A Quote by Joseph Addison on wonder


Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Jose Ortega y Gasset on understanding and wonder

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883 - 1955)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on men and wonder


I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on inventions, kiss, and wonder

Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing!

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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A Quote by John Muir on church, enthusiasm, god, life, music, silence, songs, wonder, and worship

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Source: Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple

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A Quote by John Milton on beginning, birds, charm, day, earth, gloom, inferiority, influence, kiss, needs, peace, shame, wonder, world, and elightenment

But peaceful was the night Wherein the Prince of Light His reign of peace upon the earth began. The winds with wonder whist, Smoothly the waters kiss, Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,- Who now hath quite forgot to rave, While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed wave. The stars, with deep amaze, Stand fixed in steadfast gaze, Bending one way their precious influence; And will not take their flight, For all the morning light, Or Lucifer that often warmed them thence; But in their glimmering orbs did glow, Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid them go. And, though the shady gloom Had given day her room, The sun himself withheld his wonted speed, And hid his head for shame, As his inferior flame The new-enlightened world no more should need: He saw a greater Sun appear Than his bright throne or burning axeltree could bear.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: The Peaceful Night

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A Quote by John M. Richardson, Jr. on future, people, and wonder

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.

John M. Richardson

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A Quote by John Keats on birth, electricity, heroism, nature, pity, and wonder

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (May 1819)

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A Quote by John Heywood on wonder


This wonder (as wonders last) lasted nine daies.

John Heywood (1497? - 1580)

Source: Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. i. 1546

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A Quote by John Dryden on fate, life, time, and wonder

Of no distemper, of no blast he died, But fell like autumn fruit that mellow'd long,- Even wonder'd at, because he dropp'd no sooner. Fate seem'd to wind him up for fourscore years, Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more; Till like a clock worn out with eating time, The wheels of weary life at last stood still.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Source: Oedipus. Act iv. Sc. 1.

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