A quote for the ages

For some reason, I took to glancing at a favorite quote of mine that I haven’t looked at in a very long time. It was refreshing to do so.

The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded through long successive ages. There will come time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate… Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all.

It comes from Seneca‘s Natural Questions, Book 7, back in the first century.

The thing I love about this quote is that, 2,000 years later, it still applies today. As it will 2,000 years hence.