Quotes About Curiosity

Kids are naturally curious about what they don’t know, or don’t understand, or what is foreign to them. They only learn to be frightened of those differences when an adult influences them to behave that way and censors that natural curiosity.

— Aimee Mullins

We didn’t set out to be educators or even scientists, and we don’t purport that what we do is real science but we’re demonstrating a methodology by which one can engage and satisfy your curiosity.

— Adam Savage

I think of myself as quite a shy person. But when I’m curious about something, I’ll go quite far to satisfy my curiosity.

— Alain de Botton

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.

— Alexander Pope

Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

— Ambrose Bierce

I love learning, and I think that curiosity is a wonderful gift.

— Andie MacDowell

I think the virtue I prize above all others is curiosity. If you look really hard at almost anybody, and try to see why they’re doing what they’re doing, taking a dig at them ceases to be what you want to do even if you hate them.

— A. S. Byatt

If one has curiosity, then one stands the chance of attain a high level of scientific inquiry.

— Ada Yonath

When starting a project, your influences are the things around you. It doesn’t mean you have to sound like it or look like it or anything. It’s just something new, and your curiosity becomes enthralled by it.

— Albert Hammond, Jr.

Human curiosity, the urge to know, is a powerful force and is perhaps the best secret weapon of all in the struggle to unravel the workings of the natural world.

— Aaron Klug

Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.

— Abraham Cowley

I’m naturally curious, and I’ve always been driven by my curiosity. Curiosity gets people excited. Curiosity leads to new ideas, new jobs, new industries.

— Anne Sweeney

I really moved through my career based on curiosity about something. I never looked at a title and said, ‘I want that.’

— Anne Sweeney

When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety.

— Andrew Coyle Bradley

I do a lot of curiosity buying I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination.

— Bruce Springsteen

Curiosity did kill the cat, but I’m very curious.

— Brittany Murphy

I think there is a general unrest or curiosity about what a human future is going to be like, and whether the way we’re living is even sustainable.

— Brit Marling

I read the papers online, and something usually piques my curiosity – that will then be the baseline of my research for the day.

— Ben Schott

My interest was directed, from my medical student days, to Immunology, and particularly to the mechanism of hypersensitivity. I had suffered from bronchial asthma as a child and had developed a deep curiosity in allergic phenomena.

— Baruj Benacerraf

The music played most around St. Louis was country-western and swing. Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of the country stuff on our predominantly black audience. After they laughed at me a few times, they began requesting the hillbilly stuff.

— Chuck Berry

There’s certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you.

— Claire Danes

Ever since childhood, when I found out that the ultimate fate for all humans was death, sheer terror and morbid curiosity had been fighting for supremacy in my mind.

— Caitlin Doughty

After my mom died, there was so much written about her fashion and her style and all that, and I felt that one of the most important parts of her was missing, her real intellectual curiosity.

— Caroline Kennedy

I think the driving thing was curiosity about the universe. That fascinated me. I didn’t think anything about being famous or anything like that, I was just interested in the concepts involved.

— Clyde Tombaugh

Few people in contemporary art demonstrate much curiosity. The majority spend their days blathering on, rather than trying to work out why one artist is more interesting than another, or why one picture works and another doesn’t.

— Charles Saatchi

That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject, some human remains will be detected in the older alluvium of European valleys, I confidently expect.

— Charles Lyell

Being Bob Marley’s son has done many things for me, in terms of having a career in music. I’m very proud of my music, and I’m very proud of where I’m from. People hear that I’m Bob Marley’s son, and they turn on my music to listen just out of curiosity.

— Damian Marley

If you’re curious, you’ll probably be a good journalist because we follow our curiosity like cats.

— Diane Sawyer

What fascinates me as a writer is the stuff underneath, To me, what drives a novel is the curiosity behind the character and the depths that you want to find in that character.

— David Bergen

Many dancers are content with the repertoire they’re given. Others are dissatisfied but don’t know why. Then there are a few like me that are curious and grab at everything. Can that curiosity thrive in the ballet world, or should it exist elsewhere? That’s the eternal question.

