„We are often unable to tell people what they need to know because they want to know something else.“
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
„The number one reason most people don't get what they want is that they don't know what they want.“
— T. Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
— James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
As quoted in Garfield of Ohio : The Available Man (1970) by John M. Tyler
„Everybody acts out a myth,
but very few people know what their myth is.
And you should know what your myth is,
because it might be a tragedy.
And maybe you don't want it to be.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„Some people say, "How can you live without knowing?" I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.“
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
lecture I: "The Uncertainty of Science"
„I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.“
— Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906
„I didn't know what made things tick. I didn't know what made people want to be friends. I didn't know what made people attractive to one another. I didn't know what underlay social interactions.“
— Ted Bundy American serial killer 1946 - 1989
Discussing his high school years. Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1999) The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Paperback; revised ed.). Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press. pg. 66
„We can't know or say what other people do. have to think whatwant to do to get the situation where you want it to be.“
— E. Lockhart, The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
As quoted in The Money Adventure (1998) by Egbert Sukop, p. 128
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Context: I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there were wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn't get along together, and what made people tick. That's why I started to write stories.