Wonder (quotes)

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What is wonder?

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Wonder is surprise and awe, mixed with admiration

  • Wonder:  A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Wonder:  Something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Wonder:  Rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience.  Merriam Webster
  • Wonder:  The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or surprising.  American Heritage Dictionary
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The power of wonder

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Wonder is an immensely powerful emotion

  • Gratitude and wonder are two of the most empowering and healing perspectives.  Jonathan H. Ellerby
  • Wonder is music heard in the heart, it is voiceless.  Rosemary Dobson
  • At moments of wonder, it is easy to avoid small thinking, to entertain thoughts that span the universe, that capture both thunder and tinkle, thick and thin, the near and the far.  Yann Martel
  • When all comes to all, the most precious element in life is wonder. Love is a great emotion, and power is power. But both love and power are based on wonder.  D. H. Lawrence
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Wonder invigorates and enlivens

  • Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  Rachel Carson
  • He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  Albert Einstein
  • Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement.  Jack Kornfield
  • By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.  By practicing reverence for life, we become good, deep, and alive.  Albert Schweitzer
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Wonder awakens the soul

  • From wonder into wonder existence opens.  Lao Tzu
  • Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul.  D. H. Lawrence
  • The capacity for total wonder is the very substance of awakening.  Daniel Odier
  • Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement.  Jack Kornfield
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Wonder opens the heart

  • To live with an open heart means that pain is no stranger, but wonder will be a constant companion.  David Oldfield
  • If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever more wonders.  Andrew Harvey
  • The more I wonder, the more I love.  Alice Walker
  • Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.  Plato
  • 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
  • In a deep moment of love, thinking stops. The moment is so intriguing, the moment is so tremendously powerful, the moment is so intensely alive, that thinking stops. You are simply in awe, a great wonder surrounds you.  Rajneesh
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Wonder opens the mind …

  • I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.  Gerry Spence
  • Magic is a sudden opening of the mind to the wonder of existence.  It is a sense that there is much more to life than we usually recognize; that we do not have to be confined by the limited views that our family, our society, or our own habitual thoughts impose on us; that life contains many dimensions, depths, textures, and meanings extending far beyond our familiar beliefs and concepts.  John Welwood
  • Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.  Neil Armstrong
  • Think and wonder, wonder and think.  Dr. Seuss 
  • Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I’ve decided, is only a slow sewing shut.  Jodi Picoult
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… to knowledge and wisdom …

  • Wonder is the desire for knowledge.  St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Wisdom begins in wonder.  Socrates
  • Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge.  Abraham Heschel
  • Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, 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
  • Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  Greek proverb
  • Wondering is the seed of genius.  William Mocca
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… and is at the heart of true science … 

  • Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it.  Carl Sagan
  • 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 best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. ‘Who, what, where, why, when and how!’ They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old.  Sylvia Earle
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… and true philosophy

  • Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains. There have been added, however, some grasp of the immensity of things, some purification of emotion by understanding.  Alfred North Whitehead
  • Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.  Bertrand Russell
  • So now you must choose… Are you a child who has not yet become world-weary? Or are you a philosopher who will vow never to become so? To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults. Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable – bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosophers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder.   Jostein Gaarder
  • Philosophy begins in wonder.  Plato
  • It was through the feeling of wonder that people now and at first began to philosophize.  Aristotle
  • Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.  Henry Miller
  • For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.  Plato
  • The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder.  Jostein Gaarder
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Wonder is also at the heart of true spirituality and religion

  • The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.  Henryk Skolimowski
  • Spirituality leaps where science cannot yet follow, because science must always test and measure, and much of reality and human experience is immeasurable.  Miriam Simos
  • There are many sources of spirituality; religion may be the most common, but it is by no means the only. Anything that generates a sense of awe may be a source of spirituality. Science does this in spades.  Michael Shermer
  • Wonder is the basis of worship.  Thomas Carlyle
  • Worship is transcendent wonder.  Thomas Carlyle
  • Religion is an attempt to make sense of what is incomprehensible to us, what is inexplicable, what is awe- inspiring, what is frightening, what moves us to great wonder, and so on. That is the religious impulse, and it is part of our psychological makeup —   of everyone’s psychological makeup.  Philip Pullman
  • If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.  Carl Jung
  • Spirituality is about being awake. It’s the attempt to transcend the mundane, sleepwalking experience of life we all fall into, to tap into the wonder of being a conscious and grateful thing in the midst of an astonishing universe. It doesn’t require religion. Religion can, in fact, and often does, blunt our awareness by substituting false wonders for real ones. It’s a fine joke on ourselves that most of what we call spirituality is actually about putting ourselves to sleep.  Dale McGowan
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Wonder is at the heart of art

