„Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Context: It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists. (6.44) Variant translation: The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is. Original German: Nicht wie die Welt ist, ist das Mystische, sondern dass sie ist.
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„One may say "the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."“

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—  Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer 1857 - 1924
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