Quotes on Concentration

A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow.

A man will be effective to the degree that he is able to concentrate! Concentration is not basically a mode of doing but above all a mode of Being. (Lawrence LeShan)

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. – Henrik Ibsen

Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.

Actually the adrenaline of the game will probably help me out a little bit to regain command and concentration about the things that I have to do.

After I started getting criticism for doing ‘Big Brother,’ someone told me that Hugh Downs used to host ‘Concentration’ and Mike Wallace used to do ‘The Big Surprise.’ I thought, Huh, maybe that door isn’t sealed shut if I want to do ’60 Minutes’ one day.

All good is gained by those whose thought and life are kept pointed close to one main thing, not scattered abroad upon a thousand. -Stephen McKenna

All that attention to the perfect lighting, the perfect this, the perfect that, I find terribly annoying.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. – Buddha

And how can you achieve such concentration? By recognizing that everything you do is important to God, and is one vital piece of the larger picture of your life.

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.

Any individual can be, in time, what he earnestly desires to be, if he but set his face steadfastly in the direction of that one thing and bring all his powers to bear upon its attainment. -Herman J. Randall

Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore any subject can be made boring. 

As a Jew, I was taught that it was ethically imperative to speak up and to speak out against arbitrary state violence. That was part of what I learned when I learned about the Second World War and the concentration camps.

As any actor will tell you, the hardest thing to do is small parts, because you focus all your attention and concentration on that small part. When you’re playing the lead part, you don’t have time to think about the whole of it, so you just have to steam on and get on with it.

As long as I can concentrate and remain somewhat calm, I can normally do very well. -Al Oerter

As soon as things get serious in front of the goal, I don’t have any twitches… It’s probably because at that moment, my concentration on the game is stronger than the Tourette syndrome.

As wonderful as they were, my parents didn’t teach me anything about self-discipline, concentration, patience, or focus. If I hadn’t had a family myself, I probably never would’ve done anything. Marriage taught me responsibility.

At some point you start seeing the difference between what you really want, and what is your priority order. I feel that today I know what I want. That’s the problem with perspective, as well as focus and concentration.

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance. 

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Because of the tension and difficulty, I remember trying to do the silliest things when we weren’t rolling cameras, anything to lift the spirits. But once on set, it was important to have full concentration.

Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have. 

Being fit helps me improve my concentration, my will power and even my determination.

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them.

Both my father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps. Apart from my parents, every family member on both sides was exterminated by the Nazis.

But communication is two-sided – vital and profound communication makes demands also on those who are to receive it… demands in the sense of concentration, of genuine effort to receive what is being communicated.

But I have to add – and this answers your other question – this catholicity in time and in space is only meaningful for me if there is, at the same time, a concentration on the Gospel.

By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage. 

By dedicating so much concentration to the issue of security, bilateral matters pass to a secondary level.

Classical music requires an immense amount of concentration, and I don’t know if I would’ve been that committed to that particular life.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. (Alexander Graham Bell)

Concentrate on a single feature – as, build all toward one eye – make all lines lead toward that eye. (Robert Henri)

Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles. (William Feather)

Concentrate on your motivation… and the thought of what about the scene made you stop to look. (Richard K. Kaiser)

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket. 

Concentrate, play your game, and don’t be afraid to win. -Amy Alcott

Concentrate: you can’t have it all. (Twyla Tharp)

Concentrated attention is the collection of units of power on a chosen point of intention. (James Arthur Ray)

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory. -Bill Russell

Concentration camps were entirely a matter for the police and had nothing to do with the administration.

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.

Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.

Concentration is my motto — first honesty, then industry, then concentration. -Andrew Carnegie

Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. (Ray Knight)

Concentration is the factor that causes the great discrepancy between men and the results they achieve… the difference in their power of calling together all the rays of their ability and concentrating on one point. -Orison Swett Marden

Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration. -Peter F. Drucker

Concentration is the key to results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.

Concentration is the magic key that opens the door to accomplishment. (Michael Korda)

Concentration is the master key to all success.

Concentration is the master key to all success. It is the fundamental law of achievement. The man who does not concentrate will be either a half success, a mediocrity or a complete failure.

