A person hears only what they understand.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
—Arthur Schopenhauer , Studies in Pessimism: The Essays
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
—Wayne W. Dyer
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Humans see what they want to see.
—Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
—Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost (Salterton Trilogy, #1)
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
We all see only that which we are trained to see.
—Robert Anton Wilson, Masks of the Illuminati
Science is nothing but perception.
There is no truth. There is only perception.
Our understanding is correlative to our perception.
Comprehension follows perception.
—Philip K. Dick
Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that’s the truth in people’s minds.
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.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
Perception is merely reality filtered through the prism of your soul.
—Christopher A. Ray
It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
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.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
—Henry David Thoreau
All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
You will always define events in a manner which will validate your agreement with reality.
Perception believed is reality achieved.
Your perceptions, because they are different from everyone else’s, provide you with the ability to see things like no one else can.
Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it.