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only wonder understands

Concepts create idols, only wonder understands.

- Gregory of Nyssa
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necessary angel of earth

Yet I am the necessary angel of earth, 
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again.

- Wallace Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose (New York: Library of America, 1997), p. 423.

steady radiance

God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.

- Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

new way of looking

One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.

- Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

thin place

"Ah! Iona is a very thin place...There's very little between Iona and the Lord!"

- A Scottish gardener to Evelyn Underhill, Collected Papers of Evelyn Underhill, ed. Lucy Menzies (London: Longmans, 1946), p. 196