It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art
and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder,
no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.
It was the experience of mystery—even if mixed with fear—
that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something
we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and
the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are
accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that
constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a
deeply religious man... I am satisfied with the mystery of life's
eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of
existence—as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny
portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.