Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the surface of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
– Annie Dillard
The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
– Madame de Stael
If you are lucky and work very hard, you may someday get to experience freedom from the known.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
– Mark Twain
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
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
Humanism is the creed of those who believe that in the circle of enwrapping mystery, men’s fates are in their own hands, a faith that for modern man is becoming the only possible faith.
– John Galsworthy
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
– Frank Herbert
Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
– Dorothy Thompson
– Robert Frost