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Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

Douglas Adams (1952-?) British musician and author.

The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.


At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Mysteries are due to secrecy.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.

Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.