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How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

—Anthony Trollope, 1859

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

—Edith Wharton, 1924

I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts.

—Herman Melville, 1853

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

—James Joyce, 1922

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

When they shout “Long live progress,” always ask, “Progress of what?”

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

The atavistic urge toward danger persists and its satisfaction is called adventure.

—John Steinbeck, 1941

Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

—Francis Bacon, 1605