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Curiosity is the desire to know more, understand new information and discover how and why things are as they are. It’s what fills little children with endless questions when they start to grow and explore the world. It broadens the mind and opens it to new possibilities, opinions and experiences.
Curiosity is often the driving force behind the motivation, the creativity and the discovery of many of today’s ideas and inventions. Where would we be today without the curiosity of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and, before them, many illustrious inventors? Having an open mind allows us to ask questions and explore new paths. Someone once said, “Everyone saw the apple fall, but only Newton asked why.”
Some people are naturally curious and just love learning and finding out new things. Others are curious about the people around them and love to know what they are thinking and saying. And then there are the thrill seekers, who will go to any lengths to experience intense, often extreme sensations.
“Curiosity killed the cat,” is a famous English proverb which warns us that being too curious can sometimes have unpleasant consequences. This was true for Alice when she found her way to Wonderland; her curiosity led her into a magical world full of incredible adventures and some difficult situations too.
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice. (She was so much surprised that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)”
Irish writer, Oscar Wilde once said, “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” Of course superficial inquisitiveness has its place in the world, but alongside it there will always be the magnificent adrenaline of real curiosity that cannot rest until it knows how the universe works.