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13 Quotes to Help You Honestly Embrace the Mystery

13 Quotes to Help You Honestly Embrace the Mystery

Do you ever look out at the night sky and just… wonder? Have you ever faced one of life’s great mysteries, or even just starting all over again, and felt curious instead of afraid? Read these quotes to help you embrace the mystery. All the mess, all the magic, everything in between.

The future is full of things that have never been… and that’s why we’re here, maybe: to be part of the great unfolding mystery itself.

Some Quotes to Remind You to Embrace the Mystery of Life

1. “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently.” — Bill Watterson

2. “The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” — Gregory Maguire

3. “You must have shadow and light source both. Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.” — Rumi

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” — Rachel Carson

5. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner

6. “I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.” — Mila Bron

7. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” — Mary Oliver

9. “People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is we never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.” — Albert Einstein

10. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” — Edgar Allen Poe

11. “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” — Barbara Kingsolver

“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.” — Frank Herbert

13. “Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous

to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the

mouths of the lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever

in allegiance with gravity

while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds

will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the

scars of damage,

to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those

who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say

‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment,

and bow their heads.”

— Mary Oliver, “Mysteries, Yes”

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these quotes is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

Mysteries, yes.

With love,


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Comments on this post (2)

  • Jul 05, 2024

    My favorite is Mysteries, yes.

    Could you offer any additional books, resources, authors etc that might be along the same line as this topic.
    I have been on a spiritual journey and have slipped into a bit of an existential crisis. I was seeking out resources like yours that help me to just rest in the mystery and be more mindful.. it’s been an arduous journey.. need all the help I can get.. :\

    Lisa Lee

    — Lisa

  • Jun 04, 2020

    The mysteries of life: awesome and unknowable. I love that. Yes

    — Nan

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