Paying Attention Quotes

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Vera Nazarian
“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.

Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.

Their language has been lost.

But not the gestures.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Brian Andreas
“I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”
Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas

Shannon L. Alder
“They say faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the whole staircase. Actually, wisdom is seeing the elevator behind it that would have taken you to the top floor.”
Shannon L. Alder

Steve Goodier
“Who doesn't want to know that we notice them and value them? And who might respond to us better when they feel that they matter? It probably cannot be overstated – it matters...that people matter.”
Steve Goodier

Jodi Picoult
“[Jules] slides into a seat beside me with her hot lunch tray, sighing. “Four hours, thirty-six minutes, and twelve seconds till we’re out of purgatory for the weekend.”
“Maybe later,” I murmur, still distracted by the day’s previous events.
“So, let me show you how a conversation works. I say something, and then you say something back that actually relates to what I was talking about, as if you were even the least bit interested.”
“Huh?” I say.”
Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines

Shannon L. Alder
“Ironically, the only way to see clearly is to stand at a distance. You might be focused, but that doesn't mean you are seeing correctly. Sometimes, you have you to grab the camera from the idiot taking all the shots in your life because they don't realize the lens is dirty.”
Shannon L. Alder

Olaotan Fawehinmi
“One of the very striking life lessons from Game of Thrones.

When Arya was blind; hopeless and helpless. The Waif lured her into multiple stick fights and the Waif would promptly beat Arya in every sparring match.

But through those stick fight, Arya learned to cope with her blindness and how to fight “in the dark.”

After Arya had regained her sight and Jaqen had granted the Waif’s wish to kill Arya. Arya confronted the Waif in a hideout and put out the only light in the room. Arya best the Waif due to her proficiency in fighting without sight (which, ironically, was trained by the Waif). Arya killed her adversary.

Olaotan Fawehinmi, The Soldier Within

Joyce Rachelle
“Pay attention to what you wish you were doing when you're doing something else.”
Joyce Rachelle

Hillary DePiano
“MOTHER TIME: Every New Year is the same. Every day, every second is too for that matter. But when we deliver them in secret, when another year just begins as a matter of fact, it's easy to fail to appreciate what a miracle it is to have more time. So, I suppose, it feels different right now because this time you're paying attention”
Hillary DePiano, New Year's Thieve

“The world is in sore need of good listeners. And in our own lives, it’s amazing to recognize just how valuable listening can be for us. How many mistakes have you made because you didn’t listen well? Personally, I’ve made many—and I’ve missed out on some wonderful opportunities because I was more interested in sharing what I had to say than I was in listening to what someone else had to say.”
Tom Walsh, Just for Today, The Expanded Edition

Frederick Barthelme
“She said things and I nodded. I didn't pay attention. She didn't pay attention to me. We floated through our days in that way.”
Frederick Barthelme, Elroy Nights

“There's always more than what meets the eye. If you dig in deep enough and pay attention, you can really see the beauty in a person.”
April Mae Monterrosa

Anthony Liccione
“She says: is really all that matters. He hears: ...really love to do it on the mattress.”
Anthony Liccione

“It's hard to pay attention to those who don't believe in you, when you are busy attending to the daily demands of your goals.”
Edmond Mbiaka

Doug   Cooper
“Now I feel free, and hope is creeping back. Maybe because I'm paying attention to what I have rather than what's missing.”
Doug Cooper, Outside In

George Alec Effinger
“The longer I observe the way people really act, the happier I am that I never pay attention to them.”
George Alec Effinger, When Gravity Fails

“Receiving unexpected ‪poetry means someone is paying attention.”
April Mae Monterrosa

Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness has to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world. It is examining who we are, constantly questioning our views of the world and our place in it, while cultivating appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive. It is the direct opposite of taking life for granted. It is empowering as well, because paying attention in this way opens channels to deep reservoirs of creativity, intelligence, imagination, clarity, determination, choice, and wisdom within us.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

“You have to pay attention to the road even if you don't know where you're going.”
Marty Rubin

“It is only when you pay attention to ordinary people that you convince God that you are really serving Him”
Sunday Adelaja

“What catches your attention can change day to day.
But what catches your attention day after day is what you should pay attention to.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Mark Epstein
“I began to think that there was something awesome about my timing. How was it that, at the exact moment of my stopping, such incredible things were happening? It took me longer than I am prepared to admit to realize that such things were always happening. It was only that I was finally paying attention.”
Mark Epstein, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

“You have to pay attention to the road even when you don't know where you're going.”
Marty Rubin

Lamine Pearlheart
“Vagueness is the kingdom of the devil and it is as such on purpose." - On Vagueness”
Lamine Pearlheart

“If you watch and pay attention, good or bad, people always reveal themselves.”
Akiroq Brost

“The presence of mind is unjustified in the absence of thought.”
Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

Joseph Heller
“She listens to him with great intensity because she is paying no attention to him at all.”
Joseph Heller, Something Happened

“Never hurry, time is worth billion dollars. Pay respect to it.”
Aabid Ahmed

Yelena Akhtiorskaya
“One thing a Soviet upbringing taught you was to pay attention.”
Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Panic in a Suitcase

Cynthia Newberry Martin
“The big things always seem to take care of themselves. It's the little things you need to pay attention to...”
Cynthia Newberry Martin, Tidal Flats

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