What is curiosity? It is a strong desire to know or learn something.
Curiosity makes the world what it is today. If there weren’t curious people out there would be no clothes, no cars, no medicine, no internet and no recipes! In fact, you might live in a cave!
Take a moment to look around you. Almost everything you see was created by someone’s curiosity!
- Henry Ford wondered what it would be like to be able to travel longer distances faster, so he invented the motor vehicle (car).
- Thomas Edison wondered what it would be like to be able to see well in the dark without the use of candles, so he invented the light bulb.
- Alexander Graham Bell wondered what it would be like to be able to talk to someone living far away, rather than waiting on the mail. He invented the telephone.
The truth is, very little happens in the world around us without curiosity. We learn, grow and improve from curiosity.
The great thing is that not only are all of us are born curious, but we are curious everyday. Here are some examples:
- When you ask a question about something to learn more you are being curious.
- When you wonder why something is the way it is, that is being curious.
- When you try something new, you are being curious
Being curious about the world around you is a great habit to develop. It makes life more interesting. It gets rid of boredom. And it can help you to make the world a better place.
What could your curiosity inspire? Check out the quotes below to learn more about the importance of curiosity. Then check out ways to make the most of your curiosity!
- “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein
- “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” – Samuel Johnson
- “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and trying new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
- “Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.” – Daniel Boone
- “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
- “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” – William Arthur Ward
- “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” – James Stephens
- “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
- “Only the curious have something to find.” – Anonymous
- “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” – Dr. Linus Pauling
- “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett
- “Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.” – William Wirt
- “Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.” – Sudie Back
- “The constant happiness is curiosity.” – Alice Munro
- “Be curious, not judgmental.” –Walt Whitman
- “I am neither clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein
- “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
- “The future belongs to the curious.The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.” – Anonymous
Here is a video about one of the world’s most curious people, Walt Disney:
- Click here to see many InspireMyKids stories and videos about people that demonstrate what curiosity is all about
- Click here for other great quotes for kids
- Learn more about Alexander Graham Bell, whose curiosity changed the world
Topics for Discussion:
- What are your top 3 favorite quotes above? Why?
- Can you think of more things that were created because of someone’s curiosity?
- Do you consider yourself curious? Why or why not? What is something you are curious about?
- Who is someone you know that displays curiosity. Is there anything you can learn from them?
- Can you remember a time when you were curious? If you’re comfortable sharing, tell about it.
- Research project option: Choose an invention, advancement in technology, or any other subject that has been spawned by someone’s curiosity. Research and write about it. What inspired them to do what they did? *Note to teachers: this is designed to be a short essay, but could turn into much more, depending upon your class level.
- List three things that you are curious about. Can you think of a way to help someone or something by putting your curiosity to work?
- Are you curious about a problem you see in the world. Thinking of an invention that could solve it and learn how to start your own business thanks to PBS
- Find a cause that can use your curiosity, such as the environment, and see what you can do to help. For example, click here for a great list of ideas to help animals from the ASPCA or here for ways to help the environment.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.