Don't Be Discouraged by the Complexity of Nature

Far from becoming discouraged, the philosopher should applaud nature, even when she appears miserly of herself or overly mysterious, and should feel pleased that as he lifts one part of her veil, she allows him to glimpse an immense number of other objects, all worthy of investigation. For what we already know should allow us to judge of what we will be able to know; the human mind has no frontiers, it extends proportionately as the universe displays itself; man, then, can and must attempt all, and he needs only time in order to know all. By multiplying his observations, he could even see and foresee all phenomena, all of nature's occurrences, with as much truth and certainty as if he were deducing them directly from causes. And what more excusable or even more noble enthusiasm could there be than that of believing man capable of recognizing all the powers, and discovering through his investigations all the secrets, of nature!


Maintain the enthusiasm that investigation will reveal all her secrets.

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 Oeuvres complètes
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Buffon , Georges Louis Leclerc de (1771), Oeuvres complètes, Retrieved on 2012-01-28
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