perspective

A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on awareness, blessings, existence, gifts, god, grace, journeys, laws, life, men, order, perspective, problems, sensuality, speech, spirituality, and vision

We are all aware of man's poor peripheral vision in that his views are often narrow and heedless of what is going on on each side of him. Man's problem is often one of length of view, too. This poorness of perspective often produces wonderful and pathetic paradoxes: men who have been given the blessings of life by the grace of God, cry that life is senseless; men who have been given breath and voice by God, use the powers of speech to deny God's existence; men who have been given the capacity to feel, exult so much in this gift that sensual things sublimate spiritual things; and some men who see our reaching out to distant places in our solar system conclude that this special planet is a random, unplanned mutant and refuse to connect the order of physical laws (that makes such journeys into space possible) with an Orderer.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: For The Power Is In Them, pg. 28-29, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on learning, libraries, mind, possessions, sympathy, attitude, beauty, and perspective

When Emerson's library was burning at Concord, I went to him as he stood with the firelight on his strong, sweet face, and endeavored to express my sympathy for the loss of his most valued possessions, but he answered cheerily, 'Never mind, Louisa, see what a beautiful blaze they make! We will enjoy that now.' The lesson was one never forgotten and in the varied lessons that have come to me I have learned to look for something beautiful and bright.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Juan Gines de Sepulveda on blessings, doubt, genius, humanity, men, people, perspective, posterity, prudence, and religion

In Spain in the meantime, Aristotelian scholar Juan Gines de Sepulveda was putting the impolitic moralizing of Las Casas into proper perspective for posterity: "Compare then the blessings enjoyed by Spaniards of prudence, genius, magnanimity, temperance, humanity, and religion with those of the little men [the Indians] in whom you will scarcely find even vestiges of humanity. . . . How can we doubt that these people - so uncivilized, so barbaric, contaminated with so many impieties and obscenities - have been justly conquered?

Juan Gines de Sepulveda

Source: Democrates alter sive de justis belli causis apud Indios, 1547

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A Quote by John H. Groberg on day, eternity, perspective, and truth

I further testify that when we eventually see things through the proper perspective of eternal truth, we will be amazed at how much we were blessed in important though often unperceived ways through keeping the Sabbath Day holy.

John H. Groberg (1934 -)

Source: , © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Jim Nollman on admiration, art, earth, ecology, garden, home, people, perspective, plants, power, practice, spirituality, time, and water

A garden is the place millions of people go to touch the earth, to smell flowers - to use some of that fabled human brain power in the cause of better participating with natural processes in the place they call home. It serves as an art project, an organic produce market, a spiritual practice, a pharmacy. It offers ongoing lessons in ecology, biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology. Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time. It bestows on its practitioners a genuine sense of admiration for the plants, the soil, the sun, the water.

Jim Nollman

Source: Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place, 1994, p. 2.

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A Quote by James Martineau on art, blindness, bravery, difficulty, eternity, fear, god, heart, heaven, incredulity, life, love, passion, perspective, quiet, resolution, secrets, selfishness, sensuality, separation, silence, sorrow, soul, spirit, tears, t

Let any true man go into silence; strip himself of all pretense, and selfishness, and sensuality, and sluggishness of soul; lift off thought after thought, passion after passion, till he reaches the inmost depth of all; remember how short a time and he was not at all; how short a time again, and he will not be here; open his window and look upon the night, how still its breath, how solemn its march, how deep its perspective, how ancient its form of light; and think how little he knows except the perpetuity of God, and the mysteriousness of life: - and it will be strange if he does not feel the Eternal Presence as close upon his soul as the breeze upon his brow; if he does not say, "O Lord, art thou ever near as this, and have I not known thee?"- if the true proportions and the genuine spirit of life do not open on his heart with infinite clearness and show him the littleness of his temptations and the grandeur of his trust. He is ashamed to have found weariness in toil so light, and tears where there was no trial to the brave. He discovers with astonishment how small the dust that has blinded him, and from the height of a quiet and holy love looks down with incredulous sorrow on the jealousies and fears and irritations that have vexed his life. A mighty wind of resolution sets in strong upon him and freshens the whole atmosphere of his soul, sweeping down before it the light flakes of difficulty, till they vanish like snow upon the sea. He is imprisoned no more in a small compartment of time, but belongs to an eternity which is now and here. The isolation of his separate spirit passes away; and with the countless multitude of souls akin to God, he is but a wave of his unbounded deep. He is at one with Heaven, and hath found the secret place of the Almighty.

James Martineau (1805 - 1900)

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A Quote by George Eliot on perspective

Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance!

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 14, 1876.

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A Quote by George Carlin on perspective and driving

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron.

George Carlin

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A Quote by Donald Williams on change, earth, experience, perspective, sharing, and world

For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.

Donald Williams

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A Quote by Dee W. Hock on ability, foolishness, humility, judgment, perspective, reward, strength, tolerance, trust, weakness, and wisdom

Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

Dee W. Hock

Source: Fast Company

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