Perception Quotes

Perception Quotes
Here’s a few perception quotes for you:

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

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. -C. W. Leadbeater

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

People only see what they are prepared to see. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. -William Shakespeare

If you look at your life one way, there is always cause for alarm. -Elizabeth Bowen

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

Every exit is an entry somewhere. -Tom Stoppard

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. -Carlos Castaneda

The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same. -Carlos Castaneda

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we responsd to them. -Epictetus

Preconcieved notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. -Merry Browne

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. -George Bernard Shaw

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. -Epictetus

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

No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it. -Ellen Glasgow

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances. -Martha Washington

The clearsighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it. -Agnes Repplier

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

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

There’s a few good ones in here, right?

Which of these quotes about perception jump out at you the most?




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    • Wendy
    • November 7, 2010

    Thanks for all the quotes, Shawn! I’ve been getting your e-mails for probably a year (?) now and I truly enjoy them! I actually keep “Thoughts of the Day” on the white board in my office. I’m an Accountant and while others use their boards for crunching numbers, I like mine for staying centered so I can continue crunching numbers at my desk! 🙂 Plus others in and outside of my department enjoy the different quotes! I throw in song lyrics, movie quotes and other inspirational things as well. And someone else in my department sneaks and and adds a quote from The Simpsons now and then to keep it “real”! 🙂 Have a great week and thanks again for doing this!
    Wendy Thompson

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Wendy. It’s nice to hear that you’re passing on some inspiration and making the world a better place. Thanks for letting me know. I hope you keep on visiting and that you keep finding some good quotations to share!

    • Jim Albert
    • April 26, 2011


    My favorite has always been “Perception is a mirror, not a fact”. Children say it this way “Bounces off me and sticks on you”. Shakespeare said “Methinks she doth protest too much”. Sharing our perceptions with others tells them everything about ourselves.

    Thanks for your work. I share at least one of your quotes with my sales team each week.

    How about a page on forgiveness? You could start with “Holding a resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die”.


    Jim Albert

    1. Reply

      Thanks Jim. I’m very glad my site provides the quotes for you team. I do have a forgiveness quotes page, which you can see here:

    • Ravi Dogra
    • April 29, 2011

    Dear Shawn ,
    Thanks for such good and inspirational thoughts I want you to make it daily instead of twice in a week as such thoughts always gives and inspiration to others and I dont keep them in my inbox only but i spread them through SMS to all my group on daily basis ofcourse it not only thoughts but i myself have few in my mind and few from others but i really like the way you send them through mail with different modes like inspirational motivational , devotional and many more….
    I must say thanks for such good thoughts and make it daily it will far better …

    Thanks and Once again……….


    1. Reply

      Thanks Ravi, I am thinking of doing this starting today. But if I do them daily, I will only post them on the blog; I don’t know if I should be emailing them out once a day…I don’t know…I’m thinking about it. Another option for you is to follow me on Twitter and Facebook, because I send out thoughts on there almost daily.

    • Laurie
    • May 16, 2011

    As always very interesting and mind opening. I really liked: The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. -Carlos Castaneda

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