Consciousness Quotes

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Consciousness, at its simplest, is sentience or awareness of internal and external existence. Despite millennia of analyses, definitions, explanations and debates by philosophers and scientists, consciousness remains puzzling and controversial, being “at once the most familiar and [also the] most mysterious aspect of our lives”. Perhaps the only widely agreed notion about the topic is the intuition that it exists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied and explained as consciousness. Sometimes, it is synonymous with the mind, and at other times, an aspect of it. In the past, it was one’s “inner life”, the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, it often includes some kind of experience, cognition, feeling or perception. It may be awareness, awareness of awareness, or self-awareness either continuously changing or not. There might be different levels or orders of consciousness, or different kinds of consciousness, or just one kind with different features. Other questions include whether only humans are conscious, all animals, or even the whole universe. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises doubts about whether the right questions are being asked.

See also: Consciousness, Higher Consciousness, Altered state of consciousness, and Level Of Consciousness

‘Cyberspace’ is a metaphorical idea which is supposed to be the space where your consciousness is located when you’re using computer technology on the Internet, for example, and I’m not entirely sure it’s such a useful term, but I think that’s what most people mean by it. – Neil Postman

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Consciousness is a disease. – Miguel de Unamuno

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance. – William Ralph Inge

Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to. – D. H. Lawrence

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation. – C. S. Lewis

Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows ‘I am!’ No one can deny his own being. – Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh. – Emile M. Cioran

Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement. – Aldous Huxley

Consciousness is only the surface of the mental ocean. – Swami Vivekananda

Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time. – Mason Cooley

Consciousness is the birthplace of change. – Anonymous

Consciousness is the glory of creation. – James Broughton

Consciousness is to come above thoughts and experience life in real-time. – Nitin Namdeo

Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable. – Thomas Nagel

Consciousness itself is an infinite regress. This explains coincidences. – Robert Anton Wilson

Conscious awareness is the source of our healing…Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process. – Marianne Williamson

Consciousness – that, to me, is the theme of the modern novel. – Justin Cartwright

Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body. – Stanislav Grof

Consciousness allows you the capacity to plan. – Gerald Edelman

Consciousness conceives, governs, constructs, and becomes the activity of the body. – Deepak Chopra

Consciousness exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world … A medium, for example, will show knowledge of his sitter’s private affairs which it seems impossible he should have acquired through sight or hearing, or inference therefrom … On the transmission-theory, the[se impressions] don’t have to be produced —they exist ready-made in the transcendental world, and all that is needed is an abnormal lowering of the brain-threshold to let them through. – William James

Consciousness of myself, combined with complete ignorance of everything that does not fall within my sphere of thinking, is the most telling proof of my substantiality outside God, of my original existence. – Moses Mendelssohn

Consciousness of our powers augments them. – Luc de Clapiers

Consciousness permits us to develop the instruments of culture – morality and justice, religion, art, economics and politics, science and technology. Those instruments allow us some measure of freedom in the confrontation with nature. – Antonio Damasio

Consciousness rap – a term that I don’t think exactly exists but gets thrown around a lot – is not exactly popular. – Macklemore

Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone’s home. – Steven Pinker

Consciousness turns out to consist of a maelstrom of events distributed across the brain. These events compete for attention, and as one process outshouts the others, the brain rationalizes the outcome after the fact and concocts the impression that a single self was in charge all along. – Steven Pinker

Consciousness will not always solve the problem, but it may make the suffering meaningful. – Marion Woodman

Consciousness, for me, is a manifestation of complexity in biology. It’s an emergent property. – Gregory Stock

Consciousness, much like our feelings, is based on a representation of the body and how it changes when reacting to certain stimuli. Self-image would be unthinkable without this representation. – Antonio Damasio

Consciousness, rather than being an epiphenomenon of matter, is actually the source of matter. It differentiates into space time, energy, information, and matter. Even though this view is an ancient view, an ancient world view, it is now finding some resonance amongst a few scientists. – Deepak Chopra

Consciousness, rather than being something that we have, is something we participate in. – Grant Morrison

Consciousness, there are about 20,000 papers on consciousness with no consensus. Nowhere in history have so many people devoted so much time to produce so little. – Michio Kaku

Consciousness, when it’s unburdened by the body, is something that’s ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that’s the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that’s such a delicious feeling, but when it’s unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical. – Jason Silva

Consciousness-one level is understanding where we are in space. Consciousness two is where we understand our position in society: who’s top dog, who’s underdog and who’s in the middle. And type-three consciousness is simulating the future. And type-three consciousness, only humans have this ability to see far into the future. – Michio Kaku

Consciousness… does not appear to itself chopped up in bits. Such words as ‘chain’ or ‘train’ do not describe it fitly as it presents itself in the first instance. It is nothing jointed; it flows. A ‘river’ or a ‘stream’ are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness, or of subjective life. Source of the expression ‘stream of consciousness’. – William James

Short And Powerful Consciousness Quotes

A social consciousness should be reflected in your poetry. – Gulzar

Action is the key. – ATGW

Awaken your mind to who you truly are. – ATGW

Behaviour arises from the level of one’s consciousness. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Being aware of your ignorance is the biggest awareness. – Nitin Namdeo

Changing mass consciousness is an individual responsibility. – Dennis Weaver

Conflict is the beginning of consciousness. – M. Esther Harding

Crystals amplify the consciousness. – Shirley MacLaine

Death is simply a break in our linear stream of consciousness. – Robert Lanza

Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness. – Max Planck

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. – Koena Mitra

Fears and lies intensify consciousness. – Mason Cooley

God is not found in places. God is found in consciousness. – Joel Goldsmith

God must become an activity in our consciousness. – Joel S. Goldsmith

Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery. – Daniel Dennett

I analyze religious knowledge and consciousness. – Youssef Ziedan

I became really interested in the study of consciousness. – Alex Grey

I don’t talk about consciousness. I talk about interiority. – Ken Wilber

I have a picture of an ideal consciousness. – Henry Flynt

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as a derivative of consciousness. – Max Planck

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi

If you lend your consciousness to someone else, you’re a robot. – Prince

In my mind, creativity is consciousness. – RJ Cyler

In the face of consciousness insanity cannot continue to exist. – Gary Douglas

Life is a state of consciousness. – Emmet Fox

Life is consciousness. – Emmet Fox

Only a conscious person can be a responsible person. – Nitin Namdeo

Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness. – Sri Chinmoy

Spirituality and meditation are all about consciousness. – Nitin Namdeo

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. – Eckhart Tolle

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. – Max Eastman

The great mystery of our consciousness is beyond our grasp. – William Shatner

The level of your consciousness depends on the calmness of your mind. – Nitin Namdeo

The more you awaken within yourself the more abundance the world reveals to. – ATGW

The real history of consciousness starts with one’s first lie. – Joseph Brodsky

The universe has shaken you to awaken you. – Anonymous

The world is real. Consciousness is the illusion. – Craig Bruce

There is no birth of consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung

To be conscious at all times is as important as breathing at all times. – Nitin Namdeo

Use your mind to see the truth. – ATGW

We are most alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

What’s more valuable – intelligence or consciousness? – Yuval Noah Harari

Without consciousness, space and time are nothing. – Robert Lanza

Your journey has molded you for the greater good. – Asha Tyson

Your level of consciousness defines your level of life. – Nitin Namde

More Consciousness Quotes

A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers. – Ernest Dimnet

A certain degree of solitude seems necessary to the full growth and spread of the highest mind ; and therefore must a very extensive intercourse with men stifle many a holy germ, and scare away the gods, who shun the restless tumult of noisy companies and the discussion of petty interests. – Novalis

A cockroach likely has no less brainpower than a butterfly, but we’re quicker to deny it consciousness because it’s a species we dislike. – Jeffrey Kluger

A compassionate heart will lift you out of the pain and suffering of your own world because it knows that everyone is doing the best they can, given their state of consciousness and the histories they’re dragging behind them. – Debbie Ford

A complete autobiography would indeed be a picture of the outer and inner universe photographed upon one little life’s consciousness. For does not the whole world, seen and unseen, go to the making up of every human being? – Lucy Larcom

A computational device is incapable of developing a mind. We got consciousness not just by being clever. – Roger Penrose

A fully engaged imagination is essential to the spiritual practice of the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana School, whose artistic tradition is in service of consciousness transformation. – Alex Grey

A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don’t mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it’s a big book, there has to be more than one undertow. – Marguerite Young

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. – Albert Einstein

A journal of the ‘subjective’ kind I have always thought foolish, as nurturing a morbid self -consciousness in the writer; and yet, alone so much as I am, it is well to have some sort of a ventilator from the interior. – Lucy Larcom

A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us, that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary, and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

A novel is a collision of ideas. Three or four threads may be floating around in the writer’s consciousness, and at a single moment in time, these ideas collide and produce a novel. – Anita Shreve

A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. – Albert Einstein

A person is not the same in his life at all times. Your consciousness is developing all the time. When I started making ‘El Topo,’ I was one person. When I finished that picture, I was another person. – Alejandro Jodorowsky

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

A problem cannot be solved at the level of consciousness in which it occurs. – Albert Einstein

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

A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day’s unity. – Charles Ives

A remarkable tract of occult philosophy in which the world is shown to be a living and truly conscious image of God, and all its parts and particles thereof to be endowed with sense perception, some more clearly, some more obscurely, to the extent required for the preservation of themselves and of the whole in which they share sensation. – Campanella

A strong and enthusiastic niche audience can push a topic into mainstream consciousness with speed and force. – Rachel Sklar

A sympathetic parent might see the spark of consciousness in a baby’s large eyes and eagerly accept the popular claim that babies are wonderful learners, but it is hard to avoid the impression that they begin as ignorant as bread loaves. – Paul Bloom

A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry. – Walter Pater

A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them. There is no such thing as bad art. – Muriel Rukeyser

A young man is stirred and stimulated by the consciousness of how much depends upon his own exertions: a young girl is oppressed by it. – Elizabeth Missing Sewell

Abdias do Nascimento was the first writer who gave me racial consciousness. It was through his books and writings that I first took in the real weight of race in our society. He was the main influence on me because in my family, race was never an issue. – Joaquim Barbosa

Absolute consciousness is manifest here in every circumstance of daily life because it is everywhere full and perfect. Consciousness is said to be the cause of all things because it is everywhere emergent as each manifest entity. – Abhinavagupta

Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. – Deepak Chopra

Acting is a way to escape who you are for a short period of time. It doesn’t happen all the time , but every now and then, the sensation of being ‘other’ is very profound. You get this moment where you are no longer yourself. You lose consciousness of the crew or the audience… it’s a thrilling moment. And even quite spiritual. – James Purefoy

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

All experience is in its degree conscious. . . .We must ascribe consciousness to every living agent, such as a plant cell or bacterium, and even (if the continuity of nature is not to be broken) to an electron. – W. E. Agar

All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved. – Hans Kung

All I ask is that we compare human consciousness with spirochete ecology. – Lynn Margulis

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

Always accept challenges, it will give you new experiences that increase your level of consciousness. – Nitin Namdeo

Am I a trance medium? No. Have I got a gift psychically? Absolutely not. But I believe in the survival of consciousness after death. – Dan Aykroyd

Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. – Robert Lanza

Amazon is certainly not a perfect company. However, doctors, teachers, engineers, journalists, politicians, and labor unions are also on a continuum of consciousness, and none are perfect either. It is easy to judge and find fault with any company if that is what one’s ideological biases wish to see. – John Mackey

An animal takes freely anything that it wishes: it commits no sin and is not held responsible for its action because it knows no better. But as soon as the idea of ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ has been imprinted upon our consciousness, then also the responsibility comes. – Max Heindel

An image of the Earth, its landscapes, directly affects people. The beauty of the Earth creates enormous emotion, and through that emotion, you can transmit knowledge and raise consciousness. – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness. – Henry Miller

And for me anyway, consciousness is three components: a personal component which for lack of a better word we can call the soul. A collective component which is more archetypal and a deeper level, and then a universal domain of consciousness. – Deepak Chopra

And if I can take part in it by transforming my own consciousness, then someone else’s, I’m happy to do it. – Bill Hicks

And we’re seeing a higher level of consciousness and many more opportunities for people to challenge their present ways of thinking and move into a grander and larger experience of who they really are. – Neale Donald Walsch

And when they encounter works of art which show that using new media can lead to new experiences and to new consciousness, and expand our senses, our perception, our intelligence, our sensibility, then they will become interested in this music. – Karlheinz Stockhausen

Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Antigravity, teleportation, time travel, energetic DNA evolution and consciousness transformation could create a world few of us ever even dreamed of. – David Wilcock

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

Are we not forced to conclude that even in the simplest inanimate things there is something which belongs to the same realm of being as self-awareness? … Something must go on in the simplest inanimate things which can be described in the same language as would be used to describe our self-awareness. – C. H . Waddington

Art is meant to bring people together. It’s meant to raise consciousness. – Brandon Victor Dixon

Art is the production of objects for consumption, to be used and discarded while waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded in freeing himself of everything, even of his own consciousness. – Eugenio Montale

As a cohort, millennials are unique in their social consciousness, and they make decisions based on that awareness. Keep them engaged at work by showcasing a culture of paying it forward and tying the day-to-day into the larger purpose of the organization. – Kathryn Minshew

As a creative person, you just put something out into the consciousness of the society you live in. – Annie Lennox

As a longtime practitioner of yoga and a person who’s been involved in physical fitness my whole life, I can tell you, yoga helps you achieve altered states of consciousness. It is not just stretching. The only way you can say that it’s stretching is if you haven’t done it, or that you haven’t done it rigorously for a long period of time. – Joe Rogan

As a natural historian, I don’t believe in the consciousness of rocks or the opinions of rainbows or the convictions of slugs. – Jim Crace

As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being. – Abdolkarim Soroush

As an actress, I think there is always a political consciousness there. – Juliette Binoche

As exhausted as they may be, Republicans need to appeal to their sense of consciousness. To their principles. To what is right and wrong. To American values. – Ana Navarro

As far as I understand, the Second Coming is already here. It’s a consciousness. It is not someone who is going to arrive and land in a clearing in the forest. The Hell that they talk of is going to be people creating their own unhappiness, a Hell on Earth. – Jane Siberry

As film makers or any artiste that put work out there, what you are doing on your level is that you are putting consciousness out into the world. – Zoya Akhtar

As for morality, well that’s all tied up with the question of consciousness. – Roger Penrose

As soon as I finish meditating, I get a beautiful feeling of expanded consciousness. When I’m in this headspace I can make so much progress in my writing. – Jon Hopkins

As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself. – Martin Heidegger

As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness. – Ram Dass

As we grow in our consciousness… there will be more compassion and more love. And then… the barriers between people.. between religions.. and between nations will begin to fall. – Ram Dass

As young parents of three girls, living in California during the late Sixties and early Seventies, Meredith and I couldn’t help but be aware of the rising level of dialogue, debate, commentary, and proclamations about the place of women in society and about how to raise females in light of this raised consciousness. – Tom Brokaw

As your level of consciousness increases, you start feeling connected to everything. – Nitin Namdeo

At art school, a teacher said: ‘The best paintings are when you get lost in a piece of work and start painting in a stream of consciousness.’ I wanted to do music, not art, so started writing lyrics that way. The first song I wrote was called ‘Ice Cream and Wafers.’ The next was ‘Holding Back the Years.’ – Mick Hucknall

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn’t enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It’s not competitive with men. It’s a complementary contribution. – Barbara Hepworth

Attention may sound dull, but it is an essential aspect of consciousness. In fact, it governs what it is that we turn out to be conscious of, and therefore plays a part in the coming into being of whatever exists for us. – Iain McGilchrist

Awkwardness is the consciousness of a false position. – Elif Batuman

Babies choose to lackadaisically notice the quirkiest of details – unlike us grown ups, who choose instead to focus on what we believe is most essential to us. As a result, babies have a greater expanded consciousness than us grown-ups! – Karen Salmansohn

Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception. – Alan Moore

Being conscious is always a choice and when you choose it consciously you attract happiness and abundance in your life. – Nitin Namdeo

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

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

Black Consciousness seeks to infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook to life. – Steven Biko

Brief is this existence, as a visit in a strange house. The path to be pursued is poorly lit by a flickering consciousness. – Albert Einstein

Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness. – Franz Liszt

But I would assert that despite the wide variety of yoga options and individual preferences, there is one universal element: the union of consciousness and movement, breath and awareness. – Carre Otis

But it has, in addition, an even more precious quality – a consciousness of the human intelligence, the human spirit and that man is a social creature. – Norman McLaren

But like a born actor who only really wants to direct, Gingrich has always been unsatisfied with what he’s brilliant at. He can’t still his hunger to deliver grand pronouncements on life, liberalism, conservatism, religion and whatever else swims into his consciousness. – John Podhoretz

But look, I was born in 1956, the peak year for births in US history. I think I’m very representative of many of the thought processes my generation have been through and, by and large, people of my age have had their imprint planted on the consciousness of western society for a long time. – Tom Hanks

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

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

But the first differentiation of its reflection in the manifested World is purely Spiritual, and the Beings generated in it are not endowed with a consciousness that has any relation to the one we conceive of. – Helena Blavatsky

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. – Audre Lorde

But there’s a shift happening in humanity, a shift in consciousness, happening now because it has to happen now. – Eckhart Tolle

By giving unusual people an easy way to find one another, the Internet has also enabled them to pool rare talents, resources, and voices, then push their case into public consciousness. The response, in many cases, is a kind of hysteria. – Virginia Postrel

By immersing ourselves with our consciousness in a supersensible world, we now learn a new kind of thinking, a new life of mental pictures, one that is not dependent on the nervous system in the way ordinary thinking is. We know that previously we have had to make use of our nervous system, but now we no longer need our brain. – Rudolf Steiner

By subliminal, I mean things that occur in our world that are below the threshold of consciousness but do have a psychological effect on us. – Leonard Mlodinow

California lost its way in 1994 with Prop. 187, but that tragic episode gave birth to a new California consciousness – one that will now do everything within its power to protect our diversity and the economic power it has created. – Kevin de Leon

