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Absorption Quotes


"Discrimination involves reflection and absorption." - Frederick Lenz

"Fraternity without absorption, union without fusion." - Wilfrid

"Fraternity without absorption, union without fusion." - Wilfrid Laurier

"Never underestimate the power of self-absorption, including your parents' self-absorption." - Rita Mae Brown

"Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle." - Benjamin Lewin

"Self-absorption intensifies isolation, but permits it to go unnoticed." - Mason Cooley

"Lonely people console themselves with self-absorption or curiosity." - Mason Cooley

"My self-absorption warms me; yours boils me." - Mason Cooley

"Conscience is the moralized form of self-absorption." - Mason Cooley

"Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle." - Ben Lewin

"Maybe my viriety is due to bad absorption of vitamins." - Stephen Hawking

"Selfishness and self-absorption are deadly charm-exterminators." - Loretta Young

"This is the essence of Qigong: a total absorption of the senses and spirit. With this absorption comes a rebalancing." - Garri Garripoli

"Absorption in worldly affairs breeds darkness in the heart, and absorption in the affairs of the next world enkindles light in the heart" - Uthman ibn Affan

"Acting requires absorption, but not self-absorption and, in the actor's mind, the question must always be 'Why am I doing this?,' not 'How am I doing it?" - Maureen Lipman

"Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life." - James Cagney

"Babies and the old are permitted self-absorption. In between, it provokes resentment." - Mason Cooley

"Our natural and happiest life is when we lose ourselves in the exquisite absorption of home." - Nikki Gemmell

"Happiness lies in the absorption in some vocation which satisfies the soul." - William Osler

"A great love is an absolute isolation and an absolute absorption." - Ouida

"Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay." - Richard Weaver

"Prayer gives us relief from the melancholy burden of self-absorption ." - Timothy Keller

"There's nothing that makes you more miserable (or less interesting) than self-absorption ." - Timothy Keller

"Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay." - Richard M. Weaver

"At times ... one is downright thankful for the self-absorption of other people." - Gail Godwin

"Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops." - George P. Baker

"Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops." - George Pierce Baker

"The absorption of the individual in the universal is only another term for its destruction." - C. H. Dodd

"Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption." - Paul Reiser

"These questions can only be answered in absorption, because there are no answers." - Frederick Lenz

"Samadhi is the absorption of God. There's no sense of time, place or condition." - Frederick Lenz

"Salvakalpa samadhi is absorption in eternity to the point where there is no real concept of self but there's still a karmic chain. Nirvikalpa samadhi is absorption in nirvana; concepts of self and no-self go away completely." - Frederick Lenz

"In fact, studies show that vegans tend to get more iron than meat eaters. Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables increases iron absorption. Meanwhile, dairy products reduce iron absorption significantly." - Sharon Gannon

"Absorption in Imam Husayn's affairs (his life and his person, etc.), away from his missionary side is backwardness." - Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

"Love created this world, & the lack of it can kill it. Selfishness, self-absorption , arrogance & indifference never built anything." - John Hope Bryant

"Salvakalpa samadhi is a tremendous acceptance and liberation, but it is not complete absorption in nirvana, in that consciousness." - Frederick Lenz

"To be sick and helpless is a humiliating experience. Prolonged illness also carries the hazard of narcissistic self-absorption." - Richard Hofstadter

"Serving others breaks you free from the shackles of self and self-absorption that choke out the joy of living." - James Hunter

"We have known for many years that we need vitamin D to facilitate calcium absorption and promote bone mineralization." - Andrew Weil

"Once you have mastered the ten thousand states of mind, it's paranirvana, the absorption into the stillness forever." - Frederick Lenz

"what might once have been called whining is now exalted as a process of asserting selfhood; self-absorption is regarded as a form of self-expression ..." - Wendy Kaminer

"It is more important to repeat a mantra several times with total absorption than to parrot it for hours on end." - Frederick Lenz

"Hopelessness sets in, when a man is bound up in his shame - living small, within that closed horizon of fantasy and self-absorption." - Andrew Comiskey

"Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations." - William George Jordan

"The stories that I want to tell are completely, well somewhat autobiographical. It's completely based on my own self-absorption issues and problems." - Nicole Holofcener

"Melancholy betrays the world for the sake of knowledge. But in its tenacious self-absorption it embraces dead objects in its contemplation, in order to redeem them" - Walter Benjamin

