- This page is about the ability to see things. For, the religious experience see Visions.
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.
- Vision without implementation is hallucination.
- 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 understanding — begins right away, on the retina; if you postpone consideration of it, you misdescribe how vision works.
- Daniel C. Dennett, "Facing Backwards on the Problem of Consciousness" Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3 (1), 1996, pp. 4-6
- 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.
- John Trumbull, McFingal (1775-1782), Canto I, line 67.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- George Canning, New Morality.
- And for to se, and eek for to be seye.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath, Preamble, line 6,134.
- The age, wherein he lived was dark; but he
Could not want sight, who taught the world to see.
- John Denham, in Todd's Johnson.
- The rarer sene, the lesse in mynde,
The lesse in mynde, the lesser payne.
- Barnaby Googe, Sonnettes, Out of Syght, Out of Mynde.
- See and to be seen.
- 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.)
- Victor Hugo, Eviradnus, IX.
- Two men look out through the same bars:
One sees the mud, and one the stars.
- Frederick Langbridge, In A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts; published by the Religious Tract Society.
- 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.