The War Dispatches

By MICHAEL J. MILLER 7:30 AM ET

NEW YORK CITY— John F. Kennedy said, “The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate ... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.” The Bay of Pigs notwithstanding, about forty years later, a new generation of American leaders apparently motivated by a tumescent imperial swagger for “war and hate,” started the Iraq war over non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and not the obviously gauche raison d’etre, existent oil and gas. The Middle East, and the world haven’t been the same since the fateful day in Baghdad, when America, ignorant of its prophetic portent, opened Pandora’s box in the ancient land of Babylon.

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  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature."
     Freya Stark
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts." 
     Sherlock Holmes

     

  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."
     Arnold Edinborough
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "Curiosity is the deepest connection that we have with knowledge, wisdom and life. Incuriosity is cutting all these connections."
     Baris Gencel
  • "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
     Smiley Blanton
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "If we had known everything in this universe, we would have had to find another universe to feed our curiosity, because what keeps man alive is curiosity!"
     Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     Anon
  • "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


     Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "Socrates told us, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' I think he's calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge." 
     Roger Ebert
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity. Never lose a holy curiosity." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
     Anatole France
  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance." 
     William Wirt 
  • "He wrote as a young man that God's noblest gift was the gift of an inquiring mind."
     John Adams
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "Curiosity is the ultimate power tool."
     Roy Underhill
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "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

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