quotations about perception
Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception--do not confuse them with "facts" or "truth". Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint.
JOHN MOORE, Quotations for Martial Artists
People see what they want to see and what people want to see never has anything to do with the truth.
ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666
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 Magician's Nephew
Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not.
Perceptions about people can be powerful. They can also be powerfully wrong.
CRAIG DRESANG, "Yolo Hospice: Perceptions beyond our circumstances", The Davis Enterprise, April 17, 2016
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
MARCEL PROUST, "The Captive", Remembrance of Things Past
It is not hard to see things as they really are, it is simply a matter of tearing down walls, ridding oneself of defenses and presumption, rendering oneself vulnerable, an idiot, a fool. But it is not easy to see things as they really are, because it is painful, it is real, it requires response, it's an incredible commitment. To go nine-tenths of the way is to suffer at every moment utter madness. To go all the way is to become sane.
PAUL WILLIAMS, Das Energi
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
HANS MARGOLIUS, attributed, A Toolbox for Humanity
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
ROBERTSON DAVIES, attributed, The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotes
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
ANAÏS NIN, attributed, The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations
All civilization in a sense exists only in the mind. Gunpowder, textile arts, machinery, laws, telephones are not themselves transmitted from man to man or from generation to generation, at least not permanently. It is the perception, the knowledge and understanding of them, their ideas in the Platonic sense, that are passed along. Everything social can have existence only through mentality.
ALFRED L. KROEBER, The Superorganic
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire.
There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, attributed, Pearls of Wisdom
No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is -- in other words, not a thing, but a think.
PENELOPE FITZGERALD, The Gate of Angels
If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you'll have a wonderful time doing it.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, You Learn by Living
It's impossible to make a judgment as to which perceptions are real, and which are false, without assuming your personal view to be more valid than your neighbor's.
LAURA TILLMAN, The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts
While intuitively, we may believe that consciousness is a continual flow, there's considerable evidence to suggest that our conscious perception comes in discrete snapshots, like distinct images flicking quickly through a film reel.
OLIVIA GOLDHILL, "A 'time slice' theory of consciousness suggests we're not continually aware of our surroundings", Quartz, April 18, 2016
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, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life