Insight Quotes


Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.

CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.
MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.
CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.
MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.
CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.
MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.
CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.
MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.
CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.
MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.
CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will
you
be
then
, Dreamlord?
MORPHEUS: I am hope.

Competition    Cunning    Hope    Insight    Outwit    Wisdom

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.

Bees    Impermanence    Insight    Muj?    Philosophy    Stillness    Time    ??    Mujo    無常

She could ask for anything, she thought dizzily, anything--an end to pain or world hunger or disease, or for peace on earth. But then again, perhaps these things weren't in the power of angels to grant, or they would already have been granted. And perhaps people were supposed to find these things for themselves.

City of Glass

Cassandra Clare

City of Glass

I imagined the lies the valedictorian was telling them right now. About the exciting future that lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the truth: Half of you have gone as far in life as you're ever going to. Look around. It's all downhill from here. The rest of us will go a bit further, a steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out of fifteen hundred how many will do anything truly worthwhile, write a play, paint a painting that will hang in a gallery, find a cure for herpes? Two of us, maybe three? And how many will find true love? About the same. And enlightenment? Maybe one. The rest of us will make compromises, find excuses, someone or something to blame, and hold that over our hearts like a pendant on a chain.

White Oleander

Janet Fitch

White Oleander

Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow.

My Name Is Red

Ohran Pamuk

My Name Is Red
Books    Insight    Sorrow

How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.

Der blinde Mörder

Margaret Atwood

Der blinde Mörder
Carelessness    Despair    Ignorance    Insight    Loneliness    Love    Sorrow    Wisdom

I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

To know a man's library is, in some measure, to know a man's mind.

March

Geraldine Brooks

March
Attitude    Insight    Mind    Reading    Tastes

You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.

Darkness    Ecology    Insight    Nature    Study

They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?

Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.

Denna is a wild thing," I explained. "Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don't say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind
Cruelty    Fantasy    Insight    Love    Nature    Personality

A stumble may prevent a fall.

Attitude    Insight    Learning    Life    Patience

The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn't know about yourself.

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Appreciation    Insight    Wealth    Wisdom    Wit

The voice says, maybe you don't go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish.

Lullaby

Chuck Palahniuk

Lullaby

Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding...

Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.

You cannot control the results, only your actions.

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

Break the glass, please, and free us from all these damned rules, from needing to find an explanation for everything, from doing only what others approve of.

I used to say to my classes that the ways to get insight are: to study infants; to study animals; to study primitive people; to be psychoanalyzed; to have a religious conversion and get over it; to have a psychotic episode and get over it; or to have a love affair with an old Russian. And I stopped saying that when a little dancer in the front row put up her hand and said, 'Does he have to be old?

Allah causes the night and the day to succeed each other. Truly, in these things is indeed a lesson for those who have insight.

Allah    Day    Insight    Lesson    Night    Succeed

The sinister, the terrible never deceive: the state in which they leave us is always one of enlightenment. And only this condition of vicious insight allows us a full grasp of the world, all things considered, just as a frigid melancholy grants us full possession of ourselves. We may hide from horror only in the heart of horror. (The Medusa)

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Time Regained

Marcel Proust

Time Regained

Partings are the beginnings of new meetings.
Beginnings happen because there are endings.

When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.

Breath    Breathe    Breathing    Insight    Wisdom

Marijuana enhances our mind in a way that enables us to take a different perspective from 'high up', to see and evaluate our own lives and the lives of others in a privileged way. Maybe this euphoric and elevating feeling of the ability to step outside
the box and to look at life’s patterns from this high perspective is the inspiration behind the slang term high itself.

Aha    Cannabis    Creativity    Euphoria    Eureka    High    Insight    Inspiration    Marijuana

I'm strong on the outside, not all the way through. I've never been perfect, but neither have you.

Her mind is an unquiet one, words and thoughts and impulses constantly crashing into each other.

Anne walked home very slowly in the moonlight. The evening had changed something for her. Life held a different meaning, a deeper purpose. On the surface it would go on just the same; but the deeps had been stirred. It must not be the same with her as with poor butterfly Ruby. When she came to the end of one life it must not be to face the next with the shrinking terror of something wholly different--something for which accustomed thought and ideal and aspiration had unfitted her. The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must begin here on earth.
That goodnight in the garden was for all time. Anne never saw Ruby in life again.

Anne of the Island

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island

Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses.

Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses.

The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely "well-adjusted", he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists between antisocial types in their power to see environments as they really are. This need to interface, to confront environments with a certain antisocial power is manifest in the famous story "The Emperor's New Clothes".

In much of the rest of the world, rich people live in gated communities and drink bottled water. That's increasingly the case in Los Angeles where I come from. So that wealthy people in much of the world are insulated from the consequences of their actions."
[
Why Societies Collapse
, ABC Local, July 17, 2003]

The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds

Well, that's why smart people get tripped up with worry and fear. Worry...fear...is just a misuse of the creative imagination that has been placed in each of us. Because we are smart and creative, we imagine all the things that could happen, that might happen, that will happen if this or that happens. See what I mean?

Among the problems with shame was that it in fact did not make you shorter or quieter or less visible. You just felt like you were.

I feel sorry for people who maintain relationships and friendships detrimental to their mental health.
Everyone is guilty of it at one time or another- but the idea is to strive to be your best; right?
So, meanwhile why are so many people faking it? Security? Fear of loneliness? Fears of independence? Fears of being self ? Or just the idea that you can make someone change?
Regardless of the justifications you give & treat yourself to... , I hope all of you - "new year -new me types" strive for self care , honest and pure friendships and relationships based of love- and not based off the fake realities of your mind. These delusions of what you hope for instead of what's there, where you and your puppet show master focus more on everyone else and less on self. To change the world you must start within. But you must first BE HONEST with yourself.
My new year started a few months ago-- and it was the best choice I ever made- and
I hope your recreations are progressive and successful in THE NEW YEAR

It takes a person of great care and insight to watch for any abnormality in the green grass even while it grows abundantly and healthily.

...your mind was seizing on something to try to make sense of the emotion... Can you see the power emotion has to distort our outlook? Makes you wonder, did you have a bad day, or did you make it a bad day?

Emotion    Insight    Tanu

How sadly things had changed since she had sat there the night after coming home! Then she had been full of hope and joy and the future had looked rosy with promise. Anne felt as if she had lived years since then, but before she went to bed there was a smile on her lips and peace in her heart. She had looked her duty courageously in the face and found it a friend--as duty ever is when we meet it frankly.

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored.

அறிவதொவ்வொன்றும் அறியாமையையே..

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity—that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are an essential part and characteristic of beauty.

A tornado of thought is unleashed after each new insight. This in turn results in an earthquake of assumptions. These are natural disasters that re-shape the spirit.

Sounds travel through space long after their wave patterns have ceased to be detectable by the human ear: some cut right through the ionosphere and barrel on out into the cosmic heartland, while others bounce around, eventually being absorbed into the vibratory fields of earthly barriers, but in neither case does the energy succumb; it goes on forever - which is why we, each of us, should take pains to make sweet notes.

Insight    Inspiration    Life    Music

An extrovert looks at a stack of books and sees a stack of papers, while an introvert looks at the same stack and sees a soothing source of escape.

Books    Christian    Escape    Extrovert    God    Insight    Introvert    Jedi    Love    Papers    Personality    Source    Stack    Static

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