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Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

—Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

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

New things are always ugly.

—Willa Cather, 1921

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

—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

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

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

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

—Edith Wharton, 1924

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

—Herman Melville, 1853

How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

—Anthony Trollope, 1859

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

What one man can invent another can discover.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

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

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976