  • All great art … creates in the beholder not self-satisfaction but wonder and awe. Its great liberation is to lift us out of ourselves.  Dorothy Thompson
  • The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.  G. K. Chesterton
  • 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 artist speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear…which binds together all humanity  the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.  Joseph Conrad
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Wonder overcomes fear

  • The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.  Richard Bach
  • The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.  Carlos Castaneda
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Wonder is all around us

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The world is full of wonder

  • 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
  • It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.  Rachel Carson
  • We are all connected through this world of wonders that’s more plainly referred to as life. Charlie O’Shields
  • In my travels I found no answers, only wonders. Marty Rubin
  • I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-  beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.  Blade Runner
  • We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.  Carl Sagan
  • To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy–and dull fantasy at that–as the real world is strange and wonderful.  Robert A. Heinlein
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Life is full of wonder

  • Life is a fairy tale. Live it with wonder and amazement.  Welwyn Wilton Katz
  • Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.  Jimmy Carter
  • Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.  Andy Mulcahy
  • Life is too wonderful, too full, too short, and strength too limited to contain its wonder.  Ruth Draper
  • If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.  Ray Bradbury
  • Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of our existence should keep us all in a state of contented dazzlement.  Lewis Thomas
  • We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.  E. Merrill Root
  • When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.  Mary Oliver
  • Life is measured not by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away.
  • Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breath-taking moments.  Michael Vance
  • Self-actualizing people have the wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others.  Abraham Maslow
  • 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
  • If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.  Albert Schweitzer
  • Life holds so many simple blessings, each day bringing its own individual wonder.  John McLeod
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Awaken wonder

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We need a renaissance of wonder

  • We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.  G.K. Chesterton
  • It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.  Rachel Carson
  • We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality.  Carl Sagan
  • The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.  Rachel Carson
  • Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces “nice” people, not heroes.  Peter Kreeft
  • 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
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We need to constantly renew our sense of wonder

  • True and lasting wonder needs to be renewed regularly, even daily.  Otherwise, life’s inevitable formula will be:  Wonderful is followed by wonder-half-full, which is followed by wonder-quarter-full, which quickly becomes wonder- less.  If you want to make your capacity for awe as wide as the sky, you must take preventative action.  Otherwise, you’ll end up as a wonderless wanderer and life will cease to be a joyful adventure.  Edward Hays
  • We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.  E. Merrill Root
  • What is this life if, full of care, we have not time to stand and stare.  W. H. Davies
  • Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.   E. B. White
  • Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy, however stale these experiences may have become to others.  Abraham Maslow
  • Life is routine, and routine is resistance to wonder.   Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Try to put on some wonder-glasses, and attempt to see your “same” world as a whole new world.  Jeffrey Friend
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Awaken wonder by paying close attention …

  • Instructions for life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  Mary Oliver
  • 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
  • The moment one gives a close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world unto itself.  Henry Miller
  • The world is full of wonders and miracles but people take their little hands and cover their eyes and see nothing.  Israel Baal Shem
  • Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.  Betty Smith
  • It takes years for average persons in the nagual’s world to remove themselves from their involvement with themselves and be capable of seeing the wonder of it all.  Florinda Donner
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… without the need to label and conceptualise

  • When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Language, she said, was just our way to explain away the wonder and glory of the world. To deconstruct. To dismiss. She said people can’t deal with how beautiful the world really is. How it can’t be explained and understood.  Chuck Palahniuk
  • Words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.  Jodi Picoult
  • Let go of the need to always name and label
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Awaken wonder by embracing mystery

  • We wake, if ever at all, to mystery.  Annie Dillard
  • The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced.  J.J. Van der Leeuw
  • Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.  Rumi   
  • Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.  Neil Armstrong
  • 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
  • We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.  Albert Einstein
  • 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
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Retain the wonder of a child

