Curiosity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old curiosity quotes, curiosity sayings, and curiosity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.     

Bernard Baruch

Curiosity is a willing, a proud, and eager confession of ignorance.     

S.Leonard Rubinstein

The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy     

Anatole France

Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.     

John Locke

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.     

Arnold Edinborough

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.     

Charles Proteus Steinmetz

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.     

Dorothy Parker

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

Richard Whately

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.     

Smiley Blanton

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.     

Marie Curie

God spare me sclerosis of the curiosity, for the curiosity which craves to keep us informed about the small things no less than the large is the mainspring, the dynamo, the jet propulsion of all complete living.     

John Mason Brown

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.     

Edmund Burke

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

Leo Burnett

Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.     

Clarence Day

I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.     

Albert Einstein

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

Edmund Burke

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.     

Thomas Hobbes

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.     


Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.     

Victor Hugo

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives     


A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.     

Chinese Proverb

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.     

Martin H. Fischer

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.     

Vernon Howard

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.     

Blaise Pascal

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.     

Henry L. Doherty

As children we all possess a natural uninhabited curiosity, a hunger for explanations, which seems to die slowly as we age--suppressed, I suppose by the need not to appear ignorant.     

Mahlon Hoagland

Childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common--inquisitiveness.     

Edwin Bulwar-Lytton

Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.     

Alistar Cooke

Curiosity is one of those insatiable passions that grow by gratification.     

Sarah Scott

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.     

William Arthur Ward

When curiosity is alive, we are attracted to many things; we discover many worlds.     

Eric Booth

Curiosity might be pictured as being made up of chains of small questions extending outwards, sometimes over huge distances, from a central hub composed of a few blunt, large questions.     

Alain De Botton

Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.     

Pema Chodron

I have always had a curious nature; I enjoy learning, but I dislike being taught.     

Winston Churchill

The open mode is a mood in which curiosity for its own sake can operate, because we're not under pressure to get a specific thing done properly. We can play.     

John Cleese

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Where the apple reddens never pry -- lest we lose our Edens, Eve and I.     

Robert Browning

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.     

Albert Einstein

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.     


Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.     

Samuel Johnson

Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.     

James Stephens

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 would be curiosity.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.     

Enrico Fermi

They know enough who know how to learn.     

Henry Adams

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.     

John Muir

Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.     

Joseph Joubert

Be very wary of any attempt, by anybody or anything, to limit the ultimate human right and duty to question and verify the truth.