On perspective

Perspective is way of seeing something. It is shaped by our upbringing, values and life experiences.

It is another point of view.

Our thoughts can change our perspective and how we see the world.

It will be your prison or your passport.

It is important to consider how everyone’s perspective is different, they are unique to us as is a fingerprint.

When we consume media, we are experiencing and feeling actions and events unfold from the perspective of a character.

When we consider another person’s perspective, we broaden and expand our horizons.

We become aware and conscious of how we feel and perceive something to be.

We become aware of the fact that a truth may not exist because everything is perspective.

We become aware of our reality.

Quotes to evoke thought on perspective

When things don’t happen the way we want them to, it may be a blessing in disguise

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a remarkable stroke of luck

Dalai Lama

It’s how we choose to see something

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”

Oscar Wilde

Our perspective gives meaning to the world around us

“Songs are as sad as the listener.”

Jonathan Safran Foer

Perspective shapes the world we live in

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”

Wayne W. Dyer

Our mindset plays a powerful role in our perspective

“What is behind your eyes holds more power than what is in front of them.”

Gary Zukav

We can choose to see what happens to us as for our higher good, our growth, our personal development.

“Nothing happens to you, it happens for you. See the positive in negative events.”

Joel Osteen

Sometimes the only control we have is in our perspective.

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.


It is easy to see a negative perspective and harder to have a positive perspective

“It’s so easy to look around and notice what’s wrong. It takes practice to see what’s right.”

Melody Beattie

Perspective shapes our direction

“Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Be open to other perspectives

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”


How others perceive you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them

“Your perception of me is a reflection of you.”


“We can’t choose the filters that others choose when they look at us.”


Thinking of other peoples perspectives can provide clarity

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?'”

Shannon L. Alder

Perspective can help us with empathy

“Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.”

Sterling K. Brown

Perspective helps us differentiate and to form a point of view

“Perspective gives us the ability to accurately contrast the large with the small, and the important with the less important. Without it we are lost in a world where all ideas, news, and information look the same. We cannot differentiate, we cannot prioritize, and we cannot make good choices.”

John Sununu

Additional resources on perspective, other points of view

3 counter intuitive ways to take on another person’s point of view – PsychologyCompass

Perspectives in Modern Psychology – Kendra Cherry, Verywellmind

Learning to see things from another’s perspective – David Chan, The Strait Times

Phi Dang