Wonder and Mystery.....Quotes

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. --Neil Armstrong

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this 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. --Albert Einstein

We wake, if ever at all, to mystery. --Annie Dillard

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. --Albert Schweitzer

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must accept it. The only choice is how. --Henry Ward Beecher

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. --Augustine

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.-- Helen Keller

The winds of God are always blowing, but you must set the sails. –Unknown

[Consciousness] is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.-- C.S. Lewis

Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes - The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. --Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.-- Johnathan Swift

He is short-sighted who looks only on the path he treads and the wall on which he leans. --Kahlil Kibran

When we understand the outside of things, we think we have them. Yet the Lord puts his things in subdefined, suggestive shapes, yielding no satisfactory meaning to the mere intellect, but unfolding themselves to the conscience and heart. -- George MacDonald

We are so impressed by scientific clank that we feel we ought not to say that the sunflower turns because it knows where the sun is. It is almost second nature to us to prefer explanations . . . with a large vocabulary. We are much more comfortable when we are assured that the sunflower turns because it is heliotropic. The trouble with that kind of talk is that it tempts us to think that we know what the sunflower is up to. But we don't. The sunflower is a mystery, just as every single thing in the universe is. --Robert Farrer Capon

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation. --George Eliot

All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
-- Benjamin Disraeli

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful? --Annie Dillard

Wonder is retained by wise pondering. --Ravi Zacharias

Look at those cows and remember that the greatest scientists in the world have never discovered how to make grass into milk.---Michael Pupin

If your heart is straight with God, then every creature will be to you a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine. No creature is so little or so mean as not to show forth and represent the goodness of God. –Thomas A’Kempis

The Earth laughs in flowers. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.--Walt Whitman

You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. --Saint Bernard

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.--Rachel Carson

Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within.
--Immanuel Kant

I am often asked if I am not lonely on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer.--John Muir

Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. --Henry David Thoreau

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. -- Diane Ackerman

Stuff your eyes with wonder ... live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. -- Ray Bradbury

A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, Do it again; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough... It is possible that God says every morning, Do it again, to the sun; and every evening, Do it again, to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. --G. K. Chesterton

I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. --Bob Dylan

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. --Rachel Carson

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.--Thich Nhat Hanh:

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life. --Albert Schweitzer

Nothing is interesting, if you’re not interested. --Helen MacInnes

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. --George Eliot

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.--Unknown

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.—Unknown

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.--The Talmud

Be careful how you interpret the world: It is like that.—Erich Heller

We are born, we live, we die among supernatural. --Napolean Bonaparte

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.--Kurt Vonnegut

Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.--Ihab Hassan

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
-- Eden Phillpotts

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. --Teresa of Avila

Nothing is yet in its true form. --C.S. Lewis

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image. -- Charles W. Chesnutt

I asked for wonder, and He gave it to me. --Brennan Manning

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. --e.e. cummings

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time. --T.S. Eliot

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. --C.S. Lewis

The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced.--J.J. Van der Leeuw

One who not merely beholds the outward shows of things, but catches a glimpse of the soul that looks out of them, whose garment and revelation they are--if he be such, I say, he will stand, for more than a moment, speechless with something akin to that which made the morning stars sing together. - George MacDonald "What's Mine's Mine"

Einstein when asked what question he would desire the answer to most before dying replied: "The Universe, is it friendly?"

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