Chavez Ravine is the dawn of Chicano consciousness. – Ry Cooder

Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am! – Swami Vivekananda

Christianity is, I believe, about expanded life, heightened consciousness and achieving a new humanity. It is not about closed minds, supernatural interventions, a fallen creation, guilt, original sin or divine rescue. – John Shelby Spong

Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood, and there’s no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die. – Sean M. Carroll

Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution. – Stanislav Grof

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

Concussions have brought the consciousness to the problem, but I think the problem is football-related injuries, period, and the lack of support from the league of those players who have suffered those injuries. The denial factor has been unbelievable. I’m here because I’m a fighter to try to bring attention to this fact. – Jim Brown

Conscious business… business that is conscious of inner and outer worlds.. would therefore be business that takes into account body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature. Put differently, conscious business would be mindful of the way that the spectrum of consciousness operates in the Big Three worlds of self and culture and nature. – Ken Wilber

Consciously be sensitive to others, and try to elevate their level of consciousness. Don’t do this by being preachy and telling them that they ‘should’ do this or that. Do it by raising your own level of energy and recognizing what’s best in others. – Srikumar Rao

Consider, if you will, that the universe is infinite. This has yet to be proven or disproven, but we can assure you that there is no end to your selves, your understanding, what you would call your journey of seeking or your perceptions of the creation. – Anonymous

Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness. – Richard Rohr

Continuous present is all we have, and stream of consciousness – which in a novel is arguably just as artificial as the stilted dialogue that you get in most conventional novels. They’re all stratagems to try to get closer to the texture of lived life. – Will Self

Control of consciousness determines the quality of life. – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Corrupt fantasy points us, or forms us, in a consciousness that can lead to thinking that evil is good and good is evil. In the worst case, this may have long range effects, prompting the reader intuitively, subconsciously, to do evil while thinking they’re doing good. – Michael O’Brien

Creativity is the state of consciousness in which you enter into the treasury of your innermost being and bring the beauty into manifestation. – Torkom Saraydarian

Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and – as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis – emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness. – Annie Besant

Death may simply be an alteration in consciousness, a transition for continued life in a nonmaterial form. – Edgar Mitchell

Digital warfare, in the Clausewitz definition as ‘the continuation of policy by other means,’ reached Western public consciousness via my own country, Estonia, in 2007 when our governmental, banking, and news media servers were hit with ‘distributed denial-of-service attacks,’ which is when hackers overload servers until they shut down. – Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I’ve done that. Yes, that works. – Alan Moore

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. – Andrew Carnegie

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

Dreaming is a phenomenon of purely individual consciousness, and consequently impossible to thoroughly deconstruct by a community of researchers. But dreaming matters. – Andrew Weil

Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality. – Stanislav Grof

Each time you choose not to act on a frightened part of your personality, you create authentic power – and you grow spiritually. The frightened parts of your personality come less frequently and with less intensity, and the loving parts fill more and more of your consciousness. – Gary Zukav

Egoic consciousness is the one we all normally operate with, until we are told there is something else! Every culture teaches egoic consciousness in different ways. At that level it is all about me, my preferences, my choices, my needs, my desires and me and my group as the central reference point. – Richard Rohr

Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light, but making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung

Enlightenment is the natural state of consciousness, the innocent state of consciousness, that state which is uncontaminated by the movement of thought, uncontaminated by control or manipulation of mind. – Adyashanti

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

Even though I went to Exeter and Yale, and I enjoyed all the trappings of those places, I think at the same time – and maybe it’s because I’m an immigrant kid and not white – there was always this other consciousness; that is, I was conscious of everything that was going on. – Chang-Rae Lee

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

Every animal is related to its own constitution and the consciousness of it. – Chrysippus

Every day, I read books on philosophy and science fiction and human consciousness. – Tom DeLonge

Every situation, no matter how challenging, is conspiring to bring you into greater vibrational energy. Will you receive it? – Panache Desai

Every truth ever discovered, each new spiritual light that will ever burn bright has already been seeded in our consciousness. – Guy Finley

Everybody agrees that the brain is a remarkable machine. It’s capable of generating an enormous number of phenomena, some of them very obvious and some of them less obvious. But I think that in the end there are going to be some very basic explanations for many things: emotions, awareness, consciousness, attention, perception, recognition. – Henry Markram

Everybody has a high point and a lot goes into that: timing, situation, general consciousness. – Alex Van Halen

Everyone and everything that shows up in the world of form in this universe originates not from a particle, as quantum physics teaches us, but from an energy field. That energy field can be called God, soul, spirit, or consciousness. It looks a certain way, sounds a certain way, and feels a certain way. I try to stay in harmony with what I believe it sounds and feels like. – Wayne Dyer

Everyone can see [the sun’s] body, but no one can see its soul—not that you could see the soul of any other creature, living or dying. Nevertheless, there are good grounds for believing that we are in fact held in the embrace of some such thing though it is totally below the level of our bodily senses, and is perceptible by reason alone. – Plato

Everyone has a right to change their consciousness, but ultimately the whole process is misleading. – Robyn Hitchcock

Everything depends therefore on encountering thought at its source. Such thought is the reality of man’s being, which achieved consciousness and understanding of itself through it. – Karl Jaspers

Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It is about energy at its most basic level. – Robert Moog

Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay attention. Learn quickly. – Anonymous

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

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts. – Sam Harris

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

Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values. – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. – Henry James

Experiences such as, ‘I went; I came; I was; I did,’ come naturally to everyone. From these experiences, does it not appear that the consciousness ‘I’ is the subject of those various acts? Enquiry into the true nature of that consciousness, and remaining as oneself, is the way to understand, through enquiry, one’s true nature. – Ramana Maharshi

Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom. – Eckhart Tolle

Fear of death has never played a large part in my consciousness – perhaps unimaginative of me. – A. N. Wilson

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions – of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas. – James Mark Baldwin

Festival culture is all about evolving consciousness and generating a sense of unity, hope, and possibility. – Alex Grey

Flashy characters are more entertaining to people because you get it. You don’t have to work to get someone who says what they mean and says what they think. They’re out there. It’s harder to play a quiet character because everything happens in their stream of consciousness. – Viola Davis

For a lot of actors, there’s a sort of code of honor around playing something other than yourself, which I just don’t have. I love feeling like I’m – I won’t even say acting out, but performing in some deep seam of my consciousness or my family’s consciousness or my past. That’s really amusing to me. – Tilda Swinton

For complicated historical and political reasons, we associate ‘poor’ in our public consciousness with ‘black.’ Terms such as ‘welfare queen’ and ‘culture of poverty’ became associated uniquely with the social maladies of African Americans in urban ghettos, despite the fact that poor whites outnumbered poor blacks. – J. D. Vance

For generations, black children have been brought up to have a critical race consciousness, a framework for dealing with prejudice and discrimination, which helps inoculate them against the spiritual toxins they will almost certainly encounter as they come of age in our society. – Rachel Simmons

For many people, Timbuktu has long represented the essence of remoteness: a mythical, faraway place located on the boundaries of our collective consciousness. But like many of the myths associated with colonialism, the reality is very different. – Antonio Guterres

For me to get up and feel the urge to go to the set and all that, I have to feel there is something tremendously vibrating to achieve there. I need to lose sometimes a consciousness of the person and the reality in order to be happy to come back into the reality and happier to live it for this cause, to be an artist in this life. – Isabelle Adjani

For me, consciousness is non-local, not limited to the body, and can exist independent of it. – Bernie Siegel

For me, consciousness is the most interesting unsolved problem of science, and, in fact, we may never know what it is about a particular arrangement of neurons that gives rise to consciousness. Our consciousness, like the air we breathe or like the passage of time, is central to our existence as intelligent beings. – Alan Lightman

For me, performance is a holy ground. When I perform, I really step into a different state of consciousness. – Marina Abramovic

For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human terms wherein my individuality consists. In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell. – Josiah Royce

From an evolutionary standpoint, human consciousness has not been around very long. A little light just went on after four and a half billion years. How often does that happen? Maybe it is quite rare. – Elon Musk

From my experience, I cannot doubt but that man, when lost to terrestrial consciousness, is indeed sojourning in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life we know; and of which only the slightest and most indistinct memories linger after waking. – H. P. Lovecraft

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like nature herself – prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation. – Carl Jung

Gail BradbrookFor me, that is what my mission seems to be in my life on earth – to be awake, to stay awake, and to bring a certain kind of consciousness to the world, and to myself. – Mariette Hartley

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There’s been an extraordinary advance. – Clifford Geertz

Gender equality has long been at the forefront of my mind, and I think the Me Too movement has elevated many men’s consciousness, my own included, about how to be better allies. – Cory Booker

God guides us from within. He does nothing more than that. There is no charm in God shaping us like a potter. We are not earthen wares; we are beings full of consciousness. – Vinoba Bhave

God is the Seed; The Universe is the Tree, Impulses and passions are the branches, Intelligence is the flower, Pure Consciousness is the fruit, Love is the sweetness in the fruit. – Sathya Sai Baba

Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason. – Pope Francis

Graduation speeches force you to reflect. They are about consciousness. Nothing is better than consciousness. – Bruce Eric Kaplan

Great amount of scientific research is there to show that health is better because transcendental meditation deals with consciousness, and consciousness is the basic value of all the physical expressions. The entire creation is the expression of consciousness. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

‘Hamlet’ is so modern; ‘Coriolanus’ is utterly alien to our consciousness, and that makes it difficult for us. – David Farr

Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. – Iris Murdoch

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. – Ayn Rand

He is conscious only of God…To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self. – Meister Eckhart

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all being in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. – Buddha

Heaven and God are not high above us, far away; they are deep within us. Heaven is not a distant country where there are trees and houses and other objects; it is a plane of consciousness within us. Seekers of the eternal Truth will realise their eternal Heaven within their aspiring hearts. – Sri Chinmoy

Here, the broader issues are already familiar, and discussion has focused at a more sophisticated and detailed level. Within the philosophy of mind, the problem of consciousness is no big news. – David Chalmers

Hip-hop is still cool at a party. But to me, hip-hop has never been strictly a party; it is also there to elevate consciousness. – Saul Williams

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

How can they be conscious who believe in the conceptions made by others, who follow the rules made by others? – Nitin Namdeo

How does silence find its way out of that noisy, chattering mind? That endless maze of thought, concept, opinion, belief? How does perfect silence and pure consciousness find its way out of that maze? Very simply: Bring yourself present with something that’s HERE, in the moment. Then you’ll be HERE again. – Leonard Jacobson

How thin and insecure is that little beach of white sand we call consciousness. I’ve always known that in my writing it is the dark troubled sea of which I know nothing, save its presence, that carried me. I’ve always felt that creating was a fearless and a timid, a despairing and hopeful, launching out into that unknown. – Athol Fugard

How wonderful it would be to scatter words as they rise to consciousness, to let them lie where they fall. – Joanna Scott

However, when we shift our awareness or “frequency” from self-consciousness – where fear, impossibility or feelings of separation reside – to cosmic consciousness, which is in total harmony with the universe and where none of those feelings exist, then anything is possible. – Rhonda Byrne

Human brains – in terms of cognition and emotion and consciousness – are essentially the same as they were at the time of Shakespeare or Jesus or Cleopatra or the Stone Age. They are not evolving with the pace of change. – Matt Haig

Human nature is the same now as when Adam hid from the presence of God; the consciousness of wrong makes us unwilling to meet those whom we have offended. – Matthew Simpson

Human self-understanding changes with time, and so also human consciousness deepens. – Pope Francis

Humanity is still advancing; and it will probably continue to advance for hundreds of thousands of years more, always on condition that we know how to keep the same line of advance as our ancestors towards ever greater consciousness and complexity. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another’s consciousness. Its temporary phenomena have nothing in common with the miracles performed by men of divine realization. – Paramahansa Yogananda

I absolutely love Oprah Winfrey. What a great woman and a great businesswoman. She seems to really campaign for an expansion of global consciousness. I think she’s phenomenal. – Gwendoline Christie

I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. – Shepard Fairey

I already had top 10 records before ‘Sunshine Superman,’ with ‘Catch the Wind’ and ‘Colors,’ but this was a real breakthrough for me. It was a consciousness change for songwriting, as people are now saying I initiated the psychedelic revolution with this album, ‘Sunshine Superman.’ – Donovan

I also personally think – as do many others – that a shift on consciousness is needed toward one where we understand that we are in a relationship with the earth and all living beings, that we have agency. That life is worth fighting for. – Gail Bradbrook

I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way. – Robert Redford

I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separated from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life. – Paramahansa Yogananda

I basically just write stream of consciousness to a certain extent. I let the song kind of go where it wants to go. – Julia Holter

I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in. – Stanislav Grof

I believe that the Framers of the Constitution made their intent clear when they wrote the First Amendment. I believe they wanted to keep the new government from endorsing one religion over another, not erase the public consciousness or common faith. – Nick Rahall

I believe that we are at a very low level of consciousness, and we do not know how to treat each other as human beings. We are caught up in our own lives, our own needs, our own ego gratification. I feel a strong sense of responsibility in delivering that message. – Madonna Ciccone

I came to political consciousness with John F. Kennedy’s magnificent 1961 Inaugural Address. It seemed the start of something fresh and exciting, and it was. – Joe Klein

I conceived of a concept, a project, a band. The Tide. The Tide, acting as a sonic exemplar of flow and fluidity. The way of things. The way of nature. Guitars, rock and surf music, psychedelia, transcendence from everyday bourgeois consciousness. – Cody Simpson

I define a ‘good person’ as somebody who is fully conscious of their own limitations. They know their strengths, but they also know their ‘shadow’ – they know their weaknesses. In other words, they understand that there is no good without bad. Good and evil are really one, but we have broken them up in our consciousness. We polarize them. – John Bradshaw

I did used to have nightmares about the idea that when I die, there is a spark of consciousness which basically creates the world. ‘Is the world going to disappear if this spark of consciousness disappears? And how do I know it won’t? How do I know there’s anything there except what I’m conscious of?’ – Noam Chomsky

I do believe in God. I don’t believe in God as a person, but I believe in God as a state of energy and consciousness that we all share. – David Dobkin

I do believe that any sort of electromagnetic energy that can be measured beyond the moment of death is, by the definition of energy, eternal. But I cop to the fact that calling it a ‘soul’ and presuming it sustains our consciousness in any form is, to put it kindly, a leap. – Mark Waid

I do believe there’s a human right to experiment with your consciousness, as long as you’re harming no one else. – Jon Hopkins

I do not know the man so bold He dare in lonely Place That awful stranger Consciousness Deliberately faces. – Emily Dickinson

I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now. – Clifford Geertz

I don’t believe that there is a separation between art and political consciousness. – Yasmine Hamdan

I don’t believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness. I have a strong political conscience. – Marguerite Young

I don’t believe there’s an afterlife – but I don’t believe there’s an end to life. Consciousness goes beyond the bounds of your body. – Lily Cole

I don’t doubt that the explanation for consciousness will arise from the mercilessly scientific account of psychology and neuroscience, but, still, isn’t it neat that the universe is such that it gave rise to conscious beings like you and me? – Paul Bloom

I don’t feel uncomfortable in America, but every once in a while, I’m reminded that people don’t see me the way I see me. It doesn’t change my life, but it gives me a consciousness about it. – Chang-Rae Lee

I don’t know why I developed a social consciousness, but I really think I have a consciousness; I feel connected to everything and everybody in the world. – Haskell Wexler

I don’t really know what it is about vampires that makes them such a powerful symbol, metaphor, whatever in people’s consciousness. But I do know they’re tremendously powerful. I mean, there’s a vampire on ‘Sesame Street.’ And Count Chocula. I don’t know why it’s so powerful. – Alan Ball

I don’t think it’s the writer’s job to give answers or to give opinions. In fact, when a writer has answers, I think the work ends up being corrupted. It becomes didactic. What a book does is share a consciousness and invite people to explore the questions as best as you can. – Nathan Englander

I don’t think people in America understand race, and how deep the hooks of whiteness there are in our consciousness. – Eddie Huang

I don’t think the British carry a historical consciousness either. – Tom Paulin

I don’t write for any group. I write to bring about a change in consciousness. – Jeanette Winterson

I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness. – Huey Newton

I fantasised about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ – I loved it, and then I read everything J. D. Salinger had to offer. Then I was turned on to Kerouac, and his spontaneous prose, his stream of consciousness way of writing. I admired him so much, and I romanticised so much about the ’40s and ’50s. – Garrett Hedlund

I get my best ideas in that state of suspended consciousness just before sleep. – Michael Bastian

I give lectures on globalization. I have lived on three continents. I have no quarrel with a global consciousness. – Os Guinness

I go into it with the attitude that I’m not going to look at my leg, and as soon as they get the wrapping off of it, I’m like, ‘I’ve got to look.’ It’s like yelling at a dog going, ‘Squirrel!’ I cannot not look. And then I spend the rest of the time sitting there with a wet washcloth on my forehead trying to regain consciousness. – Tony Stewart

I got into animals by drawing hair follicles. I liked drawing hair, and from that I got into feathers and fur, then into images of animals. The patterning is the same, but the proportions of the body change from one animal to the next. A lot of it is just geometry and consciousness. – Kiki Smith

I grew up around a lot of various religions, so it’s a part of my consciousness in a way. Everything from heavy Catholicism to followers of Indian spiritual masters to Unitarian universalists – all in one family. Though the family aspect was stronger than any particular dogma. – St. Vincent

I grew up in Colombo but was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the countryside as well. Although there was considerable turbulence, even in the 1950s, it did not throw a shadow on my consciousness. – Romesh Gunesekera

I had to say to myself, ‘I haven’t written enough about blackness, yet it’s part of my consciousness and my lived experience.’ I had to get over that anxiety of ‘I haven’t done this before.’ – Tracy K. Smith

I have a pretty good idea of what I am not good at and have it front and centre of my consciousness every minute I am doing it. – Meryl Streep

I have always considered myself to be spiritual in a way that has less to do with religion and more with an awareness that you have, and the consciousness you have of being alive and the consciousness that you will be dead. – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have been doing stuff for a long time now and you would be in people’s consciousness. But when you get something like a gift to play Ted Hastings, and some fabulous writing to get behind and a great crew, it suddenly allows people to go – ‘I always knew he was good.’ – Adrian Dunbar

