Perception Quotes

Magnificence is wasted on a mouse: they judge all things by cheese.

What was once called the objective world is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads a meaning only remotely derived from the shape and color of the blot itself.

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other side a consistency, foresight and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, even two blind […]

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.

Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one the stars.

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

I think – I think it’s in my basement. – Let me go upstairs and check.

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

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.

Of no individual thing one can “say” what it is. Our very first comprehension implies this. We comprehend that the understanding never gets to the bottom of things.