Patterns quotes

  • With the first step, the number of shapes the walk might take is infinite, but then the walk begins to define itself as it goes along, though freedom remains total with each step: any tempting side road can be turned into an impulse, or any wild patch of woods can be explored. The pattern of the walk is to come true, is to be recognized, discovered.
    -- A. R. Ammons

    #Numbers #Shapes #Patterns

  • All that you may achieve or discover you will regard as a fragment of a larger pattern of the truth which from the separate approaches every true scholar is striving to descry.
    -- Abbott Lawrence Lowell

    #Over You #May #Patterns

  • The pattern of discrimination that allows this discrimination was set in the founding of the United States.
    -- Adam Fletcher

    #United States #Patterns #Discrimination

  • But I was only a chaotic walker, nobody could stop me; even a totalitarian state was not able to control my daydreams, my poetic fascinations, the pattern of my walking.
    -- Adam Zagajewski

    #Fascination #Patterns #Able

  • There is no 'the truth','a truth' - truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity. the pattern of the carpet is a surface. When we look closely, or when we become weavers, we learn of the tiny multiple threads unseen in the overall pattern, the knots on the underside of the carpet
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Unseen #Looks #Patterns

  • Without calling the overall national issue a bubble, it's pretty clear that it's an unsustainable underlying pattern.
    -- Alan Greenspan

    #Issues #Calling #Patterns

  • Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Long #Patterns #Imagine

  • Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Patterns #Life Is #Individual

  • The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Simple #Law #Patterns

  • Without changing our pattern of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems we created with our current patterns of thought
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Patterns #Able #Problem

  • Thought of the incomprehensible sequence of changes and chances that make up a life, all the beauties and horrors and absurdities whose conjunctions create the uninterpretable and yet divinely significant pattern of human destiny.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Destiny #Patterns #Chance

  • Drill your soldiers well, and give them a pattern yourself.
    -- Alexander Suvorov

    #Giving #Soldier #Patterns

  • No one ever taught me, and I never had formal classes in pattern making, so I was like, Okay, I'll just drape, and I'll sew as I pin it.
    -- Alexander Wang

    #Class #Patterns #Taught

  • The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.
    -- Alfred Adler

    #Relationship #Sex #Patterns

  • Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Art #Patterns #Recognition

  • Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience...
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Art #Patterns #Art Is

  • Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne.
    -- Alice Childress

    #Patterns #Action #Problem

  • Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.
    -- Alice Childress

    #Educational #Patterns #Snowflake

  • You get into the habit of being angry and hurt by life, and then when something good happens you can't accept it because it doesn't fit the pattern.
    -- Alison Lurie

    #Hurt #Patterns #Fit

  • In the Fragments, sensations are more profound and richly clarified through deliberate and explicit pattern; emotions are given a sequence and development such as the exigencies of practical life rarely permit.
    -- Alton Tobey

    #Profound #Development #Patterns

  • Each attraction, limited as it may appear to be, is a cosmic happening-it occurs within the broader pattern of things, within the endlessly complex structure which underlies our lives.
    -- Amalia Kahana-Carmon

    #May #Patterns #Structure

  • The pattern's laid out on the bed With dozens of colors of thread But you've got the needle I guess that's the point in the end
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Color #Dozen #Patterns

  • The suppression of inner patterns in favor of patterns created by society is dangerous to us.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Society #Favors #Patterns

  • We have forgotten to observe. Instead of observing, we do things according to patterns.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Patterns #Forgotten #Observing

  • Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality.
    -- Andrew Cuomo

    #Reality #Weather #Patterns

  • For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.
    -- Ann Druyan

    #Storm #Patterns #Spirit

  • You have always had individual directors who begin in the advertising or commercial world, but they are probably exceptions rather than the traditional pattern.
    -- Ann Macbeth

    #Directors #World #Patterns

  • All myth is an enriched pattern, a two-faced proposition, allowing its operator to say one thing and mean another, to lead a double life.
    -- Anne Carson

    #Mean #Two #Patterns

  • There's something very addictive about people pleasing. It's a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate.
    -- Anne Hathaway

    #People #Patterns #Desperate

  • The infantile cowardice of our time which demands an external pattern, a nonhuman authority.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Atheism #Demand #Patterns

  • I back away from conscious thought and turn the problem over to my unconscious mind. It will scan a broader array of patterns and find some new close fits from other information stored in my brain.
    -- Arthur Fry

