70 Quotes About Paying Attention So That Life Doesn’t Pass You By

A long time ago, a wise man told me that a person’s life is pre-determined. We are born, we go to school, get a job, retire, and then die. It’s so easy to just go along with the flow and before you know it, you are wrinkled and worn and life has passed you by.

Live life with more awareness. Make every moment count. Be present. Find meaning and happiness. Pay attention!

tom herman quote

I’ve never met a successful person in any walk of life – from Michael Dell to Peyton Manning to Barack Obama – that when you ask that person, ‘Hey, how did you get here, and what was your road like?’ They say, ‘You know what? It was really easy. I slept in all the time, turned my papers in late, didn’t pay attention to people and my surroundings.’ – Tom Herman

Having been both the perpetrator and the victim of poisonous behavior, I’m always skeptical of a person trying really hard to negatively sway my opinion of someone. – Steve Maraboli

When masks fall off, don’t focus on where they fall, focus on who they reveal. If you allow it, chaos will be a great illuminator. Ignore the noise, but pay attention to the direction in which it comes. Situations like this reveal who’s who and what’s what. The noise is just a distraction. – Steve Maraboli

Pay attention and you will see – absolute pathetic fallacy is a gift, too. – Azra Gregor

Trust the vibes you get, energy doesn’t lie. – Germany Kent

Ravens taught me to pay attention. The desert taught me to see. Art and artists taught me to see more…and better…and to appreciate, savor, and protect. – Linda Durham, Still Moving: a memoir

yasmin mogahed quote

There is meaning in all things. But are you paying attention? – Yasmin Mogahed

What supports you the most is what limit’s you the most! Pay attention to what’s limiting you, you may be thinking it’s supporting! – Jaya Bhateja

Pay attention to every single detail of your dreams, for a part contains the catalyst that will change your life forever. – Michael Bassey Johnson, The Oneironaut’s Diary

I pay attention to every minute of the day. – Steve Harvey

I like to live in a world of unicorns and rainbows where I don’t pay attention to anything unless it’s positive. – Janet Varney

I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door. – Marla Gibbs

germany kent quote

People will reveal who they are if you just pay attention. – Germany Kent

If you have something to say then you want someone to pay attention or at least to have the opportunity for them to tell you to shut up and go away. – John Lydon

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. – Antisthenes

I guess I’m just quite observant and I pay attention to a lot of things. Human behavior really fascinates me. – Ellie Goulding

Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be. – W. H. Auden

An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore. – Edward de Bono

jane hirshfield quote

Zen pretty much comes down to three things — everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention. – Jane Hirshfield

I’m not deceived by people, because I don’t pay attention to people. – Yves Saint Laurent

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted. – Dalai Lama

When I was young, even though I received so much love, I used to pay attention to people who disliked me. That’s why my lyrics were so sharp and dark. – IU

What I always wanna tell young people now: Pay attention. This isn’t gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it’s going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it. – Carrie Fisher

All one needs to do is read – books, magazines, research the Internet – and pay attention to the influencers in their lives to discover the myriad people of strong moral character who have and still are making positive, meaningful contributions and differences in our world. – Zig Ziglar

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. – Tom Peters

anne lamott quote

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen. – Anne Lamott

Your children can be around you all day, but if you don’t spend quality time with them and you don’t pay attention to them and talk to them and listen to them, it doesn’t matter that they’re just around you. – Brandy Norwood

Men don’t pay attention to small things. – Katherine Johnson

When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Although we have, in theory, abolished human slavery, recognized women’s rights, and stopped child labor, we continue to enslave other species who, if we simply pay attention, show quite clearly that they experience parental love, pain, and the desire for freedom, just as we do. – Ingrid Newkirk

People may not tell you how they feel about you, but they always show you. Pay attention. – Keri Hilson

clint smith quote

We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t. – Clint Smith

We gotta show up and pay attention to details, embracing the process of hard work, and developing our bodies and minds to get ready for the season. – Antonio Brown

It’s a constant, continuous, spectacular world we live in, and every day you see things that just knock you out, if you pay attention. – Robert Irwin

I could go insane if I obsessed over every little detail of all of my companies. My management philosophy is to pay attention to the vital few and ignore the trivial many. – John Paul DeJoria

History is made every day. The challenge is getting everyone to pay attention to it. – Adora Svitak

john green quote

What you do with your attention is in the end what you do with your life. – John Green

Stock market goes up or down, and you can’t adjust your portfolio based on the whims of the market, so you have to have a strategy in a position and stay true to that strategy and not pay attention to noise that could surround any particular investment. – John Paulson

Pay attention to how you think and speak, and if it turns out that you’re sounding snide or crappy or doubtful, make the conscious decision to change. – Jen Sincero

Pay attention; see with the eyes of love. – Magdala Marie Gilbert, A Journey of Faith

You should pay attention to the people who encourage you. – Kaleel Jamison, The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power

jill downs quote

We need to pay attention to the sign posts along the way that guide us to our next step. – Jill Downs, The Awakening of the Heart

Pay attention to the people who make you feel happy and smart. Gather as many of them into your life as you can. They are true blessings from the Creator. – Mitchell Gibson, Nine Insights for a Successful and Happy Life

One way of being real is to grasp the connection between the importance of each part of your life and what you actually pay attention to every day. – Stewart D. Friedman, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Remember, your attention is like a constantly flowing stream. It is at its most powerful when it is directed clearly onto one thing. – Susan Pearse, ‎Martina Sheehan, Wired for Life: Retrain Your Brain and Thrive

Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you. – Anne Lamott

jose ortega y gasset quote

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. – Jose Ortega y Gasset

What we pay attention to expands. What we pay attention to we become. – Brenda Shoshanna

Experiences is just paying attention as time passes. – Erin McKean

The main thing to do is pay attention. Pay close attention to everything, notice what no one else notices. Then you’ll know what no one else knows, and that’s always useful. – Jeanne DuPrau

Pay attention. Don’t just stagger through the day.- Jim Rohn

jerry seinfeld quote

Pay attention, don’t let life go by you. Fall in love with the back of your cereal box. – Jerry Seinfeld

Pay attention to the vital few and ignore the trivial many. – John Paul DeJoria

Art is about paying attention. – Laurie Anderson

The more we do, the busier we are, the less we really pay attention. – Magda Gerber

If you’re not nervous then you’re not paying attention. – Miles Davis

quavo quote

History repeats itself. So you might wanna pay attention. – Quavo

If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. – Paulo Coelho

We become what we pay attention to. – Sue Monk Kidd

Pay attention to the things that agitate you. It will tell you a lot about yourself. – Terry McMillan

You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn’t be about the money. – Tim O’Reilly

declan donnellan quote

Love happens when we pay attention. – Declan Donnellan

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. – Keanu Reeves

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention. – Diane Sawyer

Keep calm and pay attention.

e b white quote

It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention. – E. B. White

Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready. – Paulo Coelho

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. – Mary Oliver

I think that’s an important thing to do, to really pay attention to negative feedback, and solicit it, particularly from friends. This may sound like simple advice, but hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful. – Elon Musk

deepak chopra quote

The act of paying attention contains tremendous power. – Deepak Chopra

Whatever you focus your attention on will become important to you even if it’s unimportant. – Sonya Parker

Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention. – Howard Rheingold

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness and the happiness of others. – Israelmore Ayivor,

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