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    insight Quotes

    If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: heart  eyes  insight 
    The whole purpose of an adventure is to gain some spiritual or emotional insight. When you compromise the process, you compromise the gain.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    The lack of insight to reality, life and history as well as into God's ways, or sunan in His creation, some people will continue to seek or demand the impossible. They will imagine what does not or cannot happen, misunderstand occurrences and events, and interpret them on the basis of cherished illusions which in no way reflect God's sunan or the essence of Islamic law.
    — Yusuf al-Qaradawi
    But theological change happens though selective quoting. Every religious person does it: You quote those verses that resonate with your own religious insights and ignore or reinterpret those that undermine your certainties. Selective quoting isn't just legitimate, but essential: Religions evolve through shifts in selective quoting.
    — Yossi Klein Halevi
    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha's liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture. This book is sure to provoke, inspire, and move us one step closer to creating a thoroughly modern approach to spirituality.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    Children, in a way, are constant learners. Certainly sponge-like. Absorbing everything without careful analysis, even though, at the same time, they are certainly capable of incredible insights.
    — Yo-Yo Ma
    tags: children  time  child  insight 
    The thing I like most about acting is that it entertains people. Films and TV can also offer such comfort to people... TV especially, because it's in people's homes and they can watch it at home. It offers them insights into different cultures and ideas, which I think is great.
    — Yasmin Paige
    The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    The very function of creativity, of the elaboration of the human condition only enlarges the human spirit and, I mean, as a writer I don't want to read political literature all the time. It would be terribly boring and, you know, abrasive, but just reading the insights, you know, partaking of the insights of a writer into phenomena, into society, into human relationships, both on a micro level and on a macro level, is already a function.
    — Wole Soyinka
    I do not believe that it is necessarily the duty of the writer to give a voice to his community. If a writer is true to his vocation, to his or her vocation, the very process of creativity enlarges these human horizons. It provides insights, even when you're not writing, when your writing's not dealing with a concrete political situation.
    — Wole Soyinka
    Those who have obtained the farthest insight into Nature have been, in all ages, firm believers in God.
    — William Whewell
    tags: nature  age  believer  insight  god 
    Never look for the story in the 'lede.' Reporters are required to put what's happened up top, but the practiced pundit places a nugget of news, even a startling insight, halfway down the column, directed at the politiscenti. When pressed for time, the savvy reader starts there.
    — William Safire
    tags: time  insight  stories 
    Shannon's most radical insight was that meaning was irrelevant.
    — William Poundstone
    tags: meaning  insight  radical 
    There were many at Bell Labs and MIT who compared Shannon's insight to Einstein's. Others found that comparison unfair - unfair to Shannon.
    — William Poundstone
    tags: insight 
    Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while. Maybe the only gift is a chance to inquire, to know nothing for certain. An inheritance of wonder and nothing more.
    — William Least Heat-Moon
    tags: chance  men  wonder  gift  insight  strength 
    Writing is an outward expression of instinctive insight that must be summoned from the vastly deep of our mysterious selves. Therefore, it cannot be taught; indeed, it cannot even be summoned; it can only be permitted.
    — William Hughes Mearns
    tags: self  insight  writing 
    Plants grow most in the darkest hours preceding dawn; so do human souls. Nature always pays for a brave fight. Sometimes she pays in strengthened moral muscle, sometimes in deepened spiritual insight, sometimes in a broadening, mellowing, sweetening of the fibres of character,-but she always pays.
    — William George Jordan
    The most important thing is insight, that is to be - curious - to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does.
    — William Faulkner
    tags: men  wonder  insight 
    The Blood of Heroes is surely the best account to date, one that presents plenty of new insights while acting as a corrective-or at least an alternative viewpoint-to previous accounts....Donovan combines that vital blend of authoritative scholarship with the vivid writing necessary to make an oft-told tale seem fresh.
    — William C. Davis
    tags: present  hero  insight  blood  writing 
    It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.