    #Brain #Mind #Patterns

  • I believe that patterns tend to repeat themselves and there are connections between the past and the present. There is the old proverb that reads, You cant know where youre going if you dont know where youve been. For me, history is like that. When you take history and combine it with myth, then you get mystery.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Believe #Past #Patterns

  • My greatest personal mistake is ever to allow a word or moment that “doesn’t count,” i.e., that I do not refer to my own basic principles. Every word, every action, every moment counts. (This is the pattern on which everybody makes mistakes [or] becomes irrational — not relating their one action or one conviction to another.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Mistake #Principles #Patterns

  • Art matures. It is the formal elaboration of activity, complete in its own pattern. It is a cosmos of its own.
    -- Baker Brownell

    #Art #Cosmos #Patterns

  • Deep down, fundamentally, we are the 'unborn'. We never came into being and we never go out of being. All of these coming and goings are just pulses in the pattern
    -- Bankei Yotaku

    #Perspective #Pulse #Patterns

  • Through experiments over the past few decades physicists have discovered matter to be completely mutable into other particles or energy and vice-versa and on a subatomic level, matter does not exist with certainty in definite places, but rather shows 'tendencies' to exist. Quantum physics is beginning to realise that the Universe appears to be a dynamic web of interconnected and inseparable energy patterns. If the universe is indeed composed of such a web, there is logically no such thing as a part. This implies we are not separated parts of a whole but rather we are the Whole.
    -- Barbara Brennan

    #Past #Levels #Patterns

  • The whole universe appears as a dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns... Thus we are not separated parts of a whole. We are a Whole.
    -- Barbara Brennan

    #Energy #Patterns #Parts Of A Whole

  • I can tell you that anything that happens in the physical body will happen in the pattern of the energy fields first.
    -- Barbara Brennan

    #Energy #Body #Patterns

  • war is, in some not yet entirely defined sense, a self-replicating pattern of behavior, possessed of a dynamism not unlike that of living things.
    -- Barbara Ehrenreich

    #War #Self #Patterns

  • Eden is a conversation. It is the conversation of the human with the Divine. And it is the reverberations of that conversation that create a sense of place. It is not a thing, Eden, but a pattern of relationships, made visible in conversation. To live in Eden is to live in the midst of good relations, of just relations scrupulously attended to, imaginatively maintained through time. Altogether we call this beauty.
    -- Barry Lopez

    #Eden #Patterns #Divine

  • I've yet to find the exact word to describe the enjoyment that an evening spent riffling through old pattern books can bring.
    -- Belinda Peregrin

    #Book #Patterns #Evening

  • All life is a pattern... but we can not always see the pattern when we are part of it.
    -- Belva Plain

    #Life Lesson #Patterns #Life Is

  • The existence of these patterns [fractals] challenges us to study forms that Euclid leaves aside as being formless, to investigate the morphology of the amorphous. Mathematicians have disdained this challenge, however, and have increasingly chosen to flee from nature by devising theories unrelated to anything we can see or feel.
    -- Benoit Mandelbrot

    #Nature #Challenges #Patterns

  • I claim that many patterns of Nature are so irregular and fragmented, that, compared with Euclid-a term used in this work to denote all of standard geometry-Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity ... The existence of these patterns challenges us to study these forms that Euclid leaves aside as being "formless," to investigate the morphology of the "amorphous."
    -- Benoit Mandelbrot

    #Science #Challenges #Patterns

  • Democracy, then, in the centralizing, pattern-making, absolutist shape which we have given to it is, it is clear, the time of tyranny's incubation.
    -- Bertrand de Jouvenel

    #Democracy #Shapes #Patterns

  • An entrepreneur is someone who brings a pattern change.
    -- Bill Drayton

    #Entrepreneur #Patterns

  • There are millions of people who can get things done. There are very, very few people who will change the pattern in the whole field.
    -- Bill Drayton

    #People #Done #Patterns

  • There's definitely a pattern of great British shows that get reinvented in America and do really well here, but I think 'Torchwood' is a bit different. It's more of a hybrid that doesn't exist as a reinvention.
    -- Bill Pullman

    #Thinking #America #Patterns

  • And it dawned on me that I might have to change my inner thought patterns... that I would have to start believing in possibilities that I wouldn't have allowed before, that I had been closing my creativity down to a very narrow, controllable scale... that things had become too familiar and I might have to disorientate myself. p.71
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Believe #Creativity #Patterns

