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Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

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

—Francis Bacon, 1605

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

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

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

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

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

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

—James Joyce, 1922