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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Inquisitiveness is an uncomely guest.

Sir P. Sidney.

Few men are raised in our estimation by being too closely examined.


Shun the inquisitive person, for he is also a talker.


Our inquisitive disposition is excited by having its gratification deferred.

Pliny the Younger.

An inquisitive man is a creature naturally very vacant of thought itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistance.


Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.


Inquisitiveness or curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit, which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, and sometimes to the danger of his choking.


In ancient days the most celebrated precept was, “Know thyself;” in modern times it has been supplanted by the more fashionable maxim, “Know thy neighbor, and everything about him.”


Shun the inquisitive, for thou wilt be sure to find him leaky; open ears do not keep conscientiously what has been intrusted to them, and a word once spoken flies never to be recalled.