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Asking Proverbs


Sayings about Asking

He that does not ask will never get a bargain. ~ French Proverb

The person with burned fingers asks for tongs. ~ Samoan Proverb

The real scholar is not afraid to ask questions of his pupil. ~ Chinese Proverb

To ask is no sin, and to be refused is no calamity. ~ Russian Proverb

Don’t ask me where I am going but where I have come from. ~ African Proverb

He who is too proud to ask is too good to receive. ~ French Proverb

By asking the impossible you will get the best. ~ Italian Proverbs

I never ask God to give me anything; I only ask him to put me where things are. ~ Mexican Proverb

Ask for your wife’s advice and then do the opposite. ~ Arabian Proverb

Asking is no sin, and being refused is no tragedy. ~ Russian Proverb

Faith has no eyes; he who asks to see has no faith. ~ Portuguese Proverb

If it is worth taking, it is worth asking for. ~ Gaelic Proverb

Ask God for what man can give, and you may get it. ~ English Proverbs

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who asks for alms blushes once; he who refuses, twice. ~ Turkish Proverb

If the child does not cry, the mother won’t know what it wants. ~ Russian Proverb

Never ask pardon before you are accused. ~ Traditional Proverb

Never ask God to give you anything; ask Him to put you where things are. ~ Mexican Proverbs

Who asks at once for a lot, returns home with an empty bag. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

Ask advice of an ignorant man and he will think you are his enemy. ~ Arabian Proverb

Better to ask twice than to lose your way once. ~ Danish Proverb

Never ask of him who has, but of him who wishes you well. ~ Spanish Proverb

The person who asks for little deserves nothing. ~ Mexican Proverb

One who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. ~ Danish Proverbs

To ask is a temporary shame; not to ask, an eternal one. ~ Japanese Proverb

In a deal there are two fools: the one who asks too much and the one who asks too little. ~ Russian Proverb

The more you ask how much longer it will take, the longer the journey will seem. ~ New Zealander Proverb

The beggar who asks for crumbs gets more than the one who asks for bread. ~ Tamil Proverb

It is easier to believe than to go and ask. ~ Serbian Proverb

It’s not shameful not to know, but it’s shameful not to ask. ~ Azerbaijani Proverb

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. ~ Turkish Proverb

Buying is cheaper than asking. ~ German Proverb

Ask me what are my virtues, not about the color of my skin. ~ Arabian Proverb

Ask someone else for advice but keep your knowledge to yourself. ~ Hebrew Proverb

To give too much when little is asked is a form of refusal. ~ Spanish Proverb

Ask for advice, then use your head. ~ Norwegian Proverbs

Asking is the sister of knowing. ~ Maltese Proverb

To ask a favor from a miser is like trying to make a hole in water. ~ Armenian Proverb

To find out about the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you ask a Negro where he’s been, he’ll tell you where he’s going. ~ African-American Proverb

Don’t ask an innkeeper the way. ~ Turkish Proverbs

When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Ask for too much in order to get enough. ~ Spanish Proverb

The wise man asks questions of himself; the fool questions others. ~ Chinese Proverb

Don’t ask in this life for the three most difficult things: good sons, long life and a long beard. ~ Chinese Proverb

He that asks knows one shame; he that doesn’t knows two. ~ Armenian Proverb

Children who get everything they ask for seldom succeed in life. ~ Filipino Proverb

Never give advice unless asked. ~ German Proverbs

Ask the experienced rather than the learned. ~ Arabian Proverb

He who asks the fewest favors is the best received. ~ Spanish Proverbs

For news of the heart ask the face. ~ Guinean Proverb

Ask a lot, but take what is offered. ~ Russian Proverbs

Quotations about Asking

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. ~ Bishop Mandell Creighton

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. ~ Bernard Baruch

God does not begin by asking our ability, only our availability, and if we prove our dependability, He will increase our capability. ~ Neal A. Maxwell

If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask! ~ W. Clement Stone

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. ~ Charles Proteus Steinmetz

When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. ~ Charles Varlet de La Grange

We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell. ~ James Stephens

Sometimes you ask God for something and you don’t know what you’re asking. ~ Mahalia Jackson

We don’t always get what we deserve, but we often get what we ask for. ~ Victor C. Dymowski

Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question. ~ Albert Camus

The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes. ~ Percy Ross

To ask and give advice is the cheapest bargain. ~ Edward Counsel

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery. ~ John Churton Collins

The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering. ~ David Whyte

It’s amazing what you don’t get when you don’t ask. ~ Berney Neufeld

Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone. ~ Mary Astor

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

It is a weak thing to tell half your story, and then ask your friend’s advice–a still weaker thing to take it. ~ Arthur Helps

You create your opportunities by asking for them. ~ Patty Hansen

If you are not moving closer to what you want, you probably aren’t doing enough asking. And you’re probably not asking the single most important question that can help you achieve a higher level of success and personal fulfillment: How am I doing? ~ Jack Canfield

There is no point in asking a man a question until you have established whether he has any reason to lie to you. ~ Ken Follett

Never ask advice from someone who has something at stake or something to lose from your decision. The more objective the person is the greater value you should place on the input. ~ David J. Liebweman

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers. ~ Brian Greene

Love is… never asking for more than you are prepared to give. ~ Kim Casali

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you. ~ Jim Rohn

Going online and asking questions is the best way to learn. ~ Tom Felton

And I like asking questions, to keep learning; people with big egos might not want to look unsure. ~ Heston Blumenthal

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. ~ Bible

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas. ~ Paula Poundstone

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

No decisions should ever be made without asking the question, is this for the common good? ~ Michael Moore

I have always been much better at asking questions than knowing what the answers were. ~ Bill James

Asking for advice is an act of humility…. The act alone says, “I need you.” The decision maker and the adviser are pushed into a closer relationship. ~ Dennis Bakke

It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do. ~ Eric Jerome Dickey

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. ~ Robert Half

Ask yourself, “Am I now ready to make some changes.” ~ Jack Canfield

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions. ~ Isaiah Berlin

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. ~ Peter F. Drucker

The students ask why, the faculty asks how, and the alumni ask how much. ~ Author Unknown

The vanity of being asked advice often makes us confirm the opinion of those that consult us. ~ Norman Macdonald

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. ~ Erica Jong

Asking in faith requires honesty, effort, commitment, and persistence. ~ David A. Bednar

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer. ~ Mason Cooley

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. ~ Thomas Berger

Effective management always means asking the right question. ~ Robert Heller

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. ~ Joseph Wood Krutch

The answers I remember longest are the ones that answer questions that I didn’t think of asking. ~ Jonathan Kozol

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die. ~ Lillian Smith

You’ve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful — and neglected — secret to success and happiness. ~ Percy Ross

We ask advice, but we mean approbation. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

A clever, imaginative, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds. ~ Percy Ross

We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

The key to getting everything you want is to never put all your begs in one ask-it! ~ Author Unknown

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