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Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible. - Eugene Ionesco

In extraordinary events ignorance of their causes produces astonishment. [La., Causarum ignoratio in re nova mirationem facit] - Cicero [Marcus Tullius Cicero]

I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part. - Nadia Boulanger

Astonishment is the root of philosophy. - Paul Johannes Tillich

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess. - Margaret Mead

The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope. - Max Lerner

Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life. - Marcus Aurelius

Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man. - Charles Caleb Colton