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    conscious Quotes

    On the stage it is always now; the personages are standing on that razor-edge, between the past and the future, which is the essential character of conscious being.
    — Thornton Wilder
    Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.
    — Thomas Szasz
    [When] I am taking a photograph, I am conscious that I am constructing images rather than taking snapshots. Since I do not take rapid photographs it is in this respect like a painting which takes a long time where you are very aware of what you are doing in the process. Exposure is only the final act of making the image as a photograph.
    — Thomas Struth
    Nature is hieroglyphic. Each prominent fact in it is like a type; its final use is to set up one letter of the infinite alphabet, and help us by its connections to read some statement or statute applicable to the conscious world.
    — Thomas Starr King
    tags: nature  world  conscious  help  facts  read 
    It is in the intellectual and emotional response, the conscious and subconscious associations of the artist, that the potential power of painting lies.
    — Thomas S. Buechner
    I do have to earn a living, so I'm conscious of probable reactions from readers, but the most important one is still the awareness that if I'm not enjoying a story, the reader won't either.
    — Thomas Perry
    The universe has become not only conscious and aware of itself but capable in some respects of choosing its path into the future-though all three, the consciousness, the knowledge, and the choice, are dispersed over a vast crowd of beings, acting both individually and collectively.
    — Thomas Nagel
    fundamentally an organism has conscious mental states if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism-something it is like for the organism.
    — Thomas Nagel
    tags: conscious  mental 
    Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants.
    — Thomas Nagel
    Eventually, I believe, current attempts to understand the mind by analogy with man-made computers that can perform superbly some of the same external tasks as conscious beings will be recognized as a gigantic waste of time.
    — Thomas Nagel
    As far as inner action is concerned, we are only rarely truly self-determined persons, for the major part of our conscious mental activity rather is an automatic, unintentional form of behavior on the subpersonal level.
    — Thomas Metzinger
    tags: action  conscious  mental 
    Conscious experience as such is an exclusively internal affair: Once all functional properties of your brain are fixed, the character of subjective experience is determined as well.
    — Thomas Metzinger
    I believe we should really take our own phenomenology more seriously. What a good theory of conscious must explain is the variance in this subjective sense of realness: There clearly is a phenomenology of "hyperrealness", for example during religious experiences or under the influence of certain psychoactive substances.
    — Thomas Metzinger
    The notion of a conscious model of oneself as an individual entity actively trying to establish epistemic relations to the world and to oneself, I think, comes very close to what we traditionally mean by notions like "subjectivity".
    — Thomas Metzinger
    tags: world  conscious  oneself 
    The conscious experience of being a subject arises when a single organism learns to enslave itself.
    — Thomas Metzinger
    What many people don't see is that there are abundant examples of phenomenal opacity: It is one of the most interesting features of the human conscious model of reality that, first, it can contain elements that are not experienced as mind-independent, as unequivocally real, as immediately given, and second, that there is a "gradient of realness" in which one and the same content can be experienced transparently or in an opaque fashion.
    — Thomas Metzinger
    This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected-in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.
    — Thomas Mann
    tags: conscious 
    What we do, as a conscious species, is set markers for ourselves. Once we reach one marker, we advance to the next.
    — Thomas Ligotti
    tags: conscious 
    Spontaneously to God should turn the soul, Like the magnetic needle to the pole; But what were that intrinsic virtue worth, Suppose some fellow, with more zeal than knowledge, Fresh from St. Andrew's College, Should nail the conscious needle to the north?
    — Thomas Hood
    tags: conscious  soul  virtue  god  college  worth 
    The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
    — Thomas Beecham
    I cannot understand how anyone conscious of mortal sin can laugh or be merry.
    — Thomas Aquinas
    tags: conscious  sin 
    I ask no risen dust to teach me immortality; I am conscious of eternal life.
    — Theodore Parker
    tags: conscious 
    Every actor wants to direct and produce, but I made a conscious decision when I was in college to understand the 'business' of 'show business.'
    — Theodore Bikel
    For joy, I live by the mantra of surrounding yourself with people who make your life better... people who enhance your life and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. It's not always easy, but I've had to make a conscious effort to remove people who are a lot of work and drain my energy...you know, those energy suckers we each have in our lives.
    — Theo Rossi
    tags: people  work  joy  live  conscious  energy 
    The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind.
    — Thalassa Cruso
    tags: conscious  mind 
    No matter what happens, I am conscious all the time.
    — Thaddeus Golas
    tags: time  conscious 
    If we fail in this country, it is because we are too timid. If we lose our way in America, it is because we are too complacent. We must become conscious to the real threats before us and act creatively, imaginatively, now. We can no longer look to leadership beyond ourselves.
    — Terry Tempest Williams
    ...if we allow ourselves contemplative time in nature-whether it's gardening, going for a walk with the dog, or being in the heart of the southern Utah wilderness-then we can hear the voice of our conscience. If we listen to that voice, it asks us to be conscious. And if we become conscious we choose to live lives of consequence.
    — Terry Tempest Williams
    Some women have 'always' been lesbians. Others, like myself, have 'become' one. As much a sociocultural construction as it is an effect of early childhood experiences, sexual identity is nether innate nor simply acquired, but dynamically (re)structured by forms of fantasy private and public, conscious and unconscious, which are culturally available and historically specific.
    — Teresa de Lauretis
    History, call it 15,000 or 25,000 years of duration, is the story of an animal, some kind of complex animal, becoming conscious.
    — Terence McKenna
    No one yet understands the mysterious intelligence within plants or the implications of the idea that nature communicates in a basic chemical language that is unconscious but profound. We do not yet understand how hallucinogens transform the message in the unconscious into revelations beheld by the conscious mind.
    — Terence McKenna
    We're not as materialistic and income-tax conscious as we think. At the moment our superstitions are tucked away, but come out sometimes in strange ways sex crimes, black masses.
    — Terence Fisher
    tags: crimes  conscious  moment  sex  black 
    We make the commitment to stop for a moment and look at what the mind is doing, what mind state we are dwelling in. We don't judge it, we just know it. Gradually we'll become more and more accustomed to being conscious of what we're thinking and our various positive and negative states. We'll become more and more the masters of our mind, rather than the slaves.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    The first thing is to learn how to quiet the mind, relax the mind, and bring the awareness to the front so that we are conscious of what we're doing when we're doing it without all the commentary.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: conscious  mind  learn 
    Wherever we are and whatever we're doing, we're either conscious, or we're not.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    tags: conscious 
    Nowadays, mindfulness has become a catch-all word, but the general principle of trying to be more conscious and aware in our daily life is very important. Along with this, it's helpful to contemplate some of the mind training verses which are designed to take and transform all of the problems we experience.
    — Tenzin Palmo
    The true shaman, the true naturalist, works to reconnect conscious human life with Nature and Spirit through totems and ritual.
    — Ted Andrews
    tags: nature  work  conscious  human  true  spirit 
    Advertising, music, atmospheres, subliminal messages and films can have an impact on our emotional life, and we cannot control it because we are not even conscious of it.
    — Tariq Ramadan
    Self-judgment continues to arise - it's a strong habit - but the fact that I made a conscious commitment to recognize it has helped me stop feeding the story of being unworthy.
    — Tara Brach
    I am a trained hypnotherapist, yes, but it's more like a guided meditation. Most of the people I take under struggle with stress in their lives and have unbalanced sleeping patterns, so what I do enables my patients to regain energy and peacefulness on a subconscious level which affects their conscious mind.
    — Tanit Phoenix
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