Quotes and Sayings about Perception



"Key metaphors help determine what and how we perceive and how we think about our perceptions."
- M. H. Abrams
(Related: Help, Key, Metaphors, Perceptions)

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
- Ansel Adams
(Related: Perception, Execution, Expression, Infinite, Photography, Variety)

"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
(Related: Men, Confidence, Emotions, Man, Perceptions, Right, Spirit)

"Major social movements eventually fade into the landscape not because they have diminished but because they have become a permanent part of our perceptions and experience."
- Freda Adler
(Related: Experience, Perceptions)

"In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Art, Perception, Fact)

"In the perception of a tree we can distinguish the act of experiencing, or perceiving, from the thing experienced, or perceived."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Perception, Act)

"The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the object of which it is the perception."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Perception, Act, Mind)

"The thing of which the act of perception is the perception is experienced as something not mental."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Perception, Act)

"Thus the same object may supply a practical perception to one person and a speculative one to another, or the same person may perceive it partly practically and partly speculatively."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Perception, May)

"I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion."
- Samuel Alito
(Related: Decision, Perception, Court, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"If it is widely assumed that the new President cannot move forward simply because of a narrow victory, there can easily develop a sense of unease and uncertainty, adversely affecting every sector of American society, our economy and the perception of other nations."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Society, Perception, Victory, American, Economy, Nations, President, Sense, Uncertainty)

"I think my perception of my own life is different and the fact that Lauren and myself are together. I've never felt this free or happy and so that permeates onto my onstage persona and to my working environment."
- Rick Allen
(Related: Life, Perception, Environment, Fact)

"After the enormous success of All About my Mother, all the awards and everything, I wanted to start a movie in exactly the same place that I used to be before. I wanted to show that all of the success had not changed my perception."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Success, Mother, Perception, Awards)

"There's this perception sometimes around here that I'm this Hollywood guy."
- Harry Anderson
(Related: Perception, Hollywood)

"What is the possible benefit? Can this material save lives? Can it improve the quality of life in Iraq? Can it tend to shape our perceptions of how war should and should not be conducted? Can it shape our perceptions of who should be conducting war and in what manner? And the answer to that is a clear yes."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Life, War, Quality, Iraq, Perceptions)

"Perception is reality."
- Lee Atwater
(Related: Perception, Reality)

"Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction."
- Kevyn Aucoin
(Related: Beauty, Perception, Beginning, Correction, Dress, Fun, Hair, Joy)

"In fact, even the perception of a resurgence in crime can be enough to paralyze business momentum and destroy the sense of security that a vibrant and progressive city requires."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Business, Perception, Crime, Fact, Security, Sense)

"The new limitations are the human ones of perception."
- Milton Babbitt
(Related: Perception, Limitations)

"A common misperception of me is... that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point."
- Sean Bean
(Related: Time, Act, Man, Mind, Play, Pretty)

"The adjustment of reality to the masses and of the masses to reality is a process of unlimited scope, as much for thinking as for perception."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Perception, Reality, Thinking)

"Outside of being an actress, I feel like being out is the biggest way that gay people can change perception. There are people that give millions of dollars to gay organizations but are closeted to their own families."
- Jill Bennett
(Related: Change, People, Perception, Being, Gay)

"Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection."
- Alban Berg
(Related: Music, Talent, Knowledge, Enthusiasm, Perception, Composers, Feeling, Reflection, Result, Study)

"Spirit borrows from matter the perceptions on which it feeds and restores them to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Freedom, Perceptions, Spirit)

"To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Perception, Act)

"You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Life, Imagination, Perception, Vision, Will)

"When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Action, Perception, Beginning, Body, Sense, State)

"Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Perceptions, Right, World)

"Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe."
- Claudia Black
(Related: Trust, Perceptions)

"Certainly almost everything we do and think is colored in some way by memes, but it is important to realize that not everything we experience is a meme. If I walk down the street and see a tree, the basic perception that's going on is not memetic."
- Susan Blackmore
(Related: Experience, Perception)

"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
- William Blake
(Related: Perception, Infinite, Man)

"Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Perception, Consciousness, Universe)

"But any perception of this application being speeded up requires me to take responsibility."
- David Blunkett
(Related: Perception, Being, Responsibility)

"Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Perception, Logic, Mistakes, Thinking)

"It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Humor, Attention, Mind, Perceptions, Reason)

"In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: History, Ignorance, Perceptions, Sense, Words)

"I'm not interested in trying to work on people's perceptions. I am who I am, and if you don't take the time to learn about that, then your perception is going to be your problem."
- Jim Brown
(Related: Time, Work, People, Perception, Perceptions, Trying)

