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attention Quotes

42 of the best book quotes about attention
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“That’s death and life, you see. We all shine on. You just have to release your hearts, alert your senses, and pay attention. A leaf, a star, a song, a laugh. Notice the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you. Qualcuno ti ama. Somebody loves you.”
Ben Sherwood
author
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
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Florio Ferrente
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“Pay close attention to everything, notice what no one else notices. Then you’ll know what no one else knows, and that’s always useful.”
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“You didn’t need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.”
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″‘She’s not dead. She’s a drama queen. Wants attention.‘”
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“He just screamed and screamed and all that time we didn’t know that he was screaming because he hurt.”
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“You’re still yourself on the inside, Shay. But when you’re pretty, people pay more attention.”
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“There was something magic in their large and perfect eyes, something that made you want to pay attention to whatever they said, to protect them from any danger, to make them happy. They were so...pretty.”
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“As his youngest child I had grown up blessed with special attentions. Now, more and more I found myself cut off from him. When I needed reassurance I would get it from Woody or Chizu, or from Mama, who had more of herself to give by this time.”
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“Then having lighted his pipe he took out his watch. He looked at it attentively; he made, perhaps, some mathematical calculation. At last he said, triumphantly: ‘Well done!’ James had steered them like a born sailor.”
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“Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? Unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention? If, when the time has come for a commitment, he is not man enough to ask her to marry him, she should give him no reason to presume that she belongs to him.”
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“Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence.”
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“What the younger generation didn’t understand was that the grass was greenest where it’s watered, which meant that both Frank and Amanda had to get out their hoses if they wanted to make things better. But Amanda hadn’t asked.”
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“Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back... I’m telling you.”
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“One can ignore a poor shirtless wretch doing such labor, but none ignore a king sharing the load. Perhaps we should switch places more often. If a king is seen to assume the burden of the poorest of men, perhaps there will be those who will help him with his own load, so invisible, yet so daunting.”
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“Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer.”
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“I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”
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“First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”
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“There was no real up-and-down structure, but merely a figure at the top and then everyone else scrambling for his attention. It wasn’t task-based so much as response-oriented—whatever captured the boss’s attention focused everybody’s attention.”
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“The price of lasting love is continuing to pay attention to a person, a place, or a work that has become familiar.”
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“Paying attention is the bedrock opposite of taking for granted, which is a major cause of death of long relationships.”
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“They [parents] can resist the impulse to ‘prove’ their love by showering children with things they do not need and give them precious time and attention instead.”
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“I had never realized how much I needed the attention of others to confirm my own presence.”
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“You don’t want that ... You think you do.”
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“After a few stuttering replies, the spotlight would swivel back to Lydia, and Nath would retreat to his room and his aeronautics magazines.”
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“Cause all that it takes is a little reinvention It’s easy to change if you give it your attention All you gotta do Is just believe you can be who you wanna be Sincerely. . . me.”
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“Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled, And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.”
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“One night as I was passing a tavern I saw through a lighted window some gentlemen fighting with billiard cues, and saw one of them thrown out of the window. At other times I should have felt very much disgusted, but I was in such a mood at the time, that I actually envied the gentleman thrown out of the window – and I envied him so much that I even went into the tavern and into the billiard-room. ‘Perhaps,’ I thought, ‘I’ll have a fight, too, and they’ll throw me out of the window.’ ”
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“But the mind is like a phantom that lives only in the past or future. Its only power over you is to draw your attention out of the present.”
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“You must learn to distract your victims with a myriad of pleasant little rituals? thoughtful gifts tailored just for them, clothes and adornments designed to please them, gestures that show the time and attention you are paying them. Mesmerized by what they see, they will not notice what you are really up to.”
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“Desire is both imitative (we like what others like) and competitive (we want to take away from others what they have). As children, we wanted to monopolize the attention of a parent, to draw it away from other siblings. This sense of rivalry... makes people compete for the attention.”
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“God does hear what we pray. You don’t need a megaphone or a million people to get His attention. But the point of prayer is not to get what we want. Prayer changes the person who prays.”
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“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
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“If I had a power color, it would definitely be sparkle.”
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“Listening is loving.”
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“We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.”
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Sutra 3.1: “desa-bandhas cittasya dhârañâ” Translation: Concentration is the process of holding or fixing the mind’s attention onto one object or place, and is the sixth of the eight rungs.
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“If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder. (Pain is one way the universe gets your attention.)”
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“Her pale blue eyes shuttled around, right and left, to see if Anthony was in sight. Not that it would make any difference if he was or wasn’t- he didn’t have to be near you to know what you were thinking. usually, though, unless he had his attention on somebody, he would be occupied with thoughts of his own. But some things attracted his attention--you could never be sure just what. ‘This weather’s just fine,’ Mom said. Lollop.”
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“She was so sure, so present, so easy, so light and gold, while I was all gray and shadow. I was not ugly or monstrous. That might have been better. Monsters always command attention, if only for their freakishness. My parents would have wrung their hands and tried to make it up to me, as parents will with a handicapped or especially ugly child. Even Call, his nose too large for his small face, had a certain satisfactory ugliness.”
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“Hendrika loved the attention she was getting. She mooed with happiness. ”
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“Frog enjoyed the attention from his friends. Winter is wonderful when you can spend it in bed!”
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“After his mother left home, Haroun found that he couldn’t keep his mind on anything for very long, or, to be precise, for more than eleven minutes at a time. Rashid took him to a movie to cheer him up, but after exactly eleven minutes Haroun’s attention wandered, and when the film ended he had no idea how it all turned out, and had to ask Rashid if the good guys won in the end.”

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