Perception Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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.


Your agreement with reality defines your life.
Steve Maraboli

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

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes.
Virginia Woolf

When we become fixed in our perceptions, we lose our ability to fly.

To perceive means to immobilize … we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
– Henri Bergson

Preconcieved notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
– Merry Browne

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


Beyond our most stubborn misperception lies often our fondest dream.
Robert Brault

The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.
– Roger Birkman

Opting for one perception eliminates all others.
– Simone Bingemer

If you learn something too well, it will get in the way of your perception of reality.
– Darby Bannard

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 which we see are not by themselves what we see … It remains completely unknown to us what the objects may be by themselves and apart from the receptivity of our senses. We know nothing but our manner of perceiving them.’
– Immanuel Kant

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

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.
– Stephen R. Covey

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


There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire.
– Aristotle

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

It’s impossible to make a judgment as to which perceptions are real, and which are false, without assuming your personal view to be more valid than your neighbor’s.
– Laura Tillman

Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not.

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