Contemplation (quotes)


What is contemplation?


To contemplate is to think deeply about something


Contemplation is thinking while meditation is no-thinking

  • Because of Christianity the West has missed many things, and one of them is meditation, the rarest flowering of a human being, because they have made it equivalent to contemplation. Contemplation is thinking. Meditation is no- thinking. Rajneesh
  • There are five stages of meditation, each one leading gradually into the next: concentration, meditation, contemplation, illumination, and inspiration. Benjamin Creme
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The rewards of contemplation


Contemplation brings value and meaning to life

  • The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle
  • The ultimate meaning of the active life is to make possible the happiness of contemplation. Josef Pieper
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Contemplation helps to digest knowledge

  • Contemplation is to knowledge what digestion is to food – the way to get life out of it. Tryon Edwards
  • Contemplation gives direction to our knowledge and leads to realization. Rig Veda
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Contemplation develops the potential of the mind

  • A man, who realizes the potential of his mind by means of introspection and contemplation, he does not lack self- confidence. He has control over his mind and he is able to realize its full potential. Sam Veda
  • In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate. René Descartes
  • Society develops wit, but its contemplation alone forms genius. Madame de Stael
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Contemplation brings wisdom

  • Consideration is the soil in which wisdom may be expected to grow, and strength be given to every upspringings plant of duty. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action. M. Scott Peck
  • By emulating learned ones can one attain wisdom necessary to discriminate between evil and good. These great souls have attained knowledge after great contemplation and hence their wisdom is unquestionable. Yajur Veda
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Contemplation brings greater happiness

  • Most true happiness comes from one’s inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self- discipline. William L. Shirer
  • The happy man needs nothing and no one. Not that he holds himself aloof, for indeed he is in harmony with everything and everyone; everything is “in him”; nothing can happen to him. The same may also be said for the contemplative person; he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing. Josef Pieper
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Contemplation brings awareness and creativity


Contemplation opens the way to love

  • What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love. Meister Eckhart
  • What distinguishes – in both senses of that word – contemplation is rather this: it is a knowing which is inspired by love. “Without love there would be no contemplation.” Contemplation is a loving attainment of awareness. It is intuition of the beloved object.” Josef Pieper
  • The happy life does not mean loving what we possess, but possessing what we love.” Possession of the beloved, St. Thomas holds, takes place in an act of cognition, in seeing, in intuition, in contemplation.” Josef Pieper
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Contemplation results in more effective action


Contemplation unites the inner and outer word

  • If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world. Sri Chinmoy
  • Most true happiness comes from one’s inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self- discipline. William L. Shirer
  • Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally. Fernando Pessoa

Contemplation brings spiritual insight and awakening

  • In this world, aspirants may find enlightenment by two different paths. For the contemplative is the path of knowledge; for the active is the path of selfless action.  The Bhagavad Gita
  • Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding. John of Ruysbroeck
  • In this state of absorbed contemplation, there is no longer any question of holding an object in view; the vision is such that seeing and seen are one; object and act of vision have become identical. Plotinus
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Contemplation brings humour

  • Humor is the contemplation of the finite from the point of view of the infinite. Christian Morgenstern
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Contemplation brings success

  • Anybody desirous of success should spend some time in introspection and contemplation. Sam Veda
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Here are things to contemplate … 


Contemplate truth and beauty

  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. David Hume
  • It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility. Rachel Carson
  • Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated. . . Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible.  Paulo Coelho
  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. Rachel Carson
  • To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. S. Eliot
  • That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful. Edgar Allan Poe
  • The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires. William Hazlitt
  • Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. St. Thomas Aquinas
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Contemplate mystery

  • A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life. Lewis Mumford
  • The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. Simone Weil
  • The joy of all mysteries is the certainty which comes from their contemplation, that there are many doors yet for the soul to open on her upward and inward way. Arthur Christopher Benson
  • The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. Albert Einstein
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Contemplate the deeper meaning of things and experiences

  • Break through the surface ideas, truths, laws, whatever it is that we are contemplating, to explore their deeper meaning and implications. John Kehoe
  • Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. Randolph Bourne

