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

—Francis Bacon, 1605

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

—Anthony Trollope, 1859

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

—Herman Melville, 1853

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

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

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

—André Gide, 1926

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

—Edith Wharton, 1924

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

—Miguel de Unamuno, 1913

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942