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Wonder Definition: Wonder is a sense of how grand and marvelous life is, both our own small lives and the vast and intricate web of being in which we exist.


Wonder can be evoked by rituals or spiritual practices, by natural beauty, by scientific inquiry, or, if we are attentive, by day-to-day living. In each of these it is intimately related to a sense of the sacred. We find ourselves wanting to honor, celebrate, preserve or protect that which we have glimpsed. Sometimes we relish a quiet, secret sense of delight; often we want to share the experience with others.

We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years. – Mark Twain

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“Science kills credulity and superstition but to the well-balanced mind it enhances the feeling of wonder, of veneration, and of kinship which we feel in the presence of the marvelous universe.” ~ John Burroughs (Accepting the Universe)

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“Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star”
~ Joni Mitchell (Circle Game)

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“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 Carson (Rachel Carson: Legacy & Challenge)

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!”
~ Jane Taylor (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

“Wonder I’m with you in suggesting that we integrate our spirituality through symbols, myths, dreams and stories, instead of fixed certainties. For me the problem with fixed certainties is that they become so fixed they’re no longer certain (if not certainly wrong). I also believe that spirituality is full of mystery and paradox, which gives me an opportunity to engage in play.” – George Polley



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