Inquiry Institute; Great results begin with great questions.

Question Quotes

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is to live everything. Live the question now. Perhaps you will then gradually without noticing it,
Live along some distant day into the answers.”

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


Suzanne Langer

“…answers establish an edifice of facts; but questions… make the frame in which (the) picture of facts is plotted. They make more than the frame, they give the angle of perspective, the palette, the style in which the picture is drawn… “

Terry Winograd & Fernando Flores
“Ultimately, we are seeking a better understanding of what it means to be human. In this quest, progress is not made by finding the ‘right’ answers, but by asking meaningful questions…”

Chinese poet, Anonymous
“We knock upon silence for an answering music.”

Edward de Bono
“Asking a question is the simplest way of focusing thinking . . . asking the right question may be the most important part of thinking.”

Joseph Campbell
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty ‘yes’ to your adventure.”

Peter B. Bloom & Milton H. Erickson
Q. “What one word should I carry with me for the rest of my life?”
— Peter B. Bloom
A. “Observation!”
— Milton H. Erickson