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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Pema Chödrön
“Whether we’re eating or working or meditating or listening or talking, the reason that we’re here in this world at all is to study ourselves. In fact, it has been said that studying ourselves provides all the books we need.”
Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

“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

“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

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

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

Brian Andreas
“These are all the street signs for this area but he keeps moving them around at night so the only people who aren't lost all the time are the children who never pay attention to signs anyway.”
Brian Andreas, Still Mostly True

Brian Andreas
“It is not what you first think. There is no effort of will, no firm resolve in the face of this thing called living. There is only paying attention to the quiet each morning, while you hold your cup in the cool air & then that moment you choose to spread your love like a cloth upon the table & invite the whole day in again.”
Brian Andreas, Theories of Everything

Adrienne Rich
“If to feel is to be unreliable
don't listen to us
if to be in pain is to be predictable
embittered bullying
then don't listen to us
If we're in danger of mistaking
our personal trouble for the pain on the streets
don't listen to us”
Adrienne Rich, Your Native Land, Your Life

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

Kate Quinn
“Some men ogle, some men look. The first makes us bristle, and the second makes us melt, and men are at an utter loss knowing the difference. But we do, and we know it an once.”
Kate Quinn, The Huntress

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