Quotes About Concentration

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Susan Sontag
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognisance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Muriel Spark
“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work ... the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp ... The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.”
Muriel Spark, A Far Cry from Kensington

Julio Cortázar
“We know that attention acts as a lightning rod. Merely by concentrating on something one causes endless analogies to collect around it, even penetrate the boundaries of the subject itself: an experience that we call coincidence, serendipity – the terminology is extensive. My experience has been that in these circular travels what is really significant surrounds a central absence, an absence that, paradoxically, is the text being written or to be written.”
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

C.S. Lewis
“In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.”
C.S. Lewis

Toba Beta
“When you fully focus your mind,
you make others attracted to you.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Alan W. Watts
“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.”
Alan W. Watts

“The erotic state – again, a mixture of concentration and spontaneity – is a hypnoidal state, probably the most powerful kind that we are capable of experiencing, and it is in this condition that unexpected regions of the self are revealed, as the majority of people know from experience.”
Peter Redgrove, The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real: Our Uncommon Senses and Their Common Sense

Alain de Botton
“It is one of the unexpected disasters of the modern age that our new unparalleled access to information has come at the price of our capacity to concentrate on anything much. The deep, immersive thinking which produced many of civilization's most important achievements has come under unprecedented assault. We are almost never far from a machine that guarantees us a mesmerizing and libidinous escape from reality. The feelings and thoughts which we have omitted to experience while looking at our screens are left to find their revenge in involuntary twitches and our ever-decreasing ability to fall asleep when we should.”
Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

Samuel Johnson
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

Winifred Gallagher
“If you really want to focus on something, says Castellanos, the optimum amount of time to spend on it is ninety minutes. "Then change tasks. And watch out for interruptions once you're really concentrating, because it will take you twenty minutes to recover.”
Winifred Gallagher, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

Haruki Murakami
“The power to concentrate was the most important thing. Living without this power would be like opening one’s eyes without seeing anything.”
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes

Anne Fadiman
“Something amazing happens when the rest of the world is sleeping. I am glued to my chair. I forget that I ever wanted to do anything but write. The crowded city, the crowded apartment, and the crowded calendar suddenly seem spacious. Three or four hours pass in a moment; I have no idea what time it is, because I never check the clock. If I chose to listen, I could hear the swish of taxis bound for downtown bars or the soft saxophone riffs that drift from a neighbor's window, but nothing gets through. I am suspended in a sensory deprivation tank, and the very lack of sensation is delicious.”
Anne Fadiman, At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
Arnold Palmer

Norman Doidge
“Not all activities are equal in this regard. Those that involve genuine concentration—studying a musical instrument, playing board games, reading, and dancing—are associated with a lower risk for dementia. Dancing, which requires learning new moves, is both physically and mentally challenging and requires much concentration. Less intense activities, such as bowling, babysitting, and golfing, are not associated with a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s. (254)”
Norman Doidge

“INTEREST. Here is the key to the whole thing. If and when you are truly interested in what you are doing, or are about to do, then you will center your attention on it with little or no effort, and almost irrespective of the attendant conditions.”
Ralph Alfred Habas, The Art of Self-Control

Belsebuub
“Turn your actions into concentrated practices.”
Belsebuub

Israelmore Ayivor
“When your drive is moving your purpose, focus must hold the wheels else your might miss the way. And do you know what that means? Avoid Crash!!!. Stay focused!”
Israelmore Ayivor

“Just as there’s usually a space or interval between people passing on the street, even if it sometimes seems very small, a space also exists between thoughts. In your meditation, see if you can perceive this gap between thoughts. What is it, and does it belong to the realm of time? If it does not, then it’s unborn and undying, beyond all conditioning, which is a psychological carry-over from the past to the present.

Whatever thoughts or internal conflicts come up—do nothing. Do not try to force them to cease or change. And don’t “do nothing” to still the mind, quiet fears, or resolve conflicts—all of this is doing something. It only leads to more struggling and prevents you from seeing the actual nature of thought and internal conflict. Genuine attention has no motive.

This observation or listening doesn’t involve effort. Effort merely distracts you from what’s taking place in the instant. A kind of concentration exists that’s not forced. We’ve all experienced listening or paying attention to something we truly enjoyed. At that moment, was effort required for concentration to take place?”
H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

Tim Wu
“Nothing, save the hangman's noose, concentrates the mind like piles of cash.”
Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Israelmore Ayivor
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness and the happiness of others.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!

Amit Ray
“The secret of concentration is to shut down the other windows.”
Amit Ray, Yoga The Science of Well-Being

“All our focus and strength must be concentrated on striving to fulfill the will of God for our lives”
Sunday Adelaja

“Each of us has a latent energy and we need to discover this invisible "treasure by the way of concentration”
Sunday Adelaja

Israelmore Ayivor
“Sow the seeds of hard work and you will reap the fruits of success. Find something to do, do it with all your concentration. You will excel.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

“Speed doesn't matter, Concentration matters.”
Rana Suhaib

Eleanor Roosevelt
“...Learn to concentrate, to give all your attention to the thing at hand, and then to be able to put it aside and go on to the next thing without confusion.
My husband said that being President of the United States meant that you saw more kinds of people, took up more subjects, and learn more about a variety of things than anyone else. But it required complete concentration on the person you were with and on what he was saying. When that person left the room, you pulled down a shade in your mind, and you were ready, with your attention free, for what the next person had to say. You might have to shift from banking to forestry, but each subject had the attention and concentration it required and each, in turn, was put in the back of the mind, ready to be called upon when needed.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

“Maximize the time you have through hard work, concentration and research”
Sunday Adelaja

“Empower yourself and discover what you can do with your life through hard work, concentration and research”
Sunday Adelaja

Israelmore Ayivor
“The more you concentrate on what you discover that you will be good for you to pursue, the more experienced you will be while doing it.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

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