C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Wonder is involuntary praise.


O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.


Wonder is prophetic.

Charles H. Parkhurst.

All wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.


It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.


A wonder lasts but nine days, and then the puppy’s eyes are open.


  • ’Twas strange, ’twas passing strange;
  • ’Twas pitiful, ’twas wondrous pitiful.
  • Shakespeare.

    Stones have been known to move and trees to speak.


    At last fell humbly down upon his knees, and of his wonder made religion.


  • There’s something in a flying horse,
  • There’s something in a huge balloon.
  • Wordsworth.

    No wonder is greater than any other wonder, and if once explained ceases to be a wonder.

    Leigh Hunt.

  • I saw a flie within a beade
  • Of amber cleanly buried.
  • Herrick.

    And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head should carry all he knew.


    That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what is unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual.


  • Can such things be,
  • And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,
  • Without our special wonder?
  • Shakespeare.

  • They spake not a word;
  • But like dumb statues or breathless stones,
  • Star’d on each other, and look’d deadly pale.
  • Shakespeare.

    Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discovery, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.


  • Pretty! in amber to observe the forms
  • Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!
  • The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
  • But wonder how the devil they got there.
  • Pope.