Perception Quotes

perception quotes
Just when I got done collecting these perception quotes, I realized I already posted a page of perception quotes 6 months ago! (see that link)

Don’t you dislike re-doing work?  Oh well, I hope you like these ones too:

Artist – musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life. -Billy Joel

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. -Ursula K. LeGuin

People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds o fantastic things are happening; when in fact, over most of the world most of the time, nothing is happening. -David Brinkley

Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception. -Alan Moore

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone. -Martina Navratilova

I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point. -Susan Sarandon

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. -Max Ehrmann

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. -Unknown

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite. -William Blake

One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. -Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. -Camille Pissarro

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are. -C.S. Lewis

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

All that glitters is not gold, and all that is sticky is not tar. -Lithuanian Proverb

Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. -Hans Margolius

To perceive means to immobilize … we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. -Henri Bergson

One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one’s perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them. -Tom Robbins

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions. -Leonardo Da Vinci

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. -Lao-tzu

Every exit is an entry somewhere. -Tom Stoppard

If you have the time, please go check out the other page of perception quotes and tell me which one you like better.  Comments below. 🙂

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    • doreen
    • April 26, 2011

    Thanks for the refreshment Shawn. I enjoy reading your quotes.

    • Lori
    • April 26, 2011

    Love these quotes and glad you forgot you had done them. Great job have a great day!

    • Chrystal
    • April 27, 2011

    I LOVE getting your quotes!! I look forward to them everyday. Thank you so much for giving me inspiration to keep trying and pushing forward.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Chrystal. I love getting your comments!

    • David Parrish
    • April 28, 2011

    Some quotes make the best impression if they are taken at face value without a great deal of thought. Tom Robbin’s quote for instance quickly falls apart with just a little thought. If nothing else it is a brain teaser. One’s perception of reality does not change reality, it only changes how you might respond to it. An object might be an obstacle to you if it is blocking your path, or it could simply be a challenge, none-the-less it remains an object.

    Henri Bergson’s quote on the other hand deserve a great deal of thought and tends to grow in value as you consider the insight that if offers. To put a Biblical point on it, The acquisition of knowledge never ceases: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” Ecclesiastes12:12. You can nail down glimpses of truth upon which to hang your hat, but know that you have much yet to learn and just because you recognize a piece of reality as fact you still have a thousand ways to react to it as the great immensity of creation out runs perception. So keep on learning.

    • Laurie
    • April 29, 2011

    Fantastic Shawn, a delightful and very meaningful read. I really liked …The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. -Robertson Davies

    • kalsoom
    • May 11, 2011


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