Wonders

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Wonders are things that causes amazement or awe, or are astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.

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  • He shall have chariots easier than air,
    That I will have invented;… And thyself,
    That art the messenger, shalt ride before him
    On a horse cut out of an entire diamond.
    That shall be made to go with golden wheels,
    I know not how yet.
  • "Never see … a dead post-boy, did you?" inquired Sam…. "No," rejoined Bob, "I never did." "No!" rejoined Sam triumphantly. "Nor never vill; and there's another thing that no man never see, and that's a dead donkey."
  • O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping.
  • Can such things be,
    And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
    Without our special wonder?
  • 'Twas strange, 'twas passing strange;
    'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful.
  • We nothing know, but what is marvellous;
    Yet what is marvellous, we can't believe.
  • Nothing but what astonishes is true.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 897-98.
  • Mira cano; sol occubuit;
    Nox nulla secuta est.
    • Wonders I sing; the sun has set; no night has followed.
    • Burton, quoting from a reference to a phrase of Giraldus Gambrensis, found in Camden, Epigrammes.
  • If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself … that a tiger is an optical illusion—well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive.
  • The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of onder.
  • We were young, we were merry, we were very, very wise,
    And the door stood open at our feast,
    When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
    And a man with his back to the East.
  • Long stood the noble youth oppress'd with awe,
    And stupid at the wondrous things he saw,
    Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law.
  • This wonder lasted nine daies.
    • John Heywood, Proverbs, Part II, Chapter I. Nine days wonder. Roger Ascham, Scholemaster. Title of book by Kemp. Massinger, A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Act IV, scene 2.
  • The things that have been and shall be no more,
    The things that are, and that hereafter shall be,
    The things that might have been, and yet were not,
    The fading twilight of joys departed.
  • Wonder [said Socrates] is very much the affection of a philosopher; for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this.
    • Plato, Theætetus, XXXII. Cary's translation.
  • Pretty! in amber to observe the forms
    Of hairs, of straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!
    The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
    But wonder how the devil they got there.
  • Out of our reach the gods have laid
    Of time to come th' event,
    And laugh to see the fools afraid
    Of what the knaves invent.
  • There's something in a flying horse,
    There's something in a huge balloon.

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