Patterns Quotes

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Chuck Palahniuk
“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish.
There is no free will.
There are no variables.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Michael Shermer
“Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.”
Michael Shermer

Oliver Sacks
“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.

We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.”
Oliver Sacks

Tony Hillerman
“From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”
Tony Hillerman, Coyote Waits

Jenny Downham
“We make patterns, we share moments.”
Jenny Downham, Before I Die

“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
John R.W. Stott

Elizabeth Moon
“I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me.”
Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark

Jacqueline Carey
“There are patterns which emerge in one's life, circling and returning anew, an endless variation of a theme”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

Rick Riordan
“Patterns repeat themselves in history”
Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

Jacqueline Carey
“I can see patterns in events, and behaviors; in mathematics, I follow slower”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

Bruce Lee
“Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside of all patterns.”
Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Lisa Kleypas
“No marriage stays in the same pattern forever. It is both the best feature of marriage and the worst, that it inevitably changes.”
Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

Stephen Dunn

Because with alarming accuracy
she’d been identifying patterns
I was unaware of—this tic, that
tendency, like the way I've mastered
the language of intimacy
in order to conceal how I felt—

I knew I was in danger
of being terribly understood.”
Stephen Dunn

Doug Dillon
“Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence that you take for granted.”
Doug Dillon

Orson Scott Card
“America's intellectual community has never been very bright. Or honest. They're all sheep, following whatever the intellectual fashion of the decade happens to be. Demanding that everyone follow their dicta in lockstep. Everyone has to be open-minded and tolerant of the things they believe, but God forbid they should ever concede, even for a moment, that someone who disagrees with them might have some fingerhold of truth.”
Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Hegemon

Steven Pinker
“Of course genes can’t pull the levers of our behavior directly. But they affect the wiring and workings of the brain, and the brain is the seat of our drives, temperaments and patterns of thought. Each of us is dealt a unique hand of tastes and aptitudes, like curiosity, ambition, empathy, a thirst for novelty or for security, a comfort level with the social or the mechanical or the abstract. Some opportunities we come across click with our constitutions and set us along a path in life.”
Steven Pinker

Mary Balogh
“I do believe in fate, Anne-not the blind fate that gives one no freedom of choice, but a fate that sets down a pattern for each of our lives and gives us choices, numerous choices, by which to find that pattern and be happy.”
Mary Balogh, Simply Love

Michael Shermer
“Perceiving the world as well designed and thus the product of a designer, and even seeing divine providence in the daily affairs of life, may be the product of a brain adapted to finding patterns in nature. (38)”
Michael Shermer, Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

“It is easy to surround yourself with people who think in the same ways, believe the same ideas, and live life in similar patterns. Many communities are made up of the same kind of people to the extent that we intentionally have to seek people whose stories are completely different from ours.”
Holly Sprink, Faith Postures: Cultivating Christian Mindfulness

Amit Ray
“Great leaders know that under the turmoil of chaos and change, there is a beauty of patterns and designs.”
Amit Ray, Mindfulness Meditation for Corporate Leadership and Management

[The] tremendous and still accelerating development of science and technology has not been accompanied by
“[The] tremendous and still accelerating development of science and technology has not been accompanied by an equal development in social, economic, and political patterns...We are now...only beginning to explore the potentialities which it offers for developments in our culture outside technology, particularly in the social, political and economic fields. It is safe to predict that...such social inventions as modern-type Capitalism, Fascism, and Communism will be regarded as primitive experiments directed toward the adjustment of modern society to modern methods”
Ralph Linton

“Self-critique is essentially parenting ourselves. Most likely we are parenting ourselves based on behavior that was modeled for us when we were children. Unless we break the pattern, we will continue that pattern. We replay the same messages over and over again. We perpetually replay and reinforce those messages. This is why it can help to think of yourself as your own child when speaking to yourself. Or, as though you are talking to someone you really love. By disassociating yourself from everything you have been conditioned to, you can change the dialogue within. You can begin a new dialogue.”
Akiroq Brost

Stanislaw M. Ulam
“There must be a trick to the train of thought, a recursive formula. A group of neurons starts working automatically, sometimes without external impulse. It is a kind of iterative process with a growing pattern. It wanders about in the brain, and the way it happens must depend on the memory of similar patterns.”
Stanislaw M. Ulam, Adventures of a Mathematician

Joseph Raphael Becker
“We're wired to see patterns
like pictures in grilled cheese.
On Mars, in stars, in cliffsides -
Oh, the things we once believed!”
Joseph Raphael Becker, Annabelle & Aiden: Oh, The Things We Believed!

Lynne Tillman
“No escape from patterns and systems, no exits. Nothing, and no one, resides outside a system; that’s the way it is. Nothing outside the inside, the inside is also outside, etc.”
Lynne Tillman, Men and Apparitions

“Clouds have a basic shape depending on where they form in the front. And each subsequent cloud's shape will vary slightly.
If you look overhead you will see what I mean, Groups of clouds that are slightly separated will have a similar pattern to those preceding it, and those coming after it.
There will also be a slight variation in their size. They may either bigger or smaller. Depending on where they form in the front.
To those of you who doubt this, go outside and see for yourselves. Watch the clouds, and then you will understand what I mean.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Being bad is not good, but too sad.
And being good is not at all bad.
This simple equation,
It's the whole elation:
Keen eye for batik patterns and plaid!”
Ana Claudia Antunes, ACross Tic

“The first step to change is to believe change is possible.
I am living proof that the patterns can be broken, learned behavior can be confronted, and a lot can be changed!”
Akiroq Brost

“Snowflakes are pretty patterns etched in water's dreams.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“You can get a good idea of how much you accept yourself by how judgmental you are of others. If you are frequently triggered by the behaviors of others, if you find yourself falling into ego and judgment, then it is important to examine why. Is this an issue you need to address? Is there something you need to heal? Is there something about yourself you have not accepted?
Remember, patterns will keep repeating themselves until you address them. Do the work to improve the quality of your life.”
Akiroq Brost

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