  • Paradigm is a part of the conditioning of the mind, our conditioning thought patterns
    -- Bob Proctor

    #Mind #Patterns #Conditioning

  • Intelligence is the ability to take in information from the world and to find patterns in that information that allow you to organize your perceptions and understand the external world.
    -- Brian Greene

    #Perception #World #Patterns

  • All mathematics is is a language that is well tuned, finely honed, to describe patterns; be it patterns in a star, which has five points that are regularly arranged, be it patterns in numbers like 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 that follow very regular progression.
    -- Brian Greene

    #Stars #Numbers #Patterns

  • Your subconscious mind makes all your words and actions fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept and your innermost beliefs about yourself.
    -- Brian Tracy

    #Self #Mind #Patterns

  • As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge.
    -- Bridget Riley

    #Artist #Enquiry #Patterns

  • The Heisenberg principle - If something is closely observed, the odds are it is going to be altered in the process. The more a price pattern is observed by speculators the more prone you have false signals; the more the market is a product of nonspeculative activity, the greater the significance of technical breakout
    -- Bruce Kovner

    #Odds #Patterns #Principles

  • The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Patterns #Truth Is #Fixed

  • Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspiring #Mastery #Patterns

  • If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Understanding #Shadow #Patterns

  • The way our brain is wired, we only see what we believe is possible. We match patterns that already exist within ourselves through conditioning.
    -- Candace Pert

    #Believe #Brain #Patterns

  • I cannot define for you what God is. I can only say that my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every man and that this pattern has at its disposal the greatest of all his energies for transformation and transfiguration of his natural being. Not only the meaning of his life but his renewal and his institutions depend on his conscious relationship with this pattern of his collective unconscious.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Men #Energy #Patterns

  • I cannot prove to you that God exists, but my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every man and that this pattern in the individual has at its disposal the greatest transforming energies of which life is capable. Find this pattern in your own individual self and life is transformed.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Men #Self #Patterns

  • We live in an in-between universe where things change all right...but according to patterns, rules, or as we call them, laws of nature.
    -- Carl Sagan

    #Law #Patterns #Things Change

  • Each pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to that problem, in such a way that you can use this solution a million times over, without ever doing it in the same way twice.
    -- Caroline Alexander

    #Learning #Patterns #Way

  • ONE OF MY girlfriends was getting married. This was becoming an annoying pattern.
    -- Chelsea Handler

    #Girlfriend #Patterns #Becoming

  • The most basic way to get someone's attention is this: Break a pattern.
    -- Chip Heath

    #Attention #Patterns #Way

  • As we get close to God, he is going to reveal things in our life that aren't pretty. We'll see the patterns of bitterness, anger, manipulation, and hurt that have cycled in our relationships.
    -- Chip Ingram

    #Hurt #Patterns #Manipulation

  • To work our way towards a shared language once again, we must first learn how to discover patterns which are deep, and capable of generating life.
    -- Christopher Alexander

    #Patterns #Way #Firsts

  • In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it.
    -- Christopher Alexander

    #World #Patterns #Size

  • From a sequence of these individual patterns, whole buildings with the character of nature will form themselves within your thoughts, as easily as sentences.
    -- Christopher Alexander

    #Character #Patterns #Building

  • The specific patterns, out of which a building or a town is made may be alive or dead. To the extent they are alive, they let our inner forces loose, and, set us free; but when they are dead they keep us locked in inner conflict.
    -- Christopher Alexander

    #Alive #May #Patterns

  • Human beings are pattern-seeking animals who will prefer even a bad theory or a conspiracy theory to no theory at all.
    -- Christopher Hitchens

    #Animal #Patterns #Conspiracy

  • The step of obedience always precedes revelation. That pattern is evident all through the Scripture.
    -- Chuck Missler

    #Patterns #Scripture #Steps

  • What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #Patterns #Chaos

  • All you can do is hope for a pattern to emerge, and sometimes it never does. Still, with a plan, you only get the best you can imagine. I'd always hoped for something better than that.
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #Doe #Patterns #Sometimes

  • Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action.
    -- Constantin Brancusi