I have long believed that love and will are interdependent and belong together. Both are conjunctive processes of being – a reaching out to influence others, molding, forming, creating the consciousness of the other. – Rollo May

I hope for all of us that the future brings us towards evolving our consciousness. To delving deeper into our true power. To exploring more the key to sustaining our planet and our art for the better of all living things. – Rain Phoenix

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life. – Jack Kerouac

I just have a harder time, I think, feeling close to people without self consciousness. – Ira Glass

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. – Henry David Thoreau

I know that you are part of me and I am part of you because we are all aspects of the same infinite consciousness that we call God and Creation. – David Icke

I know there’s a consciousness energy that operates completely independent of the physical body you inhabit, that maintains… awareness after the body’s gone. – Phoebe Snow

I like to be able to raise people’s consciousness, yes. And to remind that those of us involved in the receiving end of the oppression, we have a duty. – Wes Studi

I live a half mile from the San Andreas fault – a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley’s feverish, get-it-done-yesterday work norms. – Gary Hamel

I live on the other side of Charles Darwin and I can no longer see human light as having been created perfect and falling into sin, I see us rather emerging into higher and higher levels of consciousness and higher and higher levels of complication. – John Shelby Spong

I look at how my kids view exercise. They have a complete understanding that nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. I didn’t think like that when I was a kid. But they have a real consciousness about it that I’d like to think comes from the years of attention we’ve put into this. – Michelle Obama

I love all kinds of stuff. I really am so eclectic in my taste. I love film noir, I love thrillers, and I love big blockbuster popcorn cinema stuff, but I like it when it’s twinged with a bit more social consciousness. – David Harbour

I love reggae because of its messages. Bob Marley sings so many positive, impactful songs, he raises people’s consciousness. Artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Jesse Royal can teach you important things that you may not know about otherwise. – Koffee

I love Shillington not as one loves Capri or New York, because they are special, but as one loves one’s own body and consciousness, because they are synonymous with being. – John Updike

I must try, however, as best I can, although I am very conscious of the fact that our feelings and strivings are often contradictory and obscure and that they cannot be expressed in easy and simple formulas. – Albert Einstein

I need one of those baby monitors from my subconscious to my consciousness so I can know what the hell I’m really thinking about. – Steven Wright

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota. – Fran Lebowitz

I personally like to see films that are the work of as singular a consciousness as possible. – George Stevens

I pour my blood, sweat, and tears into a movie. What I always look for is a message and a social consciousness: a relevance to what’s happening in our world. – Rachel Morrison

I read a book called ‘The Tao of Physics’ by Fritjof Capra that pointed out the parallels between quantum physics and eastern mysticism. I started to feel there was more to reality than conventional science allowed for and some interesting ideas that it hadn’t got round to investigating, such as altered states of consciousness. – Brian Josephson

I read Gide’s ‘The Immoralist’ over and over as a teenager. I was obsessed with it. It’s written with such simplicity and dread, and the desert, the shabby colonial world, is brought right into your consciousness without being over-explained. – Lawrence Osborne

I recall feeling an almost delicious terror when one day I found myself alone in the midst of tall June grasses that grew high as my head. But here the secret working of self consciousness is almost too entangled with the things of the past for me to explain it. – Pierre Loti

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. – Max Planck

I remember going to a son’s friend’s bar mitzvah, and the text that he chose to explicate was right at the beginning of Genesis. It was not about a fall from grace or a fall from perfection; it was about an awakening into consciousness, which is what it means to be human. – Claire Messud

I say ‘as it were’ or ‘so to speak’ too often because puns and double entendres keep insinuating themselves into my consciousness as I’m talking. – Guy Gavriel Kay

I see ‘Grace’ as an affectionate refusal of things that just aren’t true. With all our power and money and influence, we still can’t raise up high over people’s consciousness. – Lizz Wright

I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness. – John Updike

I should like to think that we’ll find peace on this Earth at some point and come to a collective consciousness of compassion for each other, where we say, ‘Enough! Let us live as one!’ – Pierce Brosnan

I still find it hard to understand that anyone could argue that you can’t have machines that exhibit consciousness. – Iain Banks

I tell students and young professionals all the time to follow their hearts, do what they truly love, and if it’s business, run it by being grounded in ethical consciousness. – John Mackey

I theorize that there is a spectrum of consciousness available to human beings. At one end is material consciousness. At the other end is what we call ‘field’ consciousness, where a person is at one with the universe, perceiving the universe. Just by looking at our planet on the way back, I saw or felt a field consciousness state. – Edgar Mitchell

I think art that confronts dark passages and turns it in a way that develops our consciousness, our sense of identity, our future, is honorable. – Rege-Jean Page

I think because people are passing – people that we are aware of are passing at – I don’t say a great pace, but it seems like people are dropping, and I think it’s just making – there’s a consciousness and there’s sensitivity to it. – Shemar Moore

I think death is just a transition to another state of consciousness. – Val Kilmer

I think it’s science and physics are just starting to learn from all these experiments. These experiments have been carried out hundreds and hundreds of times in all sorts of ways that no physicist really questions the end point. I think that these experiments are very clearly telling us that consciousness is limitless and the ultimate reality. – Robert Lanza

I think it’s terribly important to watch TV. I think there’s a sort of minimum number of hours of TV a day you ought to watch, and unless you watch three or four hours of TV a day, you’re just closing your eyes to some of the most important sort of stream of consciousness that’s going on! – J. G. Ballard

I think people are curious at some level, and they want to alter their current state of being. I mean, that could be from curiosity, that could be from stress, that can be from some other sort of ailments or problem that they are experiencing or could just be from boredom, but humans have always attempted to alter their consciousness. – Carl Hart

I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness, and they like it when they feel the connection between themselves and someone else. – James Taylor

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

I think that the consciousness of passion makes you act very differently. – Pedro Almodovar

I think that we are starting to get much more conscious about, you know, the importance of the spiritual path, and we are fulfilling it by paying attention to ourselves. – Paulo Coelho

I think that will be a lot of fun for audiences to get the same stream of consciousness that was going through my head at the time. It was very exciting to suddenly recall what I was feeling at the time. – Roland Joffe

I think that, if there are topics that are just on people’s minds, things manifest into reality out of the sort of global consciousness of being aware of those topics. – Neill Blomkamp

I think the answer of course is that space and time are not these hard external objects. Again we’re, scientists have been building from one side of nature (physics) without considering the other side (life in consciousness). Neither side exists without the other. They cannot be divorced from one another or else there is no reality. – Robert Lanza

I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories. – Stephen Hawking

I think the existence of zombies would contradict certain laws of nature in our world. It seems to be a law of nature, in our world, that when you get a brain of a certain character you get consciousness going along with it. – David Chalmers

I think the idea that life ends when we physically die is as painful as the idea in Cromwell’s time that there’s some awful purgatory, and you have to give money to the Catholic church to get your loved ones out. I certainly have experienced a lot of evidence that there’s a consciousness that isn’t physical. – Mark Rylance

I think there is a collective unconsciousness, or some sort of consciousness, that you can tap into if you’re open and brave enough to let everything go and be part of that. – Danny Carey

I think there’s a big price to pay for consciousness, knowing that it’s all going to end and we’re mortal. I envy dogs. They don’t know they’re getting old! And they don’t know it’s towards the end. I mean, they never think, ‘I used to get by on 16 hours of sleep a day. Now, if I don’t get 19, I’m a wreck.’ – Dana Carvey

I think there’s a collective consciousness around the world that there are things beyond our control that have the power to annihilate us, as a species, and it’s all rather frightening. – Laurie Holden

I think there’s a great difference in consciousness in that same way in that when we’re young we read books for the story, for the excitement of the story – and there comes a time when you realise that all stories are more or less the same story. – John McGahern

I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future. – Elon Musk

I think we, as pro coaches, should have a consciousness towards having an image and a role model mentality for kids. – George Karl

I think, with my own daughters, rather than preaching a feminine agenda, I just really try to help them understand what it meant to be a woman in the late 20th century and the consciousness of how to be a woman in the 21st century: What is working for you and what is working against you. – Laurie Simmons

I truly believe the intention of creating positive change is so important to the collective consciousness. When you have a group of people that have the intention and the capacity, talent, and intelligence to actualize those intentions, then you have something really powerful. – Jimmy Chin

I used to think consciousness itself was a virtue, so I tried to keep it all in my head at the same time: past, future, etc. – Diane Arbus

I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness. – James Thurber

I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I want to talk about privacy, the quality of the information you receive, whether it’s neutral or commercial or pointed, bringing consciousness to the lack of neutrality in the algorithms. – Beeban Kidron

I wanted to do a show about a family that is absolutely black. Because as Du Bois has shown, we do have to live a double consciousness every day in the world. We have to walk our path and walk the mainstream path, and there’s never really been a show that’s talked about what that’s like. – Kenya Barris

I was born with a serious spiritual consciousness and for many years studied different paths. – Steven Seagal

I was extremely irritated being photographed for a long time, then I gave up caring. Photography is a nauseating cliche, but there is a lot to it. You can tell so much about a person from it. You are exaggerating the consciousness. It’s life-thickening, photography. – Peter Beard

I was listening to a lot of hip hop, music like Public Enemy that was about raising consciousness, and I realised I could feed that directly into my work, using images in a way that was a bit like sampling – taking images from diverse places, exploring the contradictions without trying to hide the seams. – Chris Ofili

I was making the music and writing the songs which reflected the emerging consciousness of my generation. – Donovan

I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on. – Isaac Rosenberg

I will work on myself, since the work on myself is going to be the highest thing I can do for it all, since I understand that as man up-levels his own consciousness, he sees more creative solutions to the problems that he’s confronting. – Ram Dass

I work a lot with sounds based on stream of consciousness. I like the way it sounds, then I turn it into something that makes more sense. – Sharon Van Etten

I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. – Steven Pinker

I would encounter W. E. B. Du Bois and the term double consciousness. When I read it, I thought about sitting in my mother’s employer’s family room, watching my mother clean while I waited for her to finish so we could go home. – Jesmyn Ward

I would support a mass civil disobedience where we take medicine to tell the state that they have absolutely no right to control our consciousness and to define our spiritual practice. – Gail Bradbrook

I write because writing is something that I have to do. And it doesn’t matter whether people like it or not. When I write, I feel the pressure and anxiety that come with taking an empty piece of paper and trying to fill it with something from your own consciousness. – Wayne Dyer

I’d like to see the Second Coming in every one of us. That we all be Jesus. That we all embody that consciousness. – Jane Siberry

I’d say that we dream primarily the same way that we have consciousness of the world for the same reason. Basically, that our brains evolve to simulate reality and to control what’s happening around us. – Stephen LaBerge

I’ll take anyone to task about UB40. They were as important as Bob Marley in getting reggae into the consciousness of British youth at that time. I’m proud to be their number one fan. – Keith Allen

I’m a performer and have managed to get my performing into the mainstream consciousness of the world, I guess. – Flea

I’m big into Eastern concepts. The horror of life, the love of children, the whole phantasmagoria – it’s all meaningless. Be still, and see what happens. All of life unfolds perfectly. You have to get beyond consciousness. – Harry Dean Stanton

I’m blessed to have a platform that allows me to speak to many at once. I recognize that I can make consciousness a tangible thing for young people. – Earl Sweatshirt

I’m feeling in the earth a massive shift, in especially female consciousness, that is… slightly different than feminism. It feels like this mass reexamination of the stories we’re being told. – Brigette Lundy-Paine

I’m hoping to raise a little consciousness and shine some light on the idea of responsibility. – Zoe Buckman

I’m increasingly realising our consciousness and subconsciousness are extremely different, and our subconsciousness motivates us, but so far, I don’t know what drove or motivates me. – James Nesbitt

I’m interested in a lot of different things, but first and foremost I’m into the idea of human consciousness, and Angels & Airwaves is a byproduct of that. – Tom DeLonge

I’m interested in getting deep into a person’s consciousness and doing so in ways in which the narrator is secondary to the character’s own thoughts. – Philipp Meyer

I’m just happy that as an African-American man, that ‘Candyman’ has once again been given the nod to enter people’s consciousness. – Tony Todd

I’m like, ‘Why aren’t artists owning their masters? Why are labels robbing artists dry, and they have to spend all this time on tour to even break even?’ Like, what happened? Why are they promoting things that aren’t either socially conscious or elevating the human consciousness? – Kat Graham

I’m not one to go down that road to say I have some kind of social consciousness. – Paolo Nutini

I’m not religious, but I do pray. It’s 60 seconds of meditation, visualizing myself, looking at myself, and being conscious of my own consciousness. That will align me for the rest of the day. – RuPaul

I’m not saying everybody has a social responsibility of what art they create, but art should be open-ended. I just feel there’s a lack of consciousness and understanding of impact and reach. Just maybe, for a second, just think of the effect you could have with a lyric. – Mary Lambert

I’m not sure about prizes. I don’t know how far you can seriously raise public consciousness about poetry. Having a ‘National Poetry Day,’ like a ‘No Smoking Day,’ is just shelving the problem. Things which should by rights be every day are not best served by these things. – John Fuller

I’m not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history. – Eben Alexander

I’m obsessed with pilgrimages. I love following old routes, imagining the consciousness of those who walked them. – Johnny Flynn

I’m putting my consciousness towards trying to teach people through pictures and sculptures that there’s something better in the world. That’s what the world needs more of. – Peter M. Brant

I’ve already become a mastodon in print – I don’t see a consciousness for my kind of journalism. – Hunter S. Thompson

I’ve always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness. – Norman Spinrad

I’ve always tried to create music the way Kubrick makes film, just kind of mimicking consciousness. He has a way of mimicking this greater power. – Weyes Blood

I’ve always tried to insert consciousness and spirituality in my records, interpreting the writings of all cultures and religions and how they apply to life in modern times. – Rakim

I’ve always wanted people to know who they are from the inside. Then they can create the life they desire and deserve. I’ve always believed that my job was to facilitate the evolution of the human consciousness. – Iyanla Vanzant

Ideally, advertising aims at the goal of a programmed harmony among all human impulses and aspirations and endeavors. Using handicraft methods, it stretches out toward the ultimate electronic goal of a collective consciousness. – Marshall McLuhan

Ideology has very little to do with ‘consciousness’ – it is profoundly unconscious. – Louis Althusser

If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals. – Edmund Husserl

If any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and the feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness. – Mary Esther Harding

If consciousness can function independently of the body during one’s lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death. – Stanislav Grof

If evolution be true, living matter has been evolved by natural processes from matter which is, apparently, not alive. But if life is potential in matter, it is a thousand times more evident that Mind is potential in … the unit of Matter – the electron itself … It is to assert the sublime truth first perceived by Spinoza, that Mind and Matter are the warp and woof of what Goethe called ‘the living garment of God.’ Both are complementary expressions of the Unknowable Reality which underlies both. – Yogi Ramacharaka

If God and man are in themselves one, and if religion is the human side of this unity then must this unity be made evident to man in religion, and become in him consciousness and reality. – David Friedrich Strauss

If I have a combination of calm and fear, I access mental states way beyond normal consciousness. That’s why I choose to do scary things. – Dean Potter

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

If the clockwork universe equated the human body with the mechanics of the clock, the digital universe now equates human consciousness with the processing of the computer. We joke that things don’t compute, that we need a reboot, or that our memory has been wiped. – Douglas Rushkoff

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

If the war has faded into history, democracy’s defeat in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations. – Nguyen Cao Ky

If there is something I am arguing, it is a critique of science. Science has consistently denied the existence of consciousness other than human. Only in the last 20 years do we have acknowledgement of animal feeling or culture or experience. – Barbara Ehrenreich

If we ever find out how the brain works, with all its complexity, then we will be able to build a machine that has consciousness. And if that happens, that is a road to planetary disaster because everything we’ve thought about ourselves, since the Bronze Age, the Bible, all of that will be gone. – E. L. Doctorow

If we had the fundamental laws of nature tomorrow, we still wouldn’t understand consciousness. We wouldn’t even understand turbulence. – Steven Weinberg

If with open mind one reads and observes industriously and long; if in so doing one covers a wide field and so covering reflects in terms of realism, he is likely, soon or late, to be brought to a sudden consciousness that Man is an unknown quantity and his existence unsuspected. – Louis Sullivan

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. – Gunter Grass

If you always have consciousness of gender equality at the heart of your policies, then you will have much more democratic, much more sustainable development. – Isabella Lovin

If you are conscious then you will know your ignorance and if you feel responsible towards yourself then you will overcome it. – Nitin Namdeo

If you didn’t have any conscious beings in the world, there really wouldn’t be morality but with consciousness that you have it. – Roger Penrose

If you listen to a lot of music, it gradually seeps into your consciousness or your unconsciousness and comes out in your music. – John Abercrombie

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

If you shift from compulsiveness to consciousness, being joyful will not be an effort. – Jaggi Vasudev

If you think about ‘The Matrix’ and how high-concept it was, it had these incredible ideas that really penetrated people’s consciousness. It really was a film of awakening. I think a lot of people woke up around that film. – Carrie-Anne Moss

If you’re playing the a historical character that’s in the public consciousness, then obviously you’ve got to make an effort to look like that person and there’s a huge amount of historical record there that you have to kind of comply to. – Colm Meaney

If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution. – M. Scott Peck

If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future. – Eckhart Tolle

Imagination is the primary gift of human consciousness. – Ken Robinson

Immanence, or complicity, allows the writer to be a kind of shock absorber of the culture: to reflect back its ‘whatness,’ refracted through the sensibility of his consciousness. – David Shields

In ’42,’ it’s like the ’40s where racial equality had come into the consciousness of a lot of people, whereas in the 1900s it was sort of a new thing. – Andre Holland

In dream consciousness… we make things happen by wishing them, because we are not only the observer of what we experience but also the creator. – Pir Vilayat Khan

In every conversation I’ve had – with housewives in Mumbai, with middle-class people, upper-class, in the slums – everyone says there is an underlying consciousness of karma. That people believe in karma – that what you’re putting out is going to come back. If I do something to you, the energy of it is going to come back to me in the future. – Deepak Chopra

