emotional state experienced as the result of an unexpected event

Wonder is an emotion comparable to surprise that people feel when perceiving something rare, unexpected, or puzzling to their conceptions.

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. ~ Anais Nin

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  • Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
  • That kind of deep attention that we pay as children is something that I cherish, that I think we all can cherish and reclaim, because attention is that doorway to gratitude, the doorway to wonder, the doorway to reciprocity. And it worries me greatly that today’s children can recognize 100 corporate logos and fewer than 10 plants.
  • The core and the surface
    Are essentially the same
    Words making them seem different
    Only to express appearance.
    If name be needed, wonder names them both:
    From wonder into wonder existence opens.
  • The Piglet was sitting on the ground at the door of his house blowing happily at a dandelion, and wondering whether it would be this year, next year, sometime or never, and was trying to remember what it was, and hoping it wasn't anything nice...
  • Wonder is not a disease. Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.
    • Alan Watts, in "The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" (1966).
  • When we affirm that philosophy begins with wonder, we are affirming in effect that sentiment is prior to reason.
  • Philosophy is the product of wonder. The effort after the general characterization of the world around us is the romance of human thought.
  • Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
  • Man has to awaken to wonder — and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
    • Ludwig Wittgenstein, notes from 1930, in Culture and Value (1984), translated by Peter Winch, p. 5.

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