Contemplation Quotes And Sayings


Contemplation Quotes And Sayings

Here is a collection of contemplation quotes and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

“There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.”
Albert Einstein

“Pure Spirit, one hundred degrees proof – that’s a drink that only the most hardened contemplation-guzzlers indulge in. Bodhisattvas dilute their Nirvana with equal parts of love and work.”
– Aldous Huxley

“In contemplation of ruins, one contemplates one’s future, the fragility of the present, and the futility of the past.”
– Alexander Creswell

“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

“MAN, n. An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.”
– Ambrose Bierce

“The purpose of contemplating the nature of the body is to bring its unattractive aspects to the forefront of one’s attention, thereby placing the attractive aspects previously emphasized in a more balanced context. The aim is a balanced and detached attitude towards the body. With such a balanced attitude, one sees the body merely as a product of conditions, a product with which one need not identify.”
– An?layo

“The man incapable of contemplation cannot be an artist, but only a skillful workman.”
– Ananda Coomaraswamy

“It was the contemplation of God that created men who were equal, for it was in God that they were equal.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The willing contemplation of vice is vice.”
– Arabian Proverb

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

“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

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

“The man who has a library of his own collection is able to contemplate himself objectively, and is justified in believing in his own existence.”
– Augustine Birrell

“That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art.”
– Ayn Rand

“I have created a life style that supports contemplation, service to words.”
– Bell Hooks

“Therefore, focus your mind on Me alone and let your intellect dwell upon Me through meditation and contemplation. Thereafter you shall certainly come to Me.”
– Bhagavad Gita

“To those ever steadfast devotees, who always remember or worship Me with single-minded contemplation, I personally take responsibility for their welfare.”
– Bhagavad Gita

“This Ariyan Eightfold Path, that is to say: Right view, right aim, right speech, right action, right living, right effort, right mindfulness, right contemplation.”

“It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?’”
– Carl Sandburg

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

“There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.”
– Charles Baudelaire

“It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design.”
– Charles Caleb Colton

“How often do we talk just to fill up the quiet space? How often do we waste our breath talking about nonsense?”
– Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

“If anyone should want to know my name, I am called Leah. And I spend all my time weaving garlands of flowers with my fair hands, t o please me when I stand before the mirror; my sister Rachel sits all the day long before her own, and never moves away. She loves to contemplate her lovely eyes; I love to use my hands to adorn myself: her joy is in reflection, mine in act.”
– Dante Alighieri

“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

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind. And trouble will follow you… Speak or act with a pure mind. And happiness will follow you.”
– Dhammapada

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

“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
– Dodie Smith

“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

“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 admire people who are suited to the contemplative life. They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just be. It’s wonderful to have someone like that around, you always feel you can count on them. You can go away and come back, you can change your mind and your hairdo and your politics, and when you get through doing all these upsetting things, you look around and there they are, just the way they were, just being.”
– Elizabeth Janeway

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

“One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. When one feels such pleasure in non-existence, one’s inclination can be completely satisfied only by completely ceasing to exist.”
– Emile Durkheim

“I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.”
– Federico Fellini

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