Mystery (quotes)


Mystery is something strange or not known


Life is full of mystery


The world is full of mystery 

  • The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus, we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery. Carlos Castaneda
  • We are surrounded by a rich and fertile mystery. Henry David Thoreau
  • The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde
  • We don’t have to look far for miracles because they’re all around us. Everything is astonishing. The universe on its surface is alive with mystery. Terrence McKenna
  • I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it. Sue Monk Kidd
  • The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. Albert Einstein
  • Both the person of science and the person of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. Robert Oppenheimer
  • I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain. Discartes
  • Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. Rene Daumal
  • In a world of diminishing mystery, the unknown persists. Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name. Sam Harris
  • One does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a time to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us. All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment, a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant smiling.  Simon Greenberg
  • The world is rational and creative. It’s a wonderful mystery for our minds to discover and celebrate. God’s everywhere and we are all different. That’s the beauty of it-the sheer diversity. What a tapestry to enjoy. Adam Williams
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Life itself is an unfathomable mystery 

  • Surely, life is not merely a job, an occupation; life is something extraordinarily wide and profound, it is a great mystery, a vast realm in which we function as human beings. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • What am I, Life? A thing of watery salt held in cohesion by unresting cells. Which work they know not why, which never halt, myself unwitting where their Master dwells? John Edward Masefield
  • The essential mystery of being human is always going to engage and compel us. We’re involved in a mystery. Edward Hirsch
  • I am entirely on the side of mystery. I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is ridiculous. I believe in the profound and unfathomable mystery of life which has a sort of divine quality about it.  Aldous Huxley
  • I don’t know the meaning of life. I don’t know why we are here. I think life is full of anxieties and fears and tears. It has a lot of grief in it, and it can be very grim. And I do not want to be the one who tries to tell somebody else what life is all about. To me it’s a complete mystery. Charles M. Schulz
  • When all the words have been written, and all the phrases have been spoken, the great mystery of life will still remain. Kent Nerburn
  • Human beings have created a mountain of words to explain the nature of reality, but under all the words the mystery of life remains as magnificent as ever. Tim Freke
  • May you find your way through the fathomless mystery of your life to the source of all that is good and true. John Robbins
  • We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery. H. G. Wells
  • As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.  Anthony de Mello
  • The mystery of existence can never be explained away. Life is always more than we think. Tim Freke
  • The mystery of life is so enormous it takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. It’s not some riddle I will one day unravel, but real magic to be marvelled at. It’s not a darkness my intellect can illuminate, but a dazzling radiance so splendid that my most brilliant ideas seem dull. Tim Freke

At heart, we are all a mystery to each other… 

  • A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. Charles Dickens
  • There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting. Rudolf Bultmann

… and even to ourselves 

  • The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde Your true meaning cannot be grasped or captured by words. You can never be equated with any words, because you are prior to words. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • The ultimate mystery is one’s own self. Sammy Davis, Jr.  
  • No matter how dearly you try to control, your life unfolds as a mystery. Why do you love whom you love, and how long will it last? Do you know exactly what you are going to say before you say it? Why are you thinking your specific thoughts right now, and what will be your very next action? The weather is easier to predict than what you will be thinking, feeling, and doing next week–or even in ten seconds. David Deida
  • What greater thing is there than this Mystery that is Myself? Franklin Merrell-Wolff

We need mystery


Mystery is something beautiful to experience 

  • 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
  • The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Albert Einstein
  • The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. Art Van Der Leeuw
  • Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Karl Von Clausewitz
  • The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. Carl Sagan
  • It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit. Antoine Rivarol
  • We can invest so heavily in our beliefs about life that we forget that we really don’t know what life is. We can become so caught up in our opinions that we miss the breathtaking mystery. And when this happens, life becomes mundane and empty of wonder. Tim Freke

