Appearances

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on imagination, appearances, verbosity, identity, self-knowledge, and seeming

Be what you would seem to be - or if you'd like it put more simply - Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Pages: Chapter 9

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Buckaroo Banzai on seeming and appearances

In my experience, nothing is ever what it seems to be, but everything is exactly what it is.

Buckaroo Banzai

Contributed by: Michael

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on awareness, appearances, delusion, beauty, and ugliness

God works in mysterious ways. Things may look good outwardly, but there may be evil contained inside. Let no one be deluded by pride that he himself has conceived good ideas or done good deeds. If everything were as it seemed, the Prophet would not have cried out with such illuminated and illuminating perspicacity, "Show me things as they are! You make things appear beautiful when in reality they are ugly; You make things appear ugly when in reality they are beautiful. Show us therefore each thing as it is lest we fall into a snare and be ever errant.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: The Rumi Collection: An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Shambhala Classics), Pages: 69

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Bodhidharma on tao, attachment, and appearances

The essence of the Way is detachment. And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Bodhidharma on awareness, appearances, and delusion

The awareness of mortals falls short. As long as they’re attached to appearances, they’re unaware that their minds are empty. And by mistakenly clinging to the appearance of things they lose the Way.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Bodhidharma on awareness, appearances, and delusion

But when you first embark on the Path, your awareness won’t be focused. You’re likely to see all sorts of strange, dreamlike scenes. But you shouldn’t doubt that all such scenes come from your own mind and nowhere else.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on appearances, thoughts, and banish

You should banish any thoughts of how you may appear to others.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations (Penguin Great Ideas)

Contributed by: Obi

A Quote by Steven Wright on people, intelligence, and appearances

Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright... until you hear them speak? 

Steven Wright (1955 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

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