Curiosity conquers fear
“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” — James Stephens
I’m not a particularly brave person, but my curiosity about almost everything knows no bounds, and I can vouch for the truth of Stephens’ observation about its power to overcome fear. Through the years, my curiosity has often met with disdain: “Why should you want to know that?” or “Curiosity killed the cat!” even when my questions are focused on ideas and the world at large, as they almost always are. People who are not innately curious may find it hard to understand the benefit of such an inquiring spirit, but it has kept me from despair more times than I could number. The world is just too fascinating a place for me to stay immersed for very long in my personal grief.