On Awareness


  • “That is what learning is.  You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”  ~ Doris Lessing
  • “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl
  • “Awareness is empowering.” ~ Rita Wilson
  • “Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.” ~ Bertrand Russell
  • “Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted; then old categories of experience are called into question and revised.” ~ Shoshana Zuboff
  • “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” ~ Stephen Covey
  • “I think that growth and spiritual awareness come in slow increments. Sometimes you don’t know it’s happening.” ~ Mariel Hemingway
  • “It is absolutely essential that the oppressed participate in the revolutionary process with an increasingly critical awareness of their role as subjects of the transformation.” ~ Paulo Freire
  • “Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.” ~ Charles Lindbergh
  • “The awareness of our environment came progressively in all countries with different outlets.” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • “The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.” ~ Alex Grey
  • “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~ Lao Tzu
  • “The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” ~ Allen Ginsberg
  • “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” ~ Aristotle
  • “There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.” ~ Charles Baudelaire
  • “To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being.” ~ William James
  • “To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” ~ Eric Hoffer
  • “To me, it is a process, a process that starts with raising awareness, engaging international partners on this issue, and being committed to a different course of action.” ~ Alexis Herman
  • “We do not yet have the solutions to these questions, but the awareness that we live in an endangered world is present in more and more life situations.” ~ Ulrich Beck
  • “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ~ Abraham Maslow
  • “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.” ~ Agnes Martin
  • “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”  ~  Henry Miller
  • “It’s easy to see the exotic. But to see your own environment, it never even occurs to them.”  ~ Duane Michals
  • “At best Americans give but a limited attention to history. Too much happens too rapidly, and before we can evaluate it, or exhaust its meaning or pleasure, there is something new to concern us. Ours is the tempo of the motion picture, not that of the still camera, and we waste experience as we wasted the forest.” ~ Ralph Ellison, Shadow and Act
  • “Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from.”  ~ Raymond Carver, Cathedral
  • “Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
  • “To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, /Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” ~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  • “He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach – that it makes no sense.” ~ Philip Roth, American Pastoral

  • “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” ~ Voltaire, Candide

  • “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”  ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • “All you need now is to stand at the window and let your rhythmical sense open and shut, open and shut, boldly and freely, until one thing melts in another, until the taxis are dancing with the daffodils, until a whole has been made from all these separate fragments.” ~ Virginia Woolf,  A Letter To A Young Poet
  • “None of the things in life – like love or faith – was arrived at by thinking; indeed, one could almost define the things that mattered as the ones that came as suddenly as thunder.”  ~ Pico Iyer, The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto 
  • “Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.”  ~ James Joyce
  • “Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • “The unknown is not what to be afraid of, it’s only when the unknown becomes known that one can decide whether to be afraid or not.”  ~ Markus Peterson
  • “We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.” ~ Henri Matisse


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