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You can wonder at an ant carrying a leaf many times its size or you can wonder what you might have for dinner. Wonder in its more enlightened form allows us to marvel at the world and see the many things within it which others have created and where we can create still more.

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attention, children*, curiosity, enjoyment, enthusiasm, illumination, inspiration, love, passion, seeing*, self, surprise, understanding


‘Wonder and despair are two sides of a spinning coin. When you open yourself to one, you open yourself to the other. You discover a capacity for joy that wasn’t in you before. Wonder is the promise of restoration: as deeply as you dive, so may you rise.’

Christina Baldwin

‘The world will never starve for wonders; but only for want of wonder.’

G. K. Chesterton

‘The fool wonders, the wise man asks.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.’

Albert Einstein

‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’

Albert Einstein

‘The most beautiful experience is the mysterious. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed.’

Albert Einstein

‘Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.’

M. C. Escher

‘I wonder why. I wonder why. I wonder why I wonder.’

Richard P. Feynman

‘The world is wonderful and beautiful and good beyond one's wildest imagination.’

D. H. Lawrence

‘Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.’

Margaret Mead

‘Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in wonder.’


‘For I dip’t into the future
Far as the human eye could see,
Saw the vision of the world
And all the wonder that could be.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson



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