132 Quotes About Perspective

Sometimes, the best way to deal with problems is to turn them into perfect opportunities but that can only happen if you change your perspective in life. The right perspective can make you feel warm, safe, and motivated when facing a new day. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, read these quotes about perspective. They will teach and convince you to change the way you look at things to live a better life.

Quotes About Perspective

1. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be. – Douglas Adams


2. There are no facts, only interpretations. – Friedrich Nietzsche


3. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. – Frances Hodgson


4. One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. – Tim Burton


5. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr


6. The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. – Horace Walpole


7. Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be. – George Carlin


8. If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. – George Carlin


9. A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. – Robertson Davies


10. Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke. – Joss Whedon


11. Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. – Criss Jami,


12. Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” – Shannon L. Alder


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13. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. – Amit Ray


14. The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself. – Carl Sagan


15. On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty. – Mark Haddon


16. When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus


17. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. – Douglas Adams


18. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. – Og Mandino


19. In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. – Bertrand Russell


20. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. – J.M. Barrie


21. It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. – George Eliot


22. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. – Bertrand Russell


23. What people in the world think of you is really none of your business. – Martha Graham


24. It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? – Isaac Asimov


25. Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and if at all possible speak a few sensible words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


26. I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck. – Bill Hicks


27. What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them. – John Lubbock


28. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust


29. There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. – Aldous Huxley


30. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. – William Blake


31. Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. – Henry David Thoreau


32. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware. – Albert Einstein


33. Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance and it allows us to appreciate their value. – Rafael E. Pino


34. We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world. – Stephen R. Covey


35. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein


36. The measure of your success is a matter of perception. Are you perceiving things as they are or as you wish them to be? To know, notice your thoughts upon awaking each day. Are they happy thoughts or sad? Listen to their message. – Tau Chuan Ling


37. If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles. – Wayne Dyer


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38. Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius


39. Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. – Laura Ingalls Wilder


40. I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation. I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not upon our circumstances. – Martha Washington


41. Your reality is as you perceive it to be. So, it is true, that by altering this perception we can alter our reality. – William Constantine


42. I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may—light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. – John Constable


43. As we abide in sleep, intuitively resonating with the sum of all our experiences—this life and beyond—we gain a refreshing perspective on our efforts and have an opportunity to remember what we know. – Henry Reed


44. If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective. – Wayne Thiebaud


45. The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body. – Dr. Bruce H. Lipton


46. I don’t go by or change my attitude based on what people say. At the end of the day, they, too, are judging me from their perspective. I would rather be myself and let people accept me for what I am than be somebody who I am not, just because I want people’s approval. – Karan Patel


47. The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. Chris Pine


48. Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. – David A. Bednar


49. Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms. – Sterling K. Brown


50. It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities. – Kristin Armstrong


51. Each person does see the world in a different way. There is not a single, unifying, objective truth. We’re all limited by our perspective.  – Siri Hustvedt


52. Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. – Gregory Peck


53. I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. – Ursus Wehrli


54. Life is about perspective and how you look at something ultimately, you have to zoom out. – Whitney Wolfe Herd


55. You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective. – Denis Waitley


56. When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective. – Harvey Mackay


57. I pray to start my day and finish it in prayer. I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective. – Tim Tebow


58. Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. – Taylor Hanson


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59. Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality. – Jen Sincero


60. One of my great joys in life is being a pilot. There is a great sense of freedom in soaring through the sky. You get a different perspective up there. Seeing things that aren’t so apparent from the ground. – Sonny Perdue


61. It’s just so cool when you meet people who are different than you are. That can give you a different perspective, a viewpoint on life, or inspire you. I mean, what would the world be like if we were all the same? I think it would be very boring. – Ciara


62. Perspective gives us the ability to accurately contrast the large with the small, and the important with the less important. Without it we are lost in a world where all ideas, news, and information look the same. We cannot differentiate, we cannot prioritize, and we cannot make good choices. – John Sununu


63. Injuries give you perspective. They teach you to cherish the moments that I might have taken for granted before. – Ali Krieger


64. Life has to be everything. It can’t be all sad. It can’t be all peaches and cream. Because the lows have you appreciate the highs. And the highs give you perspective on the lows. If it’s not everything, it becomes flat or mundane. – Sterling K. Brown


65. When I’m grateful for all the blessings, it puts away all the stress about things not in my control. Things like long hours, aging, pollution, scandals… it helps me create perspective by just focusing on being grateful. Take that moment twice a day with yourself. – Darby Stanchfield


