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Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.

Author: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Profession: British Philosopher

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.

Author: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Profession: British Philosopher

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.

Author: Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

Profession: American Author, Critic

We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.

Author: Desmond Morris (1928)

Profession: British Anthropologist

All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.

Author: Grace Paley (1922)

Profession: American Short Story Writer

One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.

Author: William Lyon Phelps


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.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

A man should go on living -- if only to satisfy his curiosity.

Author: Yiddish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Yiddish Origin

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.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Author: Carl Edward Sagan (1934)

Profession: American Astronomer, author

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

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.

Author: Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Profession: British Churchman, Writer