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It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
He shall have chariots easier than air,
That I will have invented; . . . And thyself,
That art the messenger, shalt ride before him
On a horse cut out of an entire diamond.
That shall be made to go with golden wheels,
I know not how yet.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
A King and No King (act V)
We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.
- Sir Thomas Browne
Wonders I sing; the sun has set; no night has followed.
[Lat., Mira cano; sol occubuit;
Nox nulla secuta est.]
- Robert Burton,
quoting Giraldus Gambrensis found in Camden "Epigrammes"
A schoolboy's tale, the wonder of an hour!
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)
If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself . . . that a tiger is an optical illusion--well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive.
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
We were young, we were merry, we were very, very wise,
And the door stood open at our feast,
When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
And a man with his back to the East.
- Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, Unwelcome
In wonder all philosophy began, in wonder it ends, and admiration fill up the interspace; but the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance, the last is the parent of adoration.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Never see . . . a dead post-boy, did you?" inquired Sam. . . . "No," rejoined Bob, "I never did." "No!" rejoined Sam triumphantly. "Nor never vill; and there's another thing that no man never see, and that's a dead donkey."
- Charles Dickens,
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
Long stood the noble youth oppress'd with awe,
And stupid at the wondrous things he saw,
Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law.
- John Dryden, Theodore and Honoria (l. 217)
That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what is unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Works and Days
A wonder lasts but nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open.
- Henry Fielding
This wonder lasted nine daies.
- John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. II, ch. I)
Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discovery, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.
- Samuel Horsley
No wonder is greater than any other wonder, and if once explained ceases to be a wonder.
- Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)
All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
The things that have been and shall be no more,
The things that are, and that hereafter shall be,
The things that might have been, and yet were not,
The fading twilight of joys departed.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Christus--Divine Tragedy--First Passover
(III, Marriage in Cana)
From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it.
- Herman Melville
Wonder is prophetic.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst
Wonder [said Socrates] is very much the affection of a philosopher; for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this.
- Plato (originally Aristocles}, Theoetetus
(XXXII), (Cary's translation)
Pretty! in amber to observe the forms
Of hairs, of straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there.
- Alexander Pope, Prologue to the Satires
Out of our reach the gods have laid
Of time to come th' event,
And laugh to see the fools afraid
Of what the knaves invent.
- Sir Charles Sedley, Lycophron
Stones have been known to move and trees to speak.
- William Shakespeare
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