There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
Author: Elias Canetti (1905)
Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher
The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.
Author: Rene Magritte (1898-1967)
Profession: Belgian Surrealist Painter
You ask what is the use of classification, arrangement, systemization? I answer you: order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject-the actual enemy is the unknown.
Author: Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
Profession: German Author, Critic
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.
Author: Patrick Overton
Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Profession: French Aviator, Writer
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
Author: Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
Profession: American Poet