People constantly strive to replace mystery with certainty and knowledge… 

  • Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known? Charles DeLint
  • Most mysteries are soluble in time. Austin O’Malley
  • There is always a pleasure in unravelling a mystery, in catching at the gossamer clue which will guide to certainty. Elizabeth Gaskell
  • You ask what is the use of classification, arrangement, systemization? I answer you: order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject-the actual enemy is the unknown. Thomas Mann
  • The more mysterious, the more imperfect; as darkness is, in comparison with light–so is mystery, in comparison with knowledge. Benjamin Whichcote
  • There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange. Elias Canetti
  • Mystery is the magnet of inquiry. Edward Counsel
  • Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers. Ray Bradbury
  • The problem with our time, perhaps, is that we have been seduced by facts and data, at the same time, become bereft of wonder. We want to know it all rather than to understand the meaning of it all for the good life here and now. The universe, however technological it may now be, is still the ultimate mystery, the essential human question, the greatest spiritual revelation. Everything else is distraction. To know all the elements, all the chemistry of life, is one thing; to know what it means to live a good life in the midst of the knowledge of what humans can do with them to destroy it is entirely another.  Joan Chittister
  • Mystery is another name for our ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain. Tryon Edwards
  • The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will affect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate. Cormac Mccarthy
  • Let go of the need for certainty,  Knowledge

… but the irony is we need mystery and the world would be greatly poorer without it 

  • No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith. A. Salvatore
  • We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. Henry David Thoreau
  • Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known? Charles de Lint
  • Some mysteries are too pleasing to be questioned. James Alan Gardner
  • A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty- stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.  Lewis Mumford 
  • Life needs mystery or else everything else flattens into a routine so familiar you wonder if you will ever get out of the rut. We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. Dave Kindred
  • Mystery is a resource, like coal or gold, and its preservation is a fine thing. Tim Cahill

The rewards of mystery


Mystery awakens wonder 

  • Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. Neil Armstrong
  • The child lives in the neighbourhood of wonder where innocence keeps mystery playful. Each new event and encounter is all absorbing. John O’Donohue
  • If a child is to keep alive his or her inborn sense of wonder, he or she needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with the child the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. Rachel Carson
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Mystery awakens curiosity 

  • We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born. Albert Einstein
  • The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. Edmund Burke
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Mystery awakens deep thought and contemplation 

  • As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. Albert Schweitzer
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Mystery awakens energy and creativity 

  • Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Julia Cameron
  • Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. I. Fitzhenry
  • The greatest forces lie in the region of the uncomprehended. George MacDonald
  • Mystery is not founded in ignorance, mystery is founded in imagination. Spencer Baker
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Mystery awakens and reveals the soul 

  • The joy of all mysteries is the certainty which comes from their contemplation, that there are many doors yet for the soul to open on her upward and inward way. Arthur Christopher Benson
  • It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed. Thomas Moore
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Mystery and beauty go hand in hand

  • Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. Thomas Carlyle
  • There is nothing beautiful or sweet or great in life that is not mysterious. François René de Chateaubriand
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In times of loss and pain, mystery can actually add comfort and meaning 

  • I no longer feel that life is ordinary. Everyday life is filled with mystery.  The things we know are only a small part of the things we cannot know but can only glimpse.  Yet even the smallest of glimpses can sustain us.  Mystery seems to have the power to comfort, to offer hope, and to lend meaning in times of loss and pain.  In surprising ways, it is the mysterious that strengthens us in such times.  I used to try to offer people certainty in times which were not at all certain and could not be made certain.  I now just offer my companionship and share my sense of mystery, of the possible, of wonder. Rachel Naomi Remen
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Leave room for mystery


Leave some room for mystery in your life.  It doesn’t all need to make sense… 

  • The world’s a puzzle; no need to make sense of it. Dan Millman
  • Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out. Dan Millman
  • I am only a man … who knows that he’ll never understand all that is around him. Carlos Castaneda
  • Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. Frank Herbert
  • Leave room for mystery. It doesn’t all need to make sense. Danielle LaPorte

… for no amount of searching will unravel some of the great mysteries of life 

  • When all the words have been written, and all the phrases have been spoken, the great mystery of life will still remain. We may map the terrains of our lives, measure the farthest reaches of the universe, but no amount of searching will ever reveal for certain whether we are all children of chance or part of a great design. And who among us would have it otherwise?  Who would wish to take the mystery out of the experience of looking into a newborn infant’s eyes?  Kent Nerburn
  • Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck 

Experience and celebrate mystery


The real mysteries of life are meant to be lived and experienced, not just solved intellectually 

  • Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced. J. Van der Leeuw
  • Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived. Thomas Merton
  • 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
  • Only a weak mind seeks ultimate answers. Agnes Thornton
  • Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multi-dimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience — to appreciate the fact that life is complex. M. Scott Peck

