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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1911

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

—Albert Einstein, 1936

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

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

—Emily Dickinson, 1876

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

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

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 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

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

—Edith Wharton, 1924

How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

—Anthony Trollope, 1859

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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976