Selected Quotes about Discovery

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. -- Diane Ackerman

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. -- Douglas Adams

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. -- Ansel Adams

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens. -- Ethel Barrymore

Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool. -- Mary Catherine Bateson

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the co-operation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. -- Alexander Graham Bell

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. -- Daniel J. Boorstin

Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. -- Jorge Luis Borges

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for? -- Robert Browning

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. -- TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made. -- Richard Feynman

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. -- Galileo Galilei

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. -- Andre Gide

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. -- Frank Herbert

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. -- James Joyce

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. -- Helen Keller

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. -- Jack Kerouac

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. -- Arthur Koestler

The essence of living is discovering. Indeed, it is the joy of discovery that makes life worth the effort. -- Vijay Krishna

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us. -- Thomas Merton

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -- A. A. Milne

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. -- Isaac Newton

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent. -- Isaac Newton

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. -- Sir Isaac Newton

What Des-Cartes did was a good step. You have added much several ways, & especially in taking ye colours of thin plates into philosophical consideration. If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants. -- Sir Isaac Newton

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -- Marcel Proust

I invent nothing, I rediscover. -- Auguste Rodin

When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it. -- Carl Sagan

Why seek to scale Mount Everest, Queen of the Air, Why strive to crown that cruel crest And deathward dare? Said Mallory of dauntless quest 'Because it's there.' -- Robert William Service

He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. -- Samuel Smiles

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. -- Ralph W. Sockman

Where would we be if throughout history, our greatest minds had feared that which they could not confirm? Embrace the unknown with caution, but not with fear. -- Karyn Somerfield

A human being is only interesting if he's in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it. -- Barbra Streisand

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The moment we fully and vitally realise who and what we are, we then begin to build our own World even as God builds his. -- Ralph Waldo Trine

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