    — William Bernbach
    tags: nature  people  human  key  insight  writing  read 
    Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature... what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action. If you know these things abut a person, you can touch him at the core of his being.
    — William Bernbach
    The creative man with an insight into human nature, with the artistry to touch and move people, will succeed. Without them he will fail.
    — William Bernbach
    tags: nature  men  people  human  insight  creative  fail 
    In truth, even if they have an imperfect insight into their own methods, I still slightly mistrust writers of fiction who are assured literary critics; it makes me suspect that they favour the word over the world it should describe. Such scribes fall victim too easily to the solecism of equating style with morality.
    — Will Self
    I was fortunate to be part of a very successful show on CBS in 1986. I switched to NBC for eight years and through these experiences have gotten terrific insight into television; it's a fascinating medium.
    — Will McDonough
    Prayer does not change God, it changes us. It deepens insight, increases intuitive perception, expands consciousness. It transforms personality.
    — Wilferd Peterson
    The danger is to stupidly believe that depicting facts gives us much insight. If facts were the only thing that counted, the telephone directory would be the book of books.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: believe  danger  facts  insight  book 
    The rise of community among cultures and religious traditions makes possible what we can call 'interspirituality': the assimilation of insights, values, and spiritual practices from the various religions and their application to one's own inner life and development.
    — Wayne Teasdale
    In 1902 I left the A.E.G. in order to enter finance. I joined the management of one of our big banks, the Berliner Handelsge-Sellschaft, and reorganized a great part of its industrial undertakings. I gained an insight into German and foreign industry, and belonged at that time to nearly a hundred different concerns. To recognize and create a demand is the secret of all sound business.
    — Walther Rathenau
    Every moment some form grows perfect in hand or face; some tone on the hills or the sea is choicer than the rest; some mood of passion or insight or intellectual excitement is irresistibly real and attractive for us - for that moment only.
    — Walter Pater
    tags: moment  real  insight  passion  mood 
    Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy. The moralist cannot teach what is revealed; he must reveal what can be taught. He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
    — Walter Lippmann
    tags: age  insight 
    Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    Every work [of literature] has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say
    — Vivian Gornick
    a scientist or a writer is one who ruminates continuously on the nature of physical or imaginative life, experiences repeated relief and excitement when the insight comes, and is endlessly attracted to working out the idea.
    — Vivian Gornick
    General improvisations often give actors an insight beyond their words by helping them to 'see the word' and achieve a reality for the scene.
    — Viola Spolin
    tags: reality  insight  achieve 
    The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was. Even if Part II were a lot more cohesive, revealing and exciting than it is, it probably would have run the risk of appearing to be the self-parody it now seems"Its insights are fairly lame at this point.
    — Vincent Canby
    tags: risk  insight  film 
    It is a myth that alcoholics have some spontaneous insight and then seek treatment. Victims of this disease do not submit to treatment out of spontaneous insight - typically, in our experience they come to their recognition scenes through a buildup of crises that crash through their almost impenetrable defense systems. They are forced to seek help; and when they don't, they perish miserably.
    — Vernon Johnson
    Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.
    — Vernon Howard
    Mysticism is: a. An advanced state of inner enlightenment. b. Union with Reality. c. A state of genuinely satisfying success. d. Insight into an entirely new world of living. e. An intuitive grasp of Truth, above and beyond intellectual reasoning. f. A personal experience, in which we are happy and healthy human beings.
    — Vernon Howard
    One of the major challenges facing creative individuals is that of building upon the continuity of human knowledge while achieving novel insights. ... On the one hand, to intensify an inquiry and develop a sense of commitment to a creative life, the learner needs models, teachers, and collaborators. On the other hand, the individual, while building upon the past, needs to transform it, and thus broaden his or her choices.
    — Vera John-Steiner
    Generative ideas emerge from joint thinking, from significant conversations, and from sustained, shared struggles to achieve new insights from partners in thought.
    — Vera John-Steiner
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