In fiction, you don’t invent the events. What is imaginative about it is the consciousness: how you think about the events and how you present them. And that changes the nature of everything, and that is the attraction of writing fiction. – Amitava Kumar

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

In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit. – Deepak Chopra

In my other books, things do happen, but they are kind of bookends to the real action, which for me was an exploration of consciousness. Not that I don’t get into the consciousness of the people in ‘The Surrendered,’ but you could say there’s not as much anxiety about it. – Chang-Rae Lee

In my work as an actor, I have been given even greater insights and have been guided towards empathy and a consciousness of those who are less fortunate. – Adrien Brody

In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day. – Thich Nhat Hanh

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea! – Carl Jung

In terms of having high hopes that the level of consciousness will get higher and higher, yeah. – Anthony Kiedis

In the child, consciousness rises out of the depths of unconscious psychic life, at first like separate islands, which gradually unite to form a ‘continent,’ a continuous landmass of consciousness. Progressive mental development means, in effect, extension of consciousness. – Carl Jung

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him. – Friedrich Nietzsche

In the end, you’re trying to find God. That’s the result of not being satisfied. And it doesn’t matter how much money, or property, or whatever you’ve got, unless you’re happy in your heart, then that’s it. And unfortunately, you can never gain perfect happiness unless you’ve got that state of consciousness that enables that. – George Harrison

In the midst of observing the world and coming to consciousness, I was becoming a writer, and what I wanted to put on the page were the stories of people who looked like me. – Jacqueline Woodson

In the theatre, because you’re all looking at the same thing in the same space, consciousness is no longer individual. There is a unified consciousness. Until you look and project what is happening, it doesn’t exist; the audience are the ones making the theatre, not the players. – Simon McBurney

In this cry of pain the inner consciousness of the people seems to lay itself bare for an instant, and to reveal the mood of beings who feel their isolation in the face of a universe that wars on them with winds and seas. – John Millington Synge

In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness. – Marshall McLuhan

Individuals who are conscious of their thoughts and soul never compare themselves to others because they know there purpose of life. – Nitin Namdeo

Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness. – Aaron Copland

Inspired by Alex Haley’s ‘Roots,’ at the age of 11 I began a handwritten Middle Passage story called ‘Lawdy, Lawdy, Make Us Free.’ I was raised by civil rights activists with a very strong sense of racial history and consciousness. – Tananarive Due

Intelligence is the ability to solve problems, and consciousness is the ability to feel things and have subjective experiences. – Yuval Noah Harari

Intelligence is the ability to solve problems, whereas consciousness is the ability to feel things such as pain, joy, love, and anger. Throughout history, intelligence always went hand in hand with consciousness. – Yuval Noah Harari

Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life. – Jasper Johns

Internationalism on the other hand admits that spiritual achievements have their roots deep in national life; from this national consciousness art and literature derive their character and strength and on it even many of the humanistic sciences are firmly based. – Christian Lous Lange

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Is there a higher energy? I would say yes, even if the energy is collective. Even if it’s kind of Jungian, or the whole thing is collective consciousness, that may be God as far as I’m concerned. So is there an energy that’s higher than mine? Yes. But would I claim it as God? I would say no. – Holly Hunter

It felt like being in the center of the world, and I felt like I was a witness to history and I knew that the whole world was watching on television. So, I could feel the collective consciousness of the world focused on this little strip of land called Seattle. – Krist Novoselic

It helps if remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness. – Deepak Chopra

It is critical for us to cultivate consciousness and compassion towards our environment, create awareness, galvanize people, and build sustainable innovations for sustainable development. – Dia Mirza

It is everywhere, though we see it not. Just so, dear one, the Self is everywhere within all things, although we see him not. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. – The Upanishads

It is He who manifests as both matter and consciousness. There is no place where God is not. In every atom, in every living being He alone is present. – Swami Rama

It is joyous for any actor to enter other grounds of consciousness and thought. At the end of the day, we just all like dressing up and playing around. – Rhys Ifans

It is manifest . . . that every soul and spirit hath a certain continuity with the spirit of the universe. . . . The power of each soul is itself somehow present afar in the universe [and is] exceedingly connected and attached thereto. – Giordano Bruno

It is not necessary to ask whether soul and body are one, just as it is not necessary to ask whether the wax and its shape are one. – Aristotle

It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life. – Jerzy Kosinski

It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living. – Max Frisch

It is precisely as though I were possessed by some other spirit when I enter on a new task of acting, as though something within me presses a switch and my own consciousness merges into some other, greater, more vital being. – Conrad Veidt

It is probable that what we call thought is not an actual being, but no more than the relation between certain parts of that infinitely varied mass, of which the rest of the universe is composed. – Percy Bysse Shelley

It is reasonable to believe in the existence of a third level of mind, a mental component of the universe. If we believe in this … and call it God, then we can say that we are small pieces of God’s mental apparatus. – Freeman Dyson

It is tempting to think of this form of insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, as a disease of agency and control: the inability to relinquish high self-reflexive consciousness for the vulnerable, ignorant regions of slumber in which we know not what we do. – Siri Hustvedt

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

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity. – Benito Mussolini

It is true that it is usually for their books that novelists reserve their most considered and ordered thoughts, but the fact is they arise inescapably from one consciousness: the same one that is occupied in all the other activities which make up a life. – Justin Cartwright

It just is nothing foreign to consciousness at all that could present itself to consciousness through the mediation of phenomena different from the liking itself; to like is intrinsically to be conscious. – Edmund Husserl

It pains me to see the gap that exists in the public’s consciousness – religious and secular – between the notion of Israel as a Jewish state and as a democratic state. – Reuven Rivlin

It seems like the chaos of this world is accelerating, but so is the beauty in the consciousness of more and more people. – Anthony Kiedis

It seems to me a worthy goal: try to create a representation of consciousness that’s durable and truthful, i.e., that accounts, somewhat, for all the strange, tiny, hard-to-articulate, instantaneous, unwilled things that actually go on in our minds in the course of a given day, or even a given moment. – George Saunders

It started when I moved into a vegetarian co-op back in the ’70s, and that’s really when I had my food consciousness awakened. I learned how to cook, and eventually I became the food buyer for the entire co-op. Not long after that, I went to work for a small natural food store in Austin, and I became very excited and passionate about it. – John Mackey

It was clear to me that the forms of consciousness of our inherited and acquired historical education – aesthetic consciousness and historical consciousness – presented alienated forms of our true historical being. – Hans-Georg Gadamer

It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects… that is was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. – Joseph Story

It will take time for the idea of decentralized trust through computation to become a part of mainstream consciousness, and until then, the idea creates cognitive dissonance for those accustomed to centralized trust systems. – Andreas Antonopoulos

It would be nice to turn off that incessant churning of consciousness. – Geoff Dyer

It would help if human experts agreed on the meaning of such basic terms as intelligence, consciousness, or awareness. They don’t. It’s hard to build something that’s incompletely defined. – Edward M. Lerner

It’s about your heart and about your consciousness. It’s not about length of time you pray. Some of the most powerful prayers I’ve ever heard come from children, who can barely speak. – Iyanla Vanzant

It’s after dark that I feel most inspired, I’m a nocturnal creature. I’ll write poetry or streams of consciousness, play instruments, or teach myself to DJ by doing a silent solo set. – Arlo Parks

It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful. – Adrienne Rich

It’s from our sufferings that we form our consciousness. – Lisa Bonet

It’s important for children to understand how important their diet is. What you eat impacts on how you feel, as well as staying fit and strong, so it’s great to get that into your children’s consciousness as early as possible. – Emma Weymouth

It’s like, the more you zoom in and focus on the details, the closer to the invisible and immeasurable qualities – like consciousness and energies – you get. And expanding outwards, into the cosmos, you learn more about the invisible or perceptible things. – Adrianne Lenker

It’s true: one of the things that I’ve always thought about American society is that you never get the sort of natural politicisation of class consciousness that you would get in the United Kingdom or even in Australia. – Peter Carey

It’s very likely that most mammals have consciousness, and probably birds, too. – Richard Dawkins

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – Caroline Myss

Just to say ‘woke’ is to always be in a constant stream of consciousness where you don’t feel like the wool is pulled over your eyes so much. You question your belief that everything should just be presented to you on this beautiful plate. Everything is not as it seems. – Brian Tyree Henry

Karma, when properly understood, is just the mechanics through which consciousness manifests. – Deepak Chopra

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. – Oscar Wilde

Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation. His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society’s institutions. – Aja Brown

Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious. – Alan Moore

Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it. – Charles Krauthammer

Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness. – Remy de Gourmont

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. – Virginia Woolf

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. – Eckhart Tolle

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Look at the newborn baby. It struggles to breathe after living in the womb. And yet, growth comes as a result of struggle. Even when we talk about jihad. We need to attach consciousness to struggle. This struggle has to be both individual and collective. – H. Rap Brown

Look at what trance means. It means to transcend… it means to become transcendental! So if we get a singular transcendental path of light, that could lead to such great dimensions of consciousness, of revelation, of spirituality, of spiritual power. – Alice Coltrane

Looking at the world from other species’ points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance. You suddenly realize that consciousness – which we value and we consider the crowning achievement of nature, human consciousness – is really just another set of tools for getting along in the world. – Michael Pollan

Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking in the radio for the announcer. – Nasseim Haramein

Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation. – Marshall McLuhan

Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you’ll come to remember your spirit. When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated. – Wayne W. Dyer

Malcolm X raised my consciousness about myself and my people and other people more than any person I know. I knew him before he became Malcolm X. – Lena Horne

Man is so stupid that he attaches himself to thoughts and suppresses his consciousness very cleverly and thinks that he is doing better for himself. – Nitin Namdeo

Man’s ethics must not end with man, but should extend to the universe. He must regain the consciousness of the great Chain of Life from which he cannot be separated. – Albert Schweitzer

Many cultures have independently developed a belief system in reincarnation that includes return of the unit of consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth. – Stanislav Grof

Many philosophers say it’s impossible to explain our conscious experience in scientific, biological terms at all. But that’s not exactly true. Scientists have explained why we have certain experiences and not others. It’s just that they haven’t explained the special features of consciousness that philosophers care about. – Alison Gopnik

Mark Twain had a way of telling stories that shifts your consciousness away from labels. – Val Kilmer

Matter, force, life, thought, are all one … In reality, there is only one principle in the universe … embracing all that is and all that possibly can be. That which we call matter is only a form of motion. At the basis of all is force, dynamism, and universal mind, or spirit. – Flammarion

Meditation is really letting go of all the thought processes or ‘mind traffic’ that gets in the way of just whatever is between you and space and consciousness. – Trudie Styler

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. – Voltaire

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness. – Sivananda

Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life. – David Lynch

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. The divinity that shapes our ends is in ourselves; it is our very self. Only himself manacles man: thought and action are the jailers of Fate—they imprison, being base; they are also the angels of Freedom—they liberate, being noble. Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns … Circumstances, however, are so complicated, thought is so deeply rooted, and the conditions of happiness vary so, vastly with individuals, that a man’s entire soul-condition (although it may be known to himself) cannot be judged by another from the external aspect of his life alone. – James Allen

Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him? – Brother Lawrence

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

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. – Ramana Maharshi

Mindsets, skills and leadership, experience and access, and critical consciousness – we need all four of these things for our students to be the leaders, people and citizens we want them to be. – Wendy Kopp

Modeling had never entered my consciousness. I was always like, ‘I’m going to act.’ But I thought, ‘If this can help me with that, great.’ – Anya Taylor-Joy

More-radical scholars insist that an inherent clash exists between science and our long-held conceptions about consciousness and moral agency: if you accept that our brains are a myriad of smaller components, you must reject such notions as character, praise, blame, and free will. – Paul Bloom

Most Christian ‘believers’ tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness. It has been true of slavery and racism, classism and consumerism and issues of immigration and health care for the poor. – Richard Rohr

Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines. – Hans Haacke

Musical compositions can be very sad – Chopin – but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness. – Umberto Eco

My art has always been in response to visions. Rather than confine my subject to representations of the outer worlds, I include portrayals of the multi-dimensional imaginal realms that pull us toward consciousness evolution. – Alex Grey

My body is sometimes this thing I look at and think, ‘What strange, alien thing grew around my consciousness?’ It’s like this weird fungus that’s just there. – Rain Dove

My consciousness is a process, and that includes my relationship with my husband. His being white doesn’t make me any less black or invested in black issues, the same way him being a man doesn’t make me any less of a feminist. – Franchesca Ramsey

My consciousness is without limits more than when I was 40 or 50. – Alejandro Jodorowsky

My father was a graduate student at Oxford in the early 1960s, where the conventions and etiquette of clothing were crucial to the pervasive class consciousness of the place and time. – Russell Smith

My feeling is religious insofar as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand more deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as ‘laws of nature’. – Albert Einstein

My first AIDS campaign was in 1985. There was this dark cloud, everybody was socially inspired – we hadn’t seen social consciousness like that since the ’60s – but most people were talking about hunger in Africa. Nobody was talking about this really ominous circumstance here in the U.S. because of this fear of stigma. – Kenneth Cole

My grandfather and dad worked at General American Transportation Corp. in Chicago, a company that made tank cars and freight cars. We had a pragmatic, Republican, manufacturing, Illinois consciousness as far as employment went. – Bill Moseley

My great-grandfather, Sam Aykroyd, was a dentist in Kingston, Ontario, and he was also an Edwardian spiritualist researcher who was very interested in what was going on in the invisible world, the survival of the consciousness, precipitated paintings, mediumship, and trans-channeling. – Dan Aykroyd

My hope is that I can somehow raise the level of consciousness about world events. – Lisa Ling

My ideal audience is on the young side, eager to mutate and move to a higher level of consciousness. I want my images to turn the viewer’s brain into what it is: a flying carpet. – Alejandro Jodorowsky

My mother died in 1997 and I spiralled into this self-destructive vortex of trying to annihilate my consciousness. I was afraid to face the grief of losing her, because she was somebody I loved more than anybody else in the world. – Panos Cosmatos

My mum never told me that I was beautiful when I was a kid – and I didn’t read magazines or watch MTV, so I had no real consciousness about it all. – Cameron Russell

My music is very innovative, in a class by itself. Nobody else is saying anything of value. What I’m trying to do is get people to think, to alter their consciousness. It’s not your typical platinum formula for success. – Wendy O. Williams

My parents realized the dangers of raising a daughter in a social, political, and legal climate that was growing increasingly oppressive toward women and girls. Although they fled to London when I was just three weeks old, the challenges facing women’s rights in Iran became ingrained in my social consciousness. – Nazanin Boniadi

My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment. – Albert Einstein

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious. – Karl Kraus

Narrative has been part of human consciousness for a long time. And if it has played a part in all those thousands of years, it will know a trick or two. It will be wise. It will be mischievous. It will be helpful. It will be generous. – Jim Crace

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. – Karl Marx

Neurotechnology may benefit from questioning what kinds of low-information-content signals we can read and write before we try to upload and download consciousness. – Christopher deCharms

No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it … Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of spiritual hospitality. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

No one in human history has given as much thought to the interweaving of altered states of consciousness and religion as I have. – Huston Smith

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein

No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis. – Christopher Hitchens

Nobody has the slightest idea how anything material could be conscious. So much for our philosophy of consciousness. – Jerry A. Fodo (philosopher)

Nobody knows what either sleep or waking consciousness is, even though these two have long been seen as the two sides of being: part of life’s unvarying diurnal rhythm. – Siri Hustvedt

Nobody would take checks from Indians, nobody would give them any credit, and nobody would let them drink in the bars. There was a rudeness, a brusqueness, with which the Indians were treated constantly. At a very young age, that had entered my consciousness. – James Welch

Not every waking person is conscious. To be conscious you have to put all your senses to the present moment. – Nitin Namdeo

Not only does travel give us a new system of reckoning, it also brings to the fore unknown aspects of our own self. Our consciousness being broadened and enriched, we shall judge ourselves more correctly. – Ella Maillart

Nothing costs children so much trouble as thought. This is because the ultimate and essential destiny of the soul is to see and to know, and not to think. Thought is one of the tasks of life, a method of attainment, a road, a passage, but not an end in itself. To know, and to be known, are the two points of rest; here will be the happiness of souls. – Joubert

Nothing will see us through the age we’re entering but high consciousness, and that comes hard. We don’t have a good, modern myth yet, and we need one. – Robert Johnson

Novelists are in the business of constructing consciousness out of words, and that’s what we all do, cradle to grave. The self is a story we tell. – James Gleick

Now I have to say I’m a complete atheist, I have no religious views myself and no spiritual views, except very watered down humanistic spiritual views, and consciousness is just a fact of life, it’s a natural fact of life. – David Chalmers

Now what the [musical] Instrument is to the Musician, the Brain may be to the Mind, for aught we know to the contrary; and to pursue the figure, as the musician has an existence distinct from that of the instrument, so the Mind may have an existence distinct from that of the Brain; for in truth we have no proof whatever of Mind being a property dependent upon any arrangement of Matter. – Charles Caleb Colton

Now, learning how to make a movie is something you can figure out in about an afternoon. The physics of it, the marks, the lights, etc. What’s hard to do is to suspend your own feelings of self consciousness. The natural actors can do that; they can become part of a characterization and learn how to maintain it. – Tom Hanks

Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission. – Maria Montessori

Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own. – Zadie Smith

Obstacles always become opportunities if you make a conscious decision to solve them. – Nitin Namdeo

Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid – as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God. – Emily Dickinson

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

On the one hand, life is made infinitely easy for the personality in that stimulations, interests, uses of time and consciousness are offered to it from all sides. They carry the person as if in a stream, and one needs hardly to swim for oneself. – Georg Simmel

On The Practice, I get to do what I love to do, and I am making a contribution that will, in the end, help raise social consciousness, dispel some of the myths about being large, and change the way that people view and interact with large people. – Camryn Manheim

On the whole, the psychological work of the last quarter of the nineteenth century emphasized the study of consciousness to the neglect of the total life of intellect and character. – Edward Thorndike

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness. – Katherine Mansfield

Once you clear out from your consciousness things that no longer matter, you’re able to make room for other things. – RuPaul

