If it is exciting to probe the unknown and shed light on what was dark before, then more and more excitement surely lies ahead of us.
The Universe The Edge of the Universe (p. 302)
Huxley, Thomas H.
The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.
In Francis Darwin (ed.) The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin Volume 1
On the Reception of the Origin of Species
Lindberg, Charles H.
Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or in time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes.
Autobiography of Values Chapter 15 (p. 402)
No man has seen it; nor the lensed eye
That pin-points week by week the same patch of sky
Records even a blur across its pupil; only
The errontry of Saturn, the wry
Retarding of Uranus, speak
Of the pull beyond the pattern:—
The unknown is shown
Only by a bend in the known.
In Neil Curry (ed.) Norman Nicholson Collected Works The Undiscovered Planet
To trace something unknown back to something known is alleviating, soothing, gratifying and gives moreover a feeling of power, Danger, disquiet, anxiety attend the unknown—the first instinct is to eliminate these distressing states. First principle: any explanation is better than none...
In Alexander Tille (ed.) The Works of Friedrich Nietzsche Volume XI Twilight of the Idols The Four Great Errors Section 5 (p. 138)
To science the unknown is a problem full of interest and promise; in fact science derives its sustenance from the unknown; all the good things have come from that inexhaustible realm.
The Atlantic Monthly Faither in Science (p. 28) Volume 187, Number 1, January 1951
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