"When we do' put the brakes on our self-absorption, we have nothing stopping us from total self-destruction. We become the fruits of our actions." - Zeena Schreck

"Our natural and happiest life is when we lose ourselves in the exquisite absorption of home, the delicious retirement of dependent love." - Dinah Craik

"Samadhi is perfect absorption to the point where there is no sense of being absorbed, not the consciousness of knowing that you are having an experience." - Frederick Lenz

"Salvakalpa samadhi is like a sea of perfect light; nirvikalpa samadhi is no light, no darkness, no way to describe it. Absorption is complete, that's nirvana." - Frederick Lenz

"I easily sink into mere absorption of what other minds have done, and should like a whole life for that alone." - George Eliot

"And while some healing does happen, it isn't a healing of redemption or epiphany. It's more like the slow absorption of a bruise." - Joan Wickersham

"To see color as form means looking at the image in a new way, trying to free oneself from absorption in subject matter." - Cole Weston

"In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention." - Clifton Webb

"When we don't put the brakes on our self-absorption, we have nothing stopping us from total self-destruction. We become the fruits of our actions." - Zeena Schreck

"When evangelizers rise from prayer, their hearts are more open; freed of self-absorption, they are desirous of doing good and sharing their lives with others." - Pope Francis

"Blend all ingredients. Drink with probiotic straws to maximize the benefits of a healthy diet and support normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the gut." - Mehmet Oz

"In general, scientific progress calls for no more than the absorption and elaboration of new ideas- and this is a call most scientists are happy to heed." - Werner Heisenberg

"The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?" - Hugo Ball

"But when we observe, we are forced to pay attention. We have to move from passive absorption to active awareness. We have to engage." - Maria Konnikova

"In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention." - Jay Dratler

"Our natural and happiest life is when we lose ourselves in the exquisite absorption of home, the delicious retirement of dependent love." - Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

"The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples." - Walter Lippmann

"I had learned that science is a rewarding, active process of discovery, not the passive absorption of what others had discovered." - Harold E Varmus

"The stories that I want to tell are completely, well, somewhat autobiographical. It's completely based on my own self-absorption issues and problems." - Nicole Holofcener

"Happiness lies outside yourself, is achieved through interacting with others. Self-forgetfulness should be one's goal, not self-absorption. The male, capable of only the latter, makes a virtue of an irremediable fault and sets up self-absorption, not only as a good but as a Philosophical Good." - Valerie Solanas

"We must see that music theory is not only about music, but about how people process it. To understand any art, we must look below its surface into the psychological details of its creation and absorption." - Marvin Minsky

"Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work. ... Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything." - Stephen King

"All the joys in all the worlds of all beings who have ever been or will ever be, will never equal the perfection of one moment of absorption into the stillness of nirvana." - Frederick Lenz

"So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being." - Jack Kerouac

"The absorption and organization of sunlight, the essence of life, is derived almost exclusively through plants. Since light is the driving force of every cell in our bodies, that is why we need green plants." - Maximilian Bircher-Benner

"By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction." - William Osler

"The absorption in nirvana is all that matters. All the strategies of your life are only there to empower you for your final assault on the impenetrable cliffs of forever." - Frederick Lenz

"As each individual is electrically alive and dynamic, so yoga is a living, dynamic force in life. In order to savor its essence, one needs a religiously attentive dynamic practice done with awareness and absorption." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"My philosophy is as simple as ever - smoking, drinking, moderate sexual intercourse on a diminishing scale, reading and writing (not arithmetic). I have a selfish absorption in the well-being and achievement of Noel Coward." - Noel Coward

"The absorption of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide in the lungs take place by diffusion alone. There is no trustworthy evidence of any regulation of this process on the part of the organism." - August Krogh

"Not the absorption capacity of the land, but the creative ability of a people, is the true yardstick with which we can measure the immigration potentialities of the land." - David Ben-Gurion

"If happiness comes at all: which is by no means prearranged; it comes by the way, while you are seeking for something else. Something outside yourself, beyond yourself: in a brief absorption of self-forgetfulness." - Caitlin Thomas

"This is the gravest danger that today threatens civilization: State intervention; the absorption of all spontaneous social effort by the State, that is to say, of spontaneous historical action, which in the long run sustains, nourishes, and impels human destinies." - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

"When the healthy pursuit of self-interest and self-realizatio n turns into self-absorption , other people can lose their intrinsic value in our eyes and become mere means to the fulfillment of our needs and desires." - P. M. Forni

