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Quotes to Ponder: #0003

“We don’t see things as they are;

we see things as we are.”

~Anais Nin

This quote takes our previous one from Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”, a step further.  Not only do we not necessarily see or recognize the same things as one another, but our interpretation of what we do see–even similar information–can be unique to us.  It is the reason we might like to photograph one thing, say landscape, while our friend might prefer something else that we avoid, possibly something with more personal contact, like portraiture.  In the same vein, it is why we like some art and don’t necessarily respond to others.  This is all part of what we will be exploring in our next post here: “The Idea: Part 2”.

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(“Quotes to Ponder” will be a regular feature here. My philosophy about quotes isn’t that they prove any point as they are often taken out of context or they may have been said in response to something we have no way of knowing about. However, they generally do embody some sort of opinion or thought that can often be worthwhile pondering. I expect that in many cases, they will be the teaser to a longer discussion of their idea in a later post!)

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