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Wallace StevensAccuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Bill CosbyEvery closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

Mignon McLaughlinIt upsets women to be, or not to be, stared at hungrily.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Benjamin DisraeliSeeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

William PrescottDon't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes.

—  William Prescott, American general

Winston ChurchillThe farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur SchopenhauerSo the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

ConfuciusEverything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Andy WarholI'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Jean-Paul SartreThe more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Oscar WildeNo great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonAll I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ronald ReaganDon't be afraid to see what you see.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Samuel JohnsonThe world is not yet exhaused; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

William BlakeA fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Lord ChesterfieldYou must look into people, as well as at them.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Francis BaconIf a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe window to the world can be covered by a newspaper.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

G. K. ChestertonThe things we see every day are the things we never see at all.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

La RochefoucauldNeither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Samuel BeckettAny fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Martin Luther KingEverything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Henry David ThoreauIt's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Thomas CarlyleGo as far as you can see and you will see further.

—  Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, English writer

Marcel ProustMy destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Pablo PicassoPainting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Quotes in Verse

William BlakeTo see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Bob DylanHow many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Funny Quotes

Groucho MarxAnyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian



Chinese proverbClimb mountains to see lowlands.

—  Chinese proverb

English proverbBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

—  English proverb

American proverbSeeing is believing.

—  American proverb

Polish ProverbA guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.

—  Polish Proverb

Movie Quotes

Casablanca (1942)Here's looking at you, kid.

—  from the film Casablanca (1942)



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