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Unawareness

  • The sheep feed stolidly, nor know / How near their heads the lightnings go.

    • Nora Chesson,
    • "Sheep in a Storm," Selected Poems, vols. 1-5 ()
  • It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it?

  • Eden is that old-fashioned House / We dwell in every day / Without suspecting our abode / Until we drive away.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • If you didn't sit with your head in the clouds so perpetually you wouldn't get so many shocks.

  • In the family it is said Gabe 'doesn't notice much — his head is in the clouds.' He accepts this criticism as complimentary: 'In the clouds? Oh, thank you. I try.'

  • Most of us are dead for a considerable time before the undertaker can be called in.

  • Fish are not the best authority on water.

  • It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.

  • For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.

    • Evelyn Underhill,
    • "Sources of Power in Human Life," in Dana Greene, ed., Evelyn Underhill: Modern Guide to the Ancient Quest for the Holy ()
  • The horror is that nobody is seeing the horror.