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    Hello all,
    I'm looking for an idiom in English that will express the idea that people see things differently, even when talking about the same event, people perceive it differently as a result of their perspective. Is there an idiom that expresses this idea?
    Thank you very much!
    Moran

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    Default Re: looking for an idiom

    A few quick thoughts to answer your post:

    * "You see a glass that's half-full; I see a glass that's half-empty."
    * "It's six of one and a half-dozen of another"
    * "I see roses and you see thorns."
    * "You say 'tomato', I say 'to-mah-to'." (long a sound in the first tomato and short a sound in the second)
    * "If I said the sky is blue, you'd say it is yellow."
    * "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

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    By the way, welcome to the forums, MoranAR!

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: looking for an idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by MoranAR View Post
    Hello all,
    I'm looking for an idiom in English that will express the idea that people see things differently, even when talking about the same event, people perceive it differently as a result of their perspective. Is there an idiom that expresses this idea?
    Thank you very much!
    Moran
    Can you give an example? I can't think of a generalized idiom for all cases.

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    Default Re: looking for an idiom

    Neither of these is right on point.

    We have "One man's meat is another man's poison" but I think it is mostly used in relation to people's preferences rather than their perception of events.

    We often use the phrase "depending on your (or one's) point of view." But that is not an idiom.

    For example, "It was either a triumph or a tragedy, depending on your point of view."
    Last edited by probus; 09-Jan-2013 at 02:08. Reason: fix punctuation

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Can you give an example? I can't think of a generalized idiom for all cases.
    I'm trying to come up with a title for a paper, that presents the differences between managers and employees' perceptions of events. as many times managers and employees will see the same event differently. Any ideas?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    By the way, welcome to the forums, MoranAR!

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Neither of these is right on point.

    We have "One man's meat is another man's poison" but I think it is mostly used in relation to people's preferences rather than their perception of events.

    We often use the phrase "depending on your (or one's) point of view. But that is not an idiom.

    For example, "It was either a triumph or a tragedy, depending on your point of view."
    yes, that is sort of the point I want to make, but I thought there might be a nice idiom that says it elegantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    A few quick thoughts to answer your post:

    * "You see a glass that's half-full; I see a glass that's half-empty."
    * "It's six of one and a half-dozen of another"
    * "I see roses and you see thorns."
    * "You say 'tomato', I say 'to-mah-to'." (long a sound in the first tomato and short a sound in the second)
    * "If I said the sky is blue, you'd say it is yellow."
    * "One man's trash is another man's treasure."
    Thanks, these are good ideas!

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    NOT A TEACHER

    How about these two?

    There is no accounting for taste

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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