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the unknown Quotes

34 of the best book quotes about the unknown
  1. #1
    “I could not tell which part I craved and which I feared, and I kept seeing the inside of nautilus shells and other naturally occurring patterns balanced against a sudden leap off a cliff into the unknown.”
  2. #2
    “The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.”
  3. #3
    “And for once, Donald Rumsfeld, in the news at the time over the Iraq war made sense to me: “As we know,” he said, famously, “there are known knowns-things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns-things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns- things we don’t know we don’t know.”
  4. #4
    “Centuries ago migration was a leap into the unknown. It was an enormous intellectual and emotional commitment.”
  5. #5
  6. #6
    “The name Manzanar meant nothing to us when we left Boyle Heights. We didn’t know where it was or what it was. We went because the government ordered us to.”
  7. #7
    “Moving under what appeared to be government protection, to an area less directly threatened by the war seemed not such a bad idea at all. For some it actually sounded like a fine adventure.”
  8. #8
    “Salva made up his mind. He would walk south, to Kenya. He did not know what he would find once he got there, but it seemed to be his best choice.”
  9. #9
    “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
  10. #10
    “Don’t question me! The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too.”
  11. #11
    “I don’t know what I don’t see, what I don’t fear!”
  1. #12
    “Miles and Flora saw more — things terrible and unguessable.”
  2. #13
    “God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
    then walks with us silently out of the night.”
  3. #14
    “He packed up his things and raced out of the station. He was hungry and tired and had no idea where he would go.”
  4. #15
    “All of us . . . are engaged in a war already, although not all of us know it.”
  5. #16
    “You’re playing with Pandora’s box. Sometimes it’s better not to open it. Sometimes, it’s better not to know.”
  6. #17
    “The tears that finally streamed from her eyes were tears not of mourning but of relief, and tears for the dark unknown that lay ahead of her.”
  7. #18
    “Much of the Wild had been lost, so that to them the Wild was the unknown, the terrible, the ever menacing and ever warring. But to him, in appearance and action and impulse, still clung the Wild.”
  8. #19
    “When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.”
  9. #20
    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  10. #21
    “None knows what the new day shall bring him.”
  11. #22
    “Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,” said the Rat. “And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all.”

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  1. #23
    “Today, to him gazing south with a new-born need stirring in his heart, the clear sky over their long low outline seemed to pulsate with promise; today, the unseen was everything. The unknown, the only real fact of life.”
  2. #24
    “I sat, staring at a photo of Lucy and me from medical school, dancing and laughing; it was so sad, those two, planning a life together, unaware, never suspecting their own fragility.”
  3. #25
    “No one up in heaven could have made it up; the care a child took with an adult. ”
  4. #26
    ″You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything...affects everything.”
  5. #27
    “The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge of safety, for himself or for others,” said Aragorn. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”
  6. #28
    “At that stage of my youth, death remained as abstract a concept as non-Euclidean geometry or marriage. I didn’t yet appreciate its terrible finality or the havoc it could wreak on those who’d entrusted the deceased with their hearts.”
  7. #29
    “But if we’d told you then, you might not have gone.”
  8. #30
    “Medical training is relentlessly future-oriented, all about delayed gratification; you’re always thinking about what you’ll be doing five years down the line. But now I don’t know what I’ll be doing five years down the line. I may be dead. I may not be. I may be healthy. I may be writing. I don’t know. And so it’s not all that useful to spend time thinking about the future—that is, beyond lunch.”
  9. #31
    “When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla.”
  10. #32
    “Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.”
  11. #33
    “The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of this society to a zone unknown.”
  12. #34
    “It’s best not to know your fate beforehand; you’ll live happier if you don’t.”
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