On Being Surprised and Amazed

Sunday, November 16, 2008 – On Being Surprised and Amazed

 

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Go and surprise the whole country by doing something right. ~ Mark Twain

 

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him. ~ Charles De Gaulle

 

The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

 

The future is bound to surprise us, but we don’t have to be dumbfounded. ~ Kenneth Boulding

 

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were. ~ John F. Kennedy

 

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. ~ Alice Walker

 

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. ~ Boris Pasternak

 

Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. ~ Florence Nightingale

 

Which death is preferably to every other? The unexpected. ~ Julius Caesar

 

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. ~ Sir Robert Baden-Powell

 

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream. ~ Heywood Broun

 

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. ~ Jane Austen

 

I am often surprised by the cleverness, and now and again by the stupidity of my dog; and I have similar experiences with mankind. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

 

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition. ~ William James

 

Ignorance makes for weakness and fear; knowledge gives strength and confidence. Nothing surprises an intellect that knows all things with a sense of discrimination. ~ Magdeleine Sable, Maximes et pensées diverses, 1678

 

There can never be surprises in logic. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

What a surprise to find you could shift the contents of your head like rearranging furniture in a room. ~ Lisa Alther

 

Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in contented dazzlement of surprise. ~ Lewis Thomas

 

As North, South, East and West form the directions of our physical reality, and cannot be taken away, Surprise, Delight, Inspiration and Challenge form the directions of our psychological reality, and cannot be taken away. ~ Laura Teresa Marquez

 

I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. “Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama’s got the magic of Clorox 2.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres

 

Also surprising:

 

Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don’t necessarily understand, just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk. ~ Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

 

It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it. ~ Henry Allen

 

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we’ve been bombing over the years been complaining? ~ George Wallace

 

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. ~ Andrew Carnegie

 

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies. ~ Woody Allen

 

I’m a jerk to everyone. Best way to protect yourself from lawsuits. ~ David Hoselton

 

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~ Albert Camus