A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.
— Ezra Pound

There's a theory, one I find persuasive, that the quest for knowledge is, at bottom, the search for the answer to the question: Where was I before I was born. In the beginning was what? Perhaps, in the beginning, there was a curious room, a room like this one, crammed with wonders; and now the room and all it contains are forbidden you, although it was made just for you, had been prepared for you since time began, and you will spend all your life trying to remember it.
Angela Carter answer question quote

Never answer a question from a farmer.
— Hubert Humphrey

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.
— Margaret Mead

To find the exact answer, one must first ask the exact question.
— answer question quotation by S. Tobin Webster