quotations about mystery
Most mysteries are soluble in time.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.
RAY BRADBURY, When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
There is always a pleasure in unravelling a mystery, in catching at the gossamer clue which will guide to certainty.
ELIZABETH GASKELL, Mary Barton
There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.
BRAM STOKER, Dracula
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, "Old Man's Advice to Youth", Life Magazine, May 2, 1955
I'm for mystery, not interpretive answers.... The answer is never the answer.
KEN KESEY, "The Art of Fiction", The Paris Review, spring 1994
Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
CARL SAGAN, Cosmos
I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.
RICHARD FEYNMAN, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
The Mysteries are gateways, thresholds between this world and the Otherworld, the meeting place of gods and people.
CAITLIN & JOHN MATTHEWS, Walkers Between the Worlds: The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus
There is no mystery whatever -- only inability to perceive the obvious.
WEI WU WEI, All Else Is Bondage: Non-Volitional Living
It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.
THOMAS MOORE, Care of the Soul
As soon as the mysterious is stood alongside the familiar details of the world and compared with this or that thing, we immediately lose it. To lock it into concepts, to circumscribe it with adjectives, is a wishful attempt to bring it into the range of calculation.
STEPHEN BATCHELOR, The Faith to Doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty
One may say "the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."
ALBERT EINSTEIN, "Physics and Reality", 1936
The essential mystery of being human is always going to engage and compel us. We’re involved in a mystery.
EDWARD HIRSCH, interview, 2007
Mystery is the basic appeal of magic. Once the secrets are known, the magician becomes a mere manipulator, an actor in a suspense drama which has little impact because the audience knows the ending in advance.
MILBOURNE CHRISTOPHER, Magic: A Picture History
Mystery magnifies danger as the fog the Sun.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
It is Mystery -- the mystery any one man or woman can feel but not understand as the meaning of any event -- or accident -- in any life on earth ... [that] I want to realize in the theatre. The solution, if there ever be any, will probably have to be produced in a test tube and turn out to be discouragingly undramatic.
We injure mysteries, which are matters of faith by any attempt at explanation in order to make them matters of reason.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
The more mysterious, the more imperfect; as darkness is, in comparison with light--so is mystery, in comparison with knowledge.
BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms
All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.
ANAIS NIN, Under a Glass Bell