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African Proverb

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together!

 


 

A Course In Miracles

There is no place so holy upon the earth as the place where an ancient hatred becomes a present love.

 


 

Anonymous

A child is not a vessel to be filled but a lamp to be lit!

 


 

Bacon, Francis

"By far the greatest impediment and aberration of the human understanding arises from [the fact that]...those things that strike the sense outweigh things which, although they may be more important, do not strike it directly. Hence, contemplation usually ceases with seeing, so much so that little or no attention is paid to things invisible."

 


 

Bell, Alexander Graham

"When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don"t see the one which has opened for us."

 


 

Berenson, Bernhard

"I walk in the garden, I look at the flowers and shrubs and trees and discover in them an exquisiteness of contour, a vitality of edge, or a vigour of spring, as well as an infinite variety of colour that no artefact I have seen in the last sixty years can rival…each day, as I look, I wonder where my eyes were yesterday."

 


 

Berger, Thomas

"What is art but a way of seeing?"

 


 

Bergson, Henri

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

 


 

Berra, Yogi

"You can observe a lot just by watching."

 


 

Bierce, Ambrose

"Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty visions sees things as they are, not as they ought to be."

 


 

Blake, William

"To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower; to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour–is inspiration."

"Mysteries are not to be solved. They eye goes blind when it only wants to see why."

"When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite."

"Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro" narrow chinks of his cavern."

 


  

Buddha

It is said that when he was first enlightened he was asked, “Are you a God?"
"No," he replied.
"Are you a saint?" "No."
"Then what are you?"
And he answered, "I am awake."

 


 

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George

"Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius."

"Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose."

 


 

Carlyle, Thomas

"The eye sees what it brings the power to see."

 


 

Castaneda, Carlos

"Things don"t change. You change your way of looking, that"s all."

"Learn to see, and then you"ll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision."

 


 

Chesterton, G. K.

"It isn"t that they can"t see the solution. It is that they can"t see the problem."

"One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."

 


 

Confucius 

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it."
 


 

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

"My eyes make pictures, when they are shut."
 


 

Da Vinci, Leonardo 

"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else."

"When you look at a wall spotted with stains...you maydiscover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautiful with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action, or strange faces and costumes, and an endless variety of objects which you could reduce to complete and well-drawn figures."

 


 

De Bono, Edward

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." 

 


 

Einstein, Albert

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

"We have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life‘s coming attractions.”

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” 

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” and “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” and “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” 

“Never memorize something that you can look up.”

“If you can‘t explain it simply, you don‘t understand it well enough.”

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” 

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”

“If the facts don‘t fit the theory, change the facts.”

“It‘s not that I‘m so smart, it‘s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” 

"A great thought begins by seeing somethingdifferently, with a shift of the mind"s eye."

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."

 


 

Elliott, T.S.

"The last temptation is the highest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason."

 


 

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

"Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it."

"People only see what they are prepared to see."

"The field cannot be seen from within the field."

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

"He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses."

 


 

Franklin, Benjamin

"The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands."

 


 

Fry, Art

"The creative mind doesn"t have to have the whole pattern—it can have just a little piece and be able to envision the whole picture in completion."

 


 

Gamarin, Paul

"I shut my eyes in order to see."

 


 

Gandhi, Mahatma

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

"What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.”

"I am aware that I must have given you much cause for irritation, your Excellency. I hope it will not stand between us as men."

There was a story of a woman in India who wanted Gandhi to tell her son to stop eating sugar. "I traveled four days by foot here and back a month ago and four days to get here again this month," she complained, "Why couldn't you have just told him to stop eating sugar 30 days ago?" And Gandhi replied, "Because 30 days ago, I was still eating sugar!"

 


 

Graham, Ian

"If you ask me, what is helpful to creativity is training the eye to notice things, to observe closely and precisely, being careful not to make a muddle of it."

 


 

Henle, Mary

"If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of theproblem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work."

 


 

Heraclitus

"The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears."

 


  

Houston, Jean

"Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity."

