Quotations on Attention

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I didn't really seek attention. I just wanted to play the game well and go home.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: Home, Attention, Play)

To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs, is easier when you don't have to justify yourself to anyone, when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention.
- Isabelle Adjani
(Keywords: People, Attention, Needs)

In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Wealth, Attention, Country, Labor)

Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Business, Life, Nature, Attention, Being, Detail, Psychology)

When it comes to helping out, I don't believe in doing it for the media attention. My goal is to support the organizations that need help.
- Paul Allen
(Keywords: Goal, Attention, Help, Media, Support)

Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand.
- Robert G. Allen
(Keywords: Dream, Wealth, Attention, Man, Opinions, Succeed)

I had a really good time with Martha Stewart, who also is somebody I really admire a lot. I've learned a lot from her and I think all of America has, about attention to detail and using fresh ingredients and making things beautiful and special.
- Ted Allen
(Keywords: Time, America, Attention, Detail)

Despite the increase in world attention toward Sudan in the past months, the genocide in Darfur has continued without any serious attempt by the Sudanese government to do what governments primarily exist to do, protect their citizens.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Government, Attention, Genocide, Months, Past, World)

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Poetry, Values, Attention, Results)

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
- Greg Anderson
(Keywords: Change, Happiness, Attention, Focus)

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.
- Ethel Percy Andrus
(Keywords: Happiness, Attention, Interest)

When you make a commitment to a relationship, you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly because you now experience ownership of that relationship.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Experience, Attention, Commitment, Energy, Now, Ownership)

Fame is addictive. Money is addictive. Attention is addictive. But golf is second to none.
- Marc Anthony
(Keywords: Money, Attention, Fame, Golf)

Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other's faults.
- Richard Armour
(Keywords: Marriage, Wife, Husband, Attention, Children, Faults, Help)

Look, I get it; you come home, you work hard, and you turn on your TV... You kind of want to escape a little bit and be taken away by something. Our show required you to pay attention, and if that's not what you wanted to do, then it wasn't going to be for you, and that's OK.
- Will Arnett
(Keywords: Work, Home, Attention, Want)

Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: People, Attention, Criticism, Liberal)

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Life, Action, Attention, Choice, Consequences, Man, May)

The best way to forget ones self is to look at the world with attention and love.
- Red Auerbach
(Keywords: Love, Attention, Forget, Self, World)

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Life, Work, Discipline, Attention, Writing)

Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. But I like it.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: America, Attention, Curiosity, English, Spain)

The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur.
- William Bartram
(Keywords: Nature, Attention, First, May)

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
- William Bartram
(Keywords: Perseverance, Purpose, Attention, Creation, Economy, Effect, Order, Resolution)

People are concerned, here again, about life, and haven't given a whole lot of attention to how you make fathers responsible for the lives they bring into the world.
- Birch Bayh
(Keywords: Life, People, Attention, Fathers, World)

Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it.
- Arnold Bennett
(Keywords: Husband, Attention, Being, Husbands, Job)

Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
- William Bennett
(Keywords: Happiness, Business, Attention, Will)

True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.
- Jose Bergamin
(Keywords: Art, Attention, Order)

We have seen from experience that, if we are in the habit of walking regularly on the same road, we are able to think about other things while walking, without paying attention to our steps.
- Vinoba Bhave
(Keywords: Experience, Habit, Attention, Road, Walking)

If you look at a lot of animated movies, they don't pay attention to how things move through space.
- Brad Bird
(Keywords: Movies, Attention, Space)

Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Keywords: Fear, Discipline, Failure, Goal, Habit, Attention, Confidence, Excitement, Pride, Respect)

I knew Secrets and Lies was a great film, but I didn't expect it to get the attention it did because none of his other films had and I thought they were just as good.
- Brenda Blethyn
(Keywords: Thought, Attention, Film, Lies, Secrets)

I've written more songs for this record than I ever have in the past so I'm trying to give it a lot of special attention to be sure my ideas really get translated right.
- Suzy Bogguss
(Keywords: Ideas, Attention, Past, Right, Songs, Trying)

We havent really paid much attention to thought as a process. we have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Thought, Thoughts, Attention, Content)

Then there is the further question of what is the relationship of thinking to reality. As careful attention shows, thought itself is in an actual process of movement.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Thought, Attention, Question, Reality, Thinking)

Plus the public's attention span is so short right now, if a skater doesn't strike while the iron is hot... well it's not like people will forget you, but they just won't care anymore.
- Brian Boitano
(Keywords: People, Attention, Care, Forget, Now, Public, Right, Will)

It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: Humor, Attention, Mind, Perceptions, Reason)

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: Time, Attention, Being, Complexity, Energy, Justification, Waste)

But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?
- William Booth
(Keywords: Men, Attention, Preaching, Struggle)

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: People, Attention, Fortune, May, Reason, Respect)

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing. It's always surprised me how little attention many non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: Work, Attention, Trying, Writers, Writing)

Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
- Nadia Boulanger
(Keywords: Life, Attention, Trying, Windows)

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Death, Government, People, Fear, Attention, Democracy, Ignorance, Lying, Politicians, Trying)

I'm used to people not paying me a whole lot of attention and underestimating me and, frankly, for me a big challenge is to have people believe that I can be the president of the United States.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: People, Attention, Challenge, President, states, United)

I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today.
- Tom Brokaw
(Keywords: Family, People, Attention, Friends, Military, News, Now, Today)

I love attention. If I see a gang of girls? That makes me dance even more!
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Love, Dance, Attention, Girls)

I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what's new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world.
- Gordon Brown
(Keywords: Religion, Faith, People, Attention, Now, Right, Sense, World)

There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion, and people will not discuss a cause until their attention is drawn to it.
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: People, Attention, Cause, Will)

Nearly every coach I've talked with tells me that the attention you get from media and other people is the thing you miss most. I don't know if that's right.
- Bear Bryant
(Keywords: People, Attention, Coach, Media, Right)

The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Civilization, Hope, Attention, Country, State)

Brooke and I share some similarities. We're both passionate, fiercely loyal people. But she is far more outlandish than I'd ever be, particularly with her body and her sexuality. Brooke has made herself weak for men - she only gained self-confidence from their attention.
- Sophia Bush
(Keywords: Men, People, Attention, Body, Self, Sexuality)

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Leadership, Attention, Will)



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