— David Hallberg

In some ways, writing a novel, especially a novel set in the past and about characters who once lived, is about amassing enough details and arranging them properly in order to offer the reader a verisimilitude that satisfies his or her curiosity about the story at hand.

— David Ebershoff

The one thing that ‘Via Dolorosa’ has is no opinions. To me, curiosity is 50 times as valuable as opinion.

— David Hare

Most of the time, I don’t even watch what I do on TV. I go in, get the job done, and just know it’s nothing. It’s a job. Sometimes, I try something different, and I’ll watch out of curiosity. Generally, I don’t watch too much of what I do. Movies are basically the same, except it’s more money spent on sets.

— David Hedison

For days after the launch, Sputnik was a wonderful curiosity. A man-made moon visible by ordinary citizens, it inspired awe and pride that humans had finally launched an object into space.

— David Hoffman

The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.

— E. M. Forster

I came together with younger musicians and tried to pass on my own experiences. In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.

— Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.

— Edmund Burke

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music.

— Elvis Costello

These are the sort of things that push you on in music – the curiosity, a passion for new ideas.

— Elvis Costello

A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.

— Eliezer Yudkowsky

I have two curiosity cabinets at home filled with finds from jumble sales, markets and my travels. My favourite piece is a voodoo mask from just outside Cape Town.

— Erin O’Connor

What you need to be a good photographer is an overwhelming curiosity and a good digestion. Sometimes you feel blessed with curiosity, sometimes you feel cursed with it.

— Eve Arnold

What drove me and kept me going over the decades? If I had to use a single word, it would be ‘curiosity.’

— Eve Arnold

The most intense curiosity and excitement prevailed, and though the weather was uncertain, enormous masses of densely packed people lined the road, shouting and waving hats and handkerchiefs as we flew by them.

— Fanny Kemble

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.

— Fawn M. Brodie

There are various sorts of curiosity one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I have survivor’s curiosity, I guess.

— George H. W. Bush

I think my original inspiration came from just natural curiosity about science and math and biology. In particular, I would say that, as I matured, it became more a feeling of trying to avoid the waste that occurs in the world where we have 6.5 billion minds. If you’re a computer scientist, you can think of them as supercomputers.

— George M. Church

So curiosity, I think, is a really important aspect of staying young or youthful.

— Goldie Hawn

Here’s the teaching point, if you’re teaching kids about intelligence and policy: Intelligence does not absolve policymakers of responsibility to ask tough questions, and it doesn’t absolve them of having curiosity about the consequences of their actions.

— George Tenet

The thing I always liked best about touring abroad was constantly running into different people, different cultures, different foods. It really pumped up my batteries… I’m constantly playing to a demographically diverse audience… one generation is driven by nostalgia, the next by curiosity. And that’s why I have no plans to retire.

— Gene Pitney

I have always been interested in the paranormal and afterlife, everything from ghosts to angels. I think that everyone has that curiosity of the great unknown.

— Hilary Duff

The older I get, the more my curiosity grows, and every book I write is a new exploration.

— Gillian Cross

I always had a curiosity about Texas. I had a curiosity about small-town life, although, granted, Odessa’s not a tiny town.

— H. G. Bissinger

What happened was I saw this ad for a yogurt plant for sale. It was in my junk mail pile, and I threw it into the garbage can. And then about half an hour later, with the dirt on it, I picked it up from the garbage can, and I called out of curiosity.

— Hamdi Ulukaya

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.

— Harry Lorayne

I won’t deny that I have a far more productive writing life without the Internet, mostly because I rekindle my ability to concentrate on one thing for a period of longer than three minutes. My curiosity is channeled inward rather than Internet-ward.

— Heidi Julavits

In such a case secrecy must be absolute to be effective, and although mere vague curiosity induced many persons of my intimate acquaintance to ask to be allowed to just go in and have a peep, I never admitted anyone.

