An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.


Douglas Adams (1952-, British science fiction writer)


Mysteries are due to secrecy.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting.


Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976, German Lutheran theologian)


Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


Mystery is not profoundness.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


You never know what’s just around the corner.


Hayley Foster (American motivational trainer, speaker, coach)

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How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


What am I, Life? A thing of watery salt held in cohesion by unresting cells. Which work they know not why, which never halt, myself unwitting where their Master dwells?


John Masefield (1878-1967, British poet and novelist)


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


Antoine Rivarol (1753-1801, French journalist, epigrammatist)


The mystery of God is enfleshed in unexpected people in unexpected places. Our task: to be open to the mystery and enflesh it in love.


Roger L. Robbennolt


By nature's kindly disposition, most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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