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

—John Steinbeck, 1941

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

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

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

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

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—James Joyce, 1922

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

—Miguel de Unamuno, 1913