— Henry Bessemer

Each individual fact, taken by itself, can indeed arouse our curiosity or our astonishment, or be useful to us in its practical applications.

— Hermann von Helmholtz

When people don’t have any curiosity about themselves, that is always a bad sign.

— Irvin D. Yalom

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.

— John Burroughs

I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it’s important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it’s great fun growing old.

— Johnny Depp

I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined.

— Jose Saramago

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.

— Joseph Addison

My parents were always very supportive and accepting. They even shared my curiosity for life, or perhaps I theirs.

— Jason Mraz

Even among those who have no special allegiance to a particular branch of Christianity, there are plenty of seekers as well as agnostics and atheists who harbor a certain curiosity about Jesus and his story.

— Jay Parini

As a child, I was consumed with a near-obsessive curiosity about what the world felt like for other creatures.

— John Burnside

Curiosity, rationalization, and laziness are no match against courage, self-control, and mental toughness.

— John Bytheway

Really, I’m only alive out of curiosity. I’m very curious about where we’re all marching.

— John Hurt

With Charles Woods, it was the first time I had ever seen tissue from a dead person used to save a human life. It piqued my curiosity.

— Joe Murray

My career as a magazine writer was largely prefaced on the idea of curiosity, to go on adventures and weasel my way into the lives of people that I admire.

— John Hodgman

I have to grit my teeth sometimes, knowing I am going to be written about. But I think it is my life, and I don’t want to get people interested in debating it. But I do feel that if you are going to put yourself about as a public person on a television screen, there’s a curiosity.

— Jonathan Dimbleby

Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there’s curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn’t speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn’t felt in a while. But I like it.

— Javier Bardem

The existence is a tremendous curiosity, with in the course of the years, the discovery of yourself in your inmost evolutions. With the age you feel better than you are, what you represent. Which means a little at the planet’s scale.

— Jacky Ickx

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.

— John Barton

One might almost say that the history of geographical discovery, properly so called, begins with Captain Cook, the motive of whose voyages was purely scientific curiosity.

— Joseph Jacobs

Doing a movie about Steve Jobs is just generally a provocative thing to do, whoever does it, and it begs a lot of questioning and skepticism only in that, what is this going to be? What am I going to be looking at? And curiosity as well. I think that’s all positive in any film, because you want people to be curious about it.

— Joshua Michael Stern

I have a vast curiosity about our universe, our origins, and its probable future.

— Jack Williamson

Encourage your own curiosity pursue the problems based on that. Don’t get diverted by trying to do things for your own advancement. In other words, don’t be lured into responding to incentives.

— James Mirrlees

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

— Leo Burnett

Naturally, I was a bit of a curiosity, being the first hydrogen peroxide ingestion patient they had ever seen.

— Lara St. John

What is the meaning of ‘gossip?’ Doesn’t it originate with sympathy, an interest in one’s neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one’s self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about?

— Lucy Larcom

I don’t need someone with a hot body. He can be fat or overweight and have a belly. It’s very much about style and substance and humor, interest, curiosity and really being smart.

— Kate Walsh

It’s kind of interesting, because hacking is a skill that could be used for criminal purposes or legitimate purposes, and so even though in the past I was hacking for the curiosity, and the thrill, to get a bite of the forbidden fruit of knowledge, I’m now working in the security field as a public speaker.

— Kevin Mitnick

My primary goal of hacking was the intellectual curiosity, the seduction of adventure.

— Kevin Mitnick

I think a lot of people are curious about what makes people do what they do, and I guess my curiosity isn’t hidden in any way.

— Karin Slaughter

When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.

— Martha Beck

Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math. Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.

— Michio Kaku

Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself.

— Michael Korda

Control, like curiosity, can be an exterminator.

— Melvyn Bragg

I’ve always been blessed, or cursed, some might say, with an insatiable curiosity, a desire to find something out about a people and a place. That’s where it all begins.

— Michael Palin

Despite having seen a fair amount of the world, I still love travelling – I just have an insatiable curiosity and like looking out of a window.

— Michael Palin

My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.

