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 Wisdom Quotes about Beliefs & Perception

A collection of inspirational wisdom, sayings and quotes on the subject of beliefs and perception.

The way we view things is really only a reflection of our self beliefs, and not necessarily 'how it really is'.  Dr. Phil puts it this way, "There is no reality - only perception"

We all create the world around us by our thoughts and beliefs, and our perceptions of events (and of ourselves) determine how we experience life.  If we believe that life is gloomy, then we will perceive gloom in events and by that perception we have drawn gloom into our lives and gloom is what we then 'experience. 

"A hostile person lives in a hostile world,
A loving person lives in a loving world."

We only need to look at a situation from a different angle, or from another's point of view, (or see the 'bigger' picture), and that can totally change our experience of life and its myriad of events.


The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeing new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.

~ Marcel Proust ~

Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.

~ Gary Zukav ~

Life is the movie you see
through your own unique eyes.
It makes little difference
what's happening out there.
It's how you take it
that counts.

~ Dr Dennis Waitley, motivational author and lecturer
(from 'The Winner's Edge') ~

We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and to know the place for the first time.

~ T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Poet, Dramatist and Literary Critic ~

Truth is that which does not contaminate you, but empowers you.
Therefore, there are degrees of truth, but, generically,
truth is that which can do no harm.
It cannot harm.

~ Gary Zukav from "Seat Of The Soul" ~

We do not see things as they are.
We see them as we are.

~ The Talmud ~

What we think,
or what we know,
or what we believe,
is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only consequence is what we do.

~ John Ruskin ~

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you.
All they show is limitation.
Look with your understanding,
find out what you already know,
and you'll see the way to fly.

~ Richard Bach
(from 'Johnathan Livingstone Seagull') ~



The man who views the world at fifty,
the same as he did at twenty,
has wasted thirty years of his life.

~ Muhammed Ali ~

The difference between
a flower and a weed
is a judgement.

~ Author Unknown ~


‘One new perception,
one fresh thought,
one act of surrender,
one change of heart,
one leap of faith,
can change your life forever.’

Robert Holden - Author & Psychologist
from the book, 'Shift Happens!'

What you love, you empower
And what you fear, you empower
And what you empower, you attract.

~ Author Unknown ~

I am not my memories. I am my dreams.
Terry Hostetler, American Entrepreneur ~

Men are disturbed not by the things that happen,
But by their opinion of the things that happen.

~ Epictetus ~

At any moment
I could start being a better person...
But, which moment should I choose?

~ Ashleigh Brilliant - author, artist ~

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen nor touched
but are felt in the heart.

~ Helen Keller ~

It's not them, it's you.
It's not there, it's here.
It's not then, it's now.

~ Author Unknown ~

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