Definition: strongly desirous to learn or know; possessing a desire to investigate
Balancing Qualities: diplomacy, discretion, thoughtful
Too Far: nosy, prying
Note: A person’s privacy should always be respected.
Saying: Curiosity killed the cat.
Note: Curiosity not balanced by caution can be dangerous.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
— Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American Poet and Satirist
— Linus Pauling (1901-1994) American Chemist
Comment: When you ask a question you are exhibiting your desire for the qualities of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. At the same time you are enhancing the qualities of curiosity and wonder. And you are exemplifying communication and possibly courage.
Fictional Figure: Curious George gets in trouble because of his curiosity. He has adventures, and yet everything turns out okay. — Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) & Margret Rey (1906-1996) German-American authors
Symbol: the brown bear; protea flowers