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Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.

Author: A Course In Miracles

Profession: Course on Forgiveness Based on Eastern Philosophy

To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.

Author: Henri L. Bergson (1859-1941)

Profession: French Philosopher

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ''creative observation.'' Creative viewing.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

You are only as wise as others perceive you to be.

Author: M. Shawn Cole


To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is --in other words, not a thing, but a think.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald (1916)

Profession: British Author

Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Author: Hans Margolius


The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.

Author: Al Neuharth

Profession: American publisher, Founder, USA Today

We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see.

Author: Charles Peguy (1873-1914)

Profession: French Poet, Philosopher

The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.

Author: Charles H. Perkhurst


The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.

Author: Agnes Repplier (1858-1950)

Profession: American Author, Social Critic

Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.

Author: Chogyam Trungpa