|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.|