"I just wanted to have fun for myself - I felt I had a lot to say, and I realized that I missed having a magazine as a place to express my ideas. The Times column is a place for me to unload those perceptions."
- Tina Brown
(Related: Ideas, Fun, Perceptions)

"In the perception of the incongruous stimuli, the recognition process is temporarily thwarted and exhibits characteristics which are generally not observable in the recognition of more conventional stimuli."
- Jerome Bruner
(Related: Perception)

"The perception is that baseball's players' union is protecting players to use steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs."
- Jim Bunning
(Related: Perception, Performance, Baseball, Drugs)

"Some would suggest that there has been a dramatic change in our perception of the world and ourselves within the world. Others have observed that there has been an almost complete about-face in a relatively short span of time."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Change, Time, Perception, World)

"In every war zone that I've been in, there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis, the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know."
- John Le Carre
(Related: War, Perception, Being, Crisis, Public, Reality, Zone)

"Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality."
- Alexis Carrel
(Related: Perception, Intuition, Reality)

"You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They're so not me. That's why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Fight, Perceptions)

"I have to struggle to change people's perceptions of me. I grew very frustrated with the perception that I'm this shy, retiring, inhibited aristocratic creature when I'm absolutely not like that at all. I think I'm much more outgoing and exuberant than my image."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Change, People, Perception, Perceptions, Struggle)

"The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."
- Willa Cather
(Related: Power, Church, Being, Eyes, Faces, Healing, Miracles, Perceptions, Rest)

"Sense data are much more controversial than qualia, because they are associated with a controversial theory of perception - that one perceives the world by perceiving one's sense-data, or something like that."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Perception, Sense, Theory, World)

"Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Perception, Necessity, Writing)

"Science is a perception of the world around us. Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you."
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
(Related: Nature, Science, Perception, World)

"Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything."
- Stephen Colbert
(Related: Perception, Argument, Country, Facts, Opinion, Word)

"I can't comment on any outside perception. I'm happy to come out and talk about movies that I've worked on in a setting like this. Otherwise, I have my own life that I live which is very different and private."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Life, Movies, Perception, Talk)

"I think it's his perception of knowing how to make a record build, keeping the integrity of the song in the music and really adding a lot of musical elements to compliment my voice and to compliment the song."
- Deborah Cox
(Related: Music, Perception, Compliment, Integrity, Song, Voice)

"Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
(Related: Perception, Reality)

"Unless you have a perception of who you are as a lawyer, you will never be at ease in dealing with legal matters, clients, or courts. But if you know who you are and why you're there, all you need is the expertise and the information."
- Samuel Dash
(Related: Legal, Perception, Clients, Expertise, Information, Will)

"Being famous hasn't changed my perception of myself - I've just grown up."
- Cat Deeley
(Related: Perception, Being, Famous)

"The auditory perception is not sufficient for our knowledge of the world; it does not have vastness."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Knowledge, Perception, World)

"Our understanding is correlative to our perception."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Perception, Understanding)

"If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Work, Perception, Being, Literature, Writer)

"The musician - if he be a good one - finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception, and he translates the expression of that perception from the terms of poetry into the terms of music."
- John Drinkwater
(Related: Music, Poetry, Perception, Expression)

"Sensorial perception, for example, certainly occurs with greater or less accuracy according to the degree of interest; it is constantly given other directions by the change of external stimuli and by ideas."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Change, Ideas, Perception, Accuracy, Example, Interest)

"The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it."
- Umberto Eco
(Related: Humor, Perception, Feeling)

"The advanced levels which the democratic world has attained at the end of lengthy processes may have created the perception in the region that democracy is a distant concept; this perception can be addressed."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Perception, Democracy, End, May, World)

"The belief that we are what the media says we are, what people perceive we are, is soon to be what we think we are. We are treated based on this warped perception. It is hard to get away from it."
- Kevin Eubanks
(Related: People, Belief, Perception, Media)

"The really explicit phrase is doors of perception."
- Marianne Faithfull
(Related: Perception)

"There is no truth. There is only perception."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Truth, Perception)

"It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual."
- Alexander Fleming
(Related: Thought, Idea, Perception, First, May)

"We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white, which they didn't. They loved very bright colors. And there were other differences in perceptions that gave one a very different view of them."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Colors, Perceptions)

"The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn't hear what is going on, is it going on or not?"
- Robert Fripp
(Related: Perception)

"I think things changed as a result of a certain perception of our politics. When we went through our zealous, self-righteous period it didn't exactly win us any friends."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Politics, Perception, Friends, Result, Self)

