Quotes about reality

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Best quotes about reality

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„A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.“

—  Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933

A line written by Ono many years before, and quoted by Lennon in December 1980, as quoted in All We Are Saying : The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (2000) by John Lennon, Yōko Ono, David Sheff, p. 16.
Source: Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings

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„Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

As quoted in Sunday Herald Sun [Melbourne, Australia] (13 January 2003)]
Variant: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

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„Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956

Mistakenly attributed to Vladimir Mayakovsky in The Political Psyche (1993) by Andrew Samuels, p. 9; mistakenly attributed to Brecht in Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter (1993) by Peter McLaren and Peter Leonard, p. 80; variant translation: "Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it."
First recorded in Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (1924; edited by William Keach (2005), Ch. 4: Futurism, p. 120): "Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes."
Disputed

„Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.“

—  Brian Tracy American motivational speaker and writer 1944

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„Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Attributed to Kierkegaard in a number of books, the earliest located on Google Books being the 1976 book Jack Kerouac: Prophet of the New Romanticism by Robert A. Hipkiss, p. 83 http://books.google.com/books?id=g_JaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor. In the 1948 The Hibbert Journal: Volumes 46-47 the quote is referred to as "the famous Kierkegaardian slogan" on p. 237 http://books.google.com/books?id=UuDRAAAAMAAJ&q=%22the+famous+Kierkegaardian+slogan+life+is+not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor, which may be intended to suggest the phrase is Kierkegaard-esque rather than being something written by Kierkegaard. In reality this seems to be a slightly altered version of the quote "The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced" which appeared in the 1928 book The Conquest of Illusion by Jacobus Johannes Leeuw, p. 9 http://books.google.com/books?id=OFdVAAAAMAAJ&q=%22not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor.
Misattributed

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„Go then, there are other worlds than these.“

—  Stephen King, book The Gunslinger

Source: The Gunslinger

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„Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.“

—  George Orwell, book 1984

Source: 1984

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„Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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Citát „Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.“
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„I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate, you're hurting yourself. It's a healing, actually, it's a real healing… forgiveness.“

—  Louis Zamperini Italian-American middle distance runner 1917 - 2014

Variant: I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate, you're hurting yourself. It's healing, actually, it's real healing...
Forgiveness.

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„That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft, book The Nameless City

Variant: That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
Source: The Nameless City

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„Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

"Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World" in Modern Mechanics and Inventions (July 1934)

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„Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse“

—  Joseph Brodsky Russian and American poet and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1940 - 1996

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„You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

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„The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i. e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i. e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.“

—  Hannah Arendt, book The Origins of Totalitarianism

Part 3, Ch. 13, § 3.
Source: On the subject the ideal subjects for a totalitarian authority. Source: The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951. As quoted by Scroll Staff (December 04, 2017): Ideas in literature: Ten things Hannah Arendt said that are eerily relevant in today’s political times https://web.archive.org/web/20191001213756/https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times. In: Scroll.in. Archived from the original https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times on October 1, 2019.

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„Reality has changed, and we changed with it. However, I never changed sides. I have always been on the side of justice, democracy and social equality.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

Interview http://veja.abril.com.br/240210/candidata-conquista-ninho-p-050.shtml to Veja magazine, February 24.
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„One person's craziness is another person's reality.“

—  Tim Burton American filmmaker 1958

Variant: One person's crazyness is another person's reality

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„The third world is not a reality, but an ideology.“

—  Hannah Arendt Jewish-American political theorist 1906 - 1975

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Citát „Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.“
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„Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937

"Herbert West: Re-Animator" in "Home Brew" Vol. 1, No. 1 (February 1922)
Fiction

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„I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.“

—  Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898

Variant: I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.

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„They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.“

—  Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954

Quoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)
1946 - 1953
Variant: I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.

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„The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.“

—  Keith Haring American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing… 1958 - 1990

Haring – Art in Transit http://www.haring.com/!/selected_writing/haring-art-in-transit#.V1cw0tIrKyw The Keith Haring Foundation

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„Mary is the great mother. She is the mother. That's what Mary is. Whether she existed or not, is not the point. She exists at least as a hyper-reality. She exists as the mother. What's the sacrifice of the mother? That's easy: if you're a mother who's worth her salt, you offer your son to be destroyed by the world. That's what you do. And that's what's going to happen. He's going to be born, he's going to suffer, he's going to have his trouble in life, he's going to have his illnesses, he's going to face his failures and catastrophes, and he's going to die. That's what's going to happen, and if you're awake you know that, and then you say, 'well, perhaps he will live in a way that will justify that.' And then you try to have that happen. And that's what makes you worthy of a statue like [The Pieta]. 'Is it right to bring a baby into this terrible world?' Well, every woman asks herself that question. Some say no, and they have their reasons. Mary answers 'yes' voluntarily. Mary is the archetype of the woman who answers yes to life voluntarily. Not because she is blind. She knows what's going to happen. So, she's the archetypal representation of the woman who says yes to life knowing full well what life is. She's not naive. She's not someone who got pregnant in the backseat of a 1957 Chevy during one night of half-drunk idiocy. Not that. She does so consciously. Consciously, knowing what's to come. And then she allows it to happen, which is a testament to mothers.“

—  Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962

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„The game which I was now playing in Auschwitz was dangerous. This sentence does not really convey the reality; in fact, I had gone far beyond what people in the real world consider dangerous.“

—  Witold Pilecki World War II concentration camp leader and resistor 1901 - 1948

Source: Lawrence W. Reed, Witold Pilecki: Bravery Beyond Measure, 23 October 2015 https://fee.org/articles/he-volunteered-to-go-to-auschwitz/

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„There is no reality, only perception.“

—  Phil McGraw American television host, psychologist, actor and film producer 1950

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„‎Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.“

—  Les Brown American politician 1945

Variant: Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.

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„Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Song lyrics
Context: Life is one big road with lots of signs,
So when you riding through the ruts,
Don't you complicate your mind
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy
Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality

"Wake Up and Live!” on Survival (1979)

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„Failure is a reality; we all fail at times, and it's painful when we do. But it's better to fail while striving for something wonderful, challenging, adventurous, and uncertain than to say, " I don't want to try because I may not succeed completely.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924

Source: Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith

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„I wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet

Source: The Book of Disquiet

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„Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.“

—  Jack Welch American executive: General Electric CEO 1935

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„…nothing is stronger than true reality.“

—  Melissus of Samos Eleatic philosopher -470 - -430 BC

Fragments of Melissus's On Nature, Fragment 8
Original: (el) Τοῦ γὰρ ἐόντος ἀληθινοῦ κρεῖσσον οὐδέν.

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Citát „Dreams are reality waiting to happen.“
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„Freedom lies beneath reality.“

—  Anastacia American singer-songwriter 1968

Maybe Today
Anastacia (2004)

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„You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

"The Gift of Water" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 200
The Essential Rumi (1995)

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„If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination.“

—  Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984

Remarks made during the Fifth Solvay International Conference (October 1927), as quoted in Physics and Beyond: Encounters and Conversations (1971) by Werner Heisenberg, pp. 85-86; these comments prompted the famous remark later in the day by Wolfgang Pauli: "Well, our friend Dirac, too, has a religion, and its guiding principle is "God does not exist and Dirac is His prophet." Variant translations and paraphrases of that comment are listed in the "Quotes about Dirