Perception Sayings and Quotes

When it comes to how we navigate life, perception is everything. Having a negative outlook can often cause a ripple effect, infecting our personal and professional lives. Viewing the glass as half full rather than empty will yield more positive results. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about perception.


Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that's the truth in people's minds.     

Steve Young

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.     

Aldous Huxley

One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one's perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them.     

Tom Robbins

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

William Blake

No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is -- in other words, not a thing, but a think.     

Penelope Fitzgerald

We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.     

Anais Nin

Perception is merely reality filtered through the prism of your soul.     

Christopher A. Ray

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.     

Marianne Williamson

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.     

Claudia Black

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.     

C.S. Lewis

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.     

Robertson Davies

Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena.     

Samuel Beckett

People only see what they are prepared to see.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.     

William Shakespeare

The auditory perception is not sufficient for our knowledge of the world; it does not have vastness.     

Robert Delaunay

Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.     

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.     

Miyamoto Musashi

If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.     

Edward de Bono

Heightened perception is the goal: becoming more aware of how you see, not just what you see.     

Michael Kimmelman

Perception is demonstrably an active rather than a passive process; it constructs rather than records 'reality'.     

Michael Michalko

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.     

Camille Pissarro

Some people see the cup as half empty. Some people see the cup as half full. I see the cup as too large.     

George Carlin

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.     

William Blake

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.     

Carl Jung

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.     

C.W. Leadbeater

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.     

Henry David Thoreau

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

You will always define events in a manner which will validate your agreement with reality.     

Steve Maraboli

It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not.     

Michael Ondaatje