Celebrate mystery in the world around you 

  • Dance on the edge of mystery. Alan Cohen
  • A cosmic celebration can be localized within you when you realize that life is not a problem to be solved but a magnificent mystery to be lived. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson
  • When you embrace the mystery and open yourself to it, a new life is created, resistant to the old problems. Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Rather have a mind opened by mystery and wonder than one closed by false knowledge or superficial understanding… 

  • 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
  • I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence
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… especially crusty knowledge that clouds your eyes from seeing wonder and beauty 

  • Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego.  Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn.  The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise.  After that day. . . we become seekers.  Peter Matthiessen
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Awakening mystery


Awaken mystery by loving the world and seeing deeply into it 

  • The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony. Orhan Pamuk
  • It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. Diane Ackerman
  • Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all- embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyesvsky
  • One does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a time to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us. All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment, a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant smiling.  Simon Greenberg
  • The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller
  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A.C. Benson
  • We wake, if ever at all, to mystery. Annie Dillard
  • Live with passion and compassion, proceed with optimism, value disciplined thinking, be open to intimacy and love the mystery. Peter Swift

See deeply by letting go of the need to mentally interpret, conceptualise and label everything 

  • Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Words, no matter whether they are vocalized and made into sound or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label. Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth. All we can perceive, experience, think about, is the surface layer of reality, less than the tip of an iceberg. Eckhart Tolle
  • But when we perceive without interpreting or mental labeling, which means without adding thought to our perceptions, we can actually still sense the deeper connectedness underneath our perception of seemingly separate things. Eckhart Tolle
  • If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. Buddha
  • A tree is an incomprehensible mystery. Jim Woodring 
  • When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. Eckhart Tolle
  • Relinquish, for a moment, your desire to explain and label… Eckhart Tolle
  • Let go of the need to label

Contemplate deep mysteries through stillness 

  • If something controls you in a way that puzzles you, think of it as a mystery. Mysteries are best approached by closing your eyes and mouth to experience darkness and silence.  I find new and healing images in that dark, silent place away from emotions that control me.  Do not be afraid to close your eyes and be silent in prayer, meditation, rest or sleep.  In those states you may rediscover a new self.  Then your life, time and thoughts will become yours again and you can live your unique myth.  Bernie Siegel
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Letting go of the need to know it all


To appreciate mystery, you must be humble about the scope of what you think you know 

  • We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery. Paulo Coelho
  • There are three kinds of people in the world: those who don’t know and don’t know they don’t know; those who don’t know and do know they don’t know; and those who know and know how much they still don’t know. Karen Marie Moning
  • Most of us encounter a great deal more Mystery than we are willing to experience. Sometimes knowing life requires us to suspend disbelief, to recognize that all our hard-won knowledge may only be provisional and the world may be quite different than we believe it to be.  This can be very stressful, even frightening.  But if we are not willing to wonder, we may have to hang up the phone on life.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than to assume that our views of science are ultimate, that there are no mysteries in nature, that our triumphs are complete and that there are no new worlds to conquer. Humphry Davy
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Be comfortable in that place of not knowing… 

  • Perhaps someday, modern people will learn that mystery is not the prison of the mind of people, it is their home. Walter Farrell
  • Once we meet our children, even for moments, in a place of “I don’t know,” of relinquished authority, we return to the realms of mystery and magic, where real connection becomes alive again. Arjuna Ardagh
  • It’s not about understanding, it’s about a falling. A falling into the awesome mystery that is life itself. A falling into not- knowing. And in that falling, the seeker is no more. Jeff Foster
  • Step out of your story and into the wonder of life.  Enter a state of profound not-knowing and immerse yourself in the mystery of the moment.  Tim Freke
  • Let go of the need to know

…and welcome the unknown 

  • The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. Rene Magritte
  • It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. Wallace Stevens
  • In your willingness to step into the unknown, you will have the wisdom of uncertainty factored in. This means that in every moment of your life, you will have excitement, adventure, mystery. You will experience the fun of life — the magic, the celebration, the exhilaration, and the exultation of your own spirit. Deepak Chopra
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It’s more interesting to live not knowing for sure than to have sure answers which might be wrong … 

  • I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here. I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. Richard P. Feynman

