1. "The onlooker turns from the artist who has higher ideals and who cannot see his life purpose in an art without aims."
- Quote by Wassily Kandinsky
2. "Every sunrise is priceless and you can experience the richness that life holds only when you live life to the full instead of just being an onlooker."
- Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free
3. "I have, actually. I'm under pressure, but I'm also observing myself under pressure from the standpoint of an onlooker. Once I create this other self within my mind I can proceed calmly, at my own pace."
- Yumi Hotta, ヒカルの碁 16、中国棋院
4. "More and more individuals, owing to their bloodless indolence, will aspire to be nothing at all--in order to become the public: that abstract whole formed in the most ludicrous way, by all participants becoming a third party (an onlooker)."
- Søren Kierkegaard, The Present Age
5. "Ninety percent of a shirt that not only was bright purple and green but with a design on it that, if you moved too quickly, might cause a seizure in an unsuspecting onlooker."
- Lewis Black, I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas
6. "A woman was standing at a bus stop, wildly flailing her umbrella. A curious onlooker approached and asked, Why do you keep waving your umbrella about? The woman replied with some annoyance that such an idiotic question should be asked of her: Why, to keep the pink elephants away, of course. But, my dear lady, the onlooker protested, there are no pink elephants around. The woman, exasperated, retorted, Precisely, because I keep them away. The Pink Elephant Fallacy is an example of the simplest of all failures of critical thought, circular reasoning."
- Scott Atran, Talking to the Enemy: Faith
7. "Then why do you want to marry me? she exploded. For the usual reasons, he shot back. Such as? He slanted her a narrow look and made an obvious bid for his patience. Such as the fact that we are very strongly attracted to each other, although I’ll admit a casual onlooker might not think so if he saw us bickering like this."
- Jayne Ann Krentz, Full Bloom
8. "Their bodies were different as were the color of their eyes, the length of their noses and the circumstances of their existence, but something inside them meant the same thing, wanted the same release, would have left the same impression on the memory of an onlooker."
- Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg
9. "Essentially, perspective is a form of abstraction. It simplifies the relationship between eye, brain and object. It is an ideal view, imagined as being seen by a one-eyed, motionless person who is clearly detached from what he sees. It makes a God of the spectator, who becomes the person on whom the whole world converges, the Unmoved Onlooker."
- Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New
10. "In a Chicago cafe the other night, an elderly man passed a table. There goes George, observed an onlooker. When he was young, he was a handsome guy and had many companies. Left a wife and two kids to starve, and ran off with another woman. And now look at him. Old, broke and very sad. That’s the way-it-goes, nodded Elly Kleinman. Time wounds all heels."
- Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings by