Discovery Quotes

Most popular discovery quotes

Discovery comes only to a mind immersed in its pursuit.
Discovery, like surprise, favors the well-prepared mind.
Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.
Discovery is always a rape of the natural world.  Always.
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover.

intuition logic

Art is partly communication but only partly. The rest is discovery.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.


Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.
I think there will always be something interesting left to be discovered.
Science is a voyage of discovery, and beyond each horizon there is another.


The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

imagination science

The real voyage of discovery lies not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
A man of genius makes no mistakes.  His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

error genius mistakes

Discovery should come as an adventure rather than as the result of a logical process of thought.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.


It is precisely because the drive toward discovery is in a sense irrational that it is so powerful.
The art of being taught is the art of discovery, as the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery to take place.


Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things.

hypothesis science

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Real knowledge goes into natural man in titbits. A scrap here, a scrap there; always pertinent, linked to safety, or nutrition or pleasure.


Men who have excessive faith in their theories or ideas are not only ill prepared for making discoveries; they also make very poor observations.
No great discovery was ever made in science except by one who lifted his nose above the grindstone of details and ventured on a more comprehensive vision.
Discovery follows discovery, each both raising and answering questions, each ending a long search, and each providing the new instruments for a new search.
The pleasure derived from the discovery of some secret of Nature unknown before except to the architect of the universe surpasses all the rewards the world can give.
A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars.

encouragement teaching

A patient pursuit of facts, and cautious combination and comparison of them, is the drudgery to which man is subjected by his Maker, if he wishes to attain sure knowledge.


It is not to see something first, but to establish solid connections between the previously known and the hitherto unknown that constitutes the essence of scientific discovery.
There comes a point where the mind takes a leap—call it intuition or what you will—and comes out upon a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.

intuition mind

The world is equally astonished—and resentful—at every new discovery, but in a short time accepts it as a commonplace.  The layman resents all new ideas, but the adjustment of the human mind to the inevitable is common even among savages.
The only real voyage of discovery, the only Fountain of Youth, consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of a hundred others, in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

iconic science

What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?  Discovery!  To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.