"Your kind of curiosity is the sign of a very fine mind."
You know those teachers, (or people in general), who hate it when you ask questions, or challenge their authority? Especially if they don't know the answer, and you do, and their egos are too fragile to say "Gee, I don't know, but let's find out!" or "Hey, I didn't know that, thanks, let's talk about it some more....."
Well, screw them.
Find validation in those (like the one who said that to me years ago, above) who recognize the spark in you, are delighted by it, and rejoice in it, vs. the ones who are intimidated by it. Especially if you are female. Women and girls face this kind of devaluation a lot. Ask questions, be curious, own that fine mind!!!