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philosophy arises from awe,
a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths
and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
-- Thomas Aquinas
A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe,
and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
-- Newton D. Baker
must change our lives, so that it will be possible
to live by the contrary assumption that what is
good for the world will be good for us. And that
requires that we make the effort to know the world
and to learn what is good for it. We must learn
to cooperate in its processes, and to yield to
its limits. But even more important, we must learn
to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery;
we will never entirely understand it. We must
abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover
the sense of the majesty of creation, and the
ability to be worshipful in its presence. For
I do not doubt that it is only on the condition
of humility and reverence before the world that
our species will be able to remain in it.
should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and
humility for our present progress and prosperity.
We should be filled with awe and joy at what lies
over the horizon. And we should be filled with
absolute determination to make the most of it.”
when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence
to those who represent us?
William O. Douglas
most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious. It is the source of all true art and
all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt
in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity
has its own reason for existing. 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 every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.”
have never been especially impressed by the heroics
convinced that they are about to change the world.
I am more awed by ... those who ... struggle to make
one small difference after another."
-- Ellen Goodman
possibilities of creative effort connected with the
subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable.
They inspire one with awe.”
-- Napoleon Hill
conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands
but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.
-- William Dean Howells
things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the
moral law within me.
-- Immanuel Kant
our technologies--ones of incalcuable power: earth-restoring,
planet preserving--we can rediscover an intimacy,
a mutuality with the natural world, that is not
primitive (though based in part on fear), but knowing.
It might even be possible to relearn a life of awe.
And inhabit the landscape without violation. With
the least violation."
~ Janet Kauffman
is compassion not part of our established curriculum,
an inherent part of our education? Compassion,
awe, wonder, curiosity, exaltation, humility -
these are the very foundation of any real civilisation,
no longer the prerogatives, the preserves of any
one church, but belonging to everyone, every child
in every school."
bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday
those transcendent moments of awe that change forever
how we experience life and the world.
-- John Milton
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making
the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
the world could remain within a frame like a painting
on the wall,
I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring
in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without
a humble but reasonable confidence in your own
powers you cannot be successful or happy. Formulate
and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture
of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously.
Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to
develop the picture. Do not build obstacles in
your imagination. Do not be awestruck by other
people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you
as efficiently as you can."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
sight that human eyes can look upon is more provocative
than is the night sky scattered thick with stars.
“A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence
of the universe as revealed by modern science,
might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence
and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.”
you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something
wrong with you.
-- Alex Trebek