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Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

— William James (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.

—David Hume (1766, by Allan Ramsay; Public Domain)

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If you will call your “troubles” “experiences,” and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.


—J.R. Miller (Public domain)

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Thoreau on Perception

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Thoreau, Henry David, PD, see file

—Henry David Thoreau

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Every block of stone has a statue inside of it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564)

—Michelangelo (Public domain)

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The Power of Perception

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

Lubbock, John pd see file

—John Lubbock (by Lock & Whitfield, public domain)

…Perception. Perhaps the most underrated word in the English language. I’m sure I have used my bumper sticker guy in a story before, but the story bears repeating. I was driving along a St. Louis interstate one year, probably around the mid ’90s, when I happened across an angry-looking driver in an old beater. As I was stopped behind him on the off-ramp, I noticed his bumper sticker. It read: “IF YOU’RE NOT OUTRAGED THEN YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.” He was obviously taking his own advice.

Wow. Why would anyone willingly go through life in a mental state of outrage? What a life-sapping, energy-sucking drag. Ironically, the very things which “outraged” this poor fella probably elicited a very different reaction in other people. Perhaps it was a cause, or maybe a certain politician, that led him to put the sticker on his car, but he was not showing any strength of character by his position, he was showing his weakness.

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” Our state of mind belong uniquely to us. No matter what is happening in the external world around us, we control how we perceive what we see! Don’t be one of those poor souls who looks for ugliness and negativity. Instead, constantly be looking around for the tools needed for personal and spiritual growth; the items which will help you achieve your goals and objectives. Begin looking for the right things, and that is what you will see!

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Take Command

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Aurelius, Marcus 2


—Marcus Aurelius

Never play the victim, either outwardly or inwardly, at any stage of life. Take command, to the best of your ability, and your outlook on life will change radically.


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Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself.  He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.

Allen_James as a Man Thinketh

—James Allen

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The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.

de Tocqueville, Alexis

—Alexis de Tocqueville

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


—Aldous Huxley

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