One advantage of arguing that causality is aesthetic is that it allows us to consider what we call consciousness alongside what we call things. – Timothy Morton

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

One of the surest signs of the estimated changes in the consciousness of the American proletariat is to be found in the character of the demands now being put forward by the leadership. – C. L. R. James

Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men. – Walter Lippmann

Only those within whose own consciousness the sun rise and set, the leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living is. – Joseph Wood Krutch

Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly. – Arthur Erickson

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer. – Barbara De Angelis

Our collective consciousness is a giant train wreck, no one wishes anyone well anymore and the worst bit is its played out online for all of us to feed off and opine about. – Shweta Bachchan Nanda

Our consciousness wants to connect through struggle and even pain. So in a funny sort of way, vulnerability is attractive. – Zoe Buckman

Our contribution purely depends on our consciousness and our willingness to support those in need, to show vulnerability and accept the support of others, to share without expecting the credit, to give it our all and allow our hard work to decide the outcome, to understand that control can only be achieved with a shared responsibility. – Yehuda Berg

Our courts’ decisions do not permeate the public consciousness – we have no equivalent of the Brown v Board of Education ruling which outlawed racial segregation, or of Roe v Wade, which enshrined a woman’s right to choose not just into law but into the public imagination as well. – Emily Thornberry

Our daughters were coming of age during a rising consciousness about gender equality. Throughout their school years – from kindergarten through graduate school, 1972 to 1992 – women were starting to take their places in areas traditionally reserved mostly for men. – Tom Brokaw

Our difficulties launch us into new states of consciousness where we are inspired to step out of the reality of our smallest thoughts and step into the limitless freedom of our biggest dreams. – Debbie Ford

Our goal is simple. It is to continue to inspire people through my father’s legacy. There is a lot of value in continuing to put that energy out into the consciousness. – Shannon Lee

Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. – Tom Robbins

Our home, just like our garden, evolves. We experiment, try out different things and new colors until we feel content. Try to keep the metaphor of home as garden in your consciousness. – Alexandra Stoddard

Our intellect, our awareness, and our consciousness is the most powerful form of life on this planet. It’s totally worthwhile. If our animal instincts stopped, we would die. We don’t think about it, but if your consciousness were responsible for all of your bodily functions, you would die. – James McAvoy

Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization that we have already arrived! – Michael Beckwith

Our minds work in real time, which begins at the Big Bang and will end, if there is a Big Crunch – which seems unlikely, now, from the latest data showing accelerating expansion. Consciousness would come to an end at a singularity. – Stephen Hawking

Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time. – Deepak Chopra

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. – William James

Our science fails to recognize those special properties of life that make it fundamental to material reality. This view of the world – biocentrism – revolves around the way a subjective experience, which we call consciousness, relates to a physical process. It is a vast mystery and one that I have pursued my entire life. – Robert Lanza

Pablo Picasso first entered my consciousness when I was a boy of about eight years old. – Michael Portillo

Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one. – John Sterling

Painters have always needed a sort of veil upon which they can focus their attention. It’s as though the more fully the consciousness is absorbed, the greater the freedom of the spirit behind. – Bridget Riley

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle. – Balthus

Painting with broad strokes, I feel like a lot of journalism makes it out to be like the collective consciousness has a finite imagination for multiple women at one time in a similar genre. – Julien Baker

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition of the erotic within our lives and, taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic not only in sexual terms. – Audre Lorde

Part of the reason why I love acting is that you do hope that somehow your work will connect to people and somehow expand their consciousness somewhat, and being able to challenge notions of prejudice through work – through my work – is really thrilling. – Gwendoline Christie

Partly because the town is just finicky, there are strange Catch 22 clauses in the consciousness of this community and one of them was that you, I found out, you can’t do a comedy unless you’ve just done a comedy. – Val Kilmer

People don’t know how to place me in their consciousness. They think, ‘Oh, you must be here to make me look good. That’s what gay guys are, right? You’re an accessory for my straight life.’ Just because your limited view is that everyone’s there to serve you and that you’re the only person in the world. It doesn’t work that way. – RuPaul

People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rhetorical answer is: ‘How can anyone NOT be interested in it?’ Everything you call ‘human nature’ and consciousness arises from it. – Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Philosophical reflection could not leave the relation of mind and spirit in the obscurity which had satisfied the needs of the naive consciousness. – Wilhelm Wundt

Physics is the knowledge of structural form, and not knowledge of content. All through the physical world runs that unknown content, which must surely be the stuff of our consciousness. – Eddington

Physiology seeks to derive the processes in our own nervous system from general physical forces, without considering whether these processes are or are not accompanied by processes of consciousness. – Wilhelm Wundt

Pocketknives are kind of drifting out of our cultural consciousness, which I think is a terrible thing. – Gever Tulley

Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go. – Laura Riding

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. – Alice Walker

Probably when I was about 16 or 17 I started writing. I wouldn’t call it poetry, even though I’ve referred to it as poetry a couple times. But I don’t think that’s right. It was more scribblings and stream of consciousness. – Aldous Harding

Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed Objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent. – Edmund Husserl

Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth. – Ramana Maharshi

Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up? – Anna Deavere Smith

Rajneeshism is creating a Noah’s Ark of consciousness, remaining centered exactly in the middle of the cyclone. You can only escape within, and that’s what I teach. I do not teach worship of God or any other ritual but only a scientific way of coming to your innermost core. – Rajneesh

Real health has to happen somewhere inside you, in your subjectivity, in your consciousness, because consciousness knows no birth, no death. It is eternal. To be healthy in consciousness means: first, to be awake; second, to be harmonious; third, to be ecstatic; and fourth, to be compassionate. – Rajneesh

Reggae music is a music of integrity; reggae’s consciousness was built on a message. My music speaks of love, equality and spirituality, and I would hope that one finds this integrity in my music. – Stephen Marley

Regression to the stage of early infancy is not a suitable method in and of itself. Such a regression can only be effective if it happens in the natural course of therapy and if the client is able to maintain adult consciousness at the same time. – Alice Miller

Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Religion has endured since the dawn of human consciousness precisely because it encompasses so much of being human. No idea has endured so long, gathered up so many disparate needs and wants and feelings, and inspired so many different paths towards understanding it. – Robert Winston

Religion is a huge part of our consciousness. I grew up in the Bible Belt, so it’s our mythology. Those are the stories we learn as little kids at Sunday school. I’m not afraid to use the metaphors, because I think the stories are beautiful. – Samuel Ervin Beam

Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build. – Yuri Kochiyama

Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. – Ram Dass

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

Science has proved that everything is energy, and now they have dark energy, dark matter. They don’t call it all-embracing consciousness; they call it dark because they can’t measure it. You know, paint it black. – Dave Davies

Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone: it is the opening of an impalpable, transparent wall – that of our consciousness – between the world and ourselves. – Octavio Paz

Sensation is not the conduction of a quality or state of external bodies to consciousness, but the conduction of a quality or state of our nerves to consciousness, excited by an external cause. – Johannes P. Muller

Serial fiction is a conceit of comic books and soap operas. As one goes, so goes the other in terms of public consciousness. – Mark Waid

Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition. – D. H. Lawrence

Since the beginning of the computer age, there has been immense development in computer intelligence but exactly zero development in computer consciousness. – Yuval Noah Harari

So for instance it becomes clear why space and time and even the properties of matter itself depend on the observer in consciousness. In fact when you take this point of view it even explains why the laws of the universe themselves are fine tuned for the existence of life. – Robert Lanza

So much of my writing derives from these questions that I ask myself – things that are utterly beyond my personal set of experiences – and it’s my attempt to try to… understand, to sort of break out of my own consciousness, you know, the limitations of my own life. – Jhumpa Lahiri

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. – Eckhart Tolle

Some things will always remain a mystery at this level of consciousness, and it is right that they should. So do not try to solve all the mysteries. Give the universe a chance. It will unfold itself in due course. Enjoy the experience of becoming. – Neale Donald Walsch

Some years ago, I wrote a book called the Emperor’s New Mind and that book was describing a point of view I had about consciousness and why it was not something that comes about from complicated calculations. – Roger Penrose

Somehow, people get very nervous about leaving the comfortable life of rules behind and never take the chance to develop their own internal voice, to listen to their own consciousness. – Michael Masser

Someone who’s awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like. – Edward Hirsch

Something similar is still true of the courses followed by manifold intuitions which together make up the unity of one continuous consciousness of one and the same object. – Edmund Husserl

Sometimes when you start writing a song, you dont know where theyre going to lead you. You just kind of follow the ideas that come in. Its all kind of stream of consciousness. Thats whats so fascinating about songwriting. Its kind of magical. – Mike Campbell

Space and time, not proteins and neurons, hold the answer to the problem of consciousness. When we consider the nerve impulses entering the brain, we realize that they are not woven together automatically, any more than the information is inside a computer. – Robert Lanza

Spiritual consciousness is, on the whole, very adventurous and all about pursuing our deepest, most fulfilling dreams. – James Redfield

Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. – Emerson

Studying consciousness tells us more about how the world is fundamentally strange. I think we have a few revolutions to go yet before we get to the bottom of it. – David Chalmers

The ‘I Wanna Dance’ hook actually came to me when I was in bed and just in that lucid moment between consciousness and sleep… I jumped out of bed and recorded a voice note of the vocal hook and I went into the studio the next day fully inspired. – Jonas Blue

The academic Left has a long history of taking the idea of ‘false consciousness’ seriously. – Tom Tancredo

The addictive pleasure of abandoning yourself to a book, of losing consciousness of your worries, your body, and your surroundings, to become a ghost haunting other worlds has influenced me in many ways. – Diane Setterfield

The agricultural working people should be imbued with a thoroughgoing faith in socialism and steadfast anti-imperialist and class consciousness so that they can regard our style of socialism as their life and soul, love it ardently, and fight staunchly against the imperialists’ moves for ideological and cultural infiltration. – Kim Jong-un

The AIDS crisis has brought us a consciousness of the immune system as the most important health-maintenance element, and a consciousness of how it is under attack. – Gloria Steinem

The American grips himself, at the very sources of his consciousness, in a grip of care: and then, to so much of the rest of life, is indifferent. Whereas, the European hasn’t got so much care in him, so he cares much more for life and living. – D. H. Lawrence

The American preoccupation with the law, which is certainly not past, was at its zenith in 1995. The 1980s, the late 1980s, had sort of begun to percolate up to public consciousness this enormous interest in the law. – Scott Turow

The artist is the consciousness of society… but musicians’ role is very special. – Wadada Leo Smith

The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That’s how I see it. Otherwise, I don’t know why you do it. – Amiri Baraka

The basic philosophy of stoicism is that you have nothing real external to your own consciousness, that the only thing real is in fact your consciousness. – Roger Avary

The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity. – Steven Biko

The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people’s consciousness… it’s manipulative and deeply political. – Ken Loach

The biggest breakthroughs in consciousness occur when things are difficult; when we have a choice to fall to the worst of ourselves or rise to the best of ourselves. – Yehuda Berg

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

The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man. – D. H. Lawrence

The closely divided presidential election of 2000 – in which George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by the slimmest of margins in Florida – forever implanted the divide between red states and blue states in our political consciousness. – Patrick Murphy

The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class. – Ernest Mandel

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

The consciousness of knowing how to make oneself useful, how to help mankind in many ways, fills the soul with noble confidence, almost religious dignity. – Maria Montessori

The consciousness of lucid dreaming is a cultural evolution. It’s something that we are talking about and learning about, not biological evolution. – Stephen LaBerge

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. – Blaise Pascal

The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought. – Sri Aurobindo

The content of Saul Leiter’s photographs arrives on a sort of delay: it takes a moment after the first glance to know what the picture is about. You don’t so much see the image as let it dissolve into your consciousness, like a tablet in a glass of water. – Teju Cole

The core of your soul. The center of your being. the higher consciousness of your mind. That is where the kingdom of love and peace begins. – Anonymous

The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them. – John McCain

The creative principle is less about dogma and more about opening ourselves to the evolution of consciousness. – Alex Grey

The crimes that become iconic etch themselves into the collective consciousness because they suggest a frightening truth: that the universe does not rely on cause and effect. – S. J. Rozan

The degree to which your Consciousness expands, is the degree to which you understand yourself and the universe. – Gina Charles

The difference between kitties and humans is that we are aware of our mortal condition, and the burden of consciousness is to evoke and embody and explore the coordinates of our condition. – David Shields

The distinguishing characteristics of mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness. – Wilhelm Wundt

The Divine is present in everyone, in all Beings, in everything. Like space it is everywhere, all pervading, all powerful, all knowing. The Divine is the principle of Life, the inner Light of Consciousness, and pure bliss. It is our very own self. – Amma

The English expression ‘to fall asleep’ is apt because the transition between waking and sleeping is a gradual drop from one state of being into another: a giving up of full self-consciousness for unconsciousness or for the altered consciousness of dreams. – Siri Hustvedt

The entertainment industry has an effect on social consciousness. – Sonoya Mizuno

The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held; instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. – Bertrand Russell

The essential elements of giving are power and love – activity and affection – and the consciousness of the race testifies that in the high and appropriate exercise of these is a blessedness greater than any other. – Mark Hopkins

The ever clearer consciousness that love can dispense with marriage, yet marriage cannot dispense with love, is already partially recognized by modern society, by the facility of divorce. – Ellen Key

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

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

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue. – Arnold J. Toynbee

The eye is the most refined of our senses, the one which communicates most directly with our mind, our consciousness. – Robert Delaunay

The fact that one can lose one’s sense of self in an ocean of tranquility does not mean that one’s consciousness is immaterial or that it presided over the birth of the universe. – Sam Harris

The fact that there is a beginning or an end is just a concept seeded into your mind by society. You are constant, continuous, infinite energy, and energy never ends, it transforms. – Anonymous

The feeling to transform yourself, to level up your life arises only when you are in your higher consciousness. – Nitin Namdeo

The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people. – Norman Mailer

The first light of human consciousness and the world’s first civilizations were in Africa. – John Henrik Clarke

The first person to blow up my fashion consciousness was a 14-year-old girl named Sandrine. She was the most beautiful human I had ever seen. – Mary Gaitskill

The first six years of a child’s life, it is like a tape recorder is on. Everything it sees, smells, touches, experiences in any way, whatever it hears, is being downloaded into the brain before the consciousness of the child is even made apparent. – Bruce Lipton

The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society. – Paul Wellstone

The first time I stepped onto the rooftop of the Potala Palace in Lhasa in 1985, I felt, as never before or since, as if I was stepping onto the rooftop of my being: onto some dimension of consciousness that I’d never visited before. – Pico Iyer

The first, or theoretic branch, that which explains the nature, production, and distribution of wealth, will be found to rest on a very few general propositions, which are the result of observation, or consciousness. – Nassau William Senior

The founding father of Albanian literature is the nineteenth-century writer Naim Frasheri. Without having the greatness of Dante or Shakespeare, he is nonetheless the founder, the emblematic character. He wrote long epic poems, as well as lyrical poetry, to awaken the national consciousness of Albania. – Ismail Kadare

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can compromise humanity’s traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared destiny. The choice is ours. – Klaus Schwab

The goal to be reached is the mind’s insight into what knowing is. Impatience asks for the impossible, wants to reach the goal without the means of getting there. The length of the journey has to be borne with, for every moment is necessary, … because by nothing less could that all-pervading mind ever manage to become conscious of what itself is — for that reason, the individual mind, in the nature of the case, cannot expect by less toil to grasp what its own substance contains. – Hegel

The golden rule of drums is hands clapping and feet tapping, and when you are in and out of consciousness, you can’t do that to best of your ability. – Steven Adler

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

The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and…each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. – Carl Jung

The higher one climbs on the spiritual ladder, the more they will grant others their own freedom, and give less interference to another’s state of consciousness. – Paul Twitchell

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. – Leon Trotsky

The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness. – Vladimir Lenin

The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The Holocaust remains unique in contemporary Jewish consciousness for its capacity to engender the most visceral grief and abject pain. – Ephraim Mirvis

The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly. – Olivier Messiaen

The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death. – D. H. Lawrence

The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are. – David Icke

The human race is evolving to the realization that what is happening on the level of consciousness both precedes and determines what happens in the world. – Marianne Williamson

The human race is ill because we have no contact with the lowest level of consciousness. – Donovan

The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness. – Edmund Husserl

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

The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness. – Albert Einstein

The inner world is very potent for me – I don’t ascribe to any God or Jesus or Buddha – I just have a sense of it and revere it along with the natural world and human consciousness. – Annie Lennox

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. – Albert Einstein

The Internet has usurped the collective unconscious and access to cosmic consciousness has become difficult and almost primitive. – Marc Maron

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. – Lao Tzu

The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in. – Marshall Rosenberg

The level of success of a person depends on his level of consciousness. – Nitin Namdeo

The life of things is none other than a spiritual essence, an invisible and impalpable thing, a spirit and a spiritual thing. On this account there is nothing corporeal but has latent within itself a spirit and life. – Paracelsus

The man who has perceived God looks upon all types of men as dream motion-picture images, made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic Consciousness and the shadows of delusion. – Paramahansa Yogananda

‘The Magic Flute,’ I think, is fundamentally asking what is it to change people’s consciousness. – Simon McBurney

The media has affected everybody’s consciousness much more than most people will admit. – George Michael

The mental body, like the astral, varies much in different people; it is composed of coarser or of finer matter, according to the needs of the more or less unfolded consciousness connected with it. In the educated it is active and well-defined; in the undeveloped it is cloudy and inchoate. – Annie Besant

The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept. – D. H. Lawrence

The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite different from human consciousness. – J. M. Coetzee

The mortal mind alone cannot devise an answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because the true answer lies on a level of consciousness that’s beyond our mortal thinking. Quite simply, when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, we need a miracle. – Marianne Williamson

The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness. – Sigmund Freud

The most violent and troubling stories become part of our national consciousness about foster care. – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Natural Law which God has written into our beings cannot be entirely eradicated, but it can be gravely deformed, leading to distortion of consciousness and conscience, and hence our actions. – Michael O’Brien

The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness. – Stanislav Grof

The notion that war forever separates veterans from the rest of mankind has been long embedded in our collective consciousness. – Phil Klay