… for that keeps you curious and open and constantly questioning 

  • The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer– they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. Ken Kesey
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Only by first appreciating the mystery of something, can you come to know it 

  • Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. Henry Miller
  • The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anaïs Nin
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking
  • To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
  • The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert
  • Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. Kahlil Gibran
  • The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable. Arthur Schopenhauer

Mystery and God


Mystery is the basis of religion… 

  • A religion without the element of mystery would not be a religion at all. Edwin Lewis
  • Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious. Albert Einstein
  • Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery. Ram Dass
  • It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion. Albert Einstein 
  • Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage. Frederick Buechner 
  • Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged. Rumi
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… and of spirituality…

  • The simplest way to start becoming deep awake is to wonder… to look at the world with amazement… to be conscious of the breathtaking mystery of existence… to recognize that you really don’t know what life is. If you wonder deeply you’ll come out of your story and into the mystery of the moment. Tim Freke
  • Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • There is a mysterious force inside that animates you. It is covered up by thoughts and the mind’s ideas about who and what you are.  But all true spiritual teachings point away from a fascination with the little “me” and toward a fascination with that mystery under the thoughts.  This is the fertile ground for awakening. Once the mystery wakes up to itself it realizes that this is what it truly is and has always been, but it cannot be described.  Adyashanti
  • There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one’s mind and one’s subtle body rest upon that and not rest on anything else. From the Maitri Upanishad
  • There’s a Zen adage: ‘Great doubt, great enlightenment. Little doubt, little enlightenment. No doubt, no enlightenment.’ Doubt reinvigorates the question that keeps the mystery alive. Brian Mountford
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… and of faith 

  • Real faith means holding ourselves open to the unconditional mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life and which cannot be comprised in any formula. Real faith means the ability to endure life in the face of this mystery.  Martin Buber
  • No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith. A. Salvatore
  • We injure mysteries, which are matters of faith by any attempt at explanation in order to make them matters of reason. Charles Caleb Colton
  • Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds. Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. Brené Brown
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God is the greatest mystery of all 

  • I believe God is a name we give to the mystery of the world that is beyond our capacity to understand. I believe that the energy of the universe is ordered by forces I cannot comprehend. Robert Jensen
  • It is easy to understand God as long as you don’t try to explain him. Joseph Joubert
  • I believe in God, but I’m not too clear on the other details. Bill Veeck
  • If you understood him, it would not be God. Saint Augustine of Hippo
  • We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations. Albert Einstein
  • God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.  Saint Augustine
  • I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God — I hear and behold God in every object yet understand God not in the least. Walt Whitman
  • It’s a mystery. That’s the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it’s mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously. Stephen King 
  • The mind of God is a mystery and none can understand it. Rae Carson
  • Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity. Jean Cocteau
  • The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways; but he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers. Scott Adams
  • God is a mystery. But a comprehensible mystery. I have nothing but awe when I observe the laws of nature. There are not laws without a lawgiver, but how does this lawgiver look? Certainly not like a man magnified. Albert Einstein
  • We are all born with a belief in God. It may not have a name or face.  We may not even see it as God.  But it is there.  It is the sense that comes over us as we stare into the starlit sky, or watch the last fiery rays of an evening sunset.  It is the morning shiver as we wake on a beautiful day and smell a richness in the air that we know and love from somewhere we can’t quite recall.  It is the mystery behind the beginning of time and beyond the limits of space. It is a sense of otherness that brings alive something deep in our hearts.  Kent Nerburn  
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More of life’s mysteries


Nature is a mystery

  • The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery. K. Chesterton
  • Butterflies are a breath of beauty fluttering by, they are mystery chronicled upon wing, they bring forth the grace and wonder of this world to our eyes everyday. K. D’Angelo
  • A tree is an incomprehensible mystery. Jim Woodring
  • The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music… The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words. Rabindranath Tagore
  • To early man, trees were objects of awe and wonder. The mystery of their growth, the movement of their leaves and branches, the way they seemed to die and come again to life in spring, the sudden growth of the plant from the seed – all these appeared to be miracles as indeed they still are, miracles of nature!  Ruskin Bond
  • Whether one sees the world as God’s creation or as a secular mystery that science is on the way to figuring out, there is no denying the beauty and majesty of everything from mountain ranges, deserts, and rain forests to the exquisite details in the design of an ordinary mosquito. Robert C. Solomon
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Death is a mystery

