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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Inquisitiveness
 
  Inquisitiveness is an uncomely guest.
Sir P. Sidney.    
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  Few men are raised in our estimation by being too closely examined.
Balzac.    
  2
  Shun the inquisitive person, for he is also a talker.
Horace.    
  3
  Our inquisitive disposition is excited by having its gratification deferred.
Pliny the Younger.    
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  An inquisitive man is a creature naturally very vacant of thought itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistance.
Steele.    
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  Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.
Steele.    
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  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.
Fuller.    
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  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.”
Johnson.    
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  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.
Horace.    
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