"[Pope Francis]sees a world in need of the Gospel, and of friendship with Jesus Christ, as an antidote to the self-absorption and loneliness that are eating away at the solidarity of the human community." - George Weigel

"t pretends to examine how self-absorbed we are as a culture, only to be consumed by its own self-absorption. It's also badly constructed, humorless and emotionally sadistic." - Stephanie Zacharek

"Margins on other sales and revenues grew as a result of the growth in extended service plan revenues, which have no associated cost of sales, and the growth in our service margin, reflecting improved overhead expense absorption." - Austin Ligon

"Time and rest are needed for absorption. Psychologists confirm that it is really in the summer that our muscles learn to skate and in the winter, how to swim." - Jacques Barzun

"By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy-indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction." - William Osler

"When your body absorbs toxins, it stores them in fat, which is why fiber and probiotics are strategic weapons for weight loss. Fiber keeps your colon healthy and reduces your body's absorption of toxins." - Suzanne Somers

"When you meditate with an enlightened teacher, you will feel something from them. They just dissolve completely, absorption in nirvana, where they don't even have physical contact with this world anymore." - Frederick Lenz

"The ecstasy and completion of absorption in God is so fantastic that you can't possibly have lost anything because all the things you've always loved and always experienced came forth from there and exist there and are always there." - Frederick Lenz

"To be an artist at all is like living in Switzerland during a world war. To be an artist in Zurich, in 1917, implies a degree of self-absorption that would have glazed over the eyes of Narcissus." - Tom Stoppard

"In description we hear and feel the absorption of the author in the material. We sense the presence of the creator of the scene. .. This personal absorption is what we mean by 'style.' It is strange that we would choose so oddly surfacey a word - style - for this most soulful aspect of writing. We could, perhaps more exactly, call this relation between consciousness and its subject 'integrity.' What else is the articulation of perception?" - Patricia Hampl

"The way I played music there was the way I wanted to farm, chop wood, cook, make love, raise children. Everything. A lo of it had to do with things I felt while I played. If only I could feel that sense of total absorption in what I was doing when I was doing other things. It was more than absorption, it was spontaneity, competence, a sense of grace and playfulness, of being in touch with an inexhaustible source of energy and beauty." - Mark Vonnegut

"Self-absorption is always a temptation to young people, and if their religion is of a sort to add to this self-absorption, I feel that it is a serious mistake. If I had my way, the whole subject of feelings and emotions in the religious life would be absolutely ignored. Feelings there will be, doubtless, but they must not be in the least depended on, nor in any sense taken as the test or gauge of one's religion. They ought to be left out of the calculation entirely. You may feel good or you may feel bad, but neither the good feeling nor the bad feeling affects the real thing." - Hannah Whitall Smith

"When you start witnessing something without thought, there is no obstruction for absorbing the knowledge about that thing because there is no thought. It's complete absorption which takes place. And then it manifests. This is how the Divine Power works within us. So with our gravity, what we do is to touch that depth within us, which can carry the Divine Power and manifest." - Nirmala Srivastava

"When you are completely absorbed or caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination." - Rollo May

"During adolescence imagination is boundless. The urge toward self-perfection is at its peak. And with all their self- absorption and personalized dreams of glory, youth are in pursuit of something larger than personal passions, some values or ideals to which they might attach their imaginations." - Louise J Kaplan

"Of all the miracles Po had seen in the time and space of its death, Po thought this-the absorption of another, the carrying of it-was the most bewildering and remarkable of all. Whenever Bundle separated again, Po was left with an ache of sadness that reminded the ghost of the body it had left behind." - Lauren Oliver

"The soybean itself is a notably inauspicious staple food; it contains a whole assortment of "antinutrients" - compounds that actually block the body's absorption of vitamins and minerals, interfere with the hormonal system, and prevent the body from breaking down the proteins of the soy itself." - Michael Pollan

"The man who suffers from a sense of sin is suffering from a particular kind of self-love. In all this vast universe the thing that appears to him of most importance is that he himself should be virtuous. It is a grave defect in certain forms of traditional religion that they have encouraged this particular kind of self-absorption." - Bertrand Russell

"Mindfulness is a state wherein one is totally aware in any situation and so always able to respond appropriately. Yet one is aware of being aware. Mindlessness, on the other hand, or "no-mindness" as it has been called, is a condition of such complete absorption that there is not vestige of self-awareness." - Philip Kapleau

