Responding with Wonderment and Awe


Finding the world awesome, mysterious. Being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.

Have fun figuring it out!



“The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious.”

Albert Einstein


“The real mark of the creative person is that the unforeseen problem is a joy and not a curse.”

Norman H. Mackworth


“To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.”

Tyrone Edwards


“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”

Antoine De Saint-Exupery


“Align people’s passions with the priorities and you’ll achieve performance.”

Steve Brown


“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

George Hegel


“A generous and elevated mind is distinguished by nothing more certainly than an eminent degree of curiosity.”

Samuel Johnson


“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”

Denis Diderot


“Be anchored to some ideal, philosophy or cause that keeps you too excited to sleep.”

Brian Koslow


“Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”



“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

Albert Einstein


“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick


“Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.”

Jim Rohn


“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.”

Bob Nelson


“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing…Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something…The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

Norman Vincent Peale


“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”

Samuel Johnson


“To me the desire to create and to have control over your own life, irrespective of the politics of the time or social structures, has always been a part of the human spirit. What I did not fully realize was that work could open the doors to my heart.”

Anita Roddick, Founder/CEO, The Body Shop


“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Charles Kingsley


“Enthusiasm is not something you can eat or drink. It’s something that bubbles up from the depth of your own heart and soul.”

Robert Schuller


“We have to pursue this subject of fun very seriously if we want to stay competitive in the twenty-first century.”

George Yeo


“People do their best work when they are passionately engaged in what they are doing.”

Erie S. Raymond


“Fun is going to enhance interest, because people don’t feel incompetent when they’re having fun.”

Matthew S. Richter


“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

Norman Vincent Peale


“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”

Aldous Huxley, author


“To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.”

Sister Mary Lauretta


“Winning isn’t everything. *Wanting* to win is.”

Catfish Hunter


“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who *have* to dance.”

George Balanchine


“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.  Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.”

Og Mandino


“Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”

Dorothea Brande


“A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.”

Marilyn Vos Savant


“When every physical and mental resources is focused—one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”

Norman Vincent Peale


“Once you do something you love, you never have to work again.”

Willie Hill, student


“Genius is initiative on fire.”

Holbrook Johnson


“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

Steven Jobs


“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”

John Stuart Mills


“Find a way to engage the heart in the problem and you are likely to see the child rise naturally to his own optimal levels of uncertainty, risk and relevance.”

Richard Jones


“A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.”

Henry Hazlitt


“Follow your bliss.  Find where it is and don’t be afraid to follow it.”

Joseph Campbell


“All thinking begins with wondering.”



“Wisdom begins in wonder.”



“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…'”

Isaac Asimov


“I would sooner live in a cottage and wonder at everything than live in a castle and wonder at nothing!”

Joan Winmill Brown, actress


“Practice being excited.”

Bill Foster


“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”

Frank Tibolt, author


“I want to be excited, thrilled, ecstatic about all sorts of things as long as I live.”

Win Couchman, writer and speaker


“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.”



“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.”

Rachel Carson


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso


“You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”

Henry Ford


“Life is enthusiasm, zest.”

Sir Laurence Olivier


“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.”

Willa Cather


“My work, which I’ve done for a long time, was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more than in most other men.”

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, renowned biologist


“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

Albert Einstein


“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss philosopher and poet


“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.”

Antoine Rivarol


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons 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 to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

Albert Einstein


“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead t o something else.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?”



“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.”

E. Merrill Root


“Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.”

Claude Helvetius


“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

Dale Carnegie


“Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.”

Paul Goodman, author and poet


“We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure.”

Carl Sagan


“Wonder is what sets us apart from other life forms. No other species wonders about the meaning  of existence or the complexity of the universe or themselves.”

Herbert W. Boyer


“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”

Gerry Spence, author


“Sometimes success is due less to ability than to zeal.”

Charles Buxton


“The world belongs to the energetic.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

Charles M. Schwab


“Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.”

Henry Chester


“I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious.”

Albert Einstein


“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Saint Augustine


“We are all naturally seekers of wonders.  We travel far to see the majesty of old ruins, the venerable forms of the hoary mountains, great waterfalls, and galleries of art.  And yet the world’s wonder is all around us; the wonder of setting suns, and evening stars, of the magic spring-time, the blossoming of the trees, the strange transformations of the moth…”

Albert Pike, writer


“A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope.”

Howard Thurman, US educator and theologian.


“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Walt Disney


“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt


“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.”

Ralph W. Sockman, minister


“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.  What a man can be, he must be.”

Abraham Maslow


“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them–a desire, a dream, a vision.”

Muhammed Ali


“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

Aaron Rose, artist and writer


“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


“Optimal experience is that rare occasion when we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyhi, Flow


“If you’re dedicated, if it’s something that lives and breathes in your heart, then you’ve simply got to go ahead and do it.”

Rodney Crowell, singer and songwriter


“If you aren’t hired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

Vince Lombardi


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman


“In the next twenty centuries…humanity may begin to understand its most baffling mystery—where are we going? The earth is, in fact, traveling many thousands of miles per hour in the direction of the constellation Hercules—to some unknown destination in the cosmos. Man must understand his universe in order to understand his destiny.

Mystery, however, is a very necessary ingredient in our lives…Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis for man’s desire to understand. Who knows what mysteries will be solved in our lifetime, and what new riddles will become the challenge of the new generation? Science has not mastered prophesy. We predict too much for the next year yet far too little for the next ten. Responding to challenges is one of democracy’s great strengths. Our successes in space can be sued in the next decade in the solution of many of our planet’s problems.”

Neil Armstrong


“Without awe life becomes routine…try to be surprised by something every day. Try to surprise at least one person every day.”

Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi


“Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.”

Conrad Hilton


“Enthusiasm moves the world.”

Arthur James Balfour, former British prime minister


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

Rachel Louise Carson, writer and ecologist


“There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.”

Charles Baudelaire, French poet


“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

H.G. Wells


“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stop and stare?”

W.H. Davies, Welsh poet and writer


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Jawaharlal Nehru


“Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-American rabbi


“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen.”

Eden Phillpotts


“All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child.”

Marie Curie


“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder,

spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

e.e. cummings


“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world would be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote to the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.”

Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder


“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”

Ray Bradbury


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