Concentration is the secret of strength. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concentration of executive power, unless it’s very temporary and for specific circumstances, let’s say fighting world war two, it’s an assault on democracy.

Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.

Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle.

Concentration, itself, is nothing but a matter of control of the attention! … Learn to fix your attention on a given subject, at will, for whatever length of time you choose, and you will have learned the secret passage-way to power and plenty! This is concentration!

Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling.

Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested. -Tom Kite

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. – Denis Waitley

Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half. 

Drawing from reality my work became intuitive and interpretive… it demands an absorbing concentration and takes you away from a self-conscious, arbitrary style into work that is really your own. (Beth van Hoesen)

Each form of Alzheimer’s disease should perturb different brain networks and so influence the concentration of different proteins that can be measured in the blood.

Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any. -Plato

Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.

Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is a waste not only of that day, but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground. 

Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come. – Perry Paxton

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.– Epictetus

First, our focus on security is on the infrastructure itself. So it is all about how you protect the network, the device, and the application that is riding on the server. 

Focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A lot of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind. 

Focus on making yourself happy and you’ll soon be miserable. Focus on bringing joy to others and your own happiness will quickly follow.

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. – Anthony Robbins

Focus on where you want to go. 

Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. – Alan Loy McGinnis

Focused mind power is one of the strongest forces on earth.

For he who has no tranquility there is no concentration. -Bhagavad Gita

For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility.

From a spectator point of view, Test cricket is not important; people hardly watch Test cricket. But as a player, Tests are the real thing. You have to concentrate for five days. It’s a lot of time, and not easy to do it day in and day out. If people have played 70-100 Tests, it’s a lot of cricket, a lot of concentration and dedication.

From my very first movie, what was my concentration, my inspiration, was I didn’t want to narrate something, I didn’t want to tell a story. I wanted to show something, I wanted for them to make their own story from what they were seeing.

Give whatever you are doing and whomever you are with the gift of your attention. -Jim Rohn

Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy. – Denis Waitley

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It’s about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.

Golf is difficult to get your personality over because you are such a bottle of concentration.

Great art is always a way of concentrating, reinventing what is called fact, what we know of our existence – a reconcentration… tearing away the veils that fact acquires through time. (Francis Bacon)

Grief is exhausting. When you learn – maybe through my age or experience – trying to harness the energy, whatever it is, muted energy or a concentration to find yourself in a place? You try to use it for when it’s really necessary and can arrive.

He played like it was game day when nobody else was watching, 

He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

I always train and prepare with highest concentration and focus on my next opponent. To me, it does not matter what his name is.

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. 

I am full of fire and passion. I am not ready yet for great concentration and passion.

I am happy everywhere except in places where I see glitz and rich farts. I am happiest in Brooklyn, where the concentration of rich farts is minimal.

I am not allowed to be afraid. My mother made me like that. As a child, if I was afraid of the dark, she would lock me in the closet. Things like this. And she would talk about the time she spent in the concentration camp, but not about being afraid, only about the good side of it.

I decided to do the maximum to hold onto the lead for as long as possible. That is why I pushed so hard from the beginning. I was at 100 percent concentration.

I didn’t equate a POW camp with a concentration camp.

I do have a family, and obviously I spend as much time as I can with them. Though even when I’m with my family, my mind tends to drift toward baseball or a question I have. 

I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men.

I do not play golf regularly, but I feel that hitting the moving ball in cricket is tougher than hitting a stationary ball as in golf, which requires more concentration and steady hands.

I don’t see pitches down the middle anymore – not even in batting practice. 

I don’t think more concentration is required for Robert De Niro to do what he does as for Jim Carrey to do what he does.

I don’t think more concentration is required for Robert De Niro to do what he does as for Jim Carrey to do what he does. 

I don’t want any more concentration camps for animals that are cruelly treated, force-fed to fatten themselves up for our consumption.

I don’t write directly on to the computer because I don’t think well facing forward with fingers on a keyboard. I think better looking down holding a pen. And the concentration quotient of pen and paper is higher than when I’m moving words around on screen.

