Learning to See

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‘Our perennial spiritual and psychological task is to look at things familiar until they become unfamiliar again.’

GK Chesterton


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust


‘Seeing is of course very much a matter of verbalization. Unless I call my attention to what passes before my eyes, I simply won’t see it. It is, as Ruskin says, ‘not merely unnoticed, but in the full, clear sense of the word, unseen,’ … I have to say the words, describe what I’m seeing…. But if I want to notice the lesser cataclysms of valley life, I have to maintain in my head a running description of the present.’

Annie Dillard, ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’