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Quotes of the Day for 4 May 2003 – Wonder

Alice Pleasance Liddell was born at Westminster on this day in 1852, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. She and her sisters had aroused the admiration of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematics lecturer at Oxford who also was a photographer and met the girls while photographing the cathedral. When Dodgson took the girls boating one afternoon in 1862 he sketched a story of Alice and a White Rabbit, which he later wrote out and illustrated as a Christmas present. He published the story, but couldn't risk his reputation by using his own name and attributed it to Lewis Carroll. Shortly before her death she told her son she was "tired of being Alice in Wonderland." I can't blame her for that, but it certainly is noteworthy to have inspired such a work. Here's to Wonder.

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The quotes:

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge.
     - Abraham Joshua Heschel

The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Wonder is not a Pollyanna stance, not a denial of reality; wonder is an acknowledgment of the power of the mind to transform.
     - Christina Baldwin

They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?
     - Jeanette Winterson

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is a wonder.
     - Mauritis Cornelius Escher, 1898 - 1972

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.
     - Stephen Leacock

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