Quotes: Research, Inquiry

(patient study of the misjudgments and misstatements of others; digging and finding whatever turns up)

inquirer (s) (noun), inquirers (pl)
Someone who asks questions to receive information: The inquirer of the most pointed questions at the political gathering was Doug, the editor of the local newspaper.
inquisitive (adjective), more inquisitive, most inquisitive
1. A reference to eagerly seeking knowledge; intellectually curious: James had an inquisitive mind which is why one of his favorite places to visit was the local library and, especially the many resources on the internet.
2. Curious and so posing many questions: Dwight, Marion and the other inquisitive students in the history class of the high school asked the visiting speaker what her life was like when she was living in the jungle.
3. Unduly or inappropriately curious; prying into other people's personal lives: While working out at the fitness studio, Mark was asked by an inquisitive stranger how he was able to spend so much time each working day exercising and still make so much money.
Asking questions that are not proper.
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1. Scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry.
2. Close, careful study.


The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
—J. Frank Dobie

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
—Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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