beginning of wisdom is found in doubting;
by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we
may come upon the truth.
-- Pierre Abelard
need each other, deeper than anyone ever dares to
admit even to themselves. I think it is a genetic
imperative that we huddle together and hold on to
each other. There is no question in my mind that
there is nothing else in life, really, than friendship."
simplest questions are the most profound. Where were
you born? Where is your home? Where are you going?
What are you doing? Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change. ~Richard Bach
would do well to ask themselves how many of their
ambitions and aspirations derive from the type of
economic system they inhabit and the insecurity and
exhaustion it creates, and question the sense and
purpose of a society where control of a large portion
of life is abdicated under contract in the labour
market, and where immense creativity and potential
is stifled by the need to do difficult and repetitive
tasks in order to earn a wage."
-- Tony Benn
business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social
entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven,
creative individuals who question the status quo,
exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and
remake the world for the better."
-- David Bornstein
liberal political tradition provides no coherent response
to the obvious question: Why should the rights of
ownership prevail over the rights of democratic citizenry
in determining who is to manage the affairs of a business
enterprise whose policies might directly affect as
many as half a million employees, and whose choice
of product, location, and technology touches entire
communities and beyond?
-- Samuel Bowels
there are innately female leadership styles... is
not really the right question. It is more important
to ask why there has been so little attention paid
to women leaders over the years as well as why the
styles of leading more often exhibited by women are
particularly useful at this critical moment in history.”
is a transformational force, an individual and social
force. It is a way of looking at the world–a questioning
of power/domination issues, an affirmation of women’s
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my brother's
keeper?'' That question has never yet been answered
in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral
obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin
sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself.
What would you think me if I were capable of seating
myself at a table and gorging myself with food and
saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving
V. Debs, 1908
live in a complex world and the motivation to use
violence to solve problems needs to be seriously questioned.
It is essential that we help our children perceive
peaceful alternatives. We need to use these troubled
times as an opportunity to create a new vision for
from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is to not stop questioning.
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 marvelous structure of reality. It
is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little
of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere
I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted
their answers too, though they were often in contradiction
and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking
for myself and asking everyone except myself questions
which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long
time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations
to achieve a realization everyone else appears to
have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
generation was bold enough to question many things and
to seek spirituality over religion. We haven’t succeeded
in overthrowing the old order yet, and maybe there are
some meanings to be found in my story about coming of
age spiritually in the latter half of the twentieth
therefore, can be described as an honest and diligent
pursuit of truth. It could also mean the search for
the meaning of life or the purpose of life, questions
that have tormented humankind for centuries. The fact
that we have not been able to find satisfactory answers
to these questions does not mean there is no answer.
It only means we have not searched with any degree
of honesty. The search has to be both external and
internal. We seek to ignore this crucial search because
the sacrifices it demands are revolutionary. It means
moving away from greed, selfishness, possessiveness,
and dominance to love, compassion, understanding,
is a point at which everything becomes simple and
there is no longer any question of choice, because
all you have staked will be lost if you look back.
Life's point of no return.
question is...whether we shall, by whatever means, succeed
in reconstituting the natural world as the true terrain
of politics, rehabilitating the personal experience
of human beings as the initial measure of things, placing
morality above politics and responsibility above our
desires, in making human community meaningful, in returning
content to human speech, in reconstituting, as the focus
of all social action, the autonomous, integral, and
dignified human "I,"...
has the technology and resources to meet all its energy
needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The
urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?'
when at some future date the high court of history
sits in judgment on each of us, recording whether
in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities
to the state, our success or failure, in whatever
office we hold, will be measured by the answers to
four questions: First, were we truly men of courage...
Second, were we truly men of judgment... Third, were
we truly men of integrity... Finally, were we truly
men of dedication?—
F. Kennedy, 1961
is the answer to the crucial political moral questions
of our time. --Martin
Luther King, Jr.
asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the
question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question:
is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is
it right? And there comes a time when one must take
a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor
popular- but one must take it simply because it is
Luther King, Jr.
most persistent and urgent question is, What are you
doing for others?" -- Martin
Luther King, Jr.
have moved into an era where we are called upon to
raise certain basic questions about the whole society.
We are still called upon to give aid to the beggar
who finds himself in misery and agony on life's highway.
But one day, we must ask the question of whether an
edifice which produces beggars must not be restructured
Luther King, Jr
true revolution of values will soon cause us to question
the fairness and justice of many of our present policies...
Luther King, Jr
do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors,
to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous
man ought often to ask himself.”
-- Johann Kaspar Lavater
"Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for
granted until progress began to do away with them.
Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard
of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild,
and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity
to see geese is more important than television, and
the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable
as free speech."
is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.
great question is, can war be outlawed from the world?
If so, it would mark the greatest advance in civilization
since the Sermon on the Mount.
-- Douglas MacArthur
most revolutionary thing anybody can do is to raise
good, honest and generous children who will question
the answers of people who say the answer is violence.
That's what the schools should be doing." -- Colman
"It's too easy only to blame the militarists, racists,
sexists and other pushers of violence for the mess
we're in. What is harder is self-examination, moving
beyond caring by looking inward to ask the personal
question: What more should I be doing everyday to
bring about a peace and justice based world, whether
across the ocean or across the living room?" --
young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their
elders in the direction of the unknown... The children,
the young, must ask the questions that we would never
think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established
so that the elders will be permitted to work with
them on the answers."
unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people
fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm
their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind
and spirit by the junk food of propaganda is less
inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be skeptical.
And just as a democracy can die of too many lies,
that kind of orthodoxy can kill us, too.
leads to a question -- if a great many people are
for a certain project, is it necessarily right? If
the vast majority is for it, is it even more certainly
right? This, to be sure, is one of the tricky points
of democracy. The minority often turns out to be right,
and though one believes in the efficacy of the democratic
process, one has also to recognize that the demand
of the many for a particular project at a particular
time may mean only disaster."
Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions
and to express what you really want. Communicate with
others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings,
sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you
can completely transform your life.
-- Miguel Angel Ruiz
I do not pretend to start with precise questions.
I do not think you can start with anything precise.
You have to achieve such precision as you can, as
you go along.
all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to
hang a question mark on the things you have long
taken for granted.
tired of being labelled anti-American because I ask
children have first amendment rights is a vexed legal
question, but what is not in question is that they someday
will. Constraining them from expressing their views
is no preparation for exercising those rights."
-- Crispin Sartwell
opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies,
then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions
open to discussion, and finally as established truths.
first part of the Answer to the Question of the 'Meaning
of Life' is about the way to truly Live. And that
is to love and be loved by the people in your life
with all your heart, and to seek to live in the Now
– to strive to be present with them, and remember
this mission and purpose through the struggles and
the joy, and to share together the amazing journey
of life. The second part is to see Life as more than
your own life and your own time. To see that throughout
time, humanity has shared a vision of ‘peace on earth’.
And though it is an impossible dream, only a life
lived in service to humanity – in honor of this shared
goal – can help to validate the struggles of the 93
billion people who have lived and died, the 7 billion
dreams of those alive today, and the hope of humanity
to come. The third is to find a balance between the
two – between living your individual life to the fullest,
while striving to help humanity evolve to a higher
consciousness of compassion, meaning and purpose.
"I would like the church to be a place where the questions
of people are honored rather than a place where we
have all the answers. The church has to get out of
propaganda. The future will involve us in more interfaith
dialogue. ... We cannot say we have the only truth."
John Shelby Spong
question of whether violence or law shall prevail
between states is the most vital of the problems of
our eventful era, and the most serious in its repercussions.
The beneficial result of a secure world peace are
almost inconceivable, but even more inconceivable
are the consequences of the threatening world war
which many misguided people are prepared to precipitate.
The advocates of pacifism are well aware how meager
are their resources of personal influence and power.
They know that they are still few in number and weak
in authority, but when they realistically consider
themselves and the ideal they serve, they see themselves
as the servants of the greatest of all causes.
to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or
freed a human soul.
religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and
without examination, from authorities who have not
themselves examined the questions at issue but have
taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners,
whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
is the answer for the questions of our time. Love
will conquer evil every time."
a world that we know can feed itself, upwards of 40,000
children die very day from conditions of malnutrition.
Surely we must question why we are allowing this carnage
The human heart is the first home of democracy. It
is where we embrace our questions: Can we be equitable?
Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings,
not just our minds, and offer our attention rather
than our opinion? And do we have enough resolve in
our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without
giving up, trusting our fellow citizens to join us
in our determined pursuit—a living democracy?
a collective knowing that a dimension of reality exists
beyond the material plane, and that sense of knowing
is causing a mystical resurgence on the planet today.
It's not just children who are looking for a missing
piece. It is a very mature outlook to question the
nature of our reality.”
was deeply concerned then, and have become more concerned
since, that unless we can deal with the questions of
development and the questions of poverty, there's no
way that we're going to have a peaceful world for our
-- James Wolfensohn