Selected Quotes about Perception

Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg. -- Hans Christian Andersen

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking. -- Ruth Benedict

When we visualize something, we establish a relationship to the thing itself, not to some mere subjective representation of it inside us. -- Medard Boss

Some people see the cup as half empty. Some people see the cup as half full. I see the cup as too large. -- George Carlin

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. -- Rachel Carson

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. -- Demosthenes

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. -- Charles Dickens

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one. -- Albert Einstein

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. -- Desiderius Erasmus

Maybe it’s in the basement, let me go up stairs and check. -- M. C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. -- Anne Frank

The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. -- Kahlil Gibran

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve. -- Kahlil Gibran

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart. -- Helen Keller

See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things. -- Lao-Tzu

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. -- Harper Lee

Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu:"Nothing is in the understanding, which was not first perceived by some of the senses. -- John Locke

He gives us the very quintessence of perception, the clearly crystalized precipitation of all that is most precious in the ferment of impression after the impertinent and obtrusive particulars have evaporated from the memory. -- James Russell Lowell

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing. -- H. L. Mencken

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. -- Maria Mitchell

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. -- Napoleon

We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are. -- Anais Nin

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

The dung beetle, seeing its child on the wall, thinks it sees a pearl on a thread. -- Arabic Proverb

Perception is merely reality filtered through the prism of your soul. -- Christopher A. Ray

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul. -- George Sand

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

Poetry has to be something more than a conception of the mind. It has to be a revelation of nature. Conceptions are artificial. Perceptions are essential. -- Wallace Stevens

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