Sense Of Wonder Quotes

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Arthur C. Clarke
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
Arthur C. Clarke

Marcus Aurelius
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Carl Sagan
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Carl Sagan
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Anaïs Nin
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
Anais Nin

Jim Jarmusch
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Ray Bradbury
“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”
Ray Bradbury

Yukio Mishima
“Dreams, memories, the sacred--they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.”
Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow

China Miéville
“Loads of children read books about dinosaurs, underwater monsters, dragons, witches, aliens, and robots. Essentially, the people who read SF, fantasy and horror haven't grown out of enjoying the strange and weird.”
China Miéville

Carl Sagan
“The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.”
Carl Sagan

Roger Zelazny
“I watched the spinning stars, grateful, sad and proud, as only a man who has outlived his destiny and realizes he might yet forge himself another, can be.”
Roger Zelazny, Isle of the Dead

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
Walt Streightiff

Octavia E. Butler
“There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”
Octavia E. Butler

Margaret Atwood
“But how can you have a sense of wonder if you’re prepared for everything?”
Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Sebastian Marincolo
“A marijuana high can enhance core human mental abilities. It can help you to focus, to remember, to see new patterns, to imagine, to be creative, to introspect, to empathically understand others, and to come to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing you have lost your sense of wonder. Which, by the way, is something a high can bring back, too.”
Sebastian Marincolo

John Mark Green
“Out of the void and vastness of the cosmos, life emerges; audacious, improbable. You and I are here. No other miracle is needed.”
John Mark Green

Oliver Markus
“God is Santa Claus for Grown-Ups.”
Oliver Markus, Oliver's Strange Journey: Collector's Edition

“The page is to the story as the seed is to the flower.”
Bankei Yotaku

Stefan Emunds
“Spirituality is the realization of the totality of our being.”
Stefan Emunds, A Modern Crash Course in Spirituality

Debasish Mridha
“Innovation is a man made change that we see with a sense of wonder.”
Debasish Mridha

Stefan Emunds
“The universe is a gigantic amusement park in which we can have a ride or two.”
Stefan Emunds, A Modern Crash Course in Spirituality

Stefan Emunds
“People are a soul-ego-spacesuit.”
Stefan Emunds, A Modern Crash Course in Spirituality

James Halat
“The stars are out tonight. All of them.”
James Halat, The Story of Teddy and Eddie

Stefan Emunds
“Spirituality wants to know and experience higher states of mind and being. It wants to wrestle with angels and look the Creator in the eye.”
Stefan Emunds, A Modern Crash Course in Spirituality

Stefan Emunds
“Spirituality is 80% attitude and 20% knowledge.”
Stefan Emunds, A Modern Crash Course in Spirituality

Colin McAdam
“She has always said that talking makes everyone feel better. He says talking is the equivalent of grooming. The tongue and fingers are governed by the same parts of the brain. He marvels at how close they can be some nights on the phone and how words really are the equal of touch. Bakelite pressed hard against his ear.

She says it's not just the freedom from him and from their daughter. I feel some sort of opening. I saw things so clearly today.

He thinks about the solitary figure in every religion, the monks, saints and shamans in every tradition who walk out into wilderness on their own and find revelation.

It's what solitude does to a social animal he says.

People talk of recognizing something greater than themselves when they're alone because we finally have to realize how helpless we are as individuals. There's a freedom, a sense of wonder in feeling for a moment that we don't have to please anyone or adjust to the needs of others. And there's a fear in realizing how small we are, how much those distant others normally insulate us from seeing the limits of our mostly incompetent bodies. When we're on our own we seek solutions and speculate and fictionalize because that's what we do when we're confronted with survival. That's revelation.

Maybe she says, I'm just saying I'd like to eat less meat. We could have fish.”
Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth

Stefan Emunds
“As I stumbled into confusion about what was real and what was not, the strangest thing happened: The world disintegrated. Reality collapsed, or my perception of it. It ripped apart like a dry skin under pressure, giving way to something I can only describe as ineffable dimensions, depths upon depths.”
Stefan Emunds, The Priest Whisperer

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