I find that everything I do is demanding, like Jack Bristow is a complicated man and I do a lot of explaining in the show, it takes a lot of energy and concentration.

I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore with an extremely high concentration of Jewish families – where the Levys and Cohens in the high school yearbook went on for pages, where I could count far more temples than I ever could churches. Anti-Semitism, in our cultural biodome, was mostly an abstract concept.

I have a study now – I used not to. I also love working in cafes; ignoring noise is good for concentration.

I have an occasionally recurring stutter, but not when in character on stage in a play. Odd. James Earl Jones has the same pattern; he stutters in everyday life but not when acting. Preparation requires an actor’s concentration to make the words belong to another person, which is its own sort of trance.

I have prepared myself to be at my peak in London. But in the Olympics, there are so many factors. You need to stay alert all the time, and a lapse of concentration, even for a second, will let you down.

I have the attention span of a 2-year-old. I like to jump from project-to-project. (Reba McEntire)

I have to use other things to help my tennis, like my brain. But I believe that, even when your muscles are not so fast, with the brain and with concentration you can compensate.

I just try to concentrate on concentrating. – Martina Navratilova

I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it.

I like listening to good music-and I can’t stop playing my album. 

I like to understand, very specifically, what it is I’m seeing, and where it is and where it’s going, and a lot of that is just hitting the mark and following the dotted line. But that’s good, too because there’s concentration and focus that’s involved in that.

I listen to music constantly while writing. 

I love challenges, I love intensity, and I also like to challenge my mind. Believe it or not, boxing is not only about physical force. You use a lot of concentration; it’s really mental.

I love my family and I had a very wonderful, magical childhood. But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness.

I majored in political science, and my concentration was U.S. involvement in Latin America in the 20th century.

I may be more passionate about my comedy because that’s the one place where I feel comfortable – because I’m in the now. Performing is the only time of the day when I have to really force every ounce of concentration into whatever’s happening in that moment.

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time… (Charles Dickens)

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. – Thomas Edison

I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. – Marie Curie

I say my greatest strength is my speed, and I think that I could use some work on my concentration.

I think audiences sometimes mistakenly assume a quality performance comes from some great emotional disturbance rather than really intense concentration. Concentration and flow is what it’s all about.

I think Dodd-Frank has contributed to a concentration of banking assets in the hands of a small number of banks.

I think film requires a lot more patience and concentration and each day you’re keeping the entire picture in your head throughout a two to three month film shoot. Whereas TV, especially half hour, is like doing a play a week or live theater.

I think is very beneficial to relax yourself so that when you are doing it you are not staggering for lines and your concentration is not on what I am going to say – but the scene itself, the character that you are talking to.

I think it’s doing very well. I’m pleased to see the concentration on semiconductors. I think this will help.

I think it’s time that we have a women’s show about the West. The concentration has been on the men and the Indians.

I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future. 

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

I trained like an animal, but the thing is focus and concentration. When the bell rings it’s like when the little red light goes on over the camera. And I can usually nail my lines on the first or second take because I’m right there.

I used to love to untangle chains when I was a child. I had thin, busy fingers, and I never gave up. Perhaps there was a psychiatric component to my concentration but like much of my psychic damage, this worked to everyone’s advantage.

I wake up fairly early every day, by 8, for sure. Sunday is a lighter writing day than the weekdays, but I still wake up and write for about an hour, beginning right around 8. I definitely have coffee first, and then I start writing. I do think it’s kind of hard to get the right level of concentration without coffee.

I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose. -Virginia Woolf

I was 16 and did a play at school. I was a rather good student… And then I did a play when I was 16 and completely lost all my concentration for academics.

I was a film major with a concentration in animation.

I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach. 

I went to performing arts high school, and I took dance and acting every day. Then, I went to Marymount Manhattan College and I have a B.A. in acting, with a concentration in theater performance and a minor in musical theater. I studied there for three years.

I worked for a while as a teaching assistant while I was struggling. I really enjoyed it, working with kids with special needs, autism. It takes a hell of a lot of concentration, and you’ve got to focus on the child properly for seven hours a day.

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head. I was just real exceptional in that way.

