Selected Quotes about Perspective

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. -- John Adams

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. -- Ramona L. Anderson

God is on everyone's side and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies. -- Jean Anouilh

[W]hen people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together. -- Isaac Asimov

All the lessons of history in four sentences: / Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. / The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. / The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. / When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. -- Charles A. Beard

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. -- Henry Ward Beecher

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -- Peter Berger

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. -- Buddha

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. -- Dom Helder Camara

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. -- Willa Cather

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -- Winston Churchill

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. -- Albert Einstein

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. -- Albert Einstein

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons. -- Marilyn French

No garden is without its weeds. -- Thomas Fuller

Normal is in the eyes of the beholder. -- Whoopi Goldberg

Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty. -- Ursula K. Le Guin

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. -- Matthew Henry

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty an' wealth have both failed. -- Kin Hubbard

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. -- Carl Jung

I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days during their early adult life. Darkness would make them more appreciative of sight; silence would teach them the joys of sound. -- Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision. -- Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. -- Helen Keller

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -- Jonathan Kozol

Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict [slavery] might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. -- Abraham Lincoln

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. -- Abraham Lincoln

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. -- John Lubbock

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. -- Henry Miller

From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step. -- Napoleon

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. -- Harold Nicolson

About sacrifice and the offering of sacrifices, sacrificial animals think quite differently from those who look on: but they have never been allowed to have their say. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

In 1929 the wise, far-seeing electors of my native Hereford sent me to Westminster and, two years later, the lousy bastards kicked me out. -- Frank Owen

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. -- Thomas Paine

Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock. -- Mary Parrish

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. -- Robert Redford

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity. -- George Bernard Shaw

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. -- Spinoza

Did St. Francis really preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats. -- Rebecca West

For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. -- Donald Williams

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