A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on wisdom and mystery

The most effective way to live is as a warrior. A warrior may worry and think before making any decision, but once he makes it, he goes his way, free from worries or thoughts; there will be a million other decisions still awaiting him. That’s the warrior’s way.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Separate Reality

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A Quote by Richard Phillips Feynman on science, beauty, mystery, and wonder

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars— mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is 'mere'. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination— stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern— of which I am a part... What is the pattern or the meaning or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: Feynman Lectures on Physics, footnote

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on mystery and soul

In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Four Quartets

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A Quote by Starhawk on mystery, travel, perception, spirituality, and women

The terrain of the mysteries is the ordinary.  To seek out mystery, we don't have to go anywhere.  We must simply change our preception, our description, our consciousness of where we are.


Source: Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery, Pages: 20

Contributed by: Lindsay

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on love, mystery, and dreams

When you know that language, it's easy to believe that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city… without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Annie Dillard on mystery, holiness, and consciousness

We live in all we seek.  The hidden shows up in too-plain sight.  It lives captive on the face of the obvious - the people, events, and things of the day - to which we as sophisticated children have long since become oblivious.  What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff like color.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: For the Time Being (Vintage), Pages: 172

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A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on mystery, secrets, understanding, and world

The world is incomprehensible. We won't ever understand it; we won't ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: A Separate Reality

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on action and mystery

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Radio Broadcast, October, 1939

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Wordsworth on mystery and world

That blessed mood, In which the burden of the mystery, In which the heavy and the weary weight Of all this unintelligible world, Is lightened.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Lines completed a few miles above Tintern Abbey.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William George Jordan on happiness, love, mystery, pain, sorrow, suffering, sympathy, and time

True happiness must have the tinge of sorrow outlived, the sense of pain softened by the mellowing years, the chastening of loss that in the wondrous mystery of time transmutes our suffering into love and sympathy with others.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 62

Contributed by: Zaady

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