Appearances are a glimpse of the obscure.

- Anaxagoras, c. 450 BC

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

- Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

- Edith Wharton, 1924

How gloriously legible are the constellations of the heavens!

- Anthony Trollope, 1859

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable desire to seek the truth.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 BC

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. 

- Zora Neale Hurston, 1942

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.

- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

What one man can invent another can discover.

- Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.

- Susanne K. Langer, 1942

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

- Francis Bacon, 1605

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

- André Gide, 1926

What one man can invent another can discover.

- Arthur Conan Doyle, 1905

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

- Karl Kraus, 1909

The atavistic urge toward danger persists and its satisfaction is called adventure.

- John Steinbeck, 1941

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

- Miguel de Unamuno, 1913

New things are always ugly.

- Willa Cather, 1921

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

- Albert Einstein, 1936

I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts.

- Herman Melville, 1853

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.

- Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

When they shout “Long live progress,” always ask, “Progress of what?”

- Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

- G.K. Chesterton, 1911

The unknown is the largest need of the intellect.

- Emily Dickinson, 1876

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

- James Joyce, 1922