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

—Francis Bacon, 1605

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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

—Albert Einstein, 1936

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

—André Gide, 1926

Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. 

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable desire to seek the truth.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC

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

—John Steinbeck, 1941

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

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

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

—James Joyce, 1922