Quotes About Perspective
1. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
2. There are no facts, only interpretations.
3. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
4. One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.
5. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
6. We’re so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven’t learned how to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet? . . . And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin’ great. It’s been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn’t goin’ anywhere, folks. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, we’re goin’ away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.
7. The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
8. Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.
9. Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.
10. If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
11. A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
12. Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?
13. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.
14. Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.
15. The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
16. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
17. When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
18. On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.
19. In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
20. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
21. No two persons ever read the same book.
22. It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
23. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
24. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
25. What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.
26. It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?
27. Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.
28. I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.
29. There’s a fine line between support and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.
30. When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.
31. Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
32. What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, criscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.
33. What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.
34. When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.
35. We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.
36. There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.
37. Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
38. The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.
39. When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
40. The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.
41. If someone does not want me it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.
42. If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.
43. Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.
44. Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.
45. A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.
46. Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.
47. People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That’s how they define Reality. But what does it mean to be “correct” or “true”? Merely vague concepts… Their Reality may all be a mirage. Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs?
48. The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.
49. I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS?
50. If we are always arriving and departing, it is also
true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination
is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
51. A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
52. The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success
53. Cordelia: I personally don’t think it’s possible to come up with a crazier plan.
Oz: We attack the Mayor with hummus.
Cordelia: I stand corrected.
Oz: Just keeping things in perspective.
54. For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.
55. While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
56. I’m always happy when I’m surrounded by water, I think I’m a Mermaid or I was a mermaid.
The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.
57. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.
58. loving people live in a loving world.hostile people live in a hostile world.same world.
59. Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn’t fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.
60. Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn’t fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.