66. Motherhood has made me a much better person. I see everything from a new perspective – with a sense of wonderment. – Juhi Chawla


67. The presence of any humility in my life is purely and completely an evidence of God’s grace. From my perspective, I am not a humble man. I am a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. – C. J. Mahaney


68. If one tries to think about history, it seems to me – it’s like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you’ve moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but they look very different. – Robert Harris


69. There are seasons in life. Don’t ever let anyone try to deny you the joy of one season because they believe you should stay in another season. Listen to yourself. Trust your instincts. Keep your perspective. – Jane Clayson


70. Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece. – Denis Waitley


71. After talking to people and meeting them every day, I realize that a song can be written from one perspective with an objective in mind. What is crazy about it is that many different people can take one song a totally different way. That is so cool, since music is a universal thing and a very personal thing. – Josh Dun


72. The more time passes in your life, I think the greater you understand perspective. So I’m happy that I’ve had experiences that have reminded me that most exciting things might not feel so exciting later, and the most disappointing things might not be so disappointing later, either. – K. Flay


73. Latinas are the fastest growing segment of the minority population, and their perspective deserves to be represented, not denigrated. – Linda Sanchez


74. To me, this is from a Buddhist perspective or whatever, sometimes people who are working out their political beliefs, they can rage against the man, and yet at the same time can be oblivious to their own way of stepping on the foot of the person right next to them. – Mike White


75. I put things in perspective and trust that everything is in its right place, be grateful that I’m healthy. Then throw on a cap and some killer red lipstick and gloss, that always seems to do the trick. – Sasha Jackson


76. A good lesson in keeping your perspective is: Take your job seriously but don’t take yourself seriously. – Thomas P. O’Neill


77. Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey


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78. Humans see what they want to see. – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief


79. Songs are as sad as the listener. – Jonathan Safran Foer


80. To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions. – Stephen R. Covey


81. The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. – Oscar Wilde


82. What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us. – Rabih Alameddine


83. The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees. – Erwin Schrödinger


84. In this treacherous world, nothing is the truth nor a lie. Everything depends on the color of the crystal through which one sees it. – Pedro Calderón de la Barca


85. Your reality is as you perceive it to be. So, it is true, that by altering this perception we can alter our reality. – William Constantine


86. The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body. – Dr. Bruce H. Lipton


87. The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective. – Al Neuharth


88. Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance and it allows us to appreciate their value. – Rafael E. Pino


89. Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro


90. Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. – Arthur Schopenhauer


91. If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point. – Antonio Porchia


92. In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds. – Robert Green Ingersoll


93. There are truths on this side of the Pyrénées, which are falsehoods on the other. – Blaise Pascal


94. So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it’s the sunrise. – Robert Brault


95. What if when you die, they ask “How was heaven?”


96. Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody. – Moms Mabley


97. The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H.L. Mencken


98. Inside my empty bottle, I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. – Charles Simic


99. The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. – Ivy Baker Priest

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100. Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan


101. People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped.


102. No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye. – Elizabeth Bowen


103. I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years. – Henry Moore


104. Someone said, “The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.” Precisely, and they are that which we know. – T.S. Eliot


105. Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time. – H.L. Mencken


106. A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. – Bill Vaughan


107. In order for something to become clean, something else must become dirty.


108. If you’re being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade.


109. Do not call any work menial until you have watched a proud person do it. – Robert Brault


110. The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller


111. All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted. – Andrew Carnegie


112. The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on. – Joseph Heller


113. He is my greatest well-wisher who wishes me not only all attainment but much defeat. – Muriel Strode


114. There’s no such thing as bragging. You’re either lying or telling the truth. – Al Oliver


115. A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye. – Samuel Grafton


116. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow


117. Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.


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118. Be careful how you interpret the world: It is like that. – Erich Heller


119. Proverbs for Paranoids: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers. – Thomas Pynchon


120. Astronomers always work in the past; because light takes time to move from one place to another, they see things as they were, not as they are. – Neale E. Howard


121. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. As a man sees in his heart, so he sees. Through unclean windows, lenses, senses, we see things not as they are but as we are. – Jersey Journal


122. The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. – Joseph Joubert


123. The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate. – Bern Williams


124. The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius. – Sid Caesar


125. An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour. – Albert Einstein


126. I searched up and down the earth and found it in my own soul. I implored heaven and hell and the field daisies answered me. – Muriel Strode


127. It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. – Mexican Proverb


128. If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. – Carl Sagan


129. A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. – Alexander Pope


130. Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold. – Latin Proverb


131. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Khalil Gibran


132. If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking is freedom. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


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