Perception Quotes


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

The more I see, the less I know for sure.

Beatles    Life    Perception    Truth

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

Awe    Magic    Perception    Wonder

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Humans see what they want to see.

What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

Songs are as sad as the listener.

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.

Everyone looks retarded once you set your mind to it.

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Art    Artist    Artistic    Contemplating    Dreams    Experience    Fantasy    Fun    Imagination    Life    Perception    Perspective    Poetry    Reading    Reality    Solitude    Songwriting    Thinking    Thoughts    Universe    Vicarious    Writing

Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it's as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can't explain his to us, and we can't explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication ... and there is the real illness.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, "What else could this mean?

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Tempest-Tost

Robertson Davies

Tempest-Tost

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

It's all in the mind.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.

You used," he said, and then took a sharp breath, "to call me Augustus.

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.

Life is 10 percent what you make it
and 90 percent how you take it.

Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it.

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.

The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we
think
we are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become an evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it's a decent girl?"
"Wouldn't I
know
which one I was?"
"Good God, no. The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves.

Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.

Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .

The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite.

The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend

It's just that you're about to do something out of the ordinary. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before. But don't let appearances fool you. There's always only one reality.

1Q84

Haruki Murakami

1Q84

Maybe from as early as when you're five or six, there's been a whisper going at the back of your head, saying: One day, maybe not so long from now, you'll get to know how it feels. So you're waiting, even if you don't quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realise that you really are different to them; that there are people out there, like Madame, who don't hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you – of how you were brought into this world and why – and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it's a cold moment. It's like walking past a mirror you've walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro Kazuo

Never Let Me Go

The older you get, the more you understand how your conscience works. The biggest and only critic lives in your perception of people's perception of you rather than people's perception of you.

We know so little about one another. We embrace a shadow and love a dream.

Doctor Glas

Hjalmar Söderberg

Doctor Glas

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. -Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (1867-1957)

...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.

The Hakawati

Rabih Alameddine

The Hakawati

Love -- not dim and blind but so far-seeing that it can glimpse around corners, around bends and twists and illusion; instead of overlooking faults love sees
through
them to the secret inside.

In this treacherous world
Nothing is the truth nor a lie.
Everything depends on the color
Of the crystal through which one sees it

Absolutes    Evil    Good    Lies    Perception    Truth

Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.
Their language has been lost.
But not the gestures.

Attention    Bark    Gestures    Hear    Hearing    Listen    Nature    Paying attention    Perception    Root    Roots    Secret    Secrets    Speaking    Speech    Tree    Tree parable    Trees

Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.

Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.

The Woman Destroyed

Simone de Beauvoir

The Woman Destroyed

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