Contemplate God and the universe …

  • Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. Sai Baba
  • One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. Muhammad
  • We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. Thomas Merton
  • The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.  Carl Sagan
  • It was the contemplation of God that created men who were equal, for it was in God that they were equal. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation. Albert Einstein
  • Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live. William Butler Yeats
  • Therefore, focus your mind on Me alone and let your intellect dwell upon Me through meditation and contemplation. Thereafter you shall certainly come to Me. Bhagavad Gita
  • Of the twenty-four hours a day,Use six for earning and spending, six for contemplation of God, six of sleep and six for service to others. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. Mark Twain
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… through contemplative prayer

  • Contemplative prayer is natural, unprogrammed; it is perpetual openness to God, so that in the openness his concerns can flow in and out of our minds as he wills. Ray Simpson
  • Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. John of the Cross
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Contemplate the beauty and wonder of nature

  • Contemplate the workings of this world. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Everything–even mountains, rivers, plants and trees–should be your teacher.  Morihei Ueshiba
  • Contemplating a flower for three seconds can be a captivating solitary journey back to original geometry, which is always revitalizing. Henry Skolimowski
  • It’s simple things, like a glowing sunset, the sound of a running stream or the fresh smell in a meadow that cause us to pause and marvel at the wonder of life, to contemplate its meaning and significance. Who can hold an autumn leaf in their hand, or sift the warm white sand on the beach, and not wonder at the Creator of it all? Wendy Moore
  • Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water. Albert Schweitzer
  • When you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will. Eckhart Tolle
  • I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature. Caspar David Friedrich
  • When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene. Jane Austen
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Contemplate the works of others …

  • I can recommend nothing better… than that you endeavour to infuse into your works what you learn from the contemplation of the works of others. Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Painting is a means by which certain great people in the past have attained to a maximum of being and self-awareness, and we can increase our own reality by the contemplation of their works. Francis Hoyland
  • Works of art must persist as objects of contemplation. Herbert Read

… rather than your own works

  • My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel. Edward Abbey
  • If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works. John Dos Passos

Contemplate on death and the fleetingness of life …

  • Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art. Paul Theroux
  • Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form. That is why the most sacred thing in life is death.  That is why the peace of God can come to you through contemplation and acceptance of death.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The contemplation of one’s mortality, the fleetingness of life and the impermanence of form is a deeply spiritual thing to do. It is a liberating act that makes life feel considerably less heavy. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings.  Gautama Buddha
  • So the first thing: become aware of death. Think about it, look at it, contemplate it. Do not be afraid, do not escape the fact. It is there and you cannot escape it! It has come into existence with you. Rajneesh
  • In life you may be poor or rich, but death is the great equalizer. The greatest communism is in death. Howsoever you live, it makes no difference; death happens equally. In life, equality is impossible; in death, inequality is impossible. Become aware of it, contemplate it. Rajneesh
  • Everybody should do in their lifetime, sometime, two things. One is to consider death…to observe skulls and skeletons and to wonder what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up-never. That is a most gloomy thing for contemplation; it’s like manure. Just as manure fertilizes the plants and so on, so the contemplation of death and the acceptance of death is very highly generative of creating life. You’ll get wonderful things out of that. Alan Watts
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… and on the impermanence of all things

  • In contemplation of ruins, one contemplates one’s future, the fragility of the present, and the futility of the past. Alexander Creswell
  • By contemplating the impermanence of everything in the world, we are forced to recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do it, and this recognition can invest the things we do with a significance and intensity that would otherwise be absent. We will no longer sleepwalk through our life. Some people, I realize, will find it depressing or even morbid to contemplate impermanence. I am nevertheless convinced that the only way we can be truly alive is if we make it our business periodically to entertain such thoughts. William B. Irvine
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Contemplate wonder

  • Keep your rivers flowing as they will, and you will continue to know the most important of all freedoms—the boundless scope of the human mind to contemplate wonders, and to begin to understand their meaning. David Brower
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Contemplate on goodness and virtue rather than vice

  • Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation. John Jay Chapman
  • The willing contemplation of vice is vice. Arabian Proverb
  • True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue. Martin Luther
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Contemplate your own self

  • Everything is created from moment to moment, always new. Like fireworks, this universe is a celebration and you are the spectator contemplating the eternal Fourth of July of your absolute splendour. Francis Lucille
  • We do not deal much in facts when we are contemplating ourselves. Mark Twain
  • True reflection presents me to myself not as idle and inaccessible subjectivity, but as identical with my presence in the world and to others, as I am now realizing it: I am all that I see, I am an intersubjective field, not despite my body and historical situation, but, on the contrary, by being this body and this situation, and through them, all the rest. Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Contemplate what you intend to manifest

