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- Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not.
- Anonymous quote, in Quotations for Martial Artists : Hundreds of Inspirational Quotes to Motivate and Enlighten the Modern Warrior (2003) by John Moore, p. 87
- Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.
- Douglas Adams, in Mostly Harmless (Chapter 9)
- As men of inward light are wont
To turn their optics in upon't.
- Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part III (1678), Canto I, line 481, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 593
- They say there is a difference between actual temperature and perceived temperature, but in the “bearable heaviness of being” the actual measure is no doubt the weight we perceive.
- Fausto Cercignani as quoted in Quotes we cherish : Quotations from Fausto Cercignani (2013) by Brian Morris, 2nd edition, p. 25
- The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
- Kahlil Gibran, as quoted in If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People? (2009) by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, p. 103
- They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
- Kahlil Gibran, as quoted in Visualizing Categorical Data (2000) by Michael Friendly, Ch. 3.5 Sieve Diagrams, p. 85
- 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.
- C. W. Leadbeater, in The Chakras (1927), p. 138
- He gives us the very quintessence of perception.
- James Russell Lowell, My Study Window, Coleridge, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 593
- I see the same sadness in the eyes of conformists as I do in the eyes of those convulsing radically in opposition. I talk to people that aren't like me, individually, thoughtfully. And I listen. If I walk away from a conversation thinking differently than before I entered into it, I have succeeded in doing something that doesn't compute. If I haven't interacted and challenged what I know, resulting in a change of perception, I am still running my own set of stupid old programs.
- Paul J. Schrag, in Adbusters (2003)
- You must choose:
Do you wish to see (perceive) nothing, or do you want to see things as they really are?
It is not hard to see things as they really are, it is simply a matter of tearing down walls, ridding oneself of defenses and presumption, rendering oneself vulnerable, an idiot, a fool.
But it is not easy to see things as they really are, because it is painful, it is real, it requires response, it's an incredible commitment.
To go nine-tenths of the way is to suffer at every moment utter madness.
To go all the way is to become sane.
Most people prefer blindness.
But most people are a dying race.
- Paul Williams, Das Energi (1973)