quotations about sight
Many are the things that man seeing must understand. Not seeing, how shall he know what lies in the hand of time to come?
The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.
WILL ROGERS, The Autobiography of Will Rogers
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
ROBERTSON DAVIES, attributed, The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotes
Where eyes are shut, nothing can be seen.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg, May 17, 1811
The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn't detect.
MARK TWAIN, Joan of Arc
Most people think of "seeing" and "observing" directly with their senses. But for physicists, these words refer to much more indirect measurements involving a train of theoretical logic by which we can interpret what is "seen."
LISA RANDALL, New York Times, September 18, 2005
Sometimes not seeing things can be a blessing.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Dance of Death
None is so blind as he who sees too much.
PHILIP MOELLER, Helena's Husband
Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface, Plays Unpleasant
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
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
Many people have never learned to see the beauty of flowers, especially those that grow unnoticed. For instance, when you walk outside and look down at your feet, you may see tiny flowers nestled in the moss and clover hiding under a curled fern. Most people just step on them. I paint them.
ERIKA JUST, Flowers
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
MARCEL PROUST, "The Captive", Remembrance of Things Past
To see a thing clearly in the mind makes it begin to take form.
HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, February 1930
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
EDGAR ALLAN POE, A Dream Within a Dream
You should show some respect for what other people see and feel, even though it be the exact opposite of what you see and feel.
LUIGI PIRANDELLO, It Is So! (If You Think So)
No matter how intelligent a man is, he can't see what he doesn't know how to see.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Dispossessed
The eyes those silent tongues of Love.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass available.
THEODOR W. ADORNO, Minima Moralia
The experienced physician, mechanic, or physiologist looking at a wound, an engine, a microscopic preparation, "sees" things the novice does not see. If both, experts and laymen, were asked to make exact copies of what they see, their drawings would be quite different.
RUDOLF ARNHEIM, Visual Thinking