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How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

—Anthony Trollope, 1859

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

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—André Gide, 1926

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

—John Steinbeck, 1941

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

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC

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

—Herman Melville, 1853

Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

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

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

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

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

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

—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976