The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class. – Ernest Mandel

The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness. – Miguel de Unamuno

The paradox of modernism is, writers make the decision to work with the continuous present, and to work with… stream of consciousness, as it’s called, for emotional reasons, and the main emotional reason is verisimilitude. I mean, this is what surprises people: Life is not in the simple past. – Will Self

The past is no more and the future is not yet. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. – Rajneesh

The physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement. – Paramahansa Yogananda

The Place where you create miracles is the state of your higher consciousness. – Nitin Namdeo

The Polish freedom movement of 1968 lost its confrontation with police violence; the Prague Spring was crushed by the armies of five Warsaw Pact members. But in both countries, 1968 gave birth to a new political consciousness. – Adam Michnik

The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense in shaping consciousness of the past. – Antony Beevor

The power of the word is real whether or not you are conscious of it. – Sonia Choquette

The quantity and quality of consciousness, one may say, have always been growing throughout geological times. In this respect man, in whom nervous organisation and therefore psychological powers have attained an undisputed maximum, may be considered, scientifically, as a natural centre of evolution of the primates. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The real discovery of having your consciousness raised was never that you’d be handed tools; it was the discovery that the only real leverage you get in life is yourself. – Michelle Dean

The Real is ever-present, like the screen on which the cinematographic pictures move. While the picture appears on it, the screen remains invisible. Stop the picture, and the screen will become clear. All thoughts and events are merely pictures moving on the screen of Pure Consciousness, which alone is real. – Ramana Maharshi

The real revolution is the evolution of consciousness. – Anonymous

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

The reason people turn to supernatural explanations is that the mind abhors a vacuum of explanation. Because we do not yet have a fully natural explanation for mind and consciousness, people turn to supernatural explanations to fill the void. – Michael Shermer

The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect. – Luciano Berio

The repression of virtuous instinct in the modern world is an incremental tragedy. Repress one instinct, and you repress many; other parts of consciousness go down, also. – Michael Leunig

The Republican consciousness has no integrity and it falls apart once you check it out. If you’re a Christian, why would you want to fry this dude? – Ken Kesey

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

The self is just our operation center, our consciousness, our moral compass. So, if we want to act more effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves better. – Gary Wolf

The sharp division between mentality and nature has no ground in our fundamental observation. … I conclude that we should conceive mental operations as among the factors which make up the constitution of nature. – A.N. Whitehead

The situation around Terri Schiavo was a deeply held conflict over what to do if someone isn’t going to return to consciousness or competence. Who will decide? Even there, where we had settled legal rules, we still had disagreement. We’re torn about these things. – Ezekiel Emanuel

The slower frequencies are dropping away to be replaced by the faster, higher, more refined frequencies that are part of the Energetic Evolution. – Elaine Seiler

The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness. – Paramahansa Yogananda

The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence. – Eckhart Tolle

The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival, since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death. – Stanislav Grof

The substance of fictional architecture is not bricks and mortar but evanescent consciousness. – John Updike

The superior and inferior bodies of the World having the same source [the One] and the same matter as a principle, have preserved a sympathy which causes that the purest, the noblest, the strongest, communicate to those who are less so all the perfection of which they are susceptible. – Pernety

The task of science is to stake out the limits of the knowable, and to center consciousness within them. – Rudolf Virchow

The thing is to appreciate the fragile wonder of it all, down to the last breath, down to the dying embers of consciousness. – Maryam D’Abo

The ultimate gift of conscious life is a sense of the mystery that encompasses it. – Lewis Mumford

The unconscious has no time. There is no trouble about time in the unconscious. Part of our psyche is not in time and not in space. They are only an illusion, time and space, and so in a certain part of our psyche time does not exist at all. – Carl Jung

The universe always talks to you in many ways. If you are not in the state of consciousness, you will miss those signs. – Nitin Namdeo

The universe is a great organism, controlled by a dynamism of the psychical order. Mind gleams through its every atom. – Flammarion

The universe is a thought of God. After this ideal thought-fabric passed out into reality, and the new-born world fulfilled the plan of its Creator—permit me to use this human simile—the first duty of all thinking beings has been to retrace the original design in this great reality; to find the principle in the mechanism, the unity in the compound, the law in the phenomenon, and to pass back from the structure to its primitive foundation. Accordingly to me there is only one appearance in nature—the thinking Being. – Schiller

The universe is within us. We forget that and make up realities for ourselves that we are small and insignificant. Meditation brings us back to our natural state of consciousness. – Tara Stiles

The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist. – William James

The whole idea of being mesmerized and not in control of your own actions is fascinating and a little spooky. I remember hearing about someone who’d gone to a magic act, and a person in the audience had become hypnotized by observing too closely what magician was doing on stage, and thought it was spooky to lose your consciousness that way. – Chris Van Allsburg

The whole world is a cyclone. But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears. This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness. – Rajneesh

The widespread assumption is that somehow, the brain produces the mind; somehow millions of neurons fire signals at one another create or produce consciousness… but we have no idea how or why this happens. I’m afraid that in many cases, people in the tech world fail to understand that. – Yuval Noah Harari

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. If we want to change the world we have to change our thinking…no problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew. – Albert Einstein

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness. – Herbert Croly

The young women waking up to feminism now already wake up to more consciousness than my generation had. Even just simple things like equal pay – before you went, in my generation, and asked for a raise, you went through nausea and your palms sweating. – Robin Morgan

There are a great number of Republicans who are economically conservative but have hearts and a consciousness about their country. – Tim Robbins

There are certain songs that just stick around and do something that transcends whatever time they were written in. Through different eras, people are able to impart different meaning to the song, and they become part of some sort of consciousness. – Beck

There are many reasons I love novels with multiple narratives. In novels where the events are filtered through the consciousness of a single ‘reliable’ narrator, I often wonder, is this the whole story? What could be missing here? – Susan Barker

There are many who feel consciously hopeful and unconsciously hopeless, and there are few for whom it is the other way around. – Erich Fromm

There are so many classic Big Brother warning books: the Internet is a horrible, controlling thing, as if it has a consciousness or political agenda. – Joshua Cohen

There has to be a social commitment, a social consciousness that joins men together. On the basis of their coming together, they do not transgress against themselves and they do not transgress against others. – H. Rap Brown

There have been a number of us working very, very hard to bring myth and fairy tales into public consciousness, through fantasy literature and other media. I hope we’re succeeding in some small way. – Terri Windling

There have been many socially conscious concept albums. I wanted to make a ‘social consciousness’ concept album disguised as a country record. – Sturgill Simpson

There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness. – Elon Musk

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

There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power. – Amit Ray

There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain. – Stanislav Grof

There is in natural things a certain truth which cannot be seen with the outward eye … and of this the Philosophers have had experience, and have ascertained that its virtue is such as to work miracles …As faith works miracles in man, so this power, the veritas efficaciae, brings them about in matter. This truth is the highest power and an impregnable fortress wherein the stone of the philosophers lies hid. – Gerhard Dorn (Alchemist)

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung

There is no life without consciousness; there is no consciousness without life. – Annie Besant

There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. – Marcel Proust

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 Dennett

There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us. – Orison Swett Marden

There is no trick to be conscious all the time, to be conscious you have to be conscious, that’s it. – Nitin Namdeo

There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is one unity, unified wholeness, total natural law, in the transcendental unified consciousness. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There is so much art can do to enlighten people, no matter what their views might be. If art can’t go there or doesn’t elevate the social consciousness in some way, then we are in peril. – Octavia Spencer

There is something fundamentally fascinating about the mechanics, I guess, of the human body and where consciousness and mind exist, and what you can do with the mechanics of the body while keeping those intact, and where those two cross over. – Neill Blomkamp

There was a period when STP and I weren’t making music – we weren’t getting along very good at all. But I had my studio, so I was writing and recording a lot of music. But something told me not to put it out. It was all stream of consciousness; it was clever, but it didn’t really have substance. – Scott Weiland

There’s a constant drip and trickle of life that goes into one’s awareness really and consciousness of things. – Mike Leigh

There’s a fine line between a stream of consciousness and a babbling brook to nowhere. – Dan Harmon

There’s consciousness in my music, and my music comes from a conscious place. And when people say that, I certainly take it as a compliment. But my job, in terms of selling my music, is to be universal and to try to get it to everybody. – Talib Kweli

There’s no permanent, fixed class consciousness. You can’t work out immediately what people think and what politics they have simply by looking at their socio-economic position. – Stuart Hall

There’s not some idea I’m going to create a work that’s going to change everybody’s consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

There’s no such thing as coincidence. I say it’s synchronicity. – Raven Kaldera

Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one’s consciousness, making of every image a privileged place. – Albert Camus

This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven. – Joseph Barber Lightfoot

This human being is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. – Rumi

This is not a slow movement of change. It’s a shift in the consciousness of each of us. It is a collective shift. It involves facing grief and trauma and undoing our numbness and our narcissism and our indulgence that we have in this privileged western society. – Gail Bradbrook

This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness. – Michael Pollan

This much is certain: when a man is happy, happy to the core and root of beatitude, he is no longer conscious of himself or anything else. – Meister Eckhart

This sunlight linked me through the ages to that past consciousness. – Richard Jefferies

Those truly committed to liberation must reject the banking concept in its entirety, adopting instead a concept of women and men as conscious beings and consciousness as consciousness intent upon the world. – Paulo Freire

Those who are never comfortable with their current situation always create new challenges for themselves and increase their consciousness to reach new heights of success. – Nitin Namdeo

Those who are not conscious are often surrounded by problems. – Nitin Namdeo

Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it. – Bruce Lipton

Through my school years, I learned more about slavery, anti-black racism, and oppression in the U.S., and my blackness could no longer be an afterthought. I started wearing it proudly, and as my consciousness deepened, so did my love for black folks. – Luvvie Ajayi

Thus in Christianity the alienation had become total, and it was this total alienation that was the biggest obstacle to the progress of self-consciousness. – Bruno Bauer

Time is not an absolute reality but an aspect of our consciousness. – Robert Lanza

Time is the element that controls the consciousness, the very being of the people. – Jamaica Kincaid

Time is what allows stories to spread into people’s consciousness. – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Time travel and teleportation will have to wait. It may take centuries to master these technology. But within the coming decades, we will understand dark matter, perhaps test string theory, find planets which can harbor life, and maybe have Brain 2.0, i.e. our consciousness on a disk which will survive even after we die. – Michio Kaku

To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perceptions. – Robert Irwin

To be awake is to be fully present, no noise, just you and God. Most of us only have seconds of full consciousness. To live in a state of Samadhi – that’s what we’re here for. – Russell Simmons

To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. – Anonymous

To be successful in struggle requires remembrance of the Creator and the doing of good deeds. This is important because successful struggle demands that there be a kind of social consciousness. There has to be a social commitment, a social consciousness that joins men together. – H. Rap Brown

To be truly alive means to be conscious of everything that comes in your experience. – Nitin Namdeo

To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness. – Edmund Husserl

To create your own fate you have to come to the surface above the mental ocean. – Nitin Namdeo

To engage with art, we have to be willing to be wrong, venture outside our psychic comfort zones, suspend disbelief, and remember that art explores and alters consciousness simultaneously. – Jerry Saltz

To find new dimensions of your consciousness, always look at things as they are. – Nitin Namdeo

To live in a great idea means to treat the impossible as though it were possible. It is just the same with a strong character; and when an idea and a character meet, things arise which fill the world with wonder for thousands of years. – Goethe

To put the conclusion crudely, the stuff of the world is mind-stuff. – Eddington

To regard the soul and body as one, or to ascribe to consciousness a physiological origin, is not detracting from its divinity; it is rather conferring divinity upon the body. – John Burroughs

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing. – Theodor Adorno

Tragedy takes us to the very state of consciousness which, were we to hold to it, would go far toward preventing further tragedies. – Marianne Williamson

True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: ‘I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live. – Albert Schweitzer

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

Tupac has always been somebody who represented a higher consciousness of what it means on both sides of the coin to be black in America. He and Prince were leaders who moved to the beat of their own drum, and I can only hope to follow in their footsteps. – Kat Graham

Ultimately, it’s one’s upbringing, consciousness and circumstances that decide the path you’ll choose. – Vikram Bhatt

Understand me, Hollywood miniseries are very popular in England. But British miniseries make a tremendous mark on the national consciousness. They become part of the national culture and mythology… at least for a time. – Tim Pigott-Smith

Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one. – Deepak Chopra

Until I was on Twitter, trust me: I was completely wiped off everybody’s consciousness in Hollywood. – Lexi Alexander

Until white people understand that racism is embedded in everything, including our consciousness and socialisation, then we cannot go forward. – Robin DiAngelo

Use your consciousness to imagine, to feel, to create, to live… not to rewind, not to regret. – Nitin Namdeo

Way back before 1980, prior to ‘Disco Dancer’ breaking into the collective consciousness of filmgoers, I had come to Chennai to compose for a film called ‘Suraksha.’ – Bappi Lahiri

We accept so many things that come through the media; we get used to them, however vigilant we are. But for any creative art, you have to remain 110% conscious, and in a world that’s losing consciousness, that’s getting harder. – Keith Jarrett

We all cannot honestly say ‘we have life’ for life does not belong to us, and we cannot control or monopolize it. All we can say without arrogance and presumption is that we are instruments through which a universal principle that produces what we call ‘life’ manifests itself in the form of a human being… He who thinks that he has any power whatever of his own, thinks foolish; for all the powers he has are lent him by nature. – Franz Hartmann

We are afraid of ourselves and our own unconscious minds. When we are building something that reflects us, it’s the one thing we’re all afraid to face. We’re afraid to face ourselves. Building machines that mirror our consciousness is a very frightening proposition because we have seen how evil people can be. – Gray Scott

We are all working for the immortality of the human consciousness. – Alejandro Jodorowsky

We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits – and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful. – Simone Weil

We are on the planet to… wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us… – Michael Beckwith

We are reflections of one another, therefore I know that you are part of me and I am part of you because we are all projections of the universal principles of creation/destruction polarities of the same infinite consciousness that we call God. – David Icke

We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself. – Brian Cox

We are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. We are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. – Zachary Quinto

We can truly see that consciousness is operating creatively even in biology, even in the evolution of species. – Amit Goswami

We do not build or create a spiritual consciousness; we merely get rid of all that obscures our pure vision. – Roy Davis

We do violence to the consciousness of a past age when we divide what was indivisible to it: the one sacred truth of the Christian creed. – Hans Jonas

We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. – Albert Einstein

We fear death so profoundly, not because it means the end of our body, but because it means the end of our consciousness – better to be a spirit in Heaven than a zombie on Earth. – Alison Gopnik

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

We live at the threshold of a universal recognition that the human being is not mere matter, but a potent, energetic field of consciousness. Modalities of the past millennium are quickly giving way to breakthrough technologies wherein we heal ourselves at the level of all true healing, which is spirit. – Michael Beckwith

We must recognize and keep in the public consciousness the significant contributions and sacrifices Americans of every community have made that have helped forge the greatest country our world has ever known. – Tammy Duckworth

We need a revolution in consciousness to overturn the system we live in, to strengthen our democracy, to find courage and give hope to our children. – Gail Bradbrook

We should be exploring consciousness at the neural level and higher, where the arrow of causal analysis points up toward such principles as emergence and self-organization. – Michael Shermer

We’re all affected by music. It has the power to inspire, uplift us, change our moods, and even alter consciousness. – Andrew Weil

We’re in this amazing frontier of transparency. WikiLeaks. Edward Snowden. ‘Westworld’ is reflecting that with these robots gaining consciousness. Them coming into consciousness is almost like us, human beings, coming into the truth of the fact that government is corrupt. Police are corrupt. Banks are corrupt. Etcetera, etcetera. – Thandie Newton

We’re still growing into that place of higher consciousness; we are becoming a global conscience. The idea is to unravel the onion and let go of the ego and evolve to that place where you perceive everything to be a beautiful experience rather than a daunting experience. – Jon Anderson

Well I teach in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. So that’s my primary work. I lecture on various campuses and in various communities across the country and other parts of the world. – Angela Davis

Well, I didn’t grow up with that word ‘retirement’ as part of my consciousness. I didn’t grow up with professionals that retired. I thought retiring was when you are tired and go to bed. – Ruby Dee

We’re seeing a higher level of consciousness and many more opportunities for people to challenge their present ways of thinking and move into a grander and larger experience of who they really are. – Neale Donald Walsch

What does it mean, exactly, for a given system to be a ‘neural correlate of consciousness’? – David Chalmers

What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that’s toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay. – Moby

What happens is consciousness operates in mysterious ways. One of those ways is that the old paradigm suddenly starts to die. – Deepak Chopra

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

What if the journey to being, the infinite being you truly are, is the greatest adventure you will ever go on? – Anonymous

What is attained by a developed thinking is not visions but spiritual sight of realities; what is attained by a developed will is not ordinary soul-experiences but the discovery of a consciousness different from the ordinary. – Rudolf Steiner

What is consciousness? Our brain simulates reality. So, our everyday experiences are a form of dreaming, which is to say, they are mental models, simulations, not the things they appear to be. – Stephen LaBerge

What is it that really makes us, us? It’s our collective intelligence. It’s our ability to write things down, our language and our consciousness. – Louise Leakey

What kind of people will these ghettos of Palestinians produce? What form of morality, national consciousness and hope will people be left with after so many years of stifling occupation and a sense of hopelessness? – Sayed Kashua

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart? – Orison Swett Marden

What’s fascinating is that when you write a script, it’s almost a stream of consciousness. You have an idea that it means something, but you’re not always sure what. Then when you get on the set, the actors teach you. – Gary Oldman

What’s stopping you is the unwillingness to live beyond this reality. – Anonymous

When a child comes in, I believe that it’s a ‘multipersonhood,’ and it knows it, its consciousness knows it, and it has a nuclei in the center of its consciousness that is the repository of all experience and all knowledge. And when you look in the eyes of your baby and you feel this sense that they are an old soul, I believe indeed they are. – Shirley MacLaine

When a woman puts on a heel, she has a different posture, a different attitude. She really stands up and has a consciousness of her body. – Christian Louboutin