"However, in spite of the general perception that monetary policy should be conducted so as to avert deflation, a central bank cannot lower interest rates below the zero lower bound."
- Toshihiko Fukui
(Related: Policy, Perception, Interest)

"I've never personally criticized anyone else's music, but I know that the public's real problem is not the music I make but the perception that I play simple music for money only and for the notoriety and to increase my popularity."
- Kenny G
(Related: Money, Music, Perception, Play, Popularity, Public)

"I'm from the bottom, I understand what it's like to have and to not have. My perception on giving is to put yourself in those people's shoes and go from there. So that's what I did."
- Kevin Garnett
(Related: People, Perception, Giving)

"I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Science, Perception, Being, Deep)

"The perception of what a thing is and the perception of what it means are not separate, either."
- James J. Gibson
(Related: Perception)

"There has been a great gulf in psychological thought between the perception of space and objects on one hand and the perception of meaning on the other."
- James J. Gibson
(Related: Thought, Perception, Meaning, Space)

"Psychology is still trying to explain the perception of the position of an object in space, along with its shape, size, and so on, and to understand the sensations of color."
- James J. Gibson
(Related: Perception, Psychology, Sensations, Space, Trying)

"The funny thing is, people's perceptions of what a song is about is usually wrong a majority of the time. But they're still going to read what they want to into it."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Funny, Time, People, Majority, Perceptions, Song, Want, Wrong)

"Anybody who's ever gone through a hard time - any outsider's perception, no matter how much information they're given, they have no idea what the person's life is like."
- Amy Grant
(Related: Life, Time, Idea, Perception, Information)

"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
(Related: Imagination, Hope, Perception, Compassion)

"It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be."
- Alan Hansen
(Related: Perception, Ambition, Fans, Public)

"After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Travel, Perception, Reality, World)

"But that citizen's perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Change, Trust, Truth, Perception, Possibilities)

"Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Perception, Discrimination, Literature, Opinions)

"We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception."
- Vernon Howard
(Related: Perception)

"These are the influences that everybody has. Some individuals might stand out because of one thing or another, but whether one's perception as a child of what was important or not is accurate, I don't know."
- John Hume
(Related: Perception)

"It could be my downfall, but I don't think it is - Hollywood is run on perception, and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career, it's suicide."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Perception, Career, Hollywood, Suicide, Want)

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Perception)

"But the perception of life as an organic unity is a slow achievement, and depends for its growth on a people's entry into the main current of world-events."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Life, People, Achievement, Growth, Perception, Unity, World)

"Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions."
- Gerald Jampolsky
(Related: Forgiveness, Peace, Past, Practice)

"The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem, it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem."
- Bruce Jenner
(Related: Perception, Kids)

"Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Life, Perception, Artist, Musicians, Poets, Popular, Writers)

"If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I'm not frightened by anyone's perception of me."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Perception, Fool)

"I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Time, Perception, Fame, Play, Public)

"Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."
- Jon Bon Jovi
(Related: Change, Perception, Miracles)

"I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write a book for kids about urban perception, or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it. Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth."
- Norton Juster
(Related: Experience, People, Perception, Cities, Kids, Writing)

"My perception is that I've never done anything but work really hard."
- Val Kilmer
(Related: Work, Perception)

"When you look at the state of the economy right now, you have to set a priority. And my top priority is the deficit of jobs and economic growth, and especially this perception that the United States could be falling behind especially Asian economies."
- Mark Kirk
(Related: Growth, Perception, Economy, Jobs, Now, Right, State, states, United)

"High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Decision, Decisions, Office, Perceptions)

"It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Perceptions)

"I was surprised by the response of young people because there is a perception that those younger than the 1988 generation are not interested in politics."
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Politics, People, Perception)

"You can't cover people with perceptions because we are all different."
- Bernhard Langer
(Related: People, Perceptions)

"Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are embedded in daily experiences that confirm them."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Perceptions)

"As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope."
- Ursula K. LeGuin
(Related: Imagination, Hope, Perception, Children, Compassion, Scientists)

"Men act like brutes in so far as the sequences of their perceptions arise through the principle of memory only, like those empirical physicians who have mere practice without theory."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Men, Act, Memory, Perceptions, Physicians, Practice, Theory)

"So I think it's - what was important to me is that I found that I can't change the fact that people already have made an opinion about me. But I don't think that should stop me from trying to correct some of the misperceptions that are out there."
- Monica Lewinsky
(Related: Change, People, Fact, Opinion, Trying)

