- 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.
- The vision of the eye is limited, but the vision of the heart transcends all barriers of time and space.
- Imam Ali, Nahj al-Balagha
- There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
- 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.
- I wanted to see, because I didn't believe what I'd been hearing.
- Michelle Branch, "Hotel Paper", Hotel Paper (2003).
- Do not complain and cry and pray, but open your eyes and see, for the light is all about you, and it is so wonderful, so beautiful, so far beyond anything of which men have ever dreamt, for which they have ever prayed, and it is for ever and for ever.
- You’re actually socially isolating yourself with your phone. I feel like it’s kind of emasculating. This Google Glass really takes away that excuse.… It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluded away in email or social posts.
My vision when we started Google 15 years ago was that eventually you wouldn’t have to have a search query at all — the information would just come to you as you needed it. This is the first form factor that can deliver that vision.
- The Greeks elaborated several theories of vision. According to the Pythagoreans, Democritus, and others vision is caused by the projection of particles from the object seen, into the pupil of the eye. On the other hand Empedocles, the Platonists, and Euclid held the strange doctrine of ocular beams, according to which the eye itself sends out something which causes sight as soon as it meets something else emanated by the object.
- 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.
- Ed Rowell, The Foreign Service Journal - August 1996 p.5 (AFSA News section)
- It is commonly claimed to be a "Japanese proverb" or attributed to Soichiro Honda.
- In Nietzsche’s view nihilism is not a Weltanschauung that occurs at some time and place or another; it is rather the basic character of what happens in Occidental history.
- Martin Heidegger (1961) Nietzsche p. 26.
- 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.
- No vision can grasp him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.
- Quran 6:103
- Vision is the Art of seeing Things invisible.
- Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on various subjects (Further thoughts on various subjects), 1745
- 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.
- In the Middle Ages society was far more static and was essentially hierarchical in nature. As a result the causal or genetic attitude was far less important in medieval thought that it is in ours and the concept of evolution had little influence compared with the role of symbolism in the general world-view... Moreover, even the concept of time itself was of less significance to historians... For St Augustine the date of an event was of far less importance than its theological significance. His tendency to see everything in a theological rather than in a historical perspective was a powerful influence in the Middle Ages... It was not until the nineteenth century that the fundamental significance of the historical perspective came to be generally recognized. This was several hundred years after the theory and practice of perspective had been developed by painters and others. In each case a new way of looking at the world resulted.
- Gerald James Whitrow, Time in History: Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day (1988)
- Vision without implementation is hallucination.
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, 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.