Quotes for
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Wonder



  
Those who wonder discover
that this in itself is wonder.

M.C. Escher

   

We are here to feel, wonder and gaze in awe at the world.  Instead of just teaching our children how to use things and do things, I suggest we nourish their sense of wonder.       -Bernie Siegel

   

They say that every snowflake is different.  If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees?  How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?       -Jeanette Winterson

   
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.       -the Buddha
   

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

   
Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.       -Abraham Joshua Heschel
    
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

  
I am mentally preparing myself for the five-year-old mind.  I want to come down to their physical limitations and up to their sense of wonder and awe.       -Shinichi Suzuki
   
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
   
The world is full of wonders and miracles but people take their little hands and cover their eyes and see nothing.       -Israel Baal Shem
   
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
   
It's been said that to wonder is to begin to understand.  Wonder most definitely creates possibilities!  Where's your sense of wonder?  Have you gotten so bogged down in the minute-to minute "stuff" that  life has become dull?  Bring forth your curious, creative, sense of wonder  and dust if off -- lighten up and wonder about everything!  We are all amazing and awesome beings and our world is extraordinary even when days may be dark.  A sense of wonder reminds of just how vast the unknown is and how much we have to learn each day.        -Beth Burns
   
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge.       -Abraham Heschel
    
We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.        -Thomas Browne
    
There once was a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things.  He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion.  These two used to wonder all day long.  They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God who made the lovely world.        -Charles Dickens
   
The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity.        -Albert Einstein
   
Every time I jog through the world, I am awed by what I find.  On a winter morning, when it seems too cold and slippery for safe jogging or bicycling, I can still go out and experience the glory of sunlight turning icy branches into strings of sparkling diamonds.        -Bernie Siegel
    
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of the human being's desire to understand.      -Neil Armstrong
    
It was through the feeling of wonder that people now and at first began to philosophize.      -Aristotle
   
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

      

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 as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.       -Rachel Carson
   
The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.       -John Garrett
   

   
Be aware of wonder.  Live a balanced life-- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.      -Robert Fulghum
   
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
   
The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.       -G.K. Chesterton
   
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
    
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
    
One of my fondest memories from childhood is of looking at a globe with my father.  "What's the biggest country?" he'd ask me and my sister.  We'd spin the globe around and guess. . . . The globe brought me a sense of wonder and adventure.  I wanted to go to those other places and see how people did things differently.  And, many years later, when I did visit other countries, I took my father's interest and fascination with me.  When we plant the seeds of fascination and respect for other people, we are teaching tolerance and peace.         -Charlotte Davis Kasl
   

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I would sooner live in a cottage and wonder at everything than live in a castle and wonder at nothing.     -Joan Winmill Brown
  
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.  The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world.  I hardly know which feeling leads, wonderment or admiration.     -John Burroughs
  
The Highest to which people can attain is wonder; and if the prime phenomenon makes them wonder, let them be content; nothing higher can it give them, and nothing further should they seek for behind it; there is the limit.     -Alan Watts, The Book
  
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder.  The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.     -Ralph W. Sockman
  
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
  
If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.     -Ray Bradbury
  
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life:  overcome fear, behold wonder.     -Richard Bach
  
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.     -Walt Streightiff
  
The more I wonder, the more I love.     -Alice Walker
  
Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul.     -D.H. Lawrence
   

  
When we are aware that each moment of each day, each gesture and step we take, is truly mystical and full of wonder, we will live our lives with greater thought and care.  We will also have greater respect and appreciation for the lives of others.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
   
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.  There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree,  the trembling of a leaf.    -Albert Schweitzer
  

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