"Well, for me, really, I think it was I wanted to try and clear up some of the misperceptions that were out there and fill in some of the historical gaps."
- Monica Lewinsky
"Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: History, Past, Perceptions, Present)

"You must consider, when reading this treatise, that mental perception, because connected with matter, is subject to conditions similar to those to which physical perception is subject."
- Maimonides
(Related: Perception, Reading)

"Further-more, partisan attachments powerfully shape political perceptions, beliefs and values, and incumbents enjoy advantages well beyond the way in which their districts are configured."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Values, Beliefs, Perceptions)

"I really believed that if I could play that character, who is grounded in the earth and the history of the United States - not the kind of role I usually play - it would help me change the perception out there and my own perception of what I can accomplish as a performer."
- Andrea Martin
(Related: Change, History, Character, Perception, Earth, Help, Play, states, United)

"All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Values, Media, Perceptions)

"The world is... the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not inhabit only the inner man, or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself."
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty
(Related: Truth, Thoughts, Man, Perceptions, World)

"Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come."
- Michelangelo
(Related: Beauty, Perception)

"In a novel, I could submerge my ego in a character's and let his perceptions take over."
- Elizabeth Moon
(Related: Character, Ego, Perceptions)

"Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception."
- Alan Moore
(Related: Experience, Perception, Consciousness, Right, Universe)

"So, we, as human beings, live in a very imprecise world. A world where our perceptions of reality are far more important than actual reality."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Perceptions, Reality, World)

"The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Poetry, Age, People, Perceptions)

"A famous person to themselves, they don't get up in the morning and think, I'm famous. I'm not famous to me. Famous is a perception."
- Van Morrison
(Related: Perception, Famous)

"The essential attribute of a new sense is, not the perception of external objects or influences which ordinarily do not act upon the senses, but that external causes should excite in it a new and peculiar kind of sensation different from all the sensations of our five senses."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Perception, Act, Causes, Sensations, Sense, Senses)

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."
- Martina Navratilova
(Related: Perception, Disability)

"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Art, Perception, Magic, Meaning, Writer)

"That the Op-Ed page is very important in readers' and the nation's perception of the Times, the perception of its editorial positions, and of its implicit editorial positions as expressed by the publisher's choice of people who are given the freedom to write opinion columns."
- Daniel Okrent
(Related: People, Perception, Choice, Freedom, Nation, Opinion)

"It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not."
- Michael Ondaatje
(Related: Perception)

"An actress must be a woman whose emotional perceptions are true, and to make them so, she must have a fine contempt for any art or thought that betrays them for something false."
- Nance O'Neil
(Related: Art, Thought, Contempt, Perceptions, Woman)

"There are children playing in the streets 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
(Related: Perception, Children, Physics, Problems)

"For whatever be the knowledge which we are able to obtain of God, either by perception or reflection, we must of necessity believe that He is by many degrees far better than what we perceive Him to be."
- Origen
(Related: God, Knowledge, Perception, Necessity, Reflection)

"Government frequently has a problem recognizing perception versus reality."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Government, Perception, Reality)

"A gloss is a total system of perception and language."
- Talcott Parsons
(Related: Perception, Language)

"I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it's up to me."
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Work, Life, Perception, Day)

"Science is nothing but perception."
- Plato
(Related: Science, Perception, Nothing)

"My own perception is that there are two tiers of countries, one, the original ASEAN, and then the new members. The new members are in various stages of development."
- Sellapan Ramanathan
(Related: Development, Perception, Countries)

"One of the misperceptions that exists in the Muslim world, which needs to be fixed, is the perception that Muslims in America are - are - are living in - in very, very, very bad circumstances. They cannot practice religion freely. It is not the truth at all. The fact is, we are practicing. We fast, we pray, we do our prayers."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: Religion, Truth, Perception, Muslim, America, Circumstances, Fact, Living, Needs, Practice, World)

"Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist."
- Ned Rorem
(Related: Artist, Being, Childhood, Perceptions)

"My own perception of that is somewhat colored by where people ask my advice, which is still, of course, about changes to Python internals or at least standard libraries."
- Guido van Rossum
(Related: People, Perception, Advice, Libraries)

"The decision to use the atom bomb on Japanese cities, and the consequent buildup of enormous nuclear arsenals, was made by governments, on the basis of political and military perceptions."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Decision, Cities, Military, Perceptions)

"Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it's true, it's very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say... it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: Computers, Wife, Perception, Enjoyment, Moon, Understanding)

"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us."
- Virginia Satir
(Related: People, Perceptions)

"Take a sound from whatever source, a note on a violin, a scream, a moan, a creaking door, and there is always this symmetry between the sound basis, which is complex and has numerous characteristics which emerge through a process of comparison within our perception."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Perception, Sound)

