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Contemplation Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Contemplation.

The Eye-of-the-Storm.
Surrounded by the winds and the rain,
yet peaceful in its own unworldly way -
an unnatural ruddy-cloudy misty-bright kind of way.
Whatever comes next, the eye of the storm is
a moment of serenity among the challenge -
a time for repose and contemplation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Few people even scratch the surface,
much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
- Randolph Bourne

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness;
our wickedness from thinking on wickedness.
We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
- John Jay Chapman

 

Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.
- Dodie Smith

Contemplation often makes life miserable.
We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

Vice: Whatever was passion in the contemplation of man,
being brought forth by his will into action.
- James Harrington

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What we plant in the soil of contemplation,
we shall reap in the harvest of action.
- Meister Eckhart

The great increase of our population throughout the
Union will alone produce an important effect,
and in no quarter will it be so sensibly felt as in those in contemplation.
- James Monroe

The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made
into an object of affirmation and negation,
when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
- Simone Weil

We want a state wise in its contemplation -
just in its actions -
and moderate in the reach of government into our lives.
- Sonny Perdue

An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful
which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation,
our imagination.
- Eduard Hanslick

I think a lot of contemplation happens in bathtubs.
It does for me.
Nothing like a hot bath to ease the tension and think
about what's going to happen next.
- Sarah McLachlan

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter,
while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
- Quintilian

Soon silence will have passed into legend.
Man has turned his back on silence.
Day after day he invents machines and devices that
increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life,
contemplation, meditation.
- Jean Arp

Reformation ends not in contemplation,
but in action.
- George Gillespie

But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection
as if they were another class of objects of contemplation
beside ideas of sensation.
- Samuel Alexander

Contemplation of life after retirement and life after
death can help you deal with contemporary challenges.
- Russell M. Nelson

It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will
not make us humane but cruel;
that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual
condition will make us consent to it.
- Lionel Trilling

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and
the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
- Aristotle

What a man takes in by contemplation,
that he pours out in love.
- Meister Eckhart

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and
man is not totally at home with them.
- Gabriel Marcel

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of
suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature,
do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
- Fran Lebowitz

Science may eventually explain the world of How.
The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation,
philosophy, religion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

The world can only be grasped by action,
not by contemplation.
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
- Diane Arbus

Art is contemplation.
It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into
nature and which there divines the spirit of which
nature herself is animated.
- Auguste Rodin

There are few things more pleasing than the contemplation
of order and useful arrangement.
- Arthur Phillip

The wise man knows how to run his life so that contemplation is Possible.
- Gabriel Marcel

We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract
and general just as the monks let it wither in the
world of prayer and contemplation.
- Alexander Herzen

But active programming consists of the design of new programs,
rather than contemplation of old programs.
- Niklaus Wirth

That pleasure which is at once the most pure,
the most elevating and the most intense,
is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I feel like I'm stepping into a place of spiritual
contemplation every time I enter a studio;
it's always had a certain magic to me that has never
worn off with familiarity.
- David Knopfler

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be
in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos

It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding,
that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last
phrase as objects of contemplation,
the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment.
- Samuel Alexander

If we know the divine art of concentration,
if we know the divine art of meditation,
if we know the divine art of contemplation,
easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world.
- Sri Chinmoy

Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach
us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world.
It is a product of our own thought.
We create it out of whole cloth.
- Emile Durkheim

He had read much, if one considers his long life;
but his contemplation was much more than his reading.
He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other
men he should have known no more than other men.
- Isaac Asimov

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by
the contemplation of a single bone,
so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link
in a series of incidents should be able to accurately
state all the other ones,
both before and after.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Action is greater than writing.
A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author.
There are but two things worth living for:
to do what is worthy of being written;
and to write what is worthy of being read.
- Ross Perot

Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect,
but of all human contemplations,
the most abhorrent is body without mind.
- Thomas Jefferson

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

Our opportunity is to visualize a kinder world.
To sing glad songs of tomorrow -
imagining a world of love -
of the whole world filled with love.
To offer our hand... often.
To breathe deeply and honor ourselves.
To pause and contemplate... just because.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A working definition of Honor is,
"respect or esteem that has been earned."
Contemplate that for a moment.
It would be very special to earn the respect and esteem
of our family, our friends, our co-workers, our community, wouldn't it?
If anything, it is of even more moment to honor yourself.
Those who are successful and happy earn their own
self-respect and self-esteem.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Better to illuminate than merely to shine,
to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
- Thomas Aquinas

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that
it can make us love life and value it with such passion
that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
- Paul Theroux

Let us be moral.
Let us contemplate existence.
- Charles Dickens

It would not be foolish to contemplate the possibility
of a far greater progress still.
- John Maynard Keynes

I am not really retired, and may never be completely,
but I can't think of a better place to contemplate
retirement than New York City.
- Robert MacNeil

I saw Mussolini tirelessly contemplate a parade of thousands of young men.
- Georges Simenon

What has happened to architecture since the second
world war that the only passers-by who can contemplate
it without pain are those equipped with a white stick and a dog?
- Bernard Levin

I just love jumping into someone else's life.
It is a relatively cheap way to experience things you
would be too scared to contemplate in your own life.
- Dougray Scott

Talk about it only enough to do it.
Dream about it only enough to feel it.
Think about it only enough to understand it.
Contemplate it only enough to be it.
- Jean Toomer

We can only know one thing about God -
that he is what we are not.
Our wretchedness alone is an image of this.
The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.
- Simone Weil

Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the
possibility that we may live our entire lives without
going to war or sending our children to war.
- Tony Blair

To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences.
- Robert Byrd

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.
- Caspar David Friedrich

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God.
Observe the stars, millions of them,
twinkling in the night sky,
all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
- Sai Baba

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn,
than to contemplate.
- Rene Descartes

The best I can say is that it's better for me to write
about despair and darkness than to be incapable of getting off the sofa.
It's better to write about suicide than to contemplate it too heavily.
- Paul Westerberg

When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity,
and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing
performance and self devotion,
we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features,
by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity.
- John Strachan

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.
This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union.
The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom,
for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
- Cyril Connolly

Before this address to my countrymen is closed,
I beg leave to observe, that as a new century has dawned upon us,
the mind is naturally led ot contemplate the great
events that have run parallel with and have just closed the last.
- Mercy Otis Warren

I don't for the life of me understand how anybody could
contemplate the results of the 2000 election in the
US and say that electoral politics doesn't matter any more,
and that Ralph Nader was right when he said there is
no difference between the two parties.
- Todd Gitlin

Like most musicians, I'm good at becoming immersed
in the music that I am currently working on.
We seldom lift up our heads to contemplate even the
music we will be doing in the future,
let alone what we've done in the past.
- Tony Levin

The quality of life is so different in France.
There is the possibility of living a simple life.
I would never contemplate raising my daughter in LA.
I would never raise any child there.
- Johnny Depp

I'm not running away from the fact that I had previously
said I did not contemplate a major increase,
and that was a fair statement of the Government's state
of mind at the time I made that.
- John Howard

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,
bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
- David Hume


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