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WONDER
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[ Also see Admiration Astonishment Curiosity Fairies Fancy Imagination Indifference Invention Mermaids Miracles Mystery Novelty Prophecy (Prophesy) Revelation Science Speculation Supernatural Superstition Surprise Uncertainty Visions ]

They spake not a word;
  But like dumb statues or breathless stones,
    Star'd on each other, and look'd deadly pale.
      - William Shakespeare

'Twas strange, 'twas passing strange;
  'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful.
      - William Shakespeare

O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at III, ii)

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at I, v)

Can such things be,
  And overcome us like a summer's cloud
    Without our special wonder?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, iv)

It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.
  Stones have been known to move and trees to speak;
    Augures and understood relations have
      By maggot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth
        The secret'st man of blood. What is the night?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, iv)

She swore, i' faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange;
  'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

At last fell humbly down upon his knees, and of his wonder made religion.
      - Edmund Spenser

There's something in a flying horse,
  There's something in a huge balloon.
      - William Wordsworth, Peter Bell
         (prologue, st. 1)

Wonder is involuntary praise.
      - Edward Young

Nothing but what astonishes is true.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts (night IX)

We nothing know, but what is marvellous;
  Yet what is marvellous, we can't believe.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts (night VII)


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