When alchemists were talking about turning lead to gold, they were talking about turning a leaden consciousness, which most of us exist in during our lives, into a golden consciousness, which is a much better place to be. – Alan Moore

When brains get sufficiently big, presumably, as human brains have, consciousness seems to emerge. – Richard Dawkins

When Hindustan Motors rolled out the first Ambassador Car in 1957 its sturdy body, rounded contours and Mother Earth simplicity immediately bagged it a place in our collective consciousness. – Barkha Dutt

When I began writing science fiction in the middle ’60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months. – Vernor Vinge

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

When I saw ‘My Fair Lady,’ I was surprised at how mean and misogynistic Henry was. Maybe that’s why it’s dropping out of public consciousness. – John Cho

When I was 10 years old, a cousin of mine took me on a tour of his medical school. And as a special treat, he took me to the pathology lab and took a real human brain out of the jar and placed it in my hands. And there it was, the seat of human consciousness, the powerhouse of the human body, sitting in my hands. – Aditi Shankardass

When I was a child, women spoke to me of how all they had was their memories, how their husbands went to war and never came back, so many tragedies. That chorus of voices filled my consciousness. It was part of life itself. – Svetlana Alexievich

When it comes to Kerala, reasoning gets the upper hand rather than emotions.Our political outlook is related to the educational standards and political consciousness. – Joy Mathew

When it comes to the fundamental issues that humanity faces, I think that solutions involve shifting consciousness towards cooperation. – Jeremy Gilley

When this sad war is over we will all return to our homes, and feel that we can ask no higher honor than the proud consciousness that we belonged to the Army of the Potomac. – George B. McClellan

When we learn new behaviors and break through to higher levels of consciousness and love, we can fulfill the deeper spiritual hunger within. – Judith Wright

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. – Joseph Campbell

When we talk about novels, we don’t often talk about imagination. Why not? Does it seem too first grade? In reviews, you read about limpid prose, about the faithful reproduction of consciousness, about moral heft, but rarely about the power of pure, unadulterated imagination. – Robin Sloan

When you are conscious of your thoughts and actions, only then you achieve the desired result in life. – Nitin Namdeo

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne W. Dyer

When you gain higher consciousness, your consciousness becomes universal and you become ageless, endless, and universal. – Debasish Mridha

When you have the chance to present yourself vocally, you realize a kind of brand develops around that vocal, and you start to see the public consciousness of you is only about one half of your brain. – Josh Groban

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations. – David Icke

When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That’s one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue. – Brian Eno

When you think about alien intelligences making art, you then have to think about what art is and how bound up it is in the nature of consciousness. Why do we make art? And what can we expect to have in common with other creatures in universe? – David Grinspoon

When you’re a musician and you break new ground it resonates into the common consciousness. – Trey Anastasio

Whenever I heard the song of a bird and the answering call of its mate, I could visualize the notes in scale, all built up within my consciousness as a natural symphony. – William Christopher Handy

Whenever I speak, I talk to the collective consciousness of my audience. – Sixto Rodriguez

Whenever you’re going through a tough time, generally, you become more compassionate, you become softer, you become more thoughtful, kinder. These are all spiritual qualities that will help you to align yourself with God and God consciousness rather than with a split fear-based consciousness. – Wayne Dyer

Where you are in consciousness has everything to do with what you see in experience. – Eric Butterworth

Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior. – Stanislav Grof

While the climate crisis gathers front-page attention on a regular basis, people – even those who profess great environmental consciousness – continue to eat fish as if it were a sustainable practice. – Daniel Pauly

While the finish given to our picture of the world by the theory of relativity has already been absorbed into the general scientific consciousness, this has scarcely occurred to the same extent with those aspects of the general problem of knowledge which have been elucidated by the quantum theory. – Niels Bohr

White consciousness is deeply anti-black, and that’s for progressives and conservatives. – Robin DiAngelo

With comedy, the jokes will come out, and people will see them coming. Changes in daily life or current events can change the consciousness of audiences and can make the show less funny or feel more stale. – Robert Lopez

With my good friend Rob Penny, I founded the Black Horizons Theater in Pittsburgh with the idea of using the theater to politicize the community or, as we said in those days, to raise the consciousness of the people. – August Wilson

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

Within each of us dwells a higher order of consciousness created with a possibility far greater than to merely appear and disappear as some form in the river of passing time. – Guy Finley

Within psychology and neuroscience, some new and rigorous experimental paradigms for studying consciousness have helped it begin to overcome the stigma that has been attached to the topic for most of this century. – David Chalmers

Without consciousness and intelligence, the universe would lack meaning. – Clifford D. Simak

Without needing to be theoretically instructed, consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site of variously contending discourses. – Seamus Heaney

Women’s propaganda must touch upon all those questions which are of great importance to the general proletarian movement. The main task is, indeed, to awaken the women’s class consciousness and to incorporate them into the class struggle. – Clara Zetkin

Women’s sport is embedded in the mainstream consciousness now, and that is a hugely positive thing. That’s not to say that our sport can’t get even more popular – because I think it can – but perceptions have definitely changed for the better. – Toni Duggan

Words are not trivial. They matter because they raise consciousness. – Richard Dawkins

Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act. – Ram Dass

World is a multi-dimensional reality. At lower level it is full with unconsciousness and competitiveness. At higher level it is full with beauty, bliss and divinity. Focus on higher dimensions. – Amit Ray

Yes, whatever is born, dies, but I thank life for gifting us a Nelson Mandela. He will sparkle in our consciousness for times to come. – Mahesh Bhatt

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded Consciousness. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind. – Patanjali

You are not ‘in the now;’ you are the now. That is your essential identity-the only thing that never changes. Life is always now. Now is consciousness. And consciousness is who you are. That’s the equation. – Eckhart Tolle

You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was. – Anthon St. Maarten

You are the light of consciousness and also the witness of this light. You are pure awareness. – Mooji

You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected. – Ernest Mandel

You can take responsibility for anything or situations around you only when you are conscious of them. – Nitin Namdeo

You cannot help another who will not help him or herself. In the end, all souls must walk their path – and the reason they are walking a particular path may not be clear to us… or even to them at the level of ordinary human consciousness. Do what you can to help others, of course. Show love and caring whenever and wherever you can. But do not get caught up in someone else’s “story” to the point where you start writing it. – Neale Donald Walsch

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. – Edgar Mitchell

You get enough people agreeing in consciousness that Mexico is a dangerous place, and that dangerous thought will make it so. – Marianne Williamson

You get to be wiser by storying the world and seeing it through other forms of consciousness than your own. – Aidan Chambers

You know what a lima bean does when it’s attacked by spider mites? It releases this volatile chemical that goes out into the world and summons another species of mite that comes in and attacks the spider mite, defending the lima bean. So what plants have – while we have consciousness, toolmaking, language, they have biochemistry. – Michael Pollan

You know, the truth is that us actors would all like to believe we re-invent the wheel, every time we play a character. But, we’re human beings and our instruments are not violins, they are our bodies and our consciousness and our collective life experience. – John C. Reilly

You must rouse into people’s consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character. – Luc de Clapiers

You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness. – Ernest Mandel

You realize you have to become aware of your inner monologue. The things you say to yourself. This raised my consciousness so it was vital to my growth, I would say. – Zoya Akhtar

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

You should never come to any conclusion about things which are not really in your consciousness and experience. – Nitin Namdeo

Your ‘hara’ is here, where your uterus is if you’re a woman, where the tummy sticks out if you’re a man, the centre of gravity of the human body. It is the synthesis of our intellect, body and spirit, and by developing our consciousness of it, we can become incredibly rooted. – Scilla Elworthy

Your brain develops depending on your individual history. What has gone on in your own brain and its consciousness over your lifetime is not repeatable, ever – not with identical twins, not even with conjoined twins. – Gerald Edelman

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  • Historically, psychologists have neither addressed nor evaded consciousness successfully, and two major psychological metatheories, introspectionism and behaviorism, have come to grief on the horns of this dilemma. Having perhaps gained some wisdom from these failures, most scientific psychologists now subscribe to a third metatheory for psychology, the cognitive approach.
    • Bernard J. Baars, A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness (1988)
  • Neurologists who routinely evaluate patients with head injuries define consciousness in terms of waking EEG, the ability to answer questions, report perceptual events, show alertness to sudden changes in the environment, exercise normal voluntary control over speech and action, use memory, and maintain orientation to time, place, and self. …Physicians make life-or-death decision on the basis of these observable events, and in practice this works very well. Very similar criteria are used in psychological and brain research. Thus medicine and science seem to agree with traditional philosophy that consciousness and subjectivity can be identified in practical ways. …The empathy criterion is far more demanding.
    • Bernard J. Baars, “Understanding Subjectivity: Global Workspace Theory and the Resurrection of the Observing Self” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 3, 1996, pp. 211-16
  • Consciousness is always accompanied by subjectivity.
    • Bernard J. Baars, ibid., “Understanding Subjectivity: Global Workspace Theory and the Resurrection of the Observing Self” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 3, 1996, pp. 211-16
  • Evolution, as we understand it, and as it must be studied by the human intellect, is the story of the evolution of consciousness, and not the story of the evolution of the form. This latter evolution is implicit in the other, and of secondary importance from the occult angle.
    • Alice Bailey in Esoteric Psychology II, Lucis Trust (1942)
  • Let me assure you that under the pressure of modern life, under the strain of the imposed present conditions and civilisation, plus the mental concern, the terror of marching armies, the thunder of the many voices, and the stress of world wide economic stringency, the human consciousness is rapidly awakening from its long sleep. That great and fundamental reality, which we call the “human state of mind”, is just beginning to focus itself upon the things which matter, and to express itself in a living fashion.
    • Alice Bailey in The Destiny of the Nations, Lucis Trust, 1949, p. 26
  • When we recognise the fact that the average man is as yet fully conscious only on the physical plane, nearly conscious on the emotional plane, and only developing the consciousness of the mental plane, it is obvious that his comprehension of cosmic data can be but rudimentary.
    • Alice Bailey in Initiation, Human,and Solar, Lucis Trust, 1922, p. 4
  • The development of the human being is but the passing from one state of consciousness to another. It is a succession of expansions, a growth of that faculty of awareness that constitutes the predominant characteristic of the indwelling Thinker. It is the progressing from consciousness polarised in the higher self, ego, or soul, thence to a polarisation in the Monad, or Spirit, till the consciousness eventually is Divine.
    • Alice Bailey in Initiation, Human,and Solar, Lucis Trust, 1922, p. 7
  • These realizations, or apprehended expansions of consciousness, are under natural law, and come in due course of time to every soul without exception.
    • Alice Bailey in Initiation, Human,and Solar, Lucis Trust, 1922, p. 176
  • To render these ideas clearer to the general reader, let him set out with the postulate that there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. This Infinite and Eternal Cause — dimly formulated in the “Unconscious” and “Unknowable ” of current European philosophy — is the rootless root of “all that was, is, or ever shall be.” It is of course devoid of all attributes and is essentially without any relation to manifested, finite Being. It is “Be-ness ” rather than Being (in Sanskrit, Sat), and is beyond all thought or speculation. This “Be-ness” is symbolised in the Secret Doctrine under two aspects. On the one hand, absolute abstract Space, representing bare subjectivity, the one thing which no human mind can either exclude from any conception, or conceive of by itself. On the other, absolute Abstract Motion representing Unconditioned Consciousness. Even our Western thinkers have shown that Consciousness is inconceivable to us apart from change, and motion best symbolises change, its essential characteristic. This latter aspect of the one Reality, is also symbolised by the term “The Great Breath,” a symbol sufficiently graphic to need no further elucidation. Thus, then, the first fundamental axiom of the Secret Doctrine is this metaphysical One Absolute — Be-ness — symbolised by finite intelligence as the theological Trinity.
    • Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy, (1888), p. 14
  • Parabrahm (the One Reality, the Absolute) is the field of Absolute Consciousness, i.e., that Essence which is out of all relation to conditioned existence, and of which conscious existence is a conditioned symbol. But once that we pass in thought from this (to us) Absolute Negation, duality supervenes in the contrast of Spirit (or consciousness) and Matter, Subject and Object. Spirit (or Consciousness) and Matter are, however, to be regarded, not as independent realities, but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditioned Being whether subjective or objective. Considering this metaphysical triad as the Root from which proceeds all manifestation, the great Breath assumes the character of precosmic Ideation. p. 15
    • Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy, (1888), p. 14
  • Apart from Cosmic Substance, Cosmic Ideation could not manifest as individual consciousness, since it is only through a vehicle of matter that consciousness wells up as “I am I,” a physical basis being necessary to focus a ray of the Universal Mind at a certain stage of complexity. Again, apart from Cosmic Ideation, Cosmic Substance would remain an empty abstraction, and no emergence of consciousness could ensue. The “Manifested Universe,” therefore, is pervaded by duality, which is, as it were, the very essence of its existence as “manifestation.” p.15
    • Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy, (1888), p. 14
  • What we really mean by free will… is the visualizing of alternatives and making a choice between them. …the central problem of human consciousness depends on this ability to imagine.
    • Jacob Bronowski, The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination (1978)
  • Our consciousness depends wholly on our seeing the outside world in… categories. And the problems of consciousness arise from putting reconstitution beside internalization, from our being able to see ourselves as if we were objects in the outside world. That is the very nature of language; it is impossible to have a symbolic system without it. [Difficulties] arise from this remarkable and wholly human gift that allows us first of all to separate ourselves from the outside world. …[W]e are able to rearrange it in our heads …And with that goes inevitably a sense of ourselves, sometimes also as an outside person. The Cartesian dualism between mind and body arises directly from this, and so do all the famous paradoxes, both in mathematics and in linguistics…
    • Jacob Bronowski, The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination (1978)
  • Consciousness… is our mode of analysis of the outside world into objects and actions. …it at once posed a problem… that we also think of ourselves as objects and we therefore also apply language to ourselves. We treat ourselves both as objects of language and as speakers of language, both as objects of the symbolism and as symbols of it. And all of the difficult paradoxes which go right back to the Greek times and reappear in modern mathematics depend essentially on this.
    • Jacob Bronowski, The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination (1978)
  • Consciousness is a strange thing; no one has yet succeeded in defining it. One of its characteristics is that we are the only species fully aware of its own mortality. Other animals fear imminent death, and express that terror—we humans can daily contemplate a finite life, and it seems reasonable to assume that the knowledge of death (as distinct from the fear of death) gives us a very different attitude toward life.
    • Rod Caird, Ape Man ISBN 978-0-85766-478-5 Chapter 3, “Thinking” (p. 67)
  • We declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”
    • “The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness” (2012)
  • Why doesn’t all this information-processing go on “in the dark”, free of any inner feel? …We know that conscious experience does arise when these functions are performed, but the very fact that it arises is the central mystery. There is an explanatory gap [a term due to J. Levine, “Materialism and qualia: The explanatory gap” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 64:354-61, 1983] between the functions and experience, and we need an explanatory bridge to cross it.
    • David J. Chalmers, ibid., “Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness”
  • The easy problems of consciousness are those that seem directly susceptible to the standard methods of cognitive science, whereby a phenomenon is explained in terms of computational or neural mechanisms. The hard problems are those that seem to resist those methods. …The really hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience. When we think and perceive, there is a whir of information-processing, but there is also a subjective aspect. …When we see, for example, we experience visual sensations: the felt quality of redness, the experience of dark and light, the quality of depth in a visual field. Other experiences go along with perception in different modalities: the sound of a clarinet, the smell of mothballs. Then there are bodily sensations, from pains to orgasms; mental images that are conjured up internally; the felt quality of emotion, and the experience of a stream of conscious thought.
    • David J. Chalmers, “Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness” Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (3), 1995, pp. 200-219
  • Another useful way to avoid confusion [used by e.g. Allen Newell 1990 Unified Theories of Cognition] is to reserve the term “consciousness” for the phenomena of experience, using the less loaded term “awareness” for the more straightforward phenomena… If such a convention were widely adopted, communication would be much easier; as things stand, those who talk about “consciousness” are frequently talking past each other.
    • David J. Chalmers, “Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness” Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (3), 1995
  • In place of great thinkers physics turned to number crunching and atom smashing, which remains its chief occupation, now on a billion-dollar scale. There were exceptions like John von Neumann, John Archibald Wheeler, and David Bohm, who continued the search for a link between mind and matter. Respected but sidelined in favor of bigger particle accelerators and telescopes, all of these thinkers now enjoy a latter-day revenge, so to speak. Having exhausted the models of reality that discounted and ignored consciousness, forward-looking physicists now realize that mind must be accounted for, which seems like a simple realization except that it was clouded behind a screen, the biggest factor being naïve realism. Satisfied with the common-sense view of reality in their everyday life, physicists were happy to think of mind as “not my job.”
    A huge hurdle remains, however, which is the enormous seduction of physical explanations. What is science without them? What is life if we get rid of relying on the five senses? These aren’t rhetorical questions. Life would be transformed if we abandoned the lure of the physical world and the mistaken data of the five senses. The human mind is uniquely able to go beyond appearances, and when we do, the destination is always consciousness.

