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Quotations: Reality

 

As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be.
Saul Alinsky

 

To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
Catherine Drinker Bowen

It's essential to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life's pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
John Bradshaw

Realism...has no more to do with reality than anything else.
Hob Broun

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
Louis-Ferdinand Célin

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Cicero

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well known liberal bias.
Stephen Colbert

Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.
Cyril Connolly

Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.
Mason Cooley

I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.
Salvador Dali

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
Philip K. Dick

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Arthur Eddington

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

To the extent math refers to reality, we are not certain; to the extent we are certain, math does not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein

The reality is more excellent than the report.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
Richard Feynman

Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.
Gustave Flaubert

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Sigmund Freud

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
Graham Greene

When you argue with reality, you lose - but only 100% of the time.
Byron Katie

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
Garrison Keillor

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

Happiness equals reality minus expectations
Tom Magliozzi

I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.
Groucho Marx

Reality is not protected or defended by laws, proclamations, ukases, cannons and armadas. Reality is that which is sprouting all the time out of death and disintegration.
Henry Miller

Reality is something you rise above.
Liza Minnelli

The best Web sites are better than reality.
Jakob Nielsen

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man
Friedrich Nietzsche

We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.
Anais Nin

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.
Robert J. Ringer

Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.
Anthony Robbins

You're in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows / and has always known / that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.
Anthony Robbins

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems -- but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
Salman Rushdie

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
Jonas Salk

Poetry is the deification of reality.
Edith Sitwell

Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.
Edith Sitwell

Reality is the beginning not the end, Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,Of dense investiture, with luminous vassals.
Wallace Stevens

Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream-world into reality.
Henry David Thoreau

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
Lily Tomlin

Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.
Brian Tracy

In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
Lionel Trilling

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
Jane Wagner

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
Jane Wagner

Reality continues to ruin my life.
Bill Watterson

The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions
Paul Watzlawick

The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one's own perfection, to make one's every dream a reality.
Oscar Wilde

Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. What we think depends upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. what we take to be true is our reality.
Gary Zukav

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