  • There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.  Walt Streightiff
  • 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
  • The child lives in the neighbourhood of wonder where innocence keeps mystery playful. Each new event and encounter is all absorbing.  John O’Donohue
  • Enlightenment takes place when one lets his innocence emerge and sees nature and life with a childlike awe and respect. The ‘why’ of a child is repeated over and over, causing questions and the never-ending process of discovery.  Charles DuBack
  • A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-   eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe- inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  Rachel Carson
  • If a child is too keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.  Rachel Carson
  • See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.  Deepak Chopra
  • The universe is celebrating. Let us celebrate with it. A child sees everything as wondrous. Walking the path of beauty means living moment to glorious moment, letting everything be new and exciting again.  As I see beauty, I praise it. Give thanks for it. Fill my mind with it. With practice, I too will see God in a blade of grass and eternity in a grain of sand.  John Kehoe
  • But I should not have to explain to you how important it is for science and simplicity to coexist. One must not fear to be a little child again, when times of wonder are at hand.  Jody Lynn Nye
  • Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.  Ron Wild
  • Never stop being a kid, Richard. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask if you must to protect you from the world but if you let that kid disappear you are grown up and you are dead.  Richard Bach
  • Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool.  Mary Catherine Bateson
  • As children, we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the gifts we beheld. Our thirsty souls could not get enough of the wonders of creation. Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, and stepped away from the banquet of life. The gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive. Instead, we have let wonder go to sleep.  Edward Hays
  • Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.  Eugene Ionesco
  • Children live in a world of dreams and imagination, a world of aliveness… There is a voice of wonder and amazement inside all of us; but we grow to realize we can no longer hear it, and we live in silence. It isn’t that God stopped speaking; it is that our lives became louder.  Mike Yaconelli
  • Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.  Eberhard Arnold
  • The real secret to de-aging our lives is to stress less and enjoy more. Rekindle the spirit of your youth. Regain your sense of wonder in all things. Laugh, explore, and play every chance you get!  Che Garman
  • To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation – is there a worst trade one makes in life?  Robert Brault
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Combine wonder with gratitude

  • I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  G. K. Chesterton
  • Gratitude and wonder are two of the most empowering and healing perspectives. Jonathan H. Ellerby
  • Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.  John Milton
  • The world’s most prominent researcher and writer about gratitude, Robert Emmons, defines gratitude as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life.”  By definition, the practice of gratitude involves a focus on the present moment, on appreciating your life as it is today and what has made it so.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.  Carl Jung
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Combine wonder with an appreciation for the sacred

  • The most beautiful and profound emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical.  Albert Einstein
  • Wonder is the basis of worship.  Thomas Carlyle
  • Rich in the simple worship of the day.  John Keats
  • The highest human purpose is always to reinvent and celebrate the sacred.  N. Scott Momaday
  • 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
  • Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.  Ihab Hassan
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See the wonder of …

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See wonder in the little things

  • Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.  Tierney Gearon
  • If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.  Buddha
  • The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 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 curious eyes of a child –   our own two eyes. All is a miracle.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.  William Blake
  • The warrior of light concentrates on the small miracles of daily life.  Paulo Coelho
  • Invite the Sacred to participate in your joy in little things, as well as in your agony over the great ones.  There are as many miracles to be seen through a microscope as through a telescope.  Start with little things seen through the magnifying glass of wonder, and just as a magnifying glass can focus the sunlight into a burning beam that can set a leaf aflame, so can your focused wonder set you ablaze with insight.  Find the light in each other and just fan it.  Alice O. Howell
  • Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.  Helen Keller
  • Life is in the little things
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See the wonder in each moment

  • In every single moment there is significance. Wonder is sprinkled all around us.  Flavia
  • The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable. Storm Jameson
  • Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.  Walt Whitman
  • Every moment of this strange and lovely life from dawn to dusk, is a miracle. Somewhere, always a rose is opening its petals to the dawn. Somewhere, always, a flower is fading in the dusk.  Beverly Nichols
  • Embrace the present moment with gratefulness and wonder, and you will turn it into whatever you have been waiting for.  Neale Donald Walsch
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See the wonder of nature

  • Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.  Henry David Thoreau
  • If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.  Buddha
  • Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof.  Julie Moir Messervy
  • There is nothing that God hath established in a constant course of nature, and which therefore is done every day, but would seem a Miracle, and exercise our admiration, if it were done but once.  John Donne
  • 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
  • The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.  Henryk Skolimowski
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.  Angelus Silesius
  • Nature seemed to me full of wonders, and I wanted to steep myself in them. Every stone, every plant, every single thing seemed alive and indescribably marvelous.  I immersed myself in nature, crawled, as it were, into the very essence of nature and away from the whole human world.  Carl Jung
  • Go out, go out I beg of you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.  Edna Jaques
  • The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. . . I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side.  The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of people.  I am in love with this world.  John Burroughs
  • The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.  Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • Cherish sunsets, wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth.  Stewart Udall
  • A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky – unbidden – and seems like a thing of wonder.  Susan Orlean
  • 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
  • It’s simple things, like a glowing sunset, the sound of a running stream or the fresh smell in a meadow that cause us to pause and marvel at the wonder of life, to contemplate its meaning and significance. Who can hold an autumn leaf in their hand, or sift the warm white sand on the beach, and not wonder at the Creator of it all?  Wendy Moore
  • Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?   Walt Disney Company
  • Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight.  Daniel Boone  
  • Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.  Richard Paul Evans
  • 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
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See the miracle that is life and the wonder of being alive

