

James Stephens (1882 - 1950)

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A Quote by Hugh W. Nibley on business, curiosity, discipline, life, energy, and work

Work is, after all, not a busy running back and forth in established grooves, though that is the essence of our modern business and academic life, but the supreme energy and disciplined curiosity required to cut new grooves.

Hugh W. Nibley

Source: Of All Things, p. 116.

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A Quote by Hugh W. Pinnock on curiosity, food, garden, life, mistakes, neighbors, problems, and wives

Never feed the foxes! What does that mean? Breaking commandments is like feeding foxes. In England where we live, my wife and I had heard that foxes were right in town. We wanted to see a fox. A neighbor told us that if we left food for the foxes we probably would see one. Our butcher gave us some bones. Each night we would place some bones out in the backyard. Soon a fox came to eat. Then a few more. Now we have at least five foxes racing through our flower garden, digging up the lawn, and leaving a shamble every night, sort of like a furry Jurassic Park. What started out as a curiosity is now a problem, and sin is much the same. An indiscretion can begin a process that can make a mess of a whole life. Remember, if you don't start feeding the foxes, they will never tear up your yard. If you avoid making the seemingly small and harmless mistakes, your life will be free of many larger problems later on.

Hugh W. Pinnock (1934 - 2000)

Source: Ensign November 1993, Your Personal Checklist . . . © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Horace Walpole on curiosity

At last some curious traveller from Lima will visit England, and give a description of the ruins of St. Paul's, like the editions of Baalbec and Palmyra.

Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Source: Letter to Mason, Nov. 24, 1774.

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on curiosity, desires, dogs, good, ideas, injustice, men, motives, science, secrets, service, slavery, value, and world

The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate. Consider, for example, two of them: mere insatiable curiosity and the desire to do good. The latter is put high above the former, and yet it is the former that moves one of the most useful men the human race has yet produced: the scientific investigator. What actually urges him on is not some brummagem idea of Service, but a boundless, almost pathological thirst to penetrate the unknown, to uncover the secret, to find out what has not been found out before. His prototype is not the liberator releasing slaves, the good Samaritan lifting up the fallen, but a dog sniffing tremendously at an infinite series of rat-holes.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Reprinted in A Mencken Crestomathy,Vintage Books,NY,’82, 1st in Smart Set Aug’19

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A Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith on advice, chance, change, courage, curiosity, dogs, failure, giving, good, ideas, indifference, mind, motivation, people, persistence, praise, secrets, trying, wonder, and work

Good enough never is. You can't get to second base keeping one foot on first. Unless you're lead dog, the scenery never changes. Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want. You will never be able to discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Be not afraid of rowing slowly. Be afraid of standing still. There are people who make things happen, and there are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do. If you were to write down all the possible ways to motivate people to do better work, friendly praise would have to come near the head of your list. The true secret of giving advice is, after you have given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Hannah Whitall Smith (1833 - 1911)

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A Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith on curiosity, ideas, and work

An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do.

Hannah Whitall Smith (1833 - 1911)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on belief, curiosity, and religion

I am a sort of collector of religions: and the curious thing is that I find I can believe in them all.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Major Barbara

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on curiosity, death, sister, and trying

Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die. [Spoken to his nurse.]

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on curiosity, impatience, listening, patience, people, and thought

The patient. The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience: - they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: The Wanderer and His Shadow, # 176.

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