„The reason sees the small and the larger but not the large. It sees the preliminary, but not the final, the derived but not the original, the complex but not the simple. It sees what is human but not what is divine.“
— Karl Barth, Context: "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed!" This is the voice of our conscience, telling us of the righteousness of God. And since conscience is the perfect interpreter of life, what it tells us is no question, no riddle, no problem, but a fact — the deepest, innermost, surest fact of life: God is righteous. Our only question is what attitude toward the fact we ought to take. We shall hardly approach the fact with our critical reason. The reason sees the small and the larger but not the large. It sees the preliminary, but not the final, the derived but not the original, the complex but not the simple. It sees what is human but not what is divine. We shall hardly be taught this fact by men. "The Righteousness of God" (1916) in The Word of God and the Word of Man (1928) as translated by Douglas Horton; this passage begins with a quote of Isaiah 40:3-5; often quoted alone has been the phrase following it: "Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life."
— Jean Piaget Swiss psychologist, biologist, logician, philosopher & academic 1896 - 1980
„Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.“
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French writer and aviator 1900 - 1944
Variant translations: Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes. The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.
— E.M.S Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer 1995
„Study me as much as you like, you will never know me, for I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes, and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.“
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
Frequently quoted on social media, but was not written by Rumi in Persian.
„We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.“
— Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967
„I try to do what's right for me,
But no-one sees the way I see,
And then I try to please them so,
But how far can this pleasing go?“
— Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009
— Dogen, How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment
— Gigi D'Agostino, da Walking n° 15 cd 1
— Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again