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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

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

—Francis Bacon, 1605

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

—Herman Melville, 1853

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

—Albert Einstein, 1936

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

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

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

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

—André Gide, 1926

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