Quotes of Contemplation

“ By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ”

- Confucius

“ To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Oh, great. This is going to be like shooting baskets with Magic Johnson watching. ”

- Bill Pullman

“ For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections. ”

- Peace Pilgrim

“ She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself. ”

- Anais Nin

“ Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. ”

- John Adams

“ There is not one little blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make men rejoice. ”

- John Calvin

“ Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego… ”

- Jean Arp

“ If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words. ”

- Fran Lebowitz

“ The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed. - Reflections on Life. ”

- Alexis Carrel

“ Opportunity is lost by deliberation. ”

- Publilius Syrus

“ Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth. ”

- Emile Durkheim

“ What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love. ”

- Meister Eckhart

“ Beware of a woman who signeth not her name to her letters; she will bear watching, aye, she hath a past. ”

- Frank Gelett Burgess

“ If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works. ”

- John Dos Passos

“ The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation…The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. ”

- Jacob Bronowski

“ Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart. ”

- Bhagavad Gita

“ Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. ”

- Bible

“ That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me. ”

- Andre Dubus

“ Success serves men as a pedestal. It makes them seem greater when not measured by reflection. ”

- Joseph Joubert

“ Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork — reading, writing, thinking — can. ”

- Helen Gurley Brown

“ Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect thet best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality. ”

- Ralph Marston

“ Renunciation of the fruit of work is better than meditation. ”

- Bhagavad Gita

“ I am a reflection of what I sing. Sometimes I have to get serious because the things I've been through are serious. ”

- Robert Plant

“ By contemplating on Me with an unwavering mind, disciplined by the practice of meditation, one attains the Supreme divine spirit, O Arjuna. ”

- Bhagavad Gita

“ All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. - Reflections on Life. ”

- Alexis Carrel

“ I felt very honored, and I knew that people would be watching very closely, and I felt it was very, very important that I do a good job. ”

- Sally Ride

“ Close up his eyes and draw the curtain close; And let us all to meditation. - King Henry VI. Part II. Act iii. Sc. 3. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. ”

- C. G. Jung
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