Question Sayings and Quotes

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

A valid answer comes when the question is lived.     

Elizabeth Vongsaravanh

Question everything, even the question mark, that shepherd's crook floating in the air above that small round rock. If you stubbornly still wish to be unhappy, maybe you can grasp it.     

Dick Allen

Doubts are good. Confusion is excellent. Questions are awesome. All these are attempts to expand the wisdom of mind.     

Manoj Arora

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.     

Bruce Lee

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.     

Joseph Joubert

We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.     

James Stephens

Never let fear stop you from asking something you don't understand or know. To pretend or to act as if you know is not a wise thing to do.     

Catherine Pulsifer

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.     

Claude Levi-Strauss

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.     


You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.     

Naguib Mahfouz

Asking questions is one of the fundamental keys of learning. It is always better to ask a question than pretend you understand.     

Catherine Pulsifer

The smart ones ask when they don’t know. And, sometimes, when they do.     

Malcolm Forbes

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.     

Oscar Wilde

Everything we know has its origins in questions. Questions, we might say, are the principal intellectual instruments available to human beings.     

Neil Postman

When someone asks a question, don’t assume they don’t know the answer. Clever people will always test you.     

Wayne Gerard Trotman

It is really quite impossible to be affirmative about anything which one refuses to question; one is doomed to remain inarticulate about anything which one hasn't, by an act of the imagination, made one's own.     

James Baldwin

Some questions cannot be answered. They become familiar weights in the hand, round stones pulled from the pocket, unyielding and cool.     

Jane Hirshfield

Questions give us no rest. We know not why our curse makes us seek we know not what, ever and ever. But we cannot resist it. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we must know them.     

Ayn Rand

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.     

John Steinbeck

Every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.     

Elie Wiesel

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.     

Indira Gandhi

Questions are the golden keys that unlock hearts and minds.     

Bob Tiede

If you want the answer, ask the question.     

Lorii Myers

The question is the answer.     

Thomas Vato

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.     

Joseph Campbell

The important thing is never to stop questioning.     

Albert Einstein

Asking the right question and listening to the answer is a great relationship builder, which is important to the persuasion process.     

Zig Ziglar

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.     

Francis Bacon

One who never asks either knows everything or nothing.     

Malcolm Forbes

It is not every question that deserves an answer.     

Publilius Syrus