Quotations About
perspective

Rick Blaine: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you…
Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I’m going you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now…Here’s looking at you, kid.

Posted in: Casablanca

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

Rhesus. 482.
Posted in: Euripides

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.

Lectures on the English Comic Writers (1819)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Pilote de Guerre (1942) (Flight to Arras)

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Le Petit Prince (1943) (The Little Prince)

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. Any help we can give you must be different from that you can give yourselves, and perhaps the value of that help may lie in the fact of that difference.

Three Guineas (1938)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

Jay: Manny thinks his dad is like Superman. The truth? He’s a total flake. In fact, the only way he’s like Superman is that they both landed in this country illegally.

The Bicycle Thief (season 1, episode 2)
Posted in: Modern Family

Manny: Is something wrong? Who’s died?
Gloria: No one, Manny.
Jay: Why would you even think that?
Gloria: In Colombia, Manny went to Pablo Escobar Elementary School. If you were pulled out of class, it was definitely to identify a body.

Run for Your Wife (season 1, episode 6)
Posted in: Modern Family

Georgia: Ally, what makes your problems so much bigger than everybody else’s?
Ally: They’re mine.

Posted in: Ally McBeal

For when a ship is floating calmly along, the sailors see its motion mirrored in everything outside, while on the other hand they suppose that they are stationary, together with everything on board. In the same way, the motion of the earth can unquestionably produce the impression that the entire universe is rotating.

De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543)

Sherlock Holmes: Look at you lot, you’re all so vacant. Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.

A Study in Pink (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Sherlock

Watson: Why didn’t I think of that?
Holmes: Because you’re an idiot. No, no, no, don’t be like that, practically everyone is.

A Study in Pink (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Sherlock

When you’re finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people?

This quote is attributed / unsourced.
Posted in: Frank Borman

When you can flatten entire cities at a whim, a tendency towards quiet reflection and seeing-things-from-the-other-fellow’s-point-of-view is seldom necessary.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Cosmos (1980)
Posted in: Carl Sagan

When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.

Snow Crash
Posted in: Neal Stephenson