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Definition of Consciousness


  1. The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc.
  2. Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention.
  3. Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence.

Consciousness Quotations

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Karl Marx

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty.
Edgar Mitchell

This sunlight linked me through the ages to that past consciousness.
Richard Jefferies

It is tempting to think of this form of insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, as a disease of agency and control: the inability to relinquish high self-reflexive consciousness for the vulnerable, ignorant regions of slumber in which we know not what we do.
Siri Hustvedt

I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.
Steven Pinker
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Consciousness Translations

consciousness in Danish is bevidsthed
consciousness in Dutch is besef, bezinning, bewustzijn
consciousness in Latin is animus
consciousness in Norwegian is bevissthet
consciousness in Spanish is consciencia
consciousness in Swedish is medvetande
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