  • To rid yourself of excuses, you must learn to practice contemplating what you intend to manifest and simultaneously detach from the outcome. Wayne Dyer
  • Self-actualizing people never use their minds to think about what they don’t wish to attract. Their minds focus on the conditions they wish to produce—then the lucky break, the right people or circumstances, or the synchronistic opportunity somehow presents itself as a result of their contemplation. We all become what we think about, so it’s pretty important to pay attention to those thoughts. Wayne Dyer
  • A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind. Antoine St. Exupery

Contemplate what you are grateful for

  • Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well- being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this. Travis Bradberry
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Contemplate on the hidden things of life

  • Observe and contemplate on the hidden things of life: how a man’s seed is but the beginning, it takes others to bring it to fruition. Think how food undergoes such changes to produce health and strength. See the power of these hidden things which, like the wind cannot been seen, but its effects can be. Marcus Aurelius

Contemplate on what you have done and where you are going

  • Slow down and live in the moment. Take the time to reflect on what you have done and where you are headed. Jil Ashton- Leigh
  • It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going? Carl Sandburg

Contemplate on the interdependence of all things


Contemplate how you may serve

  • Contemplate like God does, with thoughts of ‘How may I serve?’ rather than, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Wayne Dyer
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Contemplate the obvious

  • It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious. Alfred North Whitehead

Contemplate what is working and what is not

  • Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Awaken consciousness by contemplating no-thingness

  • So, when you try to focus on something that is not an object, the mind doesn’t know what to do. But if you make a decision to contemplate zero, you can begin to penetrate beyond the dualistic perspective that defines most of your experience. When you focus upon zero—when something meditates upon nothing—a flip can occur that throws you beyond the mind and beyond time. Andrew Cohen
  • When you sink below the surface of the manifest world and awaken to the timeless depth of that empty ground, you find yourself contemplating consciousness in its primordial state, free from all content, before it entered the stream of time. In this dimension, nothing has ever happened. The universe has not yet emerged; you have not been born; even time itself has not yet begun.   Andrew Cohen
  • The contemplation of consciousness—which is the contemplation of no-thing whatsoever—is endlessly fascinating. It’s like staring at a candle in a dark night—you find yourself mesmerized by something that is unchanging yet infinitely compelling. You feel drawn into something you don’t understand rationally but that your heart or soul grasps completely. You are drawn into it, and as you are drawn into it, the only thing you experience as real is the eternal or timeless nature of Being itself.  You find yourself in a state of rapture, because the deepest part of yourself has been released from your ego’s endless fears and concerns, and drawn out of the time process altogether.   Andrew Cohen
  • Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self..We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves. Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.  Our reality, our true self, is hidden in what appears to us to be nothingness…. We can rise above this unreality and recover our hidden reality….  God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self.    Thomas Merton

Contemplate the futility of guilt

  • When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage-can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill- organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life- span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself? Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well? Cyril Connolly
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Contemplation and action 


Some people are, by nature, given more to contemplation than action

  • There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them. Charles Baudelaire
  • Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation. Thomas Aquinas
  • I admire people who are suited to the contemplative life. They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just be. Elizabeth Janeway
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By all means contemplate, but combine it with action

  • We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Jacob Bronowski
  • Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. Chamfort
  • The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Diane Arbus
  • Reformation ends not in contemplation, but in action. George Gillespie
  • The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action. M. Scott Peck

It can be argued that contemplation is a form of action

  • View the practice of contemplation as action, rather than as passive mental meandering. An hour a day throwing a bowling ball is action that leads to a higher bowling average; a few moments several times a day musing about what you intend to manifest in some area of your life will have precisely the same effect on your manifesting average. Contemplation is action. It’s necessary mind training for the implementation of anything you desire. Wayne Dyer

Contemplation can result in more fruitful action

  • Each human being was given two possibilities: action and contemplation. Both lead to the same place. Paulo Coelho
  • What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action. Meister Eckhart

Contemplation after effective action results in even more effective action

  • Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
  • When the doing is hard, there is more contemplation. When the doing is too hard, very little work is actually produced. When the doing is too easy then there can be much work but there may not be enough thought put into it. William M. Dupree

How and where to contemplate


Detach from your haste and busyness, and make quiet time to contemplate, free of distractions

