who said that?

And what did they say?

Was it Anais Nin?

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

Or how about Steven Covey?-

American minister, self-help speaker

  1. In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
  2. Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it.
  3. Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.
  4. Our character is a composite of our habits.
  5. Begin with the end in mind.


Was it the Talmud?

Maybe all of the above?



We see the world not as it is,
But as we are 
(and Anais Nin, and Goethe, and Stephen Covey)

Professor Greenberg continues:

The limited range of worldly sensations we are capable of detecting become percepts when they interact with the organism. Our first constraints are the physical and chemical peculiarities of the sensory organs embedded in the boundary between the world and our consciousness of it. But next, and almost immediately, they interact with and are affected by previous experiences. We learn to see, we develop theories of what a sensation probably represents. The theory is corroborated by various cerebral modules that provide confidence by testing the information: does it correspond to the real world? does it cohere with other experiences we have had? THUS, We see the world as we are. To understand INPUT, we must also consider the organism’s umwelt (sensory world) as well as the process of establishing truth (high confidence in the reality of a percept or belief).

All the mighty world Of eye and ear, both what they half-create, And what perceive. 
Wordsworth, ‘Lines composed above Tintern Abbey’ 1798

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