Quotations on Consciousness

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With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Power, Talent, Genius, Charm, Conceit, Consciousness, Danger, Goodness, Modesty, Will)

I think that the consciousness of passion makes you act very differently.
- Pedro Almodovar
(Keywords: Act, Consciousness, Passion)

But steel bars have never yet kept out a mob; it takes something a good deal stronger: human courage backed up by the consciousness of being right.
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Keywords: Courage, Being, Consciousness, Mob, Right)

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Success, Ideas, Failure, Balance, Compromise, Consciousness, Feeling, Rivalry)

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Consciousness, Criticism, Painting, Self, Struggle)

The greater the conceptual significance of a literary product, the more it should be assumed that it is based on an idea that determines the whole, and that the deeper consciousness of the time to which it belongs is reflected in it.
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Keywords: Time, Idea, Consciousness, Literary)

You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good.
- Hans Bender
(Keywords: God, Positive, Consciousness, Devil, Mind)

Sam Walton instilled ownership of the products in the stores into the collective consciousness of every associate regardless of what job they did for the company.
- Michael Bergdahl
(Keywords: Company, Consciousness, Job, Ownership)

In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant; all that we have felt, thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there, leaning over the present which is about to join it, pressing against the portals of consciousness that would fain leave it outside.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Thought, Consciousness, Present)

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect.
- Luciano Berio
(Keywords: Music, Consciousness, Intellect, Obvious, Spiritual)

Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.
- Steven Biko
(Keywords: Time, Life, Attitude, Positive, Consciousness, Mind, World)

Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Perception, Consciousness, Universe)

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places, the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen
(Keywords: Lie, Consciousness, Sin, World)

The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Love, Ability, Consciousness, Space)

But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Christianity, Consciousness, Doubt, Horror, Madness, Sin)

The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
- Joseph Brodsky
(Keywords: History, Lie, Consciousness, First)

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: Comfort, Consciousness, Zone)

Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself - a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
- Eric Butterworth
(Keywords: God, Consciousness, Devil, Force, Man, Possession, Spirits, Thinking, Will)

The ill effects of thought come about when we forget that thought is a function of our consciousness... an ability that we as human beings have. We are the producers of our own thinking.
- Richard Carlson
(Keywords: Thought, Ability, Consciousness, Forget, Thinking)

Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
- David Chalmers
(Keywords: Science, Computer, Consciousness, Mathematics, Physics)

Anyway, there is a lot of really interesting work going on in the neuroscience and psychology of consciousness, and I would love to see philosophers become more closely involved with this.
- David Chalmers
(Keywords: Love, Work, Consciousness, Psychology)

Actually, I think my view is compatible with much of the work going on now in neuroscience and psychology, where people are studying the relationship of consciousness to neural and cognitive processes without really trying to reduce it to those processes.
- David Chalmers
(Keywords: Work, People, Consciousness, Now, Psychology, Trying)

I think that consciousness has always been the most important topic in the philosophy of mind, and one of the most important topics in cognitive science as a whole, but it had been surprisingly neglected in recent years.
- David Chalmers
(Keywords: Science, Consciousness, Mind, Philosophy, Years)

What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Power, Ability, Consciousness, Danger, Literature, Will)

Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness.
- Sri Chinmoy
(Keywords: God, Heart, Ideas, Beliefs, Consciousness, May, Mind, Spiritual, Thinking, Will)

When I came back to Britain, I realized that I was no longer a very young woman. I had to meet my new consciousness, my new age, with roles that reflected it somewhat.
- Julie Christie
(Keywords: Age, Consciousness, Woman)

If it is indeed impossible - or at least very difficult - to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Feelings, Heart, Thoughts, Animals, Consciousness, May, Mind, Project, Temptation, Writing)

The sea - this truth must be confessed - has no generosity. No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Power, Truth, Courage, Consciousness, Endurance, Faithfulness, Generosity, Sea)

The reason bin Laden staggered the planes going into the towers was so every camera would be focused on the second tower when the plane hit. It was not only the murder, but the perpetual image of the horror that permeated into people's consciousness.
- John Cusack
(Keywords: People, Consciousness, Horror, Murder, Reason)

There is a frustration too, that at moments when there's not a coup, when there are not people in the streets, that the country disappears from people's consciousness.
- Edwidge Danticat
(Keywords: People, Consciousness, Country, Frustration, Moments)

True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo
(Keywords: Vision, Consciousness, Deep, Language, Terror, Writers)

There is no reality of consciousness independent of the effects of various vehicles of content on subsequent action (and hence, of course, on memory).
- Daniel Clement Dennett
(Keywords: Action, Consciousness, Content, Reality)

All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness in which it arises, i.e., the totality of our nature.
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Keywords: Experience, Nature, Science, Consciousness, Validity)

The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars; it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Keywords: Development, Consciousness, Evolution, Mind)

One needs but to say that, in the case of an unfamiliar sequence of syllables, only about seven can be grasped in one act, but that with frequent repetition and gradually increasing familiarity with the series this capacity of consciousness may be increased.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Act, Consciousness, Familiarity, May, Needs, Repetition)

Often, even after years, mental states once present in consciousness return to it with apparent spontaneity and without any act of the will; that is, they are reproduced involuntarily.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Act, Consciousness, Present, Spontaneity, states, Will, Years)

Mental states of every kind, - sensations, feelings, ideas, - which were at one time present in consciousness and then have disappeared from it, have not with their disappearance absolutely ceased to exist.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Time, Feelings, Ideas, Consciousness, Present, Sensations, states)

A poem is learned by heart and then not again repeated. We will suppose that after a half year it has been forgotten: no effort of recollection is able to call it back again into consciousness.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Heart, Consciousness, Effort, Will)

The brain's calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness.
- Marilyn Ferguson
(Keywords: Attention, Calculations, Consciousness, Effort, Information)

We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Keywords: Change, Consciousness, Poets, World)

Life is a state of consciousness.
- Emmet Fox
(Keywords: Life, Consciousness, State)

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.
- Clifford Geertz
(Keywords: History, Science, Anthropology, Consciousness, Gender, Literature)

I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now.
- Clifford Geertz
(Keywords: People, Consciousness, Gender, Now)

If the heart stops for more than two minutes, you have massive brain death. There are only two minutes between our conscious world and zero. That's how fragile our consciousness is.
- Robin Gibb
(Keywords: Death, Heart, Consciousness, World)

Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness.
- Remy de Gourmont
(Keywords: Life, Consciousness, Sensations, states)

If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle - absolute busyness - then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy - and without consciousness.
- Gunther Grass
(Keywords: Age, Work, Busyness, Conflict, Consciousness, Dawn, Leisure, Melancholy, Utopia, Will)

It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.
- Alex Grey
(Keywords: Being, Consciousness, Identity, Now, Play, Prayer)

Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.
- Stanislav Grof
(Keywords: Time, Consciousness, Space)

A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.
- Stanislav Grof
(Keywords: Hope, Consciousness, Crisis, Radical)



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