I’ve learned ruthless concentration. I can write under any circumstances…street noises, loud talk, music, you name it. -Sylvia Porter

If a player isn’t interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be! 

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals. 

If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is possible today and tomorrow.

If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible to set our faces steadily toward the work required of us. -Unknown

If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world.

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.  SERENA WILLIAMS

If you don’t concentrate on what you are doing then the thing that you are doing is not what you are thinking. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

If you focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want, you will know when it is time to take action. And when you do, it will be effortless.

If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.

If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering.

If you lose your concentration singing harmony, then it’s lackluster and no fun to watch.

If you neglect those who are currently poor and stable, you may create more poor and unstable people. There has been a tremendous concentration of donor interest in countries that are seen as particularly fragile – but it becomes harder to mobilise money for sub-Saharan, plain poor countries.

If you run, you might lose. If you don’t run, you’re guaranteed to lose. 

If you take a book of a thousand pages on the Second World War, in which 50 million people died, the concentration camps occupy two pages and the gas chambers ten or 15 lines, and that’s what one calls a detail.

If you watch young children play, you will notice that they create games, characters, situations, whole worlds in which they immerse themselves with intense concentration.

If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren’t ready when that fish hits, you can’t set the hook.

I’m a writer, not a professional runner. It’s fun and it helps me write. I need powerful concentration.

I’m always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I’m listening to it. 

I’m an old git now, so I would say this, but television was better when there were less channels. There was more concentration and selection in terms of the output.

I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska, and Hawai’i now and putting them in concentration camps.

In any sauce you make, start with a concentration of flavors with great acidity. You then re-dilute the sauce, but the proportion of liquid you add should not be so high that you wash away the extracted flavor you’re aiming to create.

In football, I need full concentration even though I really enjoy it.

In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact. 

In the concentration camps, we discovered this whole universe where everyone had his place. The killer came to kill, and the victims came to die.

In the German concentration camps, Jews wore yellow stars while homosexuals wore pink lambdas.

In the governments, as we’ve witnessed in the past, they had to hide. Because there’s a lot of concentration on the friends-and-family club… We’re not about that. That’s not the government of the future of the State of New York. What’s gonna pull this state out of the doldrums that it’s in right now is an honest and open government.

In the Second World War, they’re talking about the Japanese traitors and putting them into concentration camps. But companies like DuPont had factories in Germany turning out stuff for the German Army.

Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. 

It is certain that concentration camps had a bad reputation with us.

It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out w 

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.

It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. -Og Mandino

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses. – William Arthur Ward

It looks as though yields of over 10 times what we can currently grow per acre are feasible if you control the CO2 concentration, the humidity, the temperature, all the various factors that plants depend on to grow rapidly.

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. 

It takes 100 per cent of your attention and focus, backed up with years of drawing experience, to train yourself to paint what you see. (Steve Childs)

It would have been a benefit to me and the lads in some way in terms of playing in it. I hope we can play with a full deck of cards next time. 

It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. – Anthony Robbins

It’s all well and good to say that Germans were all responsible for the concentration camps, but I don’t think they were. I think that was the work of a small group of fiends.

It’s obvious that St. Louis has certain advantages compared to other cities: namely, a concentration of financial services.

It’s tough to be in a relationship with a musician, because it reads sometimes as this ego and self-involvement when it’s really just concentration and focus.

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how 

Keep in mind, your moods are primarily the result of what you focus on.

Liberals are concerned about the concentration of wealth because it almost inevitably leads to a concentration of power that undermines democracy.

Look that nothing live in thy working mind, but a naked intent stretching into God. (Dionysius)

Los Angeles has the greatest concentration of surviving movie palaces in the United States, yet most residents have never been inside one of them.

Many countries persecute their own citizens and intern them in prisons or concentration camps. Oppression is becoming more and more a part of the systems.

Many of the cognitive enhancement drugs serve to increase focus and concentration. But ‘letting your mind wander’ is very often an important part of the creative process.

Market forces and capitalism by themselves aren’t sufficient to ensure the common good and to limit the concentration of wealth at levels that are compatible with democratic ideals.

