Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another’s existence.
The art of leadership. . . consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention… The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belong to one category.
He that finds his knowledge narrow, and his arguments weak, and by consequence his suffrage not much regarded, is sometimes in hope of gaining that attention by his clamours which he cannot otherwise obtain, and is pleased with remembering that at last he made himself heard, that he had the power to interrupt those whom […]
If one cannot command attention by one’s admirable qualities one can at least be a nuisance.
Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
I am the “enfant terrible” of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific big-wigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them.
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
When you think about it, attention deficit disorder makes a lot of sense. In this country there isn’t a lot worth paying attention to.