Wonder-Full Quotes

Here are some favorite quotes and poetry about wonder and life:

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
~ William Blake

“There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” 
~ Betty Smith

“Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.”
~ Tierney Gearon

“…everyone wants to be excited by something magical and wondrous – to be reminded of how they once saw the world …”
~ John Geddes

“Life is a fairy tale. Live it with wonder and amazement.”
~ Welwyn Wilton Katz

“…Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
~ W.B. Yeats

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
~ Albert Einstein

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“Incidentally, the world is magical.
Magic is simply what’s off our human scale… at the moment.”
~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“Most of us forget to take time for wonder, praise and gratitude until it is almost too late. Gratitude is a many-colored quality, reaching in all directions. It goes out for small things and for large; it is a God-ward going.”
~ Faith Baldwin, Many Windows, Seasons of the Heart

“May you see the world with wonder.
And may you imagine only good things.”
~ Charlene Costanzo, The Twelve Gifts for Healing

“To boast wonder takes great courage. Being left speechless with joy is not for the weak. We forget to be surprised by everyday miracles, like toast springing up, the mesmerizing blue in the sky, or even simple friendships. To touch and remember this delicate sense of wonder, we travel. We deliberately let ourselves become tourists to welcome in this unique delight.”
~ Edmond Manning

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
~ Ray Bradbury

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ G.K. Chesterton

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
~ George Santayana

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” 
~ Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.”
~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
~ John Muir

“Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid!”
~ Bill Watterson

 

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