  • We are in such haste to be doing, to be writing, to be gathering gear, to make our voice audible a moment in the derisive silence of eternity, that we forget one thing, of which these are but the parts—namely, to live. We fall in love, we drink hard, we run to and fro upon the earth like frightened sheep.  And now you are to ask yourself if, when all is done, you would not have been better to sit by the fire at home, and be happy thinking.  To sit still and contemplate . . . is this not to know both wisdom and virtue, and to dwell with happiness? Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Repose, leisure, peace, belong among the elements of happiness. If we have not escaped from harried rush, from mad pursuit, from unrest, from the necessity of care, we are not happy. And what of contemplation? Its very premise is freedom from the fetters of workaday busyness. Moreover, it itself actualizes this freedom by virtue of being intuition. Josef Pieper
  • The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness. John C. Maxwell
  • Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better. Sarah Breathnach
  • Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall. Fulton J. Sheen
  • … the greatest menace to our capacity for contemplation is the incessant fabrication of tawdry empty stimuli which kill the receptivity of the soul. Josef Pieper
  • Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet. Lewis Mumford
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Contemplate in a state of inner and outer stillness

  • Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall. Fulton J. Sheen
  • Silence must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound. It is the natural environment for serenity and contemplation.  Life without silence is life without privacy.  The difference between sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts.  Silence is on the side of sanity.  Norman Cousins
  • Silence speaks, the contemplatives say. But really, I think, silence sorts.  An ordering instinct sends people into the hush where the voice can be heard. . . Silence, that inspired dealer, takes the day’s deck, the life, all in a crazy heap, lays it out, and plays its flawless hand of solitaire, every card in place. Scoops them up, and does it all again. Patricia Hampl
  • Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego.  His anxiety subsides.  His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a grey vegetation.  Jean Arp
  • There are some things best contemplated in silence. Their proportions are so vast that speech cannot get around them. Christian Nestell Bovee
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Contemplate in nature

  • Everybody needs time to reflect and contemplate, and the most inspirational and peaceful place to do so is in nature. Akiane Kramarik
  • In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth. Sir Rabindranath Tagore
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Contemplate while walking


Contemplate in solitude

  • One receives as reward for much ennui, despondency, boredom –such as a solitude without friends, books, duties, passions must bring with it –those quarter-hours of profoundest contemplation within oneself and nature. He who completely entrenches himself against boredom also entrenches himself against himself: he will never get to drink the strongest refreshing draught from his own innermost fountain. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Contemplate in the garden

  • After all, Eden was garden… the garden is a place to go for quiet contemplation, a source not only of food but also of spiritual renewal and intimate contact with life’s most basic processes. Ed Smith
  • Gardening is a labour full of tranquillity and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. John Evelyn
  • I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • One thing that unites all gardeners as they contemplate the compost heat is a belief in reincarnation – at least for plants. Geoffrey Charlesworth
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Make time each day for contemplation and meditation

  • Meditation, quiet time, appreciating nature, and prayer can help you cope with even the most minor of hassles so they don’t become major burdens. Try finding twenty minutes today to pay attention to a spiritual need. I’ll make time for prayer and peaceful contemplation today, to help me become quiet and calm. Amy E. Dean
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In contemplation, be willing to doubt

  • In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
  • The upheaval of our world and the upheaval in consciousness is one and the same. Everything becomes relative and therefore doubtful. And while man, hesitant and questioning, contemplates… his spirit yearns for an answer that will allay the turmoil of doubt and uncertainty. Carl Jung
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In contemplation, let go of all fixed belief

  • To him who feels himself preordained to contemplation and not to belief, all believers are too noisy and obtrusive; he guards against them. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Contemplate this: there is no such thing as a true belief. Adyashanti
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Art is contemplation 

  • Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.   Auguste Rodin
  • There is no contemplation without art. Vittorio Canta
  • The man incapable of contemplation cannot be an artist, but only a skilful workman. Ananda Coomaraswamy
  • True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it. Michelangelo
  • That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art. Ayn Rand
  • I benefit from contemplation, but it’s a great antidote to that, having someone interesting come into the studio environment to be painted, so that I can experience a little bit of their world. Stuart Pearson Wright
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On a lighter note

  • Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.  Ambrose Bierce
  • Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Blow the candle out – I don’t need to see what my thoughts look like. Emile Zola
  • I am busy contemplating my future. Don’t worry, this will only take a minute.
  • Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate. Terry Pratchett