Charlie Munger quotes on curiosity

“Curiosity can provide both fun and wisdom, and occasionally trouble.”

“I was born innately curious. If that doesn’t work for you, figure out your own damn system.”

(On a personal note, I would argue that many people are born curious, and his parents didn’t beat the curiosity out of him.)

“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.”

“A few major opportunities, clearly recognizable as such, will usually come to one who continuously searches and waits, with a curious mind that loves diagnosis involving multiple variables.”

“Temperament alone won’t do it. You need a lot of curiosity for a long, long, time. You need to have a passionate interest in why things are happening. That cast of mind, kept over long periods, gradually improves your ability to focus on reality.”

“Einstein said his successful theories came from curiosity, concentration, perseverance, and self-criticism.”

~ from the book, Charlie Munger, The Complete Investor (and a few other sources)

Walter Isaacson sees a common thread between Franklin, Einstein, Jobs, and da Vinci has a nice interview with Walter Isaacson, who has written terrific autobiographies about Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs. He also wrote The Innovators, a terrific retrospective of the invention and use of computers, and recently released a biography of Leonardo da Vinci.

In the article he says that a common thread of all of these great people is curiosity across disciplines.

This is a page from my book, Functional Programming, Simplified

Question Everything

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

Albert Einstein

A Golden Rule of this book is to always ask, “Why?” By this I mean that you should question everything I present. Ask yourself, “Why is this FP approach better than what I do in my OOP code?” To help develop this spirit, let’s take a little look at what FP is, and then see what questions we might have about it.

An intense curiosity about how things are done

In his book, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, Carlos Santana writes about hearing other guitar players, and wondering with an intense curiosity how those other people got their guitars to make the sounds they made. As I thought about this I thought it was a good attitude to have in programming. For instance, if I look at an application where someone has done something really cool I try to understand, “How did they do that?”