Perception Quotes and Sayings

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare

The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Henri Bergson

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare

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

Perception believed is reality achieved.
– Andy August

How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.
Catherine Pulsifer


The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

Some people see the cup as half empty. Some people see the cup as half full. I see the cup as too large.
George Carlin

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Your intentions don’t matter. Perception is reality. If people perceive you the wrong way, it doesn’t matter what your intentions are.

Preconceived notions are like dark sunglasses worn indoors. You see just enough to detect big shapes, and not enough to discern crucial details.
Alan Robert Neal

Your agreement with reality defines your life.
Steve Maraboli

Do not say,it is morning, and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.
Rabindranath Tagore

The universe is change; life is your perception of it.
– Marcus Aurelius


The dung beetle, seeing its child on the wall, thinks it sees a pearl on a thread.
– Arabic Proverb

Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse.
– Humphrey Bogart

If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.
– Angelina Jolie

Perceptions about people can be powerful. They can also be powerfully wrong.
– Craig Dresang

We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.
– Stephen R. Covey

The perception of identity is so intimately bound up with the perception of the human form.
– David Hanson

It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you’re not.
– Michael Ondaatje

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
Anais Nin

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot accurately assess ourselves based solely on our own perceptions.
Alan Robert Neal


Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.
Douglas Adams

If perception can grasp its object the way the object manifests itself, it will have come to terms with that object’s truth its reality.

The more earnest our affections, desires, emotions, the more vivid are our perceptions; and, on the other hand, the clearer our perceptions, the more intense are our feelings.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that’s the truth in people’s minds.
– Steve Young

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