    #Good Life #Patterns #Action

  • Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.
    -- D. H. Lawrence

    #Beauty #Patterns #Fixed

  • Self-discipline, although difficult, and not always easy while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. That is 'shila', or moral ethics. Once we develop this by familiarizing ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life will become a part of our own life.
    -- Dalai Lama

    #Self #Discipline #Patterns

  • Every medium - oral, written, print, and now electronic - has its own associated thought patterns and mind sets.
    -- Dale Spender

    #Media #Mind #Patterns

  • Change, even if unwelcome, forces us to reevaluate what our best options are. Those times of transitions are great opportunities to look for recurring patterns in your life and make adjustments to build on the good and reduce the bad.
    -- Dan Miller

    #Opportunity #Patterns #Transition

  • The mistakes we make when we try to imagine our personal futures are also lawful, regular, and systematic. They, too, have a pattern that tells us about the powers and limits of foresight in much the same way that optical illusions tell us about the powers and limits of eyesight.
    -- Daniel Gilbert

    #Mistake #Trying #Patterns

  • The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers.
    -- Daniel H. Pink

    #Mind #Different #Patterns

  • Or certainly I would need time - which I would love to have but there almost never is on a film - to just spend a week with a roomful of guys laying down these patterns.
    -- Danny Elfman

    #Guy #Needs #Patterns

  • If only I could throw away the urge to trace my patterns in your heart, I could really see you.
    -- Dave Brandon

    #Buddhist #Heart #Patterns

  • The measure of (mental) health is flexibility (not comparison to some 'norm'), the freedom to learn from experience ... to be influenced by reasonable arguments ... and the appeal to the emotions ... and especially the freedom to cease when sated. The essence of illness is the freezing of behavior into unalterable and insatiable patterns.
    -- David Brin

    #Essence #Patterns #Emotion

  • Scientists explore the physical world for REPRODUCIBLE PATTERNS, which they represent by MODELS and organize into THEORIES according to LAWS.
    -- David Hestenes

    #Law #World #Patterns

  • I just looked at the pattern of my life, decided I didn't like it, and changed.
    -- David Sedaris

    #Insightful #Patterns #Changed

  • Your actions become your habits. Don't let yourself make a pattern of slipups or they'll become habits!
    -- Denise Austin

    #Patterns #Action #Habit

  • Finding patterns is the essence of wisdom
    -- Dennis Prager

    #Essence #Patterns #Findings

  • One of the basic steps in saving a threatened species is to learn more about it: its diet, its mating and reproductive processes, its range patterns, its social behavior.
    -- Dian Fossey

    #Saving #Patterns #Steps

  • I wouldn't say there is one guy that I would say patterns himself after me.
    -- Dominique Wilkins

    #Guy #Patterns

  • The structure will automatically provide the pattern for the action which follows.
    -- Donald Curtis

    #Patterns #Action #Planning

  • Axiom : Novel must have either one living character or a perfect pattern: fails otherwise.
    -- E. M. Forster

    #Character #Perfect #Patterns

  • Vigilance in oneself is very important. Vigilance means to be alert to what happens inside, so you can catch an old, collective habit pattern.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Mean #Important #Patterns

  • The particular egoic patterns that you react to most strongly in others and misperceive as their identity tend to be the same patterns that are also in you, but that you are unable or unwilling to detect within yourself.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Identity #Patterns #Particular

  • ... inherited collective mind-patterns ... have kept humans in bondage to suffering for eons.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Mind #Suffering #Patterns

  • Once you see what you are doing or have been doing, you also see its futility, and that unconscious pattern then comes to an end by itself. Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Patterns #Doing You #Agents

  • Its likely that a general pattern of behavior among threatened human societies is to become more blindered, rather than more focused on the crisis, as they fall.
    -- Ed Ayres

    #Fall #Acceptance #Patterns

  • Eventually you'll take the phrases and rhythm patterns you've copped and begin to put your own mark on them
    -- Eddie Van Halen

    #Music #Phrases #Patterns

  • Human life is a continuous thread which each of us spins to his own pattern, rich and complex in meaning. There are no natural knots in it. Yet knots form, nearly always in adolescence.
    -- Edgar Friedenberg

    #Teenage #Patterns #Life Is

  • A pattern of shared basic assumptions invented, discovered, or developed by a given group as it learns to cope with its problems of external adaptation and internal integration that have worked well enough to be considered valid and therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think and feel in relation to those problems.
    -- Edgar Schein

    #Thinking #Groups #Patterns