Mental attitude and concentration are the keys to pitching.

Michael Caine is a movie star, but he’s also a great actor. I can’t say that about every movie star. It’s the concentration he has.

Mitochondrial DNA is in higher concentration, lasts longer, and can be extracted from bones.

Mom’s dad was in the army, stormed the beach at Normandy, fought through the French hedgerows, the Battle of the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, and liberated concentration camps at the end of the war.

Most people have a concentration in particular areas; it might be politics, it might be science, it might be business, it might be sports. I care about all of those, and that’s why I’ve chosen the formats I chose.

Music for me, it demands full concentration.

My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.

My concentration span is truly that of a gnat. Some people have this ladder, and that’s all there is – the ladder. I have the ladder, too, but there’s a building around it with scaffolding, and lots of windows for me to peek into. Then suddenly I’ll remember, ‘Oh, there’s the ladder. I should be concentrating on that.’

My concentration was really on getting to university and becoming a doctor. My parents let me know that school marks were important. Achievement was something which came by hard work.

My giving birth was nothing when I think about all the people in Sri Lanka that have to give birth in a concentration camp.

My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person. – Andy Warhol

My mind wanders terribly. I’m not wholly annoyed by my daydreaming as it has been immense use to me as regards imaginative thought, but it doesn’t help when it comes to concentration. And writing needs concentration – lots of it.

My mother had a horrific life. At fourteen, she was in the Nazi concentration camps. Her sense about life now is, every day above ground is a good day.

My music, I hope, takes 100% of your concentration. I know how to do that.

My original interest in the Nazi holocaust was personal. Both my father and mother were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps. Apart from my parents, every family member on both sides was exterminated by the Nazis.

My school reports always used to point out that my concentration levels were appalling. I never listened in class because I was always daydreaming about racing. I never thought for a moment about doing anything else. There was no guarantee that I’d make a career in it but I never had any plan B.

New York was breaking my concentration and disintegrating my thoughts.

Ninety percent of my game is mental. It’s my concentration that has gotten me this far. -Christ Evert

No doubt concentration camps were a means, a menace used to keep order.

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.

No matter how loud the stadium is, once you’re on that field and that offense walks up to the line, it’s silent. You can only hear the guys on the field. It’s amazing how much concentration you can have when it’s required and how powerful your mind is to give it to you.

No more than a surgeon can operate while tweeting can you reach your potential with one ear in, one ear out. You actually have to reacquaint yourself with concentration. We all do.

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. 

No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time – but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming.

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets. -Nido Qubein

Nothing more wonderfully concentrates a man’s mind than the sure knowledge he is to be hanged in the morning. (Samuel Johnson)

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 

One arrow does not bring down two birds. -Turkish Proverb

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. – Euripides

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. In fact, I believe most people fail in life simply because they major in minor things.

One type of concentration is immediate and complete, as it was with Mozart. The other is plodding and only completed in stages, as with Beethoven. Thus genius works in different ways to achieve its ends. (Stephen Spender)

One way to have broader access to wealth is to reduce the tax on the large group and increase the tax on the very top so concentration of wealth doesn’t get to extreme levels.

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. – Soren Kierkegaard

Our politics has been greatly impacted, for the worse, by big money and the concentration of big money.

Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. – Peter McWilliams

Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. 

Pay attention to what you pay attention to. (Bonnie Mincu)

Peace can be reached through meditation on the knowledge which dreams give. Peace can also be reached through concentration upon that which is dearest to the heart. -Patanjali

People don’t seem to understand that the separation of powers is not about the power of these branches; it’s there to protect individual liberty – it’s there to protect us from the concentration of power.

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. 

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.

Positive anything is better than negative nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

Prisons are like the concentration camps of our time. So many go in and never come out, and primarily they’re black and Latino.

Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri.

Recently a study proved that working from a larger, less cluttered computer screen increases concentration. I could have told them that. And yes, I write first drafts with a mechanical pencil and a yellow legal pad. There’s good reason for this primitive behavior: I am a crackerjack typist. My hand moves far more quickly than my brain.

