Are curiosity and interest the same thing?

Something like interest is welcomed while curiosity is not.

A lot depends on the context of each word. I take curiosity to be stronger than interest. Curiosity is almost a compulsion. Interest is not much more than an awareness of something. There is a lot of overlap in the definitions of these two words. In a lot of writing it would be perfectly okay to use these words interchangeably. Curiosity is stronger than interest.

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I somehow feel curiosity is colder and interest is with love.

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I view curiosity as ravenous, and interest as mildly interested.

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You can be curious about something and end up not being interested in it. Interest implies commitment. Curiosity does not necessarily.

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Having an ongoing sense of curiosity about many things has been the basis for ongoing activity for me. For one, there is always another book on something–and a book can occupy me for two or three days straight. I need my curiosity or else I am totally lost and bored.
For about 6 months now I have had a reduction of this curiosity, and I want it back.
Curiosity to me is a character trait. It is almost a requirement to live.

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