Mary Shelley quote about cowardice from Frankenstein - with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.
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with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.
 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818). copy citation

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Author Mary Shelley
Source Frankenstein
Topic cowardice carelessness
Date 1818
Language English
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“One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life. Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed? It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered as a mystery; yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries. I revolved these circumstances in my mind and determined thenceforth to apply myself more particularly to those branches of natural philosophy which relate to physiology. Unless I had been animated by an almost supernatural enthusiasm, my application to this study would have been irksome and almost intolerable.” source

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