Definition: strongly desirous to learn or know; possessing a desire to investigate

Balancing Qualities: diplomacy, discretion, thoughtful

Familial Qualities: adventuresome, explorative

Consequential Qualityunderstanding

Too Far: nosy, prying
Note: A person’s privacy should always be respected.

Saying: Curiosity killed the cat.
Note: Curiosity not balanced by caution can be dangerous.

• The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. — Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American Poet and Satirist

• Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. — Linus Pauling (1901-1994) American Chemist

Comment: When you ask a question you are exhibiting your desire for the qualities of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. At the same time you are enhancing the qualities of curiosity and wonder. And you are exemplifying communication and possibly courage.

Fictional Figure: Curious George gets in trouble because of his curiosity. He has adventures, and yet everything turns out okay. — Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) & Margret Rey (1906-1996) German-American authors

Symbol: the brown bear; protea flowers