The Answer to the Great Question OfLife, the Universe and
EverythingIsForty-two. Douglas Noe« l Adams The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ch.27.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.1,'Of Truth'.
Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They
weren't. They weren't even one of the questions. Julian Patrick Barnes Staring At The Sun, pt.2.
soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs15:1.
Let yourspeech be alway withgrace, seasoned withsalt, that ye may know
how ye ought to answer every man. Bible (NewTestament) Colossians 4:6.
If you try to give an on-the-one-hand-or-the-other- hand answer, only
one of the hands tends to get quoted. Alan Blinder On economic forecasting. In the Wall Street
Journal, 23 Jun.
And I replied unto all these things which encompass the door of my
flesh,'Ye have told me of my god, that ye are not he: tell me
something of him'. And theycried all with a great voice,'He
made us'.Myquestioning themwasmy mind's desire, and
their Beauty was their answer. Robert Seymour Bridges The Spirit of Man: The Confessions of St
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question and you
are on the way to a pertinent answer. 154 Jacob Bronowski The Ascent of Man, ch.4.
Straightway I was 'ware So weeping, how a
mystic shape did move Behind me, and drew
me backward by the hair And a voice said in
mastery while I strove 'Guess now who
holds thee!''Death', I said, but there The silver answer
rang 'Not Death, but Love.' Elizabeth ne e Barrett Browning Poems,'Sonnets from the Portuguese', sonnet1.
Vous savez ce qu'est le charme: une manie' re de s'entendre re pondre
oui sans avoir pose aucune question claire. You know what charm
is: a wayof getting theanswer yes without having asked
any clear question. Albert Camus La Chute (translated by Stuart Gilbert).
Sometimes you have to learn how to give the right answer to the wrong
question. Warren Minor Christopher On Syrian President Hafez Assad's complaint that
he had been put off by a
hostile question in a news conference shared with President
Clinton. In US News and World Report,19 Dec.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest
fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. Charles Caleb Colton Lacon, vol.1, no.322.
'Mary, what made you do it?' She looked him
honestly inthe faceand gavetheanswer that became famous
in Deptford: 'He was very civil, 'Masa. And he
wanted it so badly.' Robertson Davies Mrs. Dempster explains to her parson husband why
she had sex with a
tramp. Fifth Business, pt.1, ch.10.
The poet is the unsatisfied child who dares to ask the difficult question
which arises from the schoolmaster's answer to his
simple question, and then the still more difficult question
which arises from that. Robert von Ranke Graves Recalled on his
If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of
humanreasonfor then we would know the mind of God. StephenWilliam Hawking Referring to the question of why we and the
universe exist. A Brief
History of Time, ch.11.
How culpable was he That last night
when he broke Our tribe's
complicity? 'Now you're
supposed to be An educated man,' I hear him
say.'Puzzle me The right answer to
that one.' SeamusJustin Heaney Field Work,'Casualty'. On a man killedbreaking the
Speak now, and I will answer; How shall I help
you, say; Ere to the wind's
twelve quarters I take my endless
way. 415 A(lfred) E(dward) Housman A Shropshire Lad, no.32.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we
didn't. Erica ne e Mann Jong How To SaveYour Own Life.
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like
schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer
out of a book without having worked out the sum
for themselves. So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard Journal entry (translated by Alexander Dru,1938).
Winds of the
World, give answer! Theyare whimpering to and fro And what should
they know of England who only England know? The poor little
street-bred people that vapour and fume and brag. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'The English Flag'.
Life makes no absolute statement. It is all Call
and Answer. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence Kangaroo, ch.10.
Nasce da questo una disputa: s'egli e' meglio essere amato che temuto, o
e' converso. Rispondesi che si vorebbe essere
l'uno e l'altro; ma perche egli e' difficile accozzarli insieme,
e' molto pi u' sicuro essere temuto che amato, quando si
abbia a mancare dell'uno de'due. Thisleadstoa
debate: isit better to be loved thanfeared, or the reverse? The
answer is that it is desirable to be both, but because
it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer fora
prince to be feared than loved, if he isto fail in one of the
two. Niccolo' di Bernardo dei Machiavelli Il Principe, ch.8 (translated by Alan Gilbert).
Si on me presse de dire pourquoy je l'aymois, je sens que cela ne se peut
exprimer, qu'en respondant: 'Parce que c'estoit luy; par
ce que c'estoit moy.' If a man should
importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find
it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making
answer: because it was he, because it was I. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Essais, bk.1, ch.28 (translated by Charles Cotton).
It seems to me if they ain't got you one way they got you another. So what's
the answer? That's what I keep asking myself.What's it
all about? Know what I mean? Bill Naughton Line delivered by Michael Caine in Alfie.
had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge, sent to
where I met him, down the Lachlan, years ago. He was shearing
when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him, Just 'on spec',
addressed as follows: 'Clancy, of the Overflow'. And an answer came
directed in a writing unexpected, (And I think the
same was written with a thumbnail dipped in tar) 'Twas his shearing
mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it: 'Clancy's gone to
Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are.'
Banjo (Andrew Barton) Paterson 'Clancy of the Overflow', first published in the
Bulletin, collected in The
Man from Snowy River and OtherVerses (1895).
Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at
least the power of asking questions which increase the
interest of the world, and show the strangeness and
wonder lying just below the surface even in the
commonest things of daily life. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell The Problems of Philosophy, ch.1.
Dinna be chappit back or cast down wi' the first
rough answer. Sir Walter Scott Jeanie Deans to the Duke of Argyle.TheHeart of
[Gladstone] spent his declining years trying to guess the answer to the Irish
Question.Unfortunately, whenever he was getting
warm, the Irish secretly changed the question. J(ulian) 1066 and AllThat.
she died she asked,'What is the answer?' No answer came. She
laughed and said,'In that case what is the question?' Then
she died. Gertrude Stein Last words, as
quoted in D Sutherland GertrudeStein (1951), ch.6.
My uncleToby would never offer to answer this byany other kind of
argument, than that of whistling half a dozen bars of
Lillabullero. Laurence Sterne ^67 Tristram Shandy, bk.1, ch.21.
Is that your final answer? Chris Tarrant Catchphrase on the
television show WhoWantsTo BeA Millionaire?.
Ask me no more: what answer should I give? I love not hollow
cheek or faded eye: Yet,O my friend, I
will not have thee die! Ask me no more,
lest I should bid thee live. Tennyson The Princess, pt.7, added song, stanza 2.
If you think somebody is telling a big lie about
you, the only way to answer
is with the whole truth. Harry S Truman On SenatorJoseph R McCarthy. Quoted inJohn Hersey Aspects of the
can answer for but three things: a firm belief in the justice of
ourcause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the
strictest integrity. BookerTaliaferro Washington On being elected Commander of the Unionist Army,19
:Tu n'es que la re ponse la plus
courte qu'on puisse faire aux questions
des hommes. : En sais-tu de meilleur? : Oui. Le mot rien est aussi court que le mot Dieu. :You are only the shortest possible answer to all the questions of
men. : Do you know a better one? :Yes, theword no isjust asshort astheword God. Crayencour ARIANEDIEUARIANEARIADNEGOD (BACCHUS)ARIADNE1963 Qui n'a pas son Minotaure?, pt.9.