Looking Quotes

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Tarjei Vesaas
“Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.”
Tarjei Vesaas, The Boat in the Evening

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

J.R.R. Tolkien
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Roland Barthes
“Ultimately — or at the limit — in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes. 'The necessary condition for an image is sight,'Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: 'We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.”
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

John Green
“Right, well, he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Isben looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

H.L. Mencken
“A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.”
H.L. Mencken

Patrick Rothfuss
“What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

Ayn Rand
“He, too, stood looking at her for a moment--and it seemed to her that it was not a look of greeting after an absence, but the look of someone who had thought of her every day of that year. She could not be certain, it was only an instant, so brief that just as she caught it, he was turning...”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Bryant McGill
“Your suffering needs to be respected. Don't try to ignore the hurt, because it is real. Just let the hurt soften you instead of hardening you. Let the hurt open you instead of closing you. Let the hurt send you looking for those who will accept you instead of hiding from those who reject you.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Ocean Vuong
“In a world myriad as ours, the gaze is a singular act: to look at something is to fill your whole life with it, if only briefly.”
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Frank Beddor
“After a long silence, Dodge cleared his throat. "I think I speak for all of us when I say, 'Huh?'"
-Dodge(obviously)”
Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd

“You have two eyes, and two ears, but only one mouth. This is so because you are supposed to look and listen more than you talk.”
Lucca Kaldahl

Vera Nazarian
“Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Hanya Yanagihara
“I was aware that I had been looking for him on every street, in every crowd.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

James A. Murphy
“It's not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It's that most people do what they enjoy most on those two days. Imagine living a life where everyday are your Saturdays and Sundays. Make everyday your weekend. Make everyday a play-day…”
James A. Murphy, The Waves of Life Quotes and Daily Meditations

Frank Beddor
“And even, if circumstances required, a contingency plan for his contingency plan's contingency plan.”
Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd

Frank Beddor
“For now. But if I ever decide you're useless, you are a dead man."
To be killed by you is to be desired more than a life excluded from your service."
Bravo." Her Imperial Viciousness laughed with genuine feeling. "Bra-vo!”
Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd

Meredith Duran
“I trust only you and the dark always to look at me so honestly.”
Meredith Duran, Wicked Becomes You

Frank Beddor
“Well now," the scholar went on, "I'm just an old fuddy-duddy who could use a tan, so you needn't grant my opinion any authority, but I consider the queendom lucky that a handful of Milliners and their children lived incognito among the population during Redd's tyranny.”
Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd

James Elkins
“In my living room there are two large bookcases, each one eight feet tall, and they have about five hundred books between them. If I step up to a shelf and look at the books one by one, I can remember something about each. As a historian once said, some stare at me reproachfully, grumbling that I have never read them. One may remind me vaguely of a time when I was interested in romantic novels. An old college text will elicit a pang of unhappiness about studying. Each book has its character, and even books I know very well also have this kind of wordless flavor. Now if I step back from the shelf and look quickly across both bookcases I speed up that same process a hundredfold. Impressions wash across my awareness. But each book still looks back in its own way, answering the rude brevity of my gaze, calling faintly to me out of the corner of my eye. At that speed many books remain wrapped in the shadows of my awareness--I know I have looked past them and I know they are there, but I refuse to call them to mind.”
James Elkins, The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing

Abbi Glines
“I ain’t the only old woman looking. I’m just the only one honest enough to admit it. The others just hire the boy to cut their grass so they can sit at the window and drool.”
Glines Abbi

Frank Beddor
“Only the previous day, Arch had found him in a spirit-dance corral, blistering the creatures to the point of death, such was his need to touch and destroy.”
Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd

Roland Barthes
“I want a History of Looking. For the Photograph is the advent of myself as other: a cunning dissociation of consciousness from identity. Even odder: it was before Photography that men had the most to say about the vision of the double. Heautoscopy was compared with an hallucinosis; for centuries this was a great mythic theme.”
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Melina Marchetta
“I spent the whole morning looking at him. He looked at Mama. Mama looked at me. Then he would look at me. I would look at Mama. She would look at him. In different circumstances, I'd be amused.”
Melina Marchetta, Looking for Alibrandi

Edward Abbey
“In the first place, you can't see anything from a car.”
ed abbey

“The darkest hours bring the most light.”
Dominic Riccitello

Roland Barthes
“...The editors of (i)Life(i) rejected Kerész'a photographs when he arrived in the United States in 1937 because, they said, his images 'spoke too much'; they made us reflect, suggested a meaning — a different meaning from the literal one. Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is (i)pensive(i), when it thinks.”
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Roland Barthes
“Hence the detail which interests me is not, or at least is not strictly intentional, and probably must not be so; it occurs in the field of the photographed thing like a supplement that is at once inevitable and delightful; it does not necessarily attest to the photographer's art; it says only that the photographer was there, or else, still more simply, that he could not (i)not(i) photograph the partial object at the same time as the total object (how could Kerész have 'separated' the dirt road from the violinist walking on it?). The Photographer's 'second sight' does not consist in 'seeing' but in being there. And above all, imitating Orpheus, he must not turn back to look at what he is leading — what hi is giving to me!”
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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