Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.
— Charles Caleb Colton

Realism, whether it be socialist or not, falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination.
Eugene Ionesco astonishment quote

If at first you don't succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
— Harry F. Banks

The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.
— Patrick Stewart

I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part.
— Nadia Boulanger