— Philippe Starck French architect and industrial designer 1949
„In life we often look to others for simple, but difficult answers, despite the fact that we have those answers ourselves.“
— James Frey, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible
— Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001
„Human as an intellectual being needs answers about the existence for the purpose of knowing the way to live.“
— Zaman Ali Pakistani philosopher 1993
"Humanity", Ch.II "Ideologies: A way to live", Part I
„Believe you know all the answers, and you know all the answers. Believe you're a master, and you are.“
— Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
„Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation.“
— Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
„"Why won't anyone ever answer my questions?"
"Because you never stop asking them and especially because you keep asking them even when it's clear that nobody knows the answers."
"Well, how do I know that they don't know the answer unless I ask?"“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„There is only one question. And once you know the answer to that question there are no more to ask. That one question is the Original Question. And to that Original Question there is only one Final Answer. But between that Question and its Answer there are innumerable false answers.“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
47 : The Question and its Answer, p. 78.
„I do not know the answer to these questions, and I do not believe that anybody else does, but I think human life would be impoverished if they were forgotten, or if definite answers were accepted without adequate evidence. To keep alive the interest in such questions, and to scrutinize suggested answers, is one of the functions of philosophy.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: There are a number of purely theoretical questions, of perennial and passionate interest, which science is unable to answer, at any rate at present. Do we survive death in any sense, and if so, do we survive for a time or for ever? Can mind dominate matter, or does matter completely dominate mind, or has each, perhaps, a certain limited independence? Has the universe a purpose? Or is it driven by blind necessity? Or is it a mere chaos and jumble, in which the natural laws that we think we find are only a phantasy generated by our own love of order? If there is a cosmic scheme, has life more importance in it than astronomy would lead us to suppose, or is our emphasis upon life mere parochialism and self-importance? I do not know the answer to these questions, and I do not believe that anybody else does, but I think human life would be impoverished if they were forgotten, or if definite answers were accepted without adequate evidence. To keep alive the interest in such questions, and to scrutinize suggested answers, is one of the functions of philosophy.