Recording sessions were stimulating to photograph, because everything was in motion: the subject, the musicians, the technicians and the photographer. You needed fast reflexes to keep up with moving targets, and sensitivity and skill to get the pictures while keeping out of the performers’ eyeline so as not to break their concentration.

Shooting clay targets is a very cleansing experience. It’s very relaxing. It takes a lot of concentration. It’s also very social, since you’re usually shooting with friends. You can talk and forget about almost anything else that’s on your mind.

Shooting in sequence, I think it intensifies everybody’s relationship, the crew, the actors. You have to be very focused, and shooting at night is a challenge because you get tired. I think it requires a special kind of concentration, but it’s also exhilarating.

Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. -John D. Rockefeller

Some people have a mistaken idea that all thoughts disappear through meditation and we enter a state of blankness. There certainly are times of great tranquility when concentration is strong and we have few, if any, thoughts. But other times, we can be flooded with memories, plans or random thinking. It’s important not to blame yourself.

Sometimes, when I start feeling less than humble, I look at Joyce again and he puts me right in my place. 

Stop fighting your creative spirit that is struggling to break free inside you. You will not be the person you were meant to be until you free this creative spirit and find ways to put it to use. Freeing your creative spirit will not send you into financial ruin or cause havoc with your life, if you acknowledge the creative side of you and find ways to gradually blend it into your thought process. What will happen is that you will find happiness you didn’t know existed and you will become the person you were meant to be.

Story was that human civilization started to develop with first social network. Emerged where population concentration was high. Helped propel to where we are now. Facebook is next step of creating a huge human brain to embrace hundreds of million, possibly billions of people.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. 

Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration. -Willie Sutton

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced. – Swami Vivekananda

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn’t. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces. (Marilyn vos Savant)

The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything. -Lee Iacocca

The activity at this very moment must be the only thing that matters, to which one is fully given. If one is concentrated, it matters little what one is doing. The important, as well as the unimportant things, assume a new dimension of reality, because they have one’s full attention. (Erich Fromm)

The affinity of blood or pure haemoglobins for oxygen is a complex phenomenon, depending upon a number of conditions, the most important of which are temperature and hydrogen ion concentration.

The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.

The art of pictorial creation is so complicated – it is so astronomical in its possibilities of relation and combination that it would take an act of super-human concentration to explain the final realization.

The artist works with a concentration of his whole personality, and the conscious part of it resolves conflicts, organized memories, and prevents him from trying to walk in two directions at the same time. (Henry Moore)

The atmospheric CO2 concentration is rising – mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels. It’s agreed that this build-up will, in itself, induce a long-term warming trend, superimposed on all the other complicated effects that make climate fluctuate.

The audience has to understand that if the film is going to have any meaning for them. If they are going to empathize with the characters, they have to visualize the process of concentration involved in making every move.

The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there. When you work, work. When you play, play. Don’t mix the two.

The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster.

The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.

The concentration and reciprocal effect of industry and agriculture conjoin in a growth of productive powers, which increases more in geometrical than in arithmetical proportion.

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette’s childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!

The concentration of the elite athlete is akin perhaps to the concentration of the writer.

The concentration of the ferment iron in living substance is very small, being in the region of 1 g to 10 million g of cellular substance.

The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration, but instead from the feudalism that this concentration, tied to the change in copyright, produces.

The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.

The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.

The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight in one blow, to live eternity in an hour.

The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight in one blow, to live eternity in an hour. -Elbert Hubbard

The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep.

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. 

The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time. -Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

The first law of success is concentration; to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left. -William Matthews

The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.

The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.

The freer the form, the more concentration you require. (Tom Hudson)

The greatest definition for concentration I ever heard is, ‘Wherever you are, be there!’ (Jim Rohn)

The industrialization of China alone would increase by 90 percent the concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere and would at least increase the atmospheric CO2 by at least another 100 parts per million.

The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

The joy of life is born of concentration. When you are having a cup of tea, the value of that experience depends on your concentration. You have to drink the tea with 100 percent of your concentration. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.

The lesson I learned is that sometimes the task you have at hand needs all of your concentration and focus.

