67 Inspirational Curiosity Quotes

Curiosity is what fuels us to grow, learn and evolve. Asking questions, thinking outside the box, and unleashing our creativity are essential to staying alive. Kids demonstrate curiosity early on, constantly observing and asking questions. As we grow older, we need to remember to be curious, like kids, and see the opportunities and possibilities before us.

We’ve selected our favorite curiosity quotes that will hopefully inspire you o keep searching and learning, striving to be bold and creative, and dream big.

Inspirational Curiosity Quotes

  1. “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ― Zora Neale Hurston

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ― Oscar Wilde


“The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.” ― E. M. Forster


“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney


“Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.” ― Gza


“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” ― James Stephens


”If one has curiosity, then one stands the chance of attain a high level of scientific inquiry.” ― Ada Yonath


“Critical thinking and curiosity are the key to creativity.” ― Amala Akkineni

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity.”

― Harvey Ullman


My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. ― Mario Testino

Curiosity is the essence of human existence. ‘Who are we? Where are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?’… I don’t know. I don’t have any answers to those questions. I don’t know what’s over there around the corner. But I want to find out. ― Gene Cernan

“Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.” ― Spike Jonze

“Love is three quarters curiosity.” ― Giacomo Casanova

“I’m naturally curious, and I’ve always been driven by my curiosity. Curiosity gets people excited. Curiosity leads to new ideas, new jobs, new industries.” ― Anne Sweeney

“Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.” ― Sally Ride

“Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” ― Bryant H. McGill

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

“As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.” ― Tracee Ellis Ross

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ― Anatole France

“Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis.” ― Samuel Alexander

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” ― Leo Burnett

“Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.” ― Steven Wright

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” ― David Attenborough

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.” ― Thomas Hobbes

“I can just let my curiosity wander unleashed.” ― James C. Collins

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

― Henry Ford

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ― Albert Einstein

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that curiosity might kill cats, but it doesn’t kill people.” ― Tracy Morgan

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” ― Voltaire

“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.” ― William Samuel Johnson

“My own curiosity and interest are insatiable.” ― Emma Lazarus

“I have a certain curiosity for life that drives me and propels me forward.” ― Rachel McAdams

“Great personal style is an extreme curiosity about yourself.” ― Iris Apfel

“It would be better for us to have some doubts in an honest pursuit of truth than it would be for us to be certain about something that was not true.” ― Daniel Wallace

“Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.” ― Mary Leakey

“As children, our imaginations are vibrant, and our hearts are open. We believe that the bad guy always loses and that the tooth fairy sneaks into our rooms at night to put money under our pillow. Everything amazes us, and we think anything is possible. We continuously experience life with a sense of newness and unbridled curiosity.” ― Yehuda Berg

“Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.” ― Harry Lorayne

”It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” ― Albert Einstein


“When people don’t have any curiosity about themselves, that is always a bad sign.” ― Irvin D. Yalom

“The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” ― Edmund Burke

“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.” ― Paul Berg

“Lean into your curiosity about any issue, and there will likely be people to share a little bit more of their knowledge and insight and give you ideas on how to make change.” ― Opal Tometi


You do what you like because you just follow your curiosity, and you are happy when you find new things about nature, about how things work around us and inside us. ― Erwin Neher

What is the intersection between technology, art and science? Curiosity and wonder, because it drives us to explore, because we’re surrounded by things we can’t see. ― Louie Schwartzberg

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

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. ― William Arthur Ward

I have this extraordinary curiosity about all subjects of the natural and human world and the interaction between the physical sciences and the social sciences. ― Ian Hacking

Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence. ― Alistair Cooke

Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will. ― Alistair Cooke

A lot of the stuff I tweet is out of childlike curiosity. ― David Grann

I was lucky enough at a young age to find out what I had a passion for, but whatever you’ve got a curiosity for, just give it a shot. ― Seth Rollins

Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself. ― Michael Korda

Childhood, after all, is not an ending, but rather a state full of potent curiosity. Rachel Cusk

Entrepreneurs and rowers show characteristics of curiosity and wanting to learn. ― Cameron Winklevoss

We’re born with a curiosity about the universe. Those people who don’t have a curiosity don’t have it because it’s gotten beaten out of them in some way. ― Kip Thorne

Creativity flows when curiosity is stoked. ― Neil Blumenthal

People have asked me whether I have a science background. No, but I have a great curiosity about the kinds of things we do on ‘Discover.’ ― Peter Graves

People die when curiosity goes. ― Graham Swift

These are the sort of things that push you on in music – the curiosity, a passion for new ideas. ― Elvis Costello

So curiosity, I think, is a really important aspect of staying young or youthful. ― Goldie Hawn

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit. ― Jeremy Taylor

My parents were always very supportive and accepting. They even shared my curiosity for life, or perhaps I theirs. ― Jason Mraz

I have a curiosity that compels me to find ways to make music that are fresh and new. ― The Edge

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