Attentiveness Quotes

Jan 25, 2019 | Character Quotables | 0 comments

“When Mark Twain went out to the pasture to teach a mule the difference between “gee” and “haw” (that is, left and right), he began by giving the mule a friendly but solid whack on the rump with a two-by-four. When asked why he did this, he said, “The first thing you have to do to teach a mule anything is to get his attention.”


“You learn to love by loving, by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.”

-Aldous Leonard Huxley

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

-Henry Miller

“The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.”

-Simon Weil

“In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.”

-Lou Holtz

“No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”

-Lee Iacocca

“There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process – we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us.”

-Margaret J. Wheatley

“Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences.”

-Thornton Wilder

“Order is never observed; it is disorder that attracts attention because it is awkward and intrusive.”

-Eliphas Levi

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

-Jim Rohn

“The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.”

-Alan Watts

“Wherever you are, be there totally.”

– Eckhart Tolle

“Genius is nothing but continued attention.”

-Claude Adrien Helvetius

“I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”

-Susan Sontag

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”

-Booker T. Washington

“Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.”

-Sharon Salzberg