  • In Zen even the most mundane objects are things of wonder, and the fact that we are alive is the biggest wonder of all.  D. Fontana
  • You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you can realize that your life is the miracle.  Robert Brault
  • We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.  Ray Bradbury
  • 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.  Albert Einstein
  • To be alive, to able to see, to walk…it’s all a miracle. I have adapted the technique of living life from miracle to miracle.  Arthur Rubinstein
  • 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
  • Imagine for a moment that we are nothing but the product of billions of years of molecules coming together and ratcheting up through natural selection, that we are composed only of highways of fluids and chemicals sliding along roadways within billions of dancing cells, that trillions of synaptic conversations hum in parallel, that this vast egglike fabric of micron-thin circuitry runs algorithms undreamt of in modern science, and that these neural programs give rise to our decision making, loves, desires, fears, and aspirations. To me, that understanding would be a numinous experience, better than anything ever proposed in anyone’s holy text.  David Eagleman
  • Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million of worlds around a million of stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.  Voltaire
  • Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. George Bernard Shaw
  • Everything is extraordinarily clear.  I see the whole landscape before me, I see my hands, my feet, my toes, and I smell the rich river mud.  I feel a sense of tremendous strangeness and wonder at being alive.  Wonder of wonders.  Buddha
  • Life is a miracle and marvel
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See the wonder of the physical body

  • A single cell in the human body is doing about six trillion things per second, and it has to know what every other cell is doing at the same time. The human body can play music, kill germs, make a baby, recite poetry, and monitor the movement of stars all at the same time, because the field of infinite correlation is part of its information field.  Deepak Chopra
  • The human brain is a highly differentiated form through which consciousness enters this dimension. It contains approximately one hundred billion nerve cells (called neurons), about the same number as there are stars in our galaxy.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside stars.  Eckhart Tolle
  • I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form.  Jill Bolte Taylor
  • How can a single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch in diameter contain instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books of 600 pages each?  Eckhart Tolle
  • The body
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See the wonder in you

  • All the wonders you seek are within yourself.  Thomas Browne
  • We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.  Thomas Browne
  • 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.  St. Augustine
  • Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: … The starry skies above me and the moral law within me.  Immanuel Kant
  • Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  E. E. Cummings
  • Every one of us is a wonder. Every one of us has a story.  Kristin Hunter
  • I’m no more a wonder than anyone. And that’s what makes the world magical. Every baby’s a seed of wonder – that gets watered or it doesn’t.  Dean Koontz
  • Is the tulip superior to the rose? Are the mountains more majestic than the sea? Which snowflake is the most magnificent? Is it possible that they are all magnificent – and that, celebrating their magnificence together, they create an awesome display. See the beauty and the wonder of all whose lives you touch. For you are each wondrous indeed, yet no- one more wondrous than another. And you will oneday melt into Oneness, and know then that you form together a single stream.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • Awaken to who you really are
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See the wonder in being able to wonder

  • Those who wonder discover that this in itself is wonder.  M.C. Escher
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.  Angelus Silesius
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Contemplate the wonders of the universe

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See the wonder of the universe and our place in it

  • The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.  Douglas Adams
  • All things of the universe are perfect miracles, each as profound as any.  Walt Whitman
  • The Universe is sacred. You cannot improve it, if you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it.  Lao Tzu
  • Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe.  Albert Einstein
  • The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.  Stanley Kunitz
  • The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.  Eden Philpotts
  • The universe
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See the wonder of immense space and scale

  • Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.  Sir James Jeans
  • To give you an idea of how vast the space is between celestial bodies, consider this: Light traveling at a constant speed of 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second takes just over one second to travel between the earth and the moon; light from the sun takes about eight minutes to reach the earth. Light from our nearest neighbor in space, a star called Proxima Centauri, which is the sun that is closest to our own sun, travels for 4.5 years before it reaches the earth. This is how vast the space is that surrounds us. And then there is the intergalactic space, whose vastness defies all comprehension. Light from the galaxy closest to our own, the Andromeda Galaxy, takes 2.4 million years to reach us. Isn’t it amazing that your body is just as spacious as the universe?  Eckhart Tolle
  • If you could travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) it would still take 100,000 years to cross our galaxy!  Brian Cox
  • For nearly one hundred years we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid – a rock, a tree, your body – is actually 99.999% empty space.  Deepak Chopra
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See the wonder of the stars

