The Universe is God's. It is one thing, a wholeness against which all separations may be identified. Transient life, even the self-aware and reasoning life which we call sentient, holds only fragile trusteeship on any portion of the wholeness.
~ Children of Dune
by Frank Herbert
For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself.
~ Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.
by George Eliot
He had a sense of his dignity, which was of the most exquisite nature. He could detect a design upon it when nobody else had any perception of the fact. His life was made an agony by the number of fine scalpels that he felt to be incessantly engaged in dissecting his dignity.
~ Little Dorrit
by Charles Dickens
"The chief proof of man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness."
~ The Sign of the Four
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle