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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
      - Albert Einstein, What I Believe

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit, which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man;, sometimes to the danger of his choking.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
         (act III)

Curiosity is a little more than another name for hope.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Man is distinguished not only by his reason, but also by this singular passion, from all other animals.
      - Thomas Hobbes

Desire to know why, and how, curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (ch. 6)

Shun the inquisitive person, for he is also a talker.
  [Lat., Percunctatorem fugito, nam garrulus idem est.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 18, 69)

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
      - Victor Hugo

Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure education, genius and example to make it govern any person.
      - David Hume

O this itch of the ear, that breaks out at the tongue! Were not curiosity so over-busy, detraction would soon be starved to death.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The speculatist, who is not content with superficial views, harasses himself with fruitless curiosity; and still, as he inquires more, perceives only that he knows less.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Avoid him who from mere curiosity asks three questions running about a thing that cannot interest Him.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Who forces himself on others is to himself a load. Impetuous curiosity is empty and inconstant. Prying intrusion may be suspected of whatever is little.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Curiosity in children Nature has provided to remove the ignorance they were born with.
      - John Locke (1)

Rise up, rise up, Xarifa! lay your golden cushion down;
  Rise up! come to the window, and gaze with all the town!
      - John Gibson Lockhart,
        The Bridal of Andella

People of a lively imagination are generally curious, and always so when a little in love.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The over curious are not over wise.
      - Philip Massinger

I saw and heard, for we sometimes,
  Who dwell this wild, constrained by want, come forth
    To town or village nigh, nighest is far,
      Where aught we hear, and curious are to hear,
        What happens new; fame also finds us out.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. I, l. 330)

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
      - Maria Mitchell

The curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Plato holds that there is some vice of impiety in enquiring too curiously about God and the world.
  [Fr., Platon estime qu'il y ait quelque vice d'impiete a trop curieusement s'enquerir de Dieu et du monde.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. II, ch. XII)

Zaccheus, he
  Did climb the tree,
    His Lord to see.
      - New England Primer

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