"The tantalizing and compelling pursuit of mathematical problems offers mental absorption, peace of mind amid endless challenges, repose in activity, battle without conflict, refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings, and the sort of beauty changeless mountains present to senses tried by the present day kaleidoscope of events." - Morris Kline

"It?'s Not All About You ?Stay in the Game. Taking myself lightly means trading my self-absorption for connecting with others... ?it is really not all about you! One of our workshop participants relates to this principle in this way: Don'?t make yourself more important than the situation." - Suzanne Mayo Frindt

"The industrial real estate market completed one of its strongest demand cycles in history as several factors ignited the fire. For projects coming on line in 2005, record-low interest rates during the design phase 12 to 18 months prior provided additional incentive for development and absorption." - Brian Gordon

"I began to go into samadhi, not just occasionally, but every day many times a day until I reached a point where I could no longer distinguish between ordinary and non-ordinary reality. For me it is all the same. I am in a state of continuous absorption in the Self." - Frederick Lenz

"The larger the unit of capital present, the easier the transaction called emission of credit. Centralized lending of this kind (which is today universal) actively promotes the absorption of the small man by the great, the reduction of small property owners to a proletarian condition." - Hilaire Belloc

"But I often think we talk way too much in this society, that we consider verbalization a panacea that it very often is not, and that we turn a blind eye to the sort of morbid self-absorption that becomes a predictable by-product of it." - Dennis Lehane

"The sorrow of God lies in our fear of Him, our fear of life, and our fear of ourselves. He anguishes over our self-absorption and self-sufficiency... God's sorrow lies in our refusal to approach Him when we sinned and failed." - Brennan Manning

"Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action." - Daniel Goleman

"The mere absorption of facts and truths is so exclusively an individual affair that it tends very naturally to pass into selfishness. There is no obvious social motive for the acquirement of mere learning, there is no clear social gain in success thereat." - John Dewey

"I was in a garden at the Rodin Museum. For a few minutes I was alone, sitting on a bench between two long hedges of roses. Pink roses. Suddenly I felt the most powerful feeling of peace, and I had the thought that death, if it means an absorption into a reality like the one that was before me, might be all right." - Irving Howe

"Our knowledge of stars and interstellar matter must be based primarily on the electromagnetic radiation which reaches us. Nature has thoughtfully provided us with a universe in which radiant energy of almost all wave lengths travels in straight lines over enormous distances with usually rather negligible absorption." - Lyman Spitzer

"Those revolutions are not strictly incessant; they occur in discrete rushes which are separated from each other by spans of comparative quiet. The process as a whole works incessantly however, in the sense that there always is either revolution or absorption of the results of revolution, both together forming what are known as business cycles." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"Of all the alchemies of human connection-sex and childbirth and marriage and friendship-the strangest is this: You can stand up and tell a story that is made entirely, embarrassingly, of "I's," and a listening audience somehow turns each "I" into a "me." This alchemy, of self-absorption into shared experience, is the alchemy of all literature." - Adam Gopnik

"Invoking the letters of God's Name without presence of mind is invocation of the tongue; invoking with presence of mind is invocation of the heart; and invoking with an absence of self-awareness because of absorption in the Invoked is the invocation of the Self - this is the hidden invocation!" - Ibn Ata Allah

"Why hope to live a long life if we're only going to fill it with self-absorption, body maintenance and image repair? When we die, do we want people to exclaim 'She looked ten years younger,' or do we want them to say 'She lived a great life'?" - Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth-Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God." - Swami Vivekananda

"Bodybuilding is men on a stage in their underwear wearing brown paint showing other men their muscles. It is training for appearance only, and at the contest level requires a degree of vanity, narcissism, and self-absorption that I find distasteful and odd" - Mark Rippetoe

"Rather, it is the opening or the interruption that allows us to experience what is hidden, and to accept with our hearts our given situation. When film does this, when it subverts our absorption in the temporal and reveals the depths of our own reality, it opens us to a fuller sense of ourselves and our world. It is alive as a devotional form." - Nathaniel Dorsky

"Post-?wounded women know that postures of pain play into limited and outmoded conceptions of womanhood. Their hurt has a new native language spoken in several dialects: sarcastic, jaded, opaque; cool and clever. They guard against those moments when melodrama or self-?pity might split their careful seams of intellect, expose the shame of self-?absorption without self-?awareness." - Leslie Jamison

"Post-wounded women know that postures of pain play into limited and outmoded conceptions of womanhood. Their hurt has a new native language spoken in several dialects: sarcastic, jaded, opaque; cool and clever. They guard against those moments when melodrama or self-pity might split their careful seams of intellect, expose the shame of self-absorption without self-awareness." - Leslie Jamison

"The complete self-absorption, and childish indulgence and disregard, and having to feel as though everything you're doing is so people can live vicariously through you, so you have to pursue more and more unpleasant pastimes in order to satisfy the armchair people. That's a kind of scary existence." - Emily Haines

"David Bowie emerged as a rock star in the late '60s. And as Ken Tucker wrote, "In the face of the hippy era's sincerity, intimacy and generosity, Bowie presented irony, distance and self-absorption. His song 'Changes' announced the arrival of a new counterculture," unquote." - David Bowie

"I admire self-awareness more than probably any other quality, and I think in terms of what qualities are "good" in a person, it's a mostly subjective opinion, so I can't see a reason to think that self-absorption is inherently a bad thing." - Marie Calloway

"I am not the center of the universe. And it's a lesson that I keep having to learn; it's my ongoing work, I'd say. And being in a career that is predicated on a degree of self-absorption, that is a tricky thing to negotiate sometimes." - Patrick Fabian

"I wasn't involved in anything. I wasn't out - you know, I know I wasn't in ACT UP. I wasn't with Larry Kramer. I wasn't by his side. I wasn't saying what I should do, because, by all accounts, I was a drug addict and an alcoholic. And I was living in a complete bubble of self-absorption." - Elton John

"The tantalizing and compelling pursuit of mathematical problems offers mental absorption, peace of mind amid endless challenges, repose in activity, battle without conflict, refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings, and the sort of beauty changeless mountains present to sense tried by the present-day kaleidoscope of events." - Morris Kline

"We take for granted the need to escape the self. Yet the self can also be a refuge. In totalitarian countries the great hunger is for private life. Absorption in the minutiae of an individual existence is the only refuge from the apocalyptic madhouse staged by maniacal saviors of humanity." - Eric Hoffer

"There is a certain manner of self-absorption in speaking that always renders the speaker disagreeable. For it is as great a folly to listen only to ourselves while we are carrying on a conversation with others as it is to talk to ourselves while we are alone." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"They were here all at once, but not together. Survival took self-absorption, and it made them strangers with nothing to do and no way to relate. Emergencies gave you a shape and a plot to take part in, while death was no story at all. It left you nothing." - Ann Brashares

"It is at least worth arguing that there is a modicum of the creative novelist in all of us, and that this absorption with how men get out of difficulties, single-handedly and alone if possible, is the stuff of which we weave the warp and woof of our own better dramatic imaginings." - Humphrey Bogart

"Can you, in a million years, imagine another female senator - Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Claire McCaskill - reacting to being called 'ma'am' like Barbara Boxer did? This is the kind of sanctimonious self-absorption on the modern left that makes my teeth itch." - Mark Davis

"If our moral attitudes are entirely the result of nonrational factors, such as gut feelings and the absorption of cultural norms, they should either be stable or randomly drift over time, like skirt lengths or the widths of ties. They shouldn't show systematic change over human history. But they do." - Paul Bloom

"With prurient absorption and only minimal risk, we can pretend to be the subject of the lead article on the front page of the Style section of our local newspaper for as long as it takes to finish our morning coffee." - Joanna Scott

"The greatness of peoples springs from their ability to grasp the grand conceptions of being. It is the absorption of a people, of a nation, of a rare, in large majestic and abiding things which lifts them up to the skies." - Alexander Crummell

"Not born to be rich, by 1981 I had nonetheless begun to use a PC that required for its operation the absorption of several hundred pages of protocols and the placement of very large floppy disks in the freezer to fix frequent crashes." - Mark Helprin

"Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow. Awareness of others is a healthy antidote to this self-focus." - Kevin Malarkey

"The theme of Cosmology, which is the basis of all religions, is the story of the dynamic effort of the World passing into everlasting unity, and of the static majesty of God's vision, accomplishing its purpose of completion by absorption of the World's multiplicity of effort." - Alfred North Whitehead

"The new book is a result of my well-documented... absorption in Samurai movie culture. It's called 'The 47th Samurai: A Bob Lee Swagger novel,' and it takes Bob to Japan in search of the sword his father recovered on Iwo that has gone missing under extremely violent circumstances." - Stephen Hunter

"I cannot imagine what an influence a five-week trip to the Orient had on me. I mean, the culture, the absorption of the Japanese way of life, the Japanese way of thinking, the discipline. The entire thing was an extraordinary experience. So these were more than memorable things to me." - Polly Allen Mellen

"Scheele, it was said, never forgot anything if it had to do with chemistry. He never forgot the look, the feel, the smell of a substance, or the way it was transformed in chemical reactions, never forgot anything he read, or was told, about the phenomena of chemistry. He seemed indifferent, or inattentive, to most things else, being wholly dedicated to his single passion, chemistry. It was this pure and passionate absorption in phenomena-noticing everything, forgetting nothing-that constituted Scheele's special strength." - Oliver Sacks

"I never changed after that. I sought for nothing in the one great source of change which is humanity. And even in my love and absorption with the beauty of the world, I sought to learn nothing that could be given back to humanity. I drank of the beauty of the world as a vampire drinks. I was satisfied. I was filled to the brim. But I was dead. And I was changeless." - Anne Rice

"A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind." - Maria Montessori

"The modern child may early in his or her existence have natural inclinations toward spirituality. The child may have imagination, originality, a simple and individual response to reality, and even a tendency to moments of thoughtful silence and absorption. All these tendencies, however, are soon destroyed by the dominant culture. The child becomes a yelling, brash, false little monster, brandishing a toy gun or dressed up like some character he has seen on television." - Thomas Merton

"Death is an unsurpassable limit of human existence... We discover the relationship which is the basis for all feelings of reverence, fear, awe, wonder, sorrow, and deference in the face of something greater and more powerful... Only such a being-unto-death can guarantee the precondition that the Da-sein be able to free itself from its absorption in, its submission and surrender of itself to the things and relationships of everyday living and to return to itself." - Medard Boss

"I am troubled by the lack of common sense regarding carbon dioxide emissions. Our greatest greenhouse gas is water. Atmospheric spectroscopy reveals why water has a 95 percent and CO2 a 3.6 percent contribution to the 'greenhouse effect.' Carbon dioxide emissions worldwide each year total 3.2 billion tons. That equals about 0.0168 percent of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration of about 19 trillion tons. This results in a 0.00064 percent increase in the absorption of the sun's radiation. This is an insignificantly small number." - Michael Myers

"There was one of his lonelinesses coming, one of those times when he walked the streets or sat, aimless and depressed, biting a pencil at his desk. It was a self-absorption with no comfort, a demand for expression with no outlet, a sense of time rushing by, ceaselessly and wastefully - assuaged only by that conviction that there was nothing to waste, because all efforts and attainments were equally valueless." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"God is a compass. God is not about who you're sleeping with or, I mean, I don't care about that. It's about loving your neighbor. It's about living a life that's bigger than yourself. As time goes on, societies have a tendency to put themselves on the throne, and that leads to self-absorption and that leads to "life is all about me." And there's not a compass that sends you in a direction where life can't be just about you." - John Kasich

"Almost everything you do, you do because you are afraid to die. And yet dying is exactly what you are doing, from the moment you are born. Two hours of absorption in a good Super Bowl telecast may distract you temporarily, but the fact remains. You were born as a sacrifice. And you can either participate in the sacrifice, dissolving in the giving of your gift, or you can resist it, which is your suffering." - David Deida

"We all want to be stars. The idea of being revered and envied must be encoded somewhere deep in our DNA. So must the desire to revere and envy others we imagine to be better, more accepted, and more popular than we are. The only problem is that the most necessary qualities required to be a celebrity - self-absorption, egomania, shamelessness - are the least attractive in a friend." - Tonya Hurley

"Authority is a solvent of humanity: look at any husband, any father of a family,and note the absorption of the person by the persona, the individual by the role. Then multiply the family, and the authority, by some hundreds and see the effect upon a sea-captain, to say nothing of an absolute monarch.Surely man in general is born to be oppressed or solitary, if he is to be fully human; unless it so happens that he is immune to the poison." - Patrick O'Brian

"A new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God's gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished-not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. A new age in which love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty - a new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self-absorption that deaden our souls and poison our relationships." - Pope Benedict Xvi



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