The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound. -Og Mandino

The mind gets distracted in all sorts of ways. The heart is its own exclusive concern and diversion. 

The mind is everything. What you think you become. 

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. 

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment. -Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

The next point — that’s all you must think about. -Rod Laver

The novel is about, for me, sustained and organized looking. I do think that people have a hunger for a sustained engagement, that concentration that the book can offer.

The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book.

The only way I could work properly was by using the absolute maximum of observation and concentration that I could possible muster. (Lucian Freud)

The Philadelphia region does have capital, but there’s no concentration of it.

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.

The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp.

The scientists who do climate research understand that much of the ever increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since 1850 must be attributed to burning those fossil fuels to produce the energy that drives industrialization.

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.

The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration. -Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The short story seems like the best of all possible worlds. I do feel it is closer to writing poetry than to writing a novel, with its requirements of concentration and economy.

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

The subject of painting seemed to absorb him to the exclusion of every other interest. This is one reason why his progress was so phenomenal… He did what so few are able to do, concentrate on one thing. (a friend)

The Supreme Court of the United States… has validated the Nazi method of execution in… concentration camps, starving them to death.

The thing about World War II is that everyone knows about the concentration camps in Europe – in Nazi Germany and Poland and Auschwitz and the other camps – but, no one really talks about the camps that were here in the United States.

The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains. – Josephine Baker

The two great aims of industrialism – replacement of people by technology and concentration of wealth into the hands of a small plutocracy – seem close to fulfillment.

The very act of creation requires such focused concentration that vast areas of knowledge may be completely overlooked. Well, so what? There is no evidence that generalized skills are in any way superior to specialized brilliance. (Tom Robbins)

The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it. 

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind.

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Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker. 

Then I realized that to be really good at this requires a lot of energy and concentration and skill.

There are terrible jerks, and there are an unusually large concentration of them in the workplace. And that means that you do have to make some changes in your behavior, but there is absolutely no need for you to give them power over your happiness.

There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.”

There were ten concentration camps in France from 1939 on.

There’s so much attached to playing shortstop that you lose your concentration on hitting, unless you’re a natural hitter. There’s so much to think about in the field, you don’t have time to think about what you did at the plate last time. ‘How did he get me out?’

This fundraising is consuming us. It’s impossible to overstate, I think, what it’s doing to members and their ability to just focus on the job that they were elected to do. The collective concentration of the institution is being undermined every day by the need to fund-raise.

This galloping concentration in broadcast ownership is unhealthy.

Those of us who participate realize the incredible honor bestowed on us, but to really understand the true scope and depth of the movement requires more investigation and concentration.

Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power.

Thousand got away to other countries; thousands returned to Spain tempted by false promises of kindness. By the tens of thousands, these Spaniards died of neglect in the concentration camps.

To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement. -Bertrand Russell

To be an artist means to never avert one’s eyes. (Marcus Claudius Marcellus)

To be concentrated means to live fully in the present. (Erich Fromm)

To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read.

To concentrate implies bringing all your energy to focus on a certain point; but thought wanders away… Whereas attention has no control, no concentration. It is complete attention, which means giving all your energy, the energy of the brain, your heart, everything, to attending… (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -Publilius Syrus (85BC-43BC)

To inspire a singularity of focus, a challenge must be important to you and it must be something you feel you should do now in this moment. If it’s trivial or not time-bound, you won’t engage. So in selecting your next challenge in life, choose one that is meaningful and will demand your complete concentration.

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

Venus told me the other day that champions don’t get nervous in tight situations. That really helped me a lot. I decided I shouldn’t get nervous and just do the best I can. 

We apply our effort to be mindful, to be aware in this very moment, right here and now, and we bring a very wholehearted effort to it. This brings concentration. It is this power of concentration that we use to cut through the world of surface appearances to get to a much deeper reality.

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right. – Marianne Williamson

We frequently define an acid or a base as a substance whose aqueous solution gives, respectively, a higher concentration of hydrogen ion or of hydroxide ion than that furnished by pure water. This is a very one sided definition.

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. 

We increasingly live in societies based on the vocabulary of ‘choice’ and a denial of reality – a denial of massive inequality, social disparities, the irresponsible concentration of power in relatively few hands, and a growing machinery of social and civil death.

We often praise ‘the ability to multi-task.’ While you can learn when you divide your attention, divided attention doesn’t lead to aiding change in your brain maps [lasting changes]. (Norman Doidge)

We will not take Arsenal lightly for one minute, as they showed in the two matches against us last season that they can be dangerous opponents if we lose our concentration for a moment.

Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration is a subject that ought to be addressed, and it is, of course, the intention of the majority party not to allow that to be discussed.

Well, my parents originally wanted me to become a doctor – that’s why I was in school; I was pre-med, and I graduated with a degree in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. Really, the plan was for me to go to med school.

What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.

What I’m after is that state of concentration in which everything flows to and from the work. Then, when I walk into my study, I bring this kind of energy with me, readying me to focus inward. (Andrea Hollander Budy)

What is the difference between attention and inattention? What is attention and what is concentration? …Attention has no centre. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

What the human mind can conceive and believe, it can accomplish. – David Sarnoff

Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion.

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now. 

What’s dangerous is the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few individuals.

Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence. And more and more totality will be coming. (Osho)

When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously. -Norman Vincent Peale

When I am rehearsing for a play, I try to read nothing that might distract my concentration from the work in progress.

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. 

When I don’t get enough sleep, I am cranky, vulnerable to headaches, and my concentration is poor.

When I play, I become entirely absorbed in the game. It may be a form of concentration.

When there are no gas chambers, no barbed wire, and no concentration camps, many don’t recognize the perpetration of new genocides and other targeted mass atrocity crimes because they may not look the same.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 

When you feel concentrated within the intensity of making paintings, you know exactly what you are doing. (Luc Tuymans)

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance. – Joel Osteen

When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all. 

When you write a two thousand page history of the Second World War, the deportations and the concentration camps will take up five pages, and the gas chambers perhaps 20 lines.

When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools. -Michael Leboeuf

When you’re writing there’s a deep, deep level of concentration way below your normal self. This strange voice, these strange sentences come out of you.

Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is defracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam? (Eric Maisel)

Why do I write? From selfishness. Because this state of liquefied, complex concentration, however faintly and dimly I’m able to perceive it, is the greatest pleasure I know.

With theater, depending on the audience, the show is different every night and really requires your constant concentration. With film, it’s more possible to focus for shorter, more intense bits of time.

With voice overs… you’re not thinking about the camera. So your voice becomes this thing that you can manipulate. And depending on the character you’re doing, it’s all concentration on your voice.

Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself – less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive – less prose, more poetry.

Women in America cannot achieve our full economic and personal fulfillment as long as the concentration of wealth and power in the top 1% continues to stifle democratic voices and progressive policies.

Writing is work. It takes a lot of contemplation, concentration, and out-and-out sweat. People tend to romanticize it, that somehow your work appears by benefit of some mystical external force. In reality, to be a writer, you have to sit down and write. It’s work, and often it’s hard work.

Writing requires the concentration of the writer, demands that nothing else be done except that.

You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment. (Maxwell Maltz)

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. 

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain

You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.

You can’t lose your concentration at all. And there are times when you’re on the stage, and you’ve got silence, which is wonderful, but you have to have the confidence to make you realize it’s fine. You can’t suddenly wobble and think, ‘They’re not interested.’

You do know what’s coming up when you’re translating. I suppose the concentration, then, is on finding a formulation which is speakable and in character – and economical as well, actually.

You get involved with a character after spending a long time waiting, and this demands a lot of energy and concentration.

You have to pay attention to the moment and make it the best it can be for you. I’ve been trying to do that. It’s really made a major difference for me. 

You must first realize the thing completely in your mind. Then grasp the brush, fix your attention so that you see clearly what you wish to paint; start quickly, move the brush, follow straight what you see before you, as the buzzard swoops down when the hare jumps out. If you hesitate one moment, it is gone. (Morris Graves)

You need at least six or seven years to understand the philosophy and concentration of karate to know to clean your spirit of everything and dedicate your mind and body to the sport.

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.