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The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

—Albert Einstein, 1936

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

—Francis Bacon, 1605

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

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

—Miguel de Unamuno, 1913

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

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

—John Steinbeck, 1941

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

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC