I don’t read my reviews. I do die inside when readers at book signings say they do not read history books but they like to read mine. Who brags about a lack of intellectual curiosity?
Toynbee wrote the monumental “A Study of History,” a 12-volume project that consumed most of his life. At a 1961 press conference announcing the completion of the massive project, he was asked by a reporter, “What purpose has impelled you to devote thirty-five years of your life to this single great work.” Toynbee answered the […]
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real civilization.
Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
You know what a woman’s curiosity is. Almost as great as a man’s!
To go beneath the surface argues the curious – not the profound.
He that pryeth into every cloud may be struck with a thunderbolt.
Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
I assure you, that without running any of the heights of scepticism, I am apt in a cool hour to suspect, in general, that most of my reasonings will be more useful by furnishing hints and exciting people’s curiosity, than as containing any principles that will augment the stock of knowledge, that must pass to […]
What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.