    • Deepak Chopra in The Most Popular Model of Reality Is Wrong, SFGate, November 18, 2019
  • There’s no need to call it “higher” consciousness. A better term is “total” consciousness, the ground state of everything in existence. Account for consciousness and you explain everything. No models are needed. The everyday mind is the arena of consciousness. Stick with it, experience it deeply, and be self-aware. Only then will reality be fully comprehended, absent any model at all.
    • Deepak Chopra in The Most Popular Model of Reality Is Wrong, SFGate, November 18, 2019
  • There are five planetary initiations, each a great expansion of consciousness. These allow deeper and deeper access to the mind of the Logos of the planet. In this way you come to know the mind of God, the Plan of God and your part in that Plan. When the fifth initiation is taken you are free to leave the planet; planet Earth is finished for you as a school. There are nine initiations in this solar system but only these five are obligatory on this planet. When we talk about perfection on this planet, it is always a very relative perfection. Perfection is the result of raising the consciousness to the point that you are no longer subject to the pull of matter. The Masters have consciousness on all planes, from the lowest physical to the highest spiritual. That means They are free from the pull of matter —- it does not affect Them… They have not only consciousness but control —- a different thing —- on all planes. They can appear and disappear at will, They can be anywhere They like by thought alone. They have given total expression to the spark of God, which They are: the Self, as Maitreya calls it. They are totally God-infused individuals —- that is perfection.
    • Benjamin Creme Maitreya’s Mission Vol. II (1993), p. 315
  • Since the problem of consciousness is such a central one, and since consciousness appears so mysterious, one might have expected that psychologists and neuroscientists would now direct major efforts toward understanding it. This, however, is far from being the case. The majority of modern psychologists omit any mention of the problem, although much of what they study enters into consciousness. Most modern neuroscientists ignore it. …Not only because of experimental difficulties but also because they considered the problem both too subjective and too “philosophical,” and thus not easily amenable to experimental study.
    • Francis Crick, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul (1994)
  • There may be several forms of visual awareness and, by extension, even more forms of consciousness in general.
    • Francis Crick, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul (1994)
  • Survival machines that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival machines that who can only learn of the basis of trial and error. The trouble with overt trial is that it takes time and energy. The trouble with overt error is that it is often fatal. …The evolution of the capacity to simulate seems to have culminated in subjective consciousness. Why this should have happened is, to me, the most profound mystery facing modern biology.
    • Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene (1976)
  • Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery. …Consciousness stands alone today as a topic that often leaves even the most sophisticated thinkers tongue-tied and confused. And, as with all earlier mysteries, there are many who insist—and hope—that there will never be a demystification of consciousness.
    • Daniel C. Dennett, Consciousness Explained (1991)
  • We now understand how very complex and even apparently intelligent phenomena, such as genetic coding, the immune system, and low-level visual processing, can be accomplished without a trace of consciousness. But this seems to uncover an enormous puzzle of just what, if anything, consciousness is for. Can a conscious entity do anything for itself that an unconscious (but cleverly wired up) simulation of that entity couldn’t do for itself?
    • Daniel C. Dennett, “The Evolution of Consciousness,” Consciousness and Emotion in Cognitive Science: Conceptual and Empirical Issues (1998) ed. Josefa Toribio & Andy Clark
  • The scientific course is to put the burden of proof on the attribution. As a scientist, you can’t just declare, for instance, that the presence of glutamate molecules amounts to the presence of mind; you have to prove it, against a background in which the “null hypothesis” is that mind is not present. There is substantial disagreement among scientists as to which species have what sorts of mind, but even those scientists who are the most ardent champions of consciousness in animals accept this burden of proof—and think they can meet it, by devising and confirming theories that show which animals are conscious. But no such theories are yet confirmed, and in the meantime we can appreciate the discomfort of those who see this agnostic, wait-and-see policy as jeopardizing the moral status of creatures that they are sure are conscious.
    • Daniel C. Dennett, Kinds Of Minds: Toward An Understanding Of Consciousness (2008)
  • The 1982 Aspect Experiment in France demonstrated, that two once-connected quantum particles separated by vast distances remained somehow connected. If one particle was changed, the other changed – instantly. Scientists don’t know the mechanics of how this faster-than-the-speed-of-light travel can happen, though some theorists suggest that this connection takes place via doorways into higher dimensions.
    So contrary to what those who pledge their allegiance to the traditional paradigm might think, the influential, pioneering individuals I spoke with felt that we have not reached the pinnacle of human development, we are connected, rather than separate, from all of life, and that the full spectrum of consciousness encompasses both physical and a multitude of non physical dimensions of reality. At core, this new world view involves seeing yourself, others, and all of life, not through the eyes of our small, earthly self that lives in time and is born in time. But rather through the eyes of the soul, our Being, the True Self. One by one, people are jumping to this higher orbit.

    • Russell E. DiCarlo in the Foreword to A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle, (2005)
  • A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.
    • Albert Einstein in Condolence letter to Norman Salit, (4 March 1950); also quoted in “The Einstein Papers. A Man of Many Parts” in The New York Times (29 March 1972)
  • The investigation of the possibility that animals might think in terms of concepts and even categories of important objects has been seriously impeded because comparative psychologists have seemed to be almost petrified by the notion of animal consciousness. Historically, the science of psychology has been reacting for fifty years or more against earlier attempts to learn how we think by thinking about our thoughts. …In other realms of scientific endeavor we have to accept proof that is less than a hundred percent rigorous… think of cosmology, think of geology. And Darwin couldn’t prove the fact of biological evolution in a rigorous way.
    • Donald R. Griffin, Animal Minds (1994)
  • Consciousness is the one thing in this universe that cannot be an illusion.
    • Sam Harris, Waking Up: Searching for Spirituality Without Religion (2014), p. 54
  • The study a posteriori of the distribution of consciousness shows it to be exactly such as we might expect in an organ added for the sake of steering a nervous system grown too complex to regulate itself.
    • William James, The Principles of Psychology (1890)
  • The total possible consciousness may be split into parts which co-exist but mutually ignore each other.
    • William James, The Principles of Psychology (1890)
  • René Descartes developed the idea that human beings have a dual nature: they have a body… of material substance, and a mind, which derives from the spiritual nature of the soul. … It is remarkable to reflect that these seventeenth century ideas were still current in the 1980s. Karl Popper… and John Eccles… espoused dualism all their lives. They agreed with Aquinas that the soul is immortal and independent of the brain. Gilbert Ryle… referred to the notion of the soul as “the ghost in the machine.” Today, most philosophers of mind agree that what we call consciousness derives from the physical brain, but some disagree with Crick as to whether it can ever be approached scientifically. A few, such as Colin McGinn, believe that consciousness cannot be studied… At the other extreme, philosophers such as Daniel Dennett deny that there is any problem at all. Dennett argues much as… John Hughlings Jackson did… that consciousness is not a distinct operation of the brain; rather it is a combined result of computational workings of higher-order areas of the brain… Philosophers such as John Searle and Thomas Nagel take a middle position, holding that consciousness is a discrete set of biological processes… very complex and… more than the sum of their parts.
    • Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory (2006)
  • Sicut ignoras quomodo anima coniungatur corpori sic nescis opera dei.
    • You who know nothing of how the soul marries the body, you therefore know nothing of God’s works.
      • Michel de Montaigne’s translation of Koheleth 11:5, engraved on the arches of his library
  • Consciousness becomes a matter of philosophical debate; it’s not scientifically reliable.
    • Ray Kurzweil, “The Singularity,” The New Humanists: Science at the Edge (2003) Ed. John Brockman
  • Some form of self-awareness is surely essential to highly intelligent thought… On the other hand, I doubt that any part of a mind can see very deeply into other parts; it can only use models it constructs of them.
    • Marvin Minsky, “K-Linesː A Theory of Memory” Cognitive Science 4, pp.117-133 (1980)
  • Consciousness is a suitcase-like word that we use to refer to many different mental activities, which don’t have a single cause or origin—and, surely, that is why people have found it so hard to “understand what consciousness is.” …this produced a problem that will remain unsolvable until we find ways to chop it up. …we can replace that single, big problem by many smaller, more solvable ones.
    • Marvin Minsky, The Emotion Machine (2006)
  • Consciousness is unquantifiable, a ghost in the machine, barely considered real at all, though in a sense this flickering mosaic of awareness is the only true reality that we can ever know.
    • Alan Moore “What Is Reality?”
  • B. F. Skinner actually put forward – and this is a measure of scientific desperation over consciousness – the idea that consciousness was a weird vibrational by-product of the vocal cords. That we did not actually think. We thought we thought because of this weird vibration caused by the vocal cords. This shows the lengths that hard science will go to to banish the ghost from the machine.
    • Alan Moore “Alan Moore Interview” by Matthew De Abaitua (1998), later published in Alan Moore: Conversations (2011) edited by Eric L. Berlatsky
  • All our so-called consciousness is a more or less fantastic commentary on an unknown, perhaps unknowable, but felt text.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Dawn, § 119, cited in Walter Kaufmann, Nietzsche, p. 182 and p. 268
  • The most that the extra-neural environment can ever do is partially select which of a finite menu of mind/brain/virtual world states is instantiated at a given moment. Subjects can never, directly, do more than apprehend their own mind/brain/virtual-world states. The values they appear to find in the mind-independent world are instead intrinsic features of particular states of their own brains.
    • David Pearce, The Hedonistic Imperative, 2.14 (1995)
  • We couldn’t be representing objects unless, in all cases of such representing, we could also become conscious of our representing. … All consciousness … is a species of self-consciousness, representing objects is at the same time attending to the mind’s activities. … Although the object of my intending is some state of affairs or other, I am also potentially aware as I intend that what I am doing is an act of remembering, thinking, or imagining. My asserting that S is P is not an assertion of mine unless I am implicitly aware as I assert that I am asserting, not entertaining the possibility that, S is P.
    • Robert B. Pippin, Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness (Cambridge University Press: 1989), pp. 20-21
  • Life-force vitalists are rare today, but they have been replaced by those who believe that human consciousness has some special property that goes beyond the laws of physics. Such neovitalists, searching for the roots of consciousness beyond material reality, might be in for another disappointment.
    • Heinz R. Pagels, “Uncertainty and Complementarity” in Timothy Ferris (ed.) The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics (p. 110)
  • You who are sitting before me have the power to change my consciousness into painting, poem, melody or anything else.
    • Suman Pokhrel, ‘Between Rainbows and Melody
  • Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be, rather than as you are. Yet you can know yourself only as you are, because that is all you can be sure of. Everything else is open to question. p 16
    • Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles, (1976)
  • Sleep is no more a form of death than death is a form of unconsciousness. Complete unconsciousness is impossible. You can rest in peace only because you are awake. p. 56
    • Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles, (1976)
  • I have only one real message in this lecture, and that is: consciousness is a biological phenomenon, like photosynthesis, digestion, mitosis—you know all the biological phenomena—and once you accept that, most, if not all of the hard problems about consciousness simply evaporate.
    • John Searle, “Our shared condition — consciousness”, (May, 2013)
  • It is not worth asking how to define consciousness, how to explain it, how it evolved, what its function is, etc., because there’s no one thing for which all the answers would be the same. Instead, we have many sub-capabilities, for which the answers are different: e.g., different kinds of perception, learning, knowledge, attention control, self-monitoring, self-control, etc.
    • Aaron Sloman, (14 Dec. 1994) as quoted in Marvin Minsky, The Emotion Machine (2006)
  • Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.
    • Susan Schneider, Introduction, to The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, Susan Schneider and Max Velmans (2008), ISBN 978-0-470-75145-9.
  • … the having is the knowing: Having conscious experience is knowing what it is. You don’t have to think about it (it’s really much better not to). You just have to have it. It’s true that people can make all sorts of mistakes about what is going on when they have experience, but none of them threaten the fundamental sense in which we know exactly what experience is just in having it.
    • Galen Strawson, “Consciousness Isn’t a Mystery. It’s Matter.”, Opinion, NYT (May, 2016)
  • Human consciousness isn’t optimized for anything, except maybe helping feral hominids survive in the wild.
    • Charles Stross, Rule 34 (2011), Chapter 29
  • The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. The dream of ordinary unconsciousness then turns into a nightmare.
    If you cannot be present even in normal circumstances, such as when you are sitting alone in a room, walking in the woods, or listening to someone, then you certainly won’t be able to stay conscious when something “goes wrong” or you are faced with difficult people or situations, with loss or the threat of loss. You will be taken over by a reaction, which ultimately is always some form of fear, and pulled into deep unconsciousness. Those challenges are your tests. (p.51)
  • When such challenges come, as they always do, make it a habit to go within at once and focus as much as you can on the inner energy field of your body. This need not take long, just a few seconds. But you need to do it the moment that the challenge presents itself. Any delay will allow a conditioned mental-emotional reaction to arise and take you over. (p. 76)
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)
  • Only people who are in a deeply negative state [of consciousness], who feel very bad indeed, would create such a reality as a reflection of how they feel. Now they are engaged in destroying nature and the planet that sustains them. Unbelievable but true. Humans are a dangerously insane and very sick species. That’s not a judgment. Its a fact. It is also a fact that the sanity is there underneath the madness. Healing and redemption are available right now.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.55
  • See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.56
  • Most humans are still in the grip of the egoic mode of consciousness: identified with their mind and run by their mind. If they do not free themselves from their mind in time, they will be destroyed by it. They will experience increasing confusion, conflict, violence, illness, despair, madness. Egoic mind has become like a sinking ship. If you don’t get off, you will go down with it. The collective egoic mind is the most dangerously insane and destructive entity ever to inhabit this planet.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.67
  • If it weren’t for alcohol, tranquilizers, antidepressants, as well as the illegal drugs, which are all consumed in vast quantities, the insanity of the human mind would become even more glaringly obvious than it is already. I believe that, if deprived of their drugs, a large part of the population would become a danger to themselves and others. These drugs, of course, simply keep you stuck in dysfunction. Their widespread use only delays the breakdown of the old mind structures and the emergence of higher consciousness. While individual users may get some relief from the daily torture inflicted on them by their minds, they are prevented from generating enough conscious presence to rise above thought and so find true liberation.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.67
  • Open your eyes and see the fear, the despair, the greed, and the violence that are all-pervasive. See the heinous cruelty and suffering on an unimaginable scale that humans have inflicted and continue to inflict on each other as well as on other life forms on the planet. You don’t need to condemn. Just observe. That is sin. That is insanity.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.71
  • If a word doesn’t work for you anymore, then drop it and replace it with one that does work. If you don’t like the word sin, then call it unconsciousness or insanity. That may get you closer to the truth, the reality behind the word, than a long-misused word like sin, and leaves little room for guilt.
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) p.71
  • It is misleading to say that somebody “chose” a dysfunctional relationship or any other negative situation in his or her life. Choice implies consciousness – a high degree of consciousness. Without it, you have no choice. Choice begins the moment you disidentify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present. Until you reach that point, you are unconscious, spiritually speaking. This means that you are compelled to think, feel, and act in certain ways according to the conditioning of your mind. That is why Jesus said: “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This is not related to intelligence in the conventional sense of the word. I have met many highly intelligent and educated people who were also completely unconscious, which is to say completely identified with their mind. In fact, if mental development and increased knowledge are not counterbalanced by a corresponding growth in consciousness, the potential for unhappiness and disaster is very great. p. 142
    • Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)
  • We need to understand here that heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. This is the esoteric meaning of the word, and this is also its meaning in the teachings of Jesus. Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected. “A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness; that is to say, to awaken. In that sense, this book is not “interesting”. Interesting means you can keep your distance, play around with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree. This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready. Not everyone is ready yet, but many are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows, and it becomes easier for others.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • Until very recently, the transformation of human consciousness – also pointed to by the ancient teachers – was no more than a possibility, realized by a few rare individuals here and there, irrespective of cultural or religious background. A widespread flowering of human consciousness did not happen because it was not yet imperative. A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • Most humans are still in the grip of the egoic mode of consciousness: identified with their mind and run by their mind. If they do not free themselves from their mind in time, they will be destroyed by it. They will experience increasing confusion, conflict, violence, illness, despair, madness. Egoic mind has become like a sinking ship. If you don’t get off, you will go down with it. The collective egoic mind is the most dangerously insane and destructive entity ever to inhabit this planet.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, p. 67, (2005)
  • Humanity is under great pressure to evolve because it is our only chance of survival as a race. This will affect every aspect of your life and close relationships in particular. Never before have relationships been as problematic and conflict ridden as they are now. As you may have noticed, they are not here to make you happy or fulfilled. If you continue to pursue the goal of salvation through a relationship, you will be disillusioned again and again. But if you accept that the relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer you salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world. For those who hold on to the old patterns, there will be increasing pain, violence, confusion, and madness.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, p. 101, (2005)
  • Until very recently, the transformation of human consciousness – also pointed to by the ancient teachers – was no more than a possibility, realized by a few rare individuals here and there, irrespective of cultural or religious background. A widespread flowering of human consciousness did not happen because it was not yet imperative. A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • To sum up: Enjoyment of what you are doing, combined with a goal or vision that you work toward, becomes enthusiasm. Even though you have a goal, what you are doing in the present moment needs to remain the focal point of your attention; otherwise, you will fall out of alignment with universal purpose. Make sure your vision or goal is not an inflated image of yourself and therefore a concealed form of ego, such as wanting to become a movie star, a famous writer, or a wealthy entrepreneur. Also make sure your goal is not focused on having this or that, such as a mansion by the sea, your own company, or ten million dollars in the bank. An enlarged image of yourself or a vision of yourself having this or that are all static goals and therefore don’t empower you. Instead, make sure your goals are dynamic, that is to say, point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole. Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Feel how that activity enriches or deepens not only your life but that of countless others. Feel yourself being an opening through which energy flows from the unmanifested Source of all life through you for the benefit of all.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Ch. 10, (2005)
  • “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” writes the biblical prophet (Revelation 21:1). The foundation for a new earth is a new heaven – the awakened consciousness. The earth – external reality – is only its outer reflection. The arising of a new heaven and by implication a new earth are not future events that are going to make us free. Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • Awakening as a future event has no meaning because awakening is the realization of Presence. So the new heaven, the awakened consciousness, is not a future state to be achieved. A new heaven and a new earth are arising within you at this moment, and if they are not arising at this moment, they are no more than a thought in your head and therefore not arising at all.
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, (2005)
  • The outward movement into form does not express itself with equal intensity in all people. Some feel a strong urge to build, create, become involved, achieve, make an impact upon the world…. Others, after the natural expansion that comes with growing up has run its course, lead an outwardly unremarkable, seemingly more passive and relatively uneventful existence. They are more inward looking by nature, and for them the outward movement into form is minimal. They would rather return home than go out. They have no desire to get strongly involved in or change the world… Some may feel drawn toward living in a spiritual community or monastery. Others may become dropouts and live on the margins of society they feel they have little in common with. Some turn to drugs because yhey find living in this world too painful. Others eventually become healers or spiritual teachers, that is to say, teachers of Being… On the arising new earth, however, their role is just as vital as that of the creators, the doers, the reformers. Their function is to anchor the frequency of the new consciousness on his planet. I call them the frequency holders. They are here to generate consciousness through the activities of daily life, through their interactions with others as well as through “just being.”
    • Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Chapter 10, (2005)

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