Vision

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This page is about the ability to see things. For, the religious experience see Visions.
Vision without implementation is hallucination.

Vision (or visual perception) is the ability to interpret visible light information reaching the eyes which is then made available for planning and action. The resulting perception is also known as eyesight, or simply sight (adjectival form: visual, optical, or ocular). The various components involved in vision are known as the visual system. Many expressions refer to vision as an indication of shared perceptions or conceptions, especially in the context of the future and strategic planning; such use of the word also usually refers to discernment of long term views and consequence of many things, rather than such aspects and appearances as are immediately apparent and obvious to most people.

See also:
Blindness
Eyes
Light

Quotes[edit]

Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. ~ The Bible, Book of Joel, 2,28
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ~ Proverbs
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Japanese proverb
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. ~ Jonathan Swift
  • Vision without implementation is hallucination.
  • And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
    • The Bible, Book of Joel, chapter 2, verse 28.
  • Not so many years ago this was a mistake that brain scientists actually made: they succumbed all too often to the temptation to treat vision as if it were television — as if it were simply a matter of getting "the picture" from the eyes to the screen somewhere in the middle where it could be handsomely reproduced so that the phenomena of appreciation and analysis could then get underway. Today we realize that the analysis — the whatever you want to call it that composes, in the end, all the visual understandingbegins right away, on the retina; if you postpone consideration of it, you misdescribe how vision works.
  • Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
    • Japanese proverb, as quoted in Civilization's Quotations : Life's Ideal (2002) by Richard Alan Krieger, p. 280.
  • Then purg'd with euphrasy and rue
    The visual nerve, for he had much to see.
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
    • Book of Proverbs, 29:18 (KJV)
    • Variant translation: Without a vision, the people perish.
  • Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
    • Jonathan Swift, as attributed in Escape the Pace : 100 Fun and Easy Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Your Life (2004) by Lisa Rickwood, no earlier source yet located.
  • For any man with half an eye,
    What stands before him may espy;
    But optics sharp it needs I ween,
    To see what is not to be seen.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 707.
  • And finds with keen, discriminating sight,
    Black's not so black—nor white so very white.
  • And for to se, and eek for to be seye.
  • The rarer sene, the lesse in mynde,
    The lesse in mynde, the lesser payne.
  • And every eye
    Gaz'd as before some brother of the sky.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book VIII, line 17. Pope's translation.
  • For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.
    (Ah! he can see enough, when years are told,
    Who backwards looks).
  • Two men look out through the same bars:
    One sees the mud, and one the stars.
  • He that had neither beene kithe nor kin,
    Might have seene a full fayre sight.
    • Thomas Percy, Reliques of Ancient Poetry, Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne.
  • Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.
    • A monster frightful, formless, immense, with sight removed.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), III. 658.

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