The Constitution of Wonder

15 December 2020 | Wonderfruit

We feel what wonder is when we are struck by it. We might be transfixed by the sight of wild elephants roaming in the savannah, stirred by the sun setting among the mountains, moved by witnessing the birth of a newborn into the world, or spellbound looking into the eyes of a lover. This sense of wonder can also be found in the smaller things of life. It opens our minds, acts as a portal into timeless eternity, and invites joy into our hearts. 


We hope this tapestry of wonder will seep into your souls.   


“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
– Socrates, Greek Philosopher


“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
– Jesus Christ, “Son of God”


“Nature is something outside your body but the mind is within us.”
– Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand


“Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.”
– Joseph Campbell, Mythologist


“Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. While there is life, there is hope.”
– Stephen Hawking, Scientist

“Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning. Questioners sooner or later end up in a library. Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures, because scriptures are full of answers. And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.”
– Osho, Indian Mystic and Teacher


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


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein, Scientist


“I was snow. You melted me. The soil drank me. Mist of the spirit, I drift up to the sun.”
– Rumi, Sufi Poet and Teacher


“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
– David Attenborough, Naturalist


“Do not let your thoughts wander here and there, but let them find their joy only in eternity.”
– Hadewijch, 13th Century Poet and Mystic 


“I realized that the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft, the molecules in the body of my partners, were prototyped and manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness. It wasn’t them and us, it was—that’s me, that’s all of it, it’s one thing.”
– Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”
– Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet and Mystic


“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement… 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 be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”
– Rachel Carson, Writer and Ecologist


“The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the cosmos stir us – there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
– Carl Sagan, Planetary Scientist and Cosmologist


“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
– Gerry Spence, Lawyer and Writer