"No one wants to abandon the Israelis. But I think the perception is, and I think it's probably an accurate perception, that the tail is leading the dog - that we are giving the Israelis carte blanche ability to exercise whatever they want to do in their area."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: Perception, Ability, Exercise, Giving, Leading, Want)

"The perception is that more important people watch news in the evenings than in the mornings."
- Reese Schonfeld
(Related: People, Perception, News)

"The thing of it is though that's the only way people know you, they see you in that roll and they see you in person and they only know the perception of what you are."
- David Selby
(Related: People, Perception)

"The perceptions of middle age have their own luminosity."
- Gail Sheehy
(Related: Age, Middle age, Perceptions)

"A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment."
- Beverly Sills
(Related: Art, Environmental, Thought, Perception, Culture, Judgment, Sense, Tyranny)

"These are ideas. I could say that they just came to me, but it would be more accurate to say that I went to them. Ideas - and new connections between ideas - lead you away from commonly held perceptions of reality. Ideas lead you out here. Ideas lead you into the darkness."
- Dave Sim
(Related: Ideas, Darkness, Perceptions, Reality)

"I like doing a challenging class because it makes me more brave in life. My perception of hardships is now completely different. I'm not whining and moaning inside as much."
- Ione Skye
(Related: Life, Perception, Class, Now)

"Sometimes I feel limited by people's perceptions of what I can and cannot do, or what I do or don't look like."
- Mira Sorvino
(Related: People, Perceptions)

"Our perception of songs that we've written... the meaning changes from day to day... to whatever stage we're at in our life and careers."
- Layne Staley
(Related: Life, Perception, Careers, Day, Meaning, Songs)

"And when they encounter works of art which show that using new media can lead to new experiences and to new consciousness, and expand our senses, our perception, our intelligence, our sensibility, then they will become interested in this music."
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
(Related: Art, Music, Intelligence, Perception, Consciousness, Media, Senses, Sensibility, Will)

"How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can't argue with them. That's their perception."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: Perception, First, Public)

"While only about half of the voters feel they know very much about Reagan or what he stands for, the Republicans who do have a very positive perception of him."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Perception, Positive, Republicans)

"This is easy to say with the benefit of hindsight, but I think it once again points out how very important style of leadership, that is the way he does what he does, is to his perception."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Leadership, Perception, Hindsight, Style)

"I'm inspired by nature. Other artist's work is important for developing my perception."
- Mike Thompson
(Related: Work, Nature, Perception, Artist)

"The perception of beauty is a moral test."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Beauty, Perception)

"Oddly my name has been no professional help at all! It seems to have made no difference. I admire him hugely, both for his benevolence and his enormous psychological perception."
- Joanna Trollope
(Related: Perception, Benevolence, Difference, Help, Name)

"I visited a scientist who had a helmet with magnetic fields controlled by computer sequences that could profoundly affect your mood and your perceptions."
- Douglas Trumbull
(Related: Computer, Perceptions)

"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Dumb, Man, Perceptions, Vanity)

"The UN's unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Perception, Purpose, Countries, Country)

"All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Knowledge, Perceptions)

"When a film is created, it is created in a language, which is not only about words, but also the way that very language encodes our perception of the world, our understanding of it."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: Perception, Film, Language, Understanding, Words, World)

"In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it."
- H. G. Wells
(Related: Time, Perception, England, Years)

"There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Power, Perception)

"Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Funny, Perception, Order, Want, World)

"How it shaped my perception is this: I have become so indelibly identified as a character in pop culture that it has forced me to go deeply within myself to get a very very rock solid sense, to myself, of who I am."
- Thomas Wilson
(Related: Character, Perception, Culture, Sense)

"I definitely don't look my age. So I actively look for roles that will help people change their perception of me."
- Elijah Wood
(Related: Change, Age, People, Perception, Help, Will)

"The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this."
- William Wordsworth
(Related: Beauty, Perception, Dignity, Excitement, Mind)

"Also, after people play these Sim games, it tends to change their perception of the world around them, so they see their city, house or family in a slightly different way after playing."
- Will Wright
(Related: Change, Family, People, Perception, Games, Play, World)

"Physiology is concerned with all those phenomena of life that present them selves to us in sense perception as bodily processes, and accordingly form part of that total environment which we name the external world."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Life, Perception, Environment, Name, Present, Sense, World)

"Factors affecting effective regional cooperation are mindsets and perceptions emanating from the past."
- Khaleda Zia
(Related: Cooperation, Past, Perceptions)