  • 99% of our cells are typically still functional…. Some cells don’t even get the news for some time. If the dead person is revived within ten minutes or so, before the brain gets permanently damaged by hypoxia, the body’s machinery will go back to work as if nothing had happened. Deepak Chopra
  • Death is an absolute mystery. We are all vulnerable to it, it’s what makes life interesting and suspenseful. Jeanne Moreau 
  • The mystery of death, the riddle of how you could speak to someone and see them every day and then never again, was so impossible to fathom that of course we kept trying to figure it out, even when we were unconscious. Francine Prose 
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Time is a mystery

  • For me, time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we’re dreaming all the time. That’s what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls. Anthony Hopkins
  • Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design? Paracelsus
  • We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery. H. G. Wells
  • The greatest mystery in life is not life itself, but death. Death is the culmination of life, the ultimate blossoming of life. In death the whole life is summed up, in death you arrive. Life is a pilgrimage towards death. From the very beginning, death is coming. From the moment of birth, death has started coming towards you, you have started moving towards death. Rajneesh
  • If death disappears there will be no mystery in life. Rajneesh
  • When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life. Khalil Gibran
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The future is a mystery

  • Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. Dag Hammarskjold
  • Betimes I have heard people bewail the fact that our destinies are shrouded in mystery; I think, though, that it is a blessing of sorts. Surely if we knew what bitterness fate held in store, we would shrink back in fear and let the cup of life pass us untasted. Jacqueline Carey
  • Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny. Friedrich Schiller
  • Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.   Babatunde Olatunji
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Sex is a mystery

  • Sexual love is the most stupendous fact of the universe, and the most magical mystery our poor blind senses know. Amy Lowell
  • Sex is great until you die, but it’s never as great as it was when you were a kid, when it was a mystery. David Duchovny
  • I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent. Henry David Thoreau
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More of Life’s greatest mysteries 

  • The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. Andre Malraux
  • The greatest mystery of existence is existence itself. Deepak Chopra 
  • They are a complete mystery. Stephen Hawking 
  • The great mystery of our consciousness is beyond our grasp. William Shatner 
  • 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
  • Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized. K. Chesterton
  • I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. Anne Lamott
  • Mysterious coincidences cause the reconsideration of the inherent mystery that surrounds our individual lives on this planet. James Redfield
  • Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. Greg Child

Mystery, art and science


Mystery and art

  • The artist speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives. Joseph Conrad
  • The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting. Andy Warhol
  • People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. Salvador Dalí
  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. Albert Einstein
  • The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon
  • Art is the concrete artifact of faith and expectation, the realization of a world that would otherwise be little more than a veil of pointless consciousness stretched over a gulf of mystery. Stephen King, Duma Key
  • Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals. Charles Baudelaire
  • I find it particularly exciting when a picture evokes anything near that word, ‘mystery’. Jeff Mermelstein
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Mystery and science

  • I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it. Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate. Richard P. Feynman
  • In the end, science as we know it has two basic types of practitioners. One is the educated man who still has a controlled sense of wonder before the universal mystery, whether it hides in a snail’s eye or within the light that impinges on that delicate organ. The second kind of observer is the extreme reductionist who is so busy stripping things apart that the tremendous mystery has been reduced to a trifle, to intangibles not worth troubling one’s head about. Loren Eiseley
  • Let science extend the domain of actual knowledge and lay bare as it may the secrets of the material world. It only exposes more and more the proportions of the great cathedral, and shows us the lamps of God’s glory, and the infinite recesses of his love. It only wafts us on through the ever-rolling harmonies of the universe, until we pause before that awful veil of mystery in which he hides the essence of his being and the counsels of his thought. H. Chapin
  • Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck
  • 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
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On a lighter note 

  • At the end of the universe you’ll find a door labeled “Do Not Enter.” No great mysteries are hidden there—it’s just a supplies closet. Jarod Kintz
  • I want to write a mystery novel – or do I? Stewart Francis
  • If I had a bookstore I would make all the mystery novels hard to find. Demetri Martin
  • One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world. Proverb
  • The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways; but he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers. Scott Adams
  • The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. K. Chesterton
  • When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain
  • The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal. Sir Compton MacKenzie