What are mysteries?

Famous quotes containing the word mysteries:

    One key, one solution to the mysteries of the human condition, one solution to the old knots of fate, freedom, and foreknowledge, exists, the propounding, namely, of the double consciousness. A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and public nature, as the equestrians in the circus throw themselves nimbly from horse to horse, or plant one foot on the back of one, and the other foot on the back of the other.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    We live in a world beset on all sides with mysteries and riddles—and so ‘tis no matter—else it seems strange, that Nature, who makes every thing so well to answer its destination ... should so eternally bungle it as she does, in making so simple a thing as a married man.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)

    Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!
    Charles Dickens (1812–1870)