„All the more honour to those who have with honest effort striven to pierce the veil and explore the mysteries which lie behind it.“

Science and Immortality (1904)
Kontext: The search of science for the spirits has been neither long nor earnest; nor is it a matter of surprise that it has not been undertaken earlier by men whose training had fitted them for the work.
It is no clear, vasty deep, but a muddy, Acheronian pool in which our modern spirits dwell, with Circe as the presiding deity and the Witch of Endor as her high priestess. Commingling with the solemn incantations of the devotees who throng the banks, one can hear the mocking laughter of Puck and of Ariel, as they play among the sedges and sing the monotonous refrain, "What fools these mortals be!" Sadly besmirched, and more fitted for a sojourn in Ancyra than in Athens, has been the condition of those who have returned from the quest, and we cannot wonder that scientific men have hesitated to stir the pool and risk a touch from Circe's wand. All the more honour to those who have with honest effort striven to pierce the veil and explore the mysteries which lie behind it.

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„All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Part 5, Chapter 18.
Books, Coningsby (1844), Contarini Fleming (1832)

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„To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals — this alone is worth the struggle.“

—  William Osler Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital 1849 - 1919

As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 678.

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„Death is the veil which those who live call life;
They sleep, and it is lifted.“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

Earth, Act III, sc. iii, l. 113
Variante: Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call Life.
Quelle: Prometheus Unbound (1818–1819; publ. 1820)

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„Chance is necessity hidden behind a veil.“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916

Der Zufall ist die in Schleier gehüllte Notwendigkeit.
Quelle: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 20.

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„Steadily, unflinchingly, we strive to pierce the inmost heart of Nature, from what she is to reconstruct what she has been, and to prophesy what she yet shall be. Veil after veil we have lifted, and her face grows more beautiful, august, and wonderful with every barrier that is withdrawn.“

—  William Crookes British chemist and physicist 1832 - 1919

Address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
Kontext: In old Egyptian days a well known inscription was carved over the portal of the temple of Isis: "I am whatever hath been, is, or ever will be; and my veil no man hath yet lifted." Not thus do modern seekers after truth confront nature — the word that stands for the baffling mysteries of the universe. Steadily, unflinchingly, we strive to pierce the inmost heart of Nature, from what she is to reconstruct what she has been, and to prophesy what she yet shall be. Veil after veil we have lifted, and her face grows more beautiful, august, and wonderful with every barrier that is withdrawn.

„The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.“

—  John Rawls, buch A Theory of Justice

Quelle: A Theory of Justice (1971; 1975; 1999), Chapter I, Section 3, pg. 12

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„Pascal touched God behind the veil of scepticism.“

—  Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918

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„Reserved, shy, but full of significance, it hid whatever it might hold behind a veil, keeping it till the hour should come, and, with the hour, those who were called and chosen.“

—  Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Quelle: The Wind in the Willows (1908), Ch. 7
Kontext: In midmost of the stream, embraced in the weir's shimmering arm-spread, a small island lay anchored, fringed close with willow and silver birch and alder. Reserved, shy, but full of significance, it hid whatever it might hold behind a veil, keeping it till the hour should come, and, with the hour, those who were called and chosen.

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„Grace is not opposed to effort. It is opposed to earning. Effort is action. Earning is attitude. You have never seen people more active than those who have been set on fire by the grace of God.“

—  Dallas Willard American philosopher 1935 - 2013

Life Life to the Full, Christian Herald (UK), 14 April 2001
Quelle: The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship

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„I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner.“

—  Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895

Letter (December 1851); as quoted in The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History (2004) by John M. Barry
Variant translations:
I am on the verge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner. The nights seem to me too long... I am often scolded by Madame Pasteur, but I tell her I shall lead her to fame.
Microbe Hunters (1926) by Paul De Kruif
My plan of study is traced for this coming year... I am hoping to develop it shortly in the most successful manner... I think that I have already told you that I am on the verge of mysteries, and that the veil which covers them is getting thinner and thinner. The nights seem to me too long, yet I do not complain... I am often scolded by Mme. Pasteur, but I console her by telling her that I shall lead her to fame.
The Life of Pasteur (1916) by René Vallery-Radot

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