— Mario Testino

I saw that my camera gave me a sense of connection with others that I never had before. It allowed me to enter lives, satisfying a curiosity that was always there but that was never explored before.

— Mary Ellen Mark

Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.

— Mary Leakey

Every single day, I’m curious about everything. Curiosity is finding answers to things.

— Mickey Drexler

I love when stories have something a little magical in them, and there’s wonder and curiosity. Somewhere there are people living these improbable stories, and our job is to go out and find them and bring them to the page. And so, the more surprising, the more uplifting, the more sort of even inspiring a story is, I find myself gripped by those.

— Michael Paterniti

Each story we approach in the same way, with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image.

— Martin Bashir

I would love to document the Roots I think they have an interesting story. I have a curiosity about them. Their musicality and their live performances I think would be great, and I have a feeling that there are stories behind each one of them.

— Michael Rapaport

We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist, and our work is a delightful game.

— Murray Gell-Mann

I don’t remember being a child, and that’s why I think I’m so child-like now in my unending curiosity and approach to life.

— Marianne Wiggins

I like going to museums and stuff, but I also like going out and doing lots of physical activity like camping and hiking. I like doing stuff that I’ve never done before. Curiosity is a big thing. Usually it means that people are intelligent and that they want to learn stuff about the world.

— Nicholas D’Agosto

You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Every day, I wake up and I say, ‘Why… how… did I end up with 1.7 million Twitter followers?’ It’s freaky to me, every day, but that tells me that there’s an appetite out there that had previously been underserved. There’s an inner geek in us all, an inner bit of curiosity that people are discovering, and they like it.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

You can find a mentor you have to ask questions, you have to show interest in what the other person is doing. You have to have curiosity – I think that people appreciate that and will want to help you.

— Nina Garcia

What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.

— Paulo Coelho

Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are.

— Penelope Lively

I don’t separate my books into historical novels and the rest. To me, they’re all made-up worlds, and both kinds are borne out of curiosity, some investigation into the past.

— Peter Carey

The first interviews I gave were entirely unpleasant. You have people trying to trip you up with impolite questions that have nothing to do with the books. It’s simply vulgar curiosity, and I won’t have it.

— Patrick O’Brian

Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.

— Paul Berg

Teaching can be learning, especially if student curiosity with the question ‘What’s going on here?’ can be elicited.

— Oliver E. Williamson

What really matters is your movies and how good a person you are. Otherwise, tabloids and news channels writing about you only builds your curiosity and stardom and propels you to reach wider places.

— Ranbir Kapoor

I write as a way of keeping myself going. You build your life around writing, and it’s what gets you through. So it’s partly just curiosity to see what you can do.

— Robert Morgan

I don’t have so many things in the fashion world that interest me. It’s probably because I am so deeply into it. Often when you go very deep into something, you also discover what it’s about, and you understand it better. With the art world, I still have a lot of curiosity.

— Raf Simons

I think probably with any performer, but maybe with rock music especially, the audience wants to see the singer being real, and exploring, and not doing a rehearsed routine, so I’m just constantly looking for new things to try. I’m really curious out there, and my curiosity has led me into all kinds of bizarre situations.

— Rivers Cuomo

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.

— Richard Whately

Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.

— Richard Rohr

For me, the real pleasure in writing is in having an excuse to pursue my curiosity about people who have meant something to me.

— Robert Gottlieb

It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

People ask me, ‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ Well, on the first place, I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it’s too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven’t run out of curiosity.

— Robert Rauschenberg

I’m a permanently curious person. I probably waste my time being curious about things that have got nothing to do with the business sometimes. What keeps me alive, certainly, is curiosity.

— Rupert Murdoch

My job is to have empathy and curiosity for things that I’ve never done. Also, I’m a person whom people talk to.

— Richard Ford

I’m into old-time music I’m not very interested in modern, popular music at all. And if I’m really into some particular old-time musician, some fiddler or banjo player, I’m always dying of curiosity to see what they look like. So there’s some connection between visual images and music.

