• WordNet 3.6
    • n contemplativeness deep serious thoughtfulness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contemplativeness The state of being contemplative; thoughtfulness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contemplativeness The state or quality of being contemplative.
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  • Francis Bacon
    “In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”


In literature:

Nevertheless it was this prospect that he found himself contemplating with all the ardour of desire.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
It does not appear that he ever contemplated the possibility of being read by after-ages.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
And it was the first time in his life that he had reluctantly contemplated a gamble.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
The contemplation of its radical principle gives birth to perfection and fixes the will.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Once Bat turned from his contemplation of the piled-up country beyond the valley.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
A single strong stroke of the paddle was always succeeded by a pause of contemplation.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Religion, when pure, contemplates some pertinent ideal of intelligence and goodness.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
These people seldom or never answer to the popular idea of idle contemplatives.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
The Adagio of the second one was thought out by Beethoven one night while contemplating the stars.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
They set more store on home ceremonies and on contemplation.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

No happy home you contemplate
While little bills come due —
Your morals must be in a state,
Cuckoo !
"To an Old Friend" by John Joy Bell
I was gazing, gazing upward, all my senses captive fraught,
From the earnest contemplation of celestial glories caught,
When the thought arose within me, as the ages onward roll
What may be th' eternal portion of the vast, th' immortal soul?
"The Soul’s Destiny" by Effie Afton
All his these views so unsophisticated.
These thoughts so innocent and yet so wise.
Such minds as mine have never contemplated
A world so free of guile, so free of lies,
A world of woe and wickedness so free,
Of misery! (And, as it were, ah me!)
"Redivivus" by C J Dennis
Contemplate Silence; the wild Silence, ere
Music or word was; waste, unshapen sound;
Crying of wind; moaning of sea; stammer of storm;
Gropings as for a being nowhere found;
Mateless desires, frustrated throbs of air,
Without home, without form.
"The Sirens" by Robert Laurence Binyon
Yet they might be all of them contemplatives
Of a timeless now, drivers and passengers
In the moving cars all facing to the front
Which is the future, which is destiny,
Which is desire and desire's end - What are they doing but just sitting still?
"Fugue" by Howard Nemerov
Contemplate Silence! The unwithered womb
Of all music infinite as desire;
All words, releasing tears and bliss; all song,
That wins at last a universe for choir,
And there the enlarged spirit has full room,
There its desires and its delights belong.
"The Sirens" by Robert Laurence Binyon

In news:

John Doe's New Album Is A Contemplative 'Keeper'.
Contemplative drama 'Putty Hill' lands an emotional blow.
'Live a contemplative life' Sarah Merrigan leaps with joy, diploma in hand, as she descends the steps of Slagle Hall following Sunday afternoon commencement exercises for the VHS Class of 2004.
This week, delegates at the Republican National Convention will decide whether the GOP should officially contemplate a return to the gold standard.
Today, though, I hadn't spent five minutes in my home office before I found myself contemplating its chi.
I often sit quietly in my recliner with no sound in the room save the dog's snoring and an occasional bout of cat flatulence and simply contemplate the mysteries of life.
Dan Peschong joins the Astros' quarter pole conversation, contemplating Brad Mills success — or lack thereof — as Houston manager in 2012.
Contemplating ways to pack your favorite coffeehouse in your luggage.
A new dad contemplates leaving his overweight wife, and a new stipulation for the Choicer Challenge.
Contemplating six of Dan Flavin 's simplest fluorescent light sculptures in this gallery's vast, dim space, you may find yourself suspended between belief and disbelief.
Michael Greenlar/The Post-Standard Fly fishing and golf tend to appeal to those with contemplative, even analytic, temperaments.
Madison Square Garden spokesman Barry Watkins is testy about a CityFile story this morning, which alleges Cablevision's Jim Dolan is "contemplating a final curtain call for the legendary Rockettes" after a year of bad ticket sales.
I contemplated adding a hang glider to my Christmas list one year, until my mom squashed the idea by explaining that, "Hang gliders are very expensive".
View full size Mike Greenlar / The Post Standard Gloria Steinem contemplates a reporter's question while in Syracuse for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.
ReminderNewsFeatured article - posted Wed. One of the most important questions folks contemplating purchasing a new car must face is what size will work best for them.

In science:

One of these two forms will be prefered depending on the situation contemplated.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
More complicated n = 0 expressions are contemplated in the Appendix.
Exchange energy and generalized polarization in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in two dimensions
All these terms can be reduced to some of the generic forms contemplated by our model hamiltonian (4).
Exchange energy and generalized polarization in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in two dimensions
In fact, many extensions of the Standard Model do contemplate their existence.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC