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Wonder Quotations

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There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.
Aristotle 384-322BC, Parts of Animals

"The contemplation of God's works produces knowledge, though with regard to him, not perfect knowledge, but wonder, which is broken knowledge."
Bacon, Francis; Advancement of Learning, 1605

*"The sense resembles the sun, which shows the terrestrial globe but conceals the celestial, for thus the sense discovers natural things, while it shuts up divine."
Bacon, Francis; Advancement of Learning, 1605

In this sense, each human being is a process-- a filtering process of retention or rejection, absorption or loss. The process gives him individuality. It determines whether he justifies the gift of human life or whether he lives or dies  without having been affected by the beauty of wonder and the wonder of beauty, without having had any real awareness of kinship or human fulfillment.
N. Cousins, The Celebration of Life

...he, trained on some textbook that had blunted his capacity for wonder, she, inert and insensitive to the thrill of the infinite, both oblivious of the awesomeness of their encounter--

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their more primitive forms-- this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.


So if we wish to know all things that were worthy of imitation, we must  give the legendary a place in our studies and our observations.

Artists tweak heartstrings, stretch imaginations and pre-existing  conceptions. They integrate beauty and excellence in nature and  juxtapose wonder.

And is mother of KNOWLEDGE."

There is a dance of miracles
holding hands in a chain around the earth
and out through space to the moon,
and to the stars and beyond the stars;
And to behold this dance is enough:
So much brighter, and secret looking,
and glimpses of wonder and dreams of terror.
It is enough! It is enough!
James Oppenheim

A man who possesses keen intelligence, is little moved to wonder. And  the same is true of him who lacks it. Wonder marks the limit of our  knowledge and is often evidence of the imperfection of our minds,  rather than of the perfection of exterior objects.

The way to touch all the springs of wonder in us is to get before our eyes  as thought, that which we are feeling and doing. The things that we do  we think not.   What I am I cannot describe anymore than I can see my  eyes. The moment another describes to me the man I am-- pictures to  me in words that which I was feeling and doing, I an struck with  surprise. I am sensible of a keen delight. I be and I see my being at the  same time. The glances from itself to the pictures with lively pleasure
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.


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