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Bias and impartiality is in the eye of the beholder.

Author: Lord Barnett


I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

When you're in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. That's the consolation of philosophy.

Author: David Cronenberg (1943)

Profession: Canadian Filmmaker

Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

The seeing of objects involves many sources of information beyond those meeting the eye when we look at an object. It generally involves knowledge of the object derived from previous experience, and this experience is not limited to vision but may include the other senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and perhaps also temperature or pain.

Author: R. L. Gregory


Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Profession: American Novelist, Short Story Writer

Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Author: Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970)

Profession: American Psychologist

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.

Author: Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.

Author: Thomas Traherne (1636-1674)

Profession: British Clergyman, Poet, Mystic