50 Quotes on Perspective

Find out what viewpoints these greats have on perspective.

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Rice plant museum in Seiyo city.

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal


“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only

the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young,

brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is

holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit

without speaking. This is the great paradox.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't

have, you will never, ever have enough”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Humans see what they want to see.”

― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“Songs are as sad as the listener.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

― C.G. Jung

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content

with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world

accepts him or her.”

― Lao Tzu

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of


― Aldous Huxley

“It's all in the mind.”

― George Harrison

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all

should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build

confidence in the creative spirit.”

― Ansel Adams

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.”

― Martha Graham

“Life is 10 percent what you make it

and 90 percent how you take it.”

― Irving Berlin

“It’s amazing that a thin film of plastic wrap is enough to protect food against the aggression of

hungry marauders. Or maybe the plastic cover doesn’t act as a shield, but rather the starving

mob is staved off by one simple word: Leftovers.”

― Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like

a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which

paint the world their own hue. . . . ”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has

never been before.”

― Anne Rice, Pandora

“And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the


― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered”

― José Saramago, The Double

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal


“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”

― Colin Powell

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”

― Oscar Wilde

“...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what

happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.”

― Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

“The task is...not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet

thought, about that which everybody sees.”

― Erwin Schrödinger

“In this treacherous world

Nothing is the truth nor a lie.

Everything depends on the color

Of the crystal through which one sees it”

― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

“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.”

― Dorothea Lange

“Look at everything as though you are seeing it either for the first or last time, then your time on

earth will be filled with glory”

― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“You will always define events in a manner which will validate your agreement with reality.”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“When it seems like the sky is about to collapse, relax, that’s just the roof caving in.”

― Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite.”

― William Blake

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“One person's craziness is another person's reality.”

― Tim Burton

“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.”

― George Carlin

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

― J.M. Barrie

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

― Steven Wright

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”

― George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

― John Lubbock

“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.”

― George Carlin

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”

― P.G. Wodehouse, The Adventures of Sally

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Electricity is really just organized lighting”

― George Carlin

“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.”

― Corrie Ten Boom

“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?”

― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”

― Wayne W. Dyer

“Distance lends enchantment to the view.”

― Mark Twain

“Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.”

― Muhammad Ali

“The best things in life aren't things.”

― Art Buchwald

“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.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale