As the most social apes, we inhabit a mirror-world in which every important relationship, whether with spouse, friend or child, shapes the brain, which in turn shapes our relationships.
I have been a multitude of shapes, Before I assumed a consistent form.
Rich or poor, every child comes into the world with some imperative need of its own, which shapes its individuality.
The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering.
Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.
Pop culture shapes our ideas of what is normal and what our dreams can be and what our roles are. Politics, of course, decides how the power and the money in the country is distributed. Both are equally important, and each affects the other.
You’ve got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it.
The most important thing in arithmetic is not the shapes of the numbers but the reality living in them. This living reality has much more meaning for the spiritual world than what lives in reading and writing.