  • Its estimated that the number of stars in the universe is greater than the number of grains of sand on all the beaches in the world! On a clear night, we can see the equivalent of a handful of sand.  Brian Cox
  • Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish.  And what a privilege even to be alive.  In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.  Supposing you only saw the stars once every year.  Think what you would think.  The wonder of it!  Tasha Tudor
  • Who among us has never looked up into the heavens on a starlit night, lost in wonder at the vastness of space and the beauty of the stars?  Jeb Bush
  • Walk outside on a clear night and just look up into the sky. You are sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Though you can only see a few thousand stars, there are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. In fact, it is estimated that there are over a trillion stars in the Spiral Galaxy. And that galaxy would look like one star to us if we could even see it. You’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars. From that perspective, do you really care what people think about your clothes or your car? Do you really need to feel embarrassed if you forget someone’s name?  Michael Singer
  • At 13.7 billion years old, 45 billion light years across and filled with 100 billion galaxies – each containing hundreds of billions of stars – the Universe as revealed by modern science is humbling in scale and dazzling in beauty.  Professor Brian Cox
  • All the ingredients required to build the hundreds of billions of galaxies and thousands of trillions of suns were once contained in a volume far smaller than a single atom.  Brian Cox
  • And I leave the children the long, long days to be merry in in a thousand ways, and the Night, and the trail of the Milky Way to wonder at.  Williston Fish
  • Stars
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See the wonder of immense time

  • If the Earth had been around for the equivalent of a day (with the Big Bang kicking it all off at midnight), humans didn’t turn up until 11.59.58 p.m. That means we’ve only been around for the last two seconds.  John C. Parkin
  • Imagine that the earth, 4.6 billion years old, is a 46 year old women. It has taken the whole of the Earth Women’s life for the earth to become what it is today. For the oceans to part. For the mountains to rise. She was 11 when the first single cell organisms appeared. She was 40 when the first animals like worms and jellyfish appeared. She was 45 – just 8 months ago –     when dinosaurs first roamed the earth. The whole of human civilisation as we know it, began only two hours ago in the Earth Women’s life. An awe – inspiring and humbling thought that the whole of contemporary history, the World wars, the man on the moon, science, literature, philosophy, the pursuit of knowledge – is no more than a blink of her eye. Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
  • If you watched a rock your entire life it would never look different. But if you were God and could observe the rock over fifteen billion years as though only a second had passed, the rock would be frantic with activity. It would be shrinking and growing and trading matter with its environment. Its molecules would travel the universe and become a partner to amazing things that we could never imagine.  Scott Adams, God’s Debris
  • A clock is a little machine that shuts us out from the wonder of time.  Susan Glaspell
  • Time
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See the wonder in atoms and less

  • Behind every atom of this world, hides an infinite universe.  Rumi
  • Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?  Victor Hugo
  • For the earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds.  Edgar Cayce
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Science and knowledge can enhance wonder

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Don’t let science diminish your sense of wonder …

  • Our sunsets have been reduced to wavelengths and frequencies. The complexities of the universe have been shredded into mathematical equations. Even our self-worth as human beings has been destroyed.  Dan Brown
  • That’s the whole problem with science. You’ve got a bunch of empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder.  Bill Watterson
  • Spirituality leaps where science cannot yet follow, because science must always test and measure, and much of reality and human experience is immeasurable.  Miriam Simos
  • Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.  Thomas Alva Edison
  • Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.  Louis Orr
  • It doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works.  Terry Pratchett
  • 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
  • Science
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… but rather enhance it

  • The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced.  J.J. Van der Leeuw
  • The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.  Albert Einstein
  • Scientists are Peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity.  Arthur Koestler
  • The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that make life worth living and it does so, if anything, more effectively if it convinces us that the time we have for living is quite finite.  Richard Dawkins
  • Does scientific explanation of the world diminish its spiritual beauty? I think not. Science and spirituality are complementary, not conflicting; additive, not detractive. Anything that generates a sense of awe may be a source of spirituality. Science does this in spades.  Michael Shermer
  • Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There are many sources of spirituality; religion may be the most common, but it is by no means the only. Anything that generates a sense of awe may be a source of spirituality. Science does this in spades.  Michael Shermer
  • Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery.  Richard Powers
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As our knowledge increases, our wonder deepens

  • It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.  Joseph Wood Krutch
  • The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.  Ralph W. Sockman
  • As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.  Charles Morgan
  • The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.  Anaïs Nin
  • It doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works.  Terry Pratchett
  • Knowledge
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On a lighter note

  • Of all the wonders of nature a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.   Woody Allen
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