On Perception

A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them.
— Michel de Montaigne

‘What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.’
— Werner Heisenberg

We must become the change we want to see.
— Mahatma Gandhi

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
— Anais Nin

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are- or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
— Stephen R. Covey

When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.’
— W. Blake

We ourselves introduce that order and regularity in the appearance which we entitle “nature”. We could never find them in appearances had we not ourselves, by the nature of our own mind, originally set them there.’
— Immanuel Kant

Things which we see are not by themselves what we see … It remains completely unknown to us what the objects may be by themselves and apart from the receptivity of our senses. We know nothing but our manner of perceiving them.’
— Immanuel Kant

‘Perception is a prediction, not a truth.’
— Ross Mooney

‘It is easier to deceive yourself, and to do so unperceived, than to deceive another.’
— Francois, Duc de Rochenfoucauld

‘We work so consistently to disguise ourselves to others that we end by being disguised to ourselves.’
— Francois, Duc de Rochenfoucauld

‘Every man takes the limits of his field of vision for the limits of the world.’
— Arthur Schopenhauer

‘The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.’
— Igor Stravinsky

‘The universe is wider than our views of it.’
— Henry David Thoreau

Confidence in others’ honesty is no light testimony of one’s own integrity.”
— Michel de Montaigne

Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
Stress is the body and mind’s response to any pressure that disrupts its normal balance. It occurs when our perceptions of events don’t meet our expectations and we don’t manage our reaction to the disappointment. As a response, stress expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain or frustration, that throws off our physiological and psychological equilibrium, keeping us out-of-sync.

Lance Armstrong
Cancer is my secret because none of my rivals has been that close to death and it makes you look at the world in a different light and that is a huge advantage.

Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
The solution to stress management lies in how we perceive the stresses in our lives. It’s not really the events taking place in our lives that cause stress. Stress depends entirely on how we perceive the events that happen to us. The good news is that since stress is a response—not the event that triggers the response—we can control it. Once we shift our perception of a situation and see it with more clarity, the stressful reaction can be reduced or released.

Rev Cecil Williams
Where we’ve gotten mixed up is that we believe actions follow belief. But experience creates belief..

N. Smith
When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to.

We’re often so blind. Our demand for the credentialed so colors our perception of believeability, that we wouldn’t recognize God if he appeared within us.

Rabindranath Tagore
Do not say,”it is morning,” and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.

Pearl S. Buck
… perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.
Thanks to Maria Marquis

J.R.R. Tolkein
All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.

Hans Margolius
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Merry Browne
Preconcieved notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

C. S. Lewis
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You have to ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Rob Howell (high school student)
Our parents don’t understand…the music we listen to. One reason may be that much of the music of our parent’s generation had simplistic lyrics. Now, bands often sing about ‘real’ things in society…depression or losing someone…

Martha Washington
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.

Willa Cather
Miracles seem to rest, not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from far off, but upon our perceptions being made finer so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear that which is about us always.

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Kahlil Gilbran
The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.

That which happens in life is not as important as how you accept it.

Walter Brueggeman
What God does first and best and most is to trust his people with their moment in history. He trusts them to do what must be done for the sake of the whole community.

Charles Kuralt
It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.

Marcel Proust
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

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

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

Hans Margolius
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Anais Nin
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Ellen Glasgow
No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it.

Henri Bergson
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

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