— Robert Crumb

Mostly I’m writing about people, so I feel constrained to take with me my view of people, my curiosity about how people choose the things they do and why they come to certain decisions in a certain fashion and all the things that drive most writers.

— Raymond E. Feist

It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister.

— Robert B. Laughlin

If you talk about STEM education, the best way to introduce anyone to STEM or get their curiosity going on, it’s Minecraft.

— Satya Nadella

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.

— Samuel Johnson

It is only from the people I’ve had the good fortune to meet that I am learning the lessons to guide me. Baz Luhrmann, director of ‘Moulin Rouge,’ for example, has a childlike curiosity about the world. He doesn’t pretend to know all the answers – quite the opposite, in fact. He asks loads of questions of everyone.

— Simon Sinek

Intellectual curiosity about one’s own illness is certainly born of a desire for mastery. If I couldn’t cure myself, perhaps I could at least begin to understand myself.

— Siri Hustvedt

Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.

— Spike Jonze

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.

— Steven Wright

The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask question and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. ‘Who, what, where, why, when, and how!’ They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old.

— Sylvia Earle

What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.

— Samuel Richardson

One of the things I’ve always loved about queer culture is the openness and passionate curiosity about love, desire and the myriad forms of affectionate ties.

— Stacey D’Erasmo

People want to know about what’s going on with what’s in the universe, what are particles like, what are the basic rules of nature. It’s a lot of curiosity out there.

— Sheldon Lee Glashow

Actually, I’ve never thought myself as being a particularly hard worker. I’ve always worked, and I guess my mind is busy all the time. I’ve been in a lot of things just because of my own intellectual curiosity.

— Sam Wyly

To me, having the courage to tell your own story goes hand in hand with having the curiosity and humility to listen to others’ stories.

— Sarah Kay

Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.

— Samuel Horsley

In a crazy world where he would get nominated, I’d like to see Obama run against Herman Cain. That would be fantastic. If Herman Cain became president, there’d be a certain sort of morbid curiosity for me.

— Tim Heidecker

I think that curiosity happened on these reviews where I was just a guest of the reviewer, because it introduced me to new cuisines and to the idea of cooking as a mechanism for studying other cultures and understanding other parts of the world.

— Ted Allen

Since I was old enough to understand what a songwriter/producer is, I’ve had a curiosity about how Max Martin creates what he creates. I wanted to see that happen. I wanted to be there. I wanted to learn from him.

— Taylor Swift

I had this unusual mix of curiosity, the ability to write in ways people understood, and when I appeared, viewers seemed to trust me to get them through some cataclysmic changes.

— Tom Brokaw

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that curiosity might kill cats, but it doesn’t kill people.

— Tracy Morgan

When Twitter made its way to my radar I looked at it as a curiosity, then started experimenting. I approached that as a place to be less formal and more off-the-cuff, honest and ‘human.’

— Trent Reznor

As a print journalist, you can be frustrated by people who don’t call you back, parts of the story you can’t get. TV gets you access to everyone because people call you back. It also allows you to satisfy your curiosity. I am a very curious person.

— Tucker Carlson

The music and everything we’re doing on the stage and on television backs itself up. If that’s what gets people’s curiosity going or brings their attention to us, that’s fine.

— Tina Yothers

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

— Walt Disney

I’m not coming from film school. I learned cinema in the cinema watching films, so you always have a curiosity. I say, ‘Well, what if I make a film in this genre? What if I make this film like this?’

— Wong Kar-wai

Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.

— Victor Hugo

Science is curiosity, testing and experimenting.

— Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Any nominations a movie gets helps to raise the level of curiosity in the public, so in that sense awards and nominations are important.

— Viggo Mortensen

Scientists appear most often in horror movies. Through childlike curiosity or God-defying hubris, they unleash destructive forces they can’t control – ‘Forbidden Planet’s Monsters of the Id.

— Virginia Postrel

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline… because you need to be alone to find out anything.

— Vivienne Westwood
Quotes About Curiosity

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