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Wonder

  • If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder ... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

  • 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.

  • He spoke with the innocent wonder of a farmer in whose byre a two-headed cow has been born.

  • The first step on the spiritual path needs to be the cultivation of a lively sense of wonder.

  • When it's over, I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement. / I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

    • Mary Oliver,
    • "When Death Comes," New and Selected Poems ()
  • Wonder is very important, because if we never wondered, we would never get to the point of asking questions. Yet wonder may lead people to write poetry or to paint pictures or to pray, as well as to ask the kinds of questions about the world and themselves that can be answered by science.

  • For the first time in her life she thought, might the same wonders never come again? Was each wonder original and alone like the falling star, and when it fell did it bury itself beyond where you hunted it?

  • ... the beauty is forever there before us, forever piping to us, and we are forever failing to dance. We could not help but dance if we could see things as they really are. Then we should kiss both hands to Fate and fling our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls into life with a glorious abandonment, an extravagant, delighted loyalty, knowing that our wildest enthusiasm cannot more than brush the hem of the real beauty and joy and wonder that are always there.

  • Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.

  • To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

  • How insensitive, inartistic, unscientific, and ungracious it is to take anything for granted!

  • Wonder is music heard in the heart, is voiceless ...

  • The artist's work, it is sometimes said, is to celebrate. But really that is not so; it is to express wonder. And something terrible resides at the heart of wonder. Celebration is social, amenable. Wonder has a chaotic splendor.

  • ... at the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don't understand, you are closer to understanding it all than at any other time.

  • Wonder is a bulky emotion; when it fills the heart and mind there's little room for anything else.

  • ... life doesn't require you to choose between reason and awe, or between clearheaded analysis and a rapturous sense of wonder. A balanced life includes both.

  • Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.