 


 

Jamplonsky, Dr. Gerald

Psychiatrist, formerly on faculty of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco and author of Forgiveness: The Grestest Healer of All and Love is Letting Go of Fear" says about insanity, "If I were allowed to rewrite the American Psychiatrist Associations Manual of Diagnoses, it would be one page and it would read, "Insanity is when we are not experiencing ourselves as Love and giving that Love away."

 


 

Kettering, Charles F.

"The typical eye sees the ten per cent bad of an idea and overlooks the ninety per cent good."

 


 

Klee, Paul

"Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see."
 


 

Lubbock, John

"What we see depends mainly on what we are looking for."
 


 

Marsh, George Perkins

"Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art."
 


 

Maslow, Abraham

"I have learned the novice can often see things that theexpert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive."
 


 

Matisse, Henri

"When I eat a tomato I look at it the way anyone else would. But when I paint a tomato, then I see itdifferently."

"I don"t paint things. I only paint the difference between things." 

 


 

Meade, Margaret

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 


 

Michelangelo (last name at birth Buonarroti)

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

 


 

Michener, James

"An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it."

 


 

Moore, Henry

"Now I really make the little idea from clay, and I hold it in my hand. I can turn it, look at it from underneath, see it from one view, hold it against the sky, imagine it any size I like, and really be in control almost like God creating something."


 

Murrow, Edward

"The obscure we see eventually, the completely apparent takes longer."


 

Osborn, Alex

"Observation capitalizes inspiration."


 

Picasso, Pablo

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun."

"Painting is a blind man"s profession. He never paints what he sees, but what he feels."
 


 

Planck, Max

"As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such."

"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter."

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning."

 


 

Pound, Ezra

"Genius is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one."

 


 

Proust, Marcel

"The challenge of life consists not in exploring new landscapes but in developing new eyes."

"There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory."

 

"The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes."

 


 

Rand, Ayn

"Man"s basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the actof unfocusing his mind, the suspension of his consciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know."

 


 

Roethke, Theodore
"In a dark time, the eye begins to see."

 


 

Rumi, Mowlana Jalaluddin

"There is one thing in this world that you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there's nothing to worry about; but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life. It's as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human beings come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don't do it, it's as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat. It's a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It's a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on. You say, "But look, I'm using the dagger. It's not lying idle." Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny, an iron nail could be bought to serve the purpose. You say, "But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and all the rest." But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself. Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give your life to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don't, you will be exactly like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You'll be wasting valuable keenness and foolishly ignoring your dignity and your purpose."

  


 

Ruskin, John

"Genius is only a superior power of seeing."
 


 

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

 


 

Selye, Hans

"My advice to any young person at the beginning of their career is to try to look for the mere outlines of big things with their fresh, untrained and unprejudicedmind."
 

 


 

Shaw, George Bernard

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

 


 

Stein, Gertrude

"A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears."

 


 

Steiner, Rudolph

From a book called 'Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment'

"...for every idea that does not become your ideal, slays a force in your soul. Every idea that becomes your ideal, creates within you life-forces."

 


 

Swift, Jonathan

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."

 


 

Syrus, Publilius

"The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing."

 


 

Unknown Source(s)

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a hawk asked a wild dove. "Nothing more than nothing," was the answer. "In that case I must tell you a marvelous story," said the hawk. "I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk. It began to snow. Not heavily, not a raging blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence. Since I had nothing better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952 when the next snowflake dropped onto the branch—‘nothing more than nothing' as you say—and the branch broke off." And having said that, the hawk flew away. The dove, since Noah's time an authority on peace, thought about the story for a while and finally said with resolve, "PERHAPS ONLY ONE PERSON'S VOICE IS LACKING FOR PEACE TO COME ABOUT IN THE WORLD."

 

"Quick: what can you see now? Look again, more closely. Do you see more hues and shades, more light and dark? The key skill that artists learn is to see what is really there as opposed to reconstructing what we suppose is there. Proper seeing leads to proper truth, leads to better creativity."

 


 

Valery, Paul

"The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen."
  


 

Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

"There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on how one looks at it."

  


 

Weil, Simone

"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached."

 


 

Wilde, Oscar


"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."


 

Wittgenstein, Ludwig


"Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself."