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150 Best Perspective Quotes To Shift Your Mindset

Last Updated: September 13, 2022 by Team

Perspective is the way of seeing life, your perception, and your opinion. Your perspective is how you see yourself, others, and the world.

As everyone has a different perspective on life, this brings personal experiences and boundaries that form one’s future. Having the ability to look at things from a point of view other than your own will bring mindfulness and communication to all relationships.

We came across many inspiring quotes as we were researching the idea of looking at things from a fresh perspective or considering how to start afresh. From our own experience, we know how it can help to read through life perspective quotes written by those who’ve learned to hit “refresh” on their outlook. Here you will be able to find a variety of inspiring quotes referring to outlook, change, and positiveness to learn and initiate a whole new frame of mind.

Quotes to Inspire a Fresh Perspective

Top 10 Perspective Quotes

“Your reality is as you perceive it to be. So, it is true, that by altering our perception we can alter our reality.” – William Constantine

“You will always define events in a manner which will validate your agreement with reality.” – Steve Maraboli

“Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective.” – Denis Waitley

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” – Dorothea Lange

“When it seems like the sky is about to collapse, relax, that’s just the roof caving in.” – Jarod Kintz

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” – Martha Graham

“What is behind your eyes holds more power than what is in front of them.” – Gary Zukav

“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, criscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.” – Margaret Atwood

“We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.” – John Irving


Short Perspective Quotes

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“We’re all limited by our perspective.” – Siri Hustvedt

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henry Matisse

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.” – Werner Herzog

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“All spiritual practice is the art of shifting perspectives.” – Teal

“A mountain still in the distance can appear as a molehill.” – Howard Fast

“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein

“Distance lends enchantment to the view.” – Mark Twain

“Did you notice the big mess I left for you? Did you love it?”

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” – Tim Burton

“Oh my god, you’re home! Thank goodness, I was waiting all day.”

“No selfie is complete without my puppy-dog eyes.”

“Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.” – Owen Feltham

“It’s all in the mind.” – George Harrison

“I’m all ears, until I get bored or smell something delicious.”

“If I hang by the table long enough, they’ll definitely give me a treat.”

“Humans see what they want to see.” – Rick Riordan

“Every horse thinks his own pack heaviest.” – Thomas Fuller

“Electricity is really just organized lighting” – George Carlin

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

“I thought we’d start today by eating breakfast and looking at squirrels.”

“I saw another dog today. It was incredible.”


Positive Perspective Quotes

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“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” – Harvey Mackay

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” – Joel Osteen

“Choosing to be positive and have a grateful attitude determines how you’re going to live your life.” – Joel Osteen

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.” – Wade Boggs

“The measure of your success is a matter of perception. Are you perceiving things as they are or as you wish them to be?” – Tau Chuan Ling

“The greatest tragedy for any human being is going through their entire lives believing the only perspective that matters is their own.” – Doug Baldwin

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” – P.G. Wodehouse

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” – Douglas Adams

“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” – Al Neuharth

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“Songs are as sad as the listener.” – Jonathan Safran Foer


“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” – George Carlin

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into perspective.” – Anton Chekhov

“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong

“It’s amazing that a thin film of plastic wrap is enough to protect food against the aggression of hungry marauders. Or maybe the plastic cover doesn’t act as a shield, but rather the starving mob is staved off by one simple word: Leftovers.” – Jarod Kintz

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” – Isaac Asimov

“Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.” – Jen Sincero

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C. S. Lewis

“From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear.” – Jane Goodall

“From a motivation perspective, helping others enriches the meaning and purpose of our own lives, showing us that our contributions matter and energizing us to work harder, longer, and smarter.” – Adam Grant

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelis

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – C.G. Jung

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” – Criss Jami


New Perspective Quotes

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“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

“Once you put everything in the right perspective, even bad times can be an opportunity to refresh your appetite, your desire.” – Alex Zanardi

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe” – Muhummad Ali

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” – J.M. Barrie

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

“Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” – Henry David Thoreau

“My mom put me in this outfit. Not thrilled about it.”

“Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.” – Epictetus

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” – Wayne W. Dyer

“Look at everything as though you are seeing it either for the first or last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” – Betty Smith

“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.” – Corrie Ten Boom

“Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.” – José Saramago

“Can you stay home and snuggle with me instead?”

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Attachment constrains our vision so that we are not able to see things from a wider perspective.” – Dalai Lama

“And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” – Colin Powell

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“…What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.” – Rabih Alameddine

Perspective becomes the role play in every situation. Riddhi Lodha

Different Perspective Quotes

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“Each person does see the world in a different way. There is not a single, unifying, objective truth.” – Siri Hustvedt

“…but I think the challenge of art is always searching for something different, searching for a new sensitivity, a new perspective, a new vision.” – Ludovico Einaudi

“I just want people to take a step back, take a deep breath, and actually look at something with a different perspective. But most people will never do that.” – Brian McKnight

“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.” – Anne Rice

“The joy of tasting different cultures is it gives you a broad perspective.” – Henry Golding

“It’s important to have people who are absolutely willing to say you’re wrong or who have a totally different perspective than you do on everything. Fresh ideas are hard to come by, and good ones are even harder.” – Shonda Rhimes

“It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.” – Albert Einstein

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” – George Eliot

“In this treacherous world/Nothing is the truth nor a lie.” – Pedro Calderón de la Barca

“In this treacherous world/Nothing is the truth nor a lie./Everything depends on the color/Of the crystal through which one sees it.” – Pedro Calderón de la Barca

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

“I’m always looking for a fresh perspective because it’s fun to tell stories that are original and new in some way.” – Jack Black

“If you’re wondering what I mean by ‘miracle’, it’s simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

“I love the big fresh starts, the clean slates like birthdays and new years. But I also really like the idea that we can get up every morning and start over.” – Kristin Armstrong

“I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.” – Ursus Wehrli

“I haven’t gotten bigger. My bed has just gotten smaller.”

“I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation. I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius

Highter Perspective Quotes

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“We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Truth is universal. Perception of truth varies.” – Bohdi Sanders

“To begin with, our perception of the world is deformed, incomplete. Then our memory is selective.” – Claude Simon

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“The task is…not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.” – Erwin Schrödinger

“The right perspective makes the impossible possible.” – unknown

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is your perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” – Chris Pine

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

“If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective.” – Wayne Thiebaud

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” – George Carlin

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino


Life Perspective Quotes

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“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

“When you take control of your attitude, you take control of your life.” – Roy Bennett

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.” – Nicholas Sparks

“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you, and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being, and they will always come first. It changes you forever. It changes your perspective, and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.” – Angelina Jolie

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” – Steve Jobs

“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald

“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something… ultimately, you have to zoom out.” – Whitney Wolfe Herd

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” – Irving Berlin

“I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” – Tim Tebow

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may—light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” – John Constable

“Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” – Taylor Hanson

“Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life…” – Jen Sincero

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go — no one else.” – Les Brown

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope yo live a life that you’re proud of. And if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

What perspective do you think you have that brings success and a sense of fulfillment in your life?

Perspective Change Quotes

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“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.” – Mandy Hale

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

“Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light.” – Dan Brown

“The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.” – Bruce H. Lipton

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” – Stephen R. Covey

“You cannot change the past but you can always change your perspective.” – Freequill

“Remember: despite how open, peaceful, and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they’ve met themselves.” – Matt Kahn

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance and it allows us to appreciate their value.” – Rafael E. Piño

“Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance and it allows us to appreciate their true value.” – Rafael E. Pino

“Perspective is a ghastly mistake which it has taken four centuries to redress.” – Georges Braque

“Perspective and control are the two ingredients to time management.” – David Allen

“Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.” – Epictetus

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” – Hans Margolius


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