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What we perceive is not always what is there, because we perceive not with our eyes but with our minds. Perception is an interpretation of reality. It is our truth, but it is not the ultimate truth. Change how you perceive and you will be able to create in entirely new realms.

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‘When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.’

William Blake

‘If general perception changes from seeing the glass as ‘half-full’ to seeing it as ‘half empty’ there are major innovative opportunities.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘World views are social constructions and they channel the search for facts. But facts are found and knowledge progresses, however fitfully.’

Stephen Jay Gould

‘What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.’

Werner Heisenberg

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.’

William James

‘We ourselves introduce that order and regularity in the appearance which we entitle "nature". We could never find them in appearances had we not ourselves, by the nature of our own mind, originally set them there.’

Immanuel Kant

‘Things which we see are not by themselves what we see … It remains completely unknown to us what the objects may be by themselves and apart from the receptivity of our senses. We know nothing but our manner of perceiving them.’

Immanuel Kant

Perception is a prediction, not a truth.’

Ross Mooney

‘It is easier to deceive yourself, and to do so unperceived, than to deceive another.’

Francois, Duc de Rochenfoucauld

‘We work so consistently to disguise ourselves to others that we end by being disguised to ourselves.’

Francois, Duc de Rochenfoucauld

‘Every man takes the limits of his field of vision for the limits of the world.’

Arthur Schopenhauer

‘The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.’

Igor Stravinsky

‘The universe is wider than our views of it.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.’

James Thurber



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