There are Always More Questions —

Our last post featured a long profound quote from nature writer Ann Zwinger, which concluded:

“Desert is where I want to be when there are no more questions to ask.”

To which, being a questioning sort of person, I took exception. After all, if all other questions fail, there remain at least three, the ones posed by the ancient rabbi Hillel. They can only be answered by the one who asks, and he or she may answer them differently at every stage of their life:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

When I am for myself alone, what am I?

If not now, when?



We are here in the desert right now, in a great silence, and within it — the questions resonate.

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7 Responses to There are Always More Questions —

  1. Pauline says:

    My favorite question has long (maybe always) been, “What will this day hold?”
    Curiosity pulls me out of bed, and I am old enough to realize that whatever I’ve planned may go awry and what I haven’t planned for may materialize. There is always something to see with new eyes, something to think about in a new way. I’m with you – how could there ever be no more questions to ask?

    (There’s always “Why?” and “Now what?”)


  2. Marilyn de Guzman says:

    If not now, when? Hillel? I always give Frank credit for that phrase! We quote him all the time.


  3. beyondanomie says:

    Good questions, worth pondering.

    I must admit that on first glance, I read the Zwinger quote as: “Dessert is what I want when there are no more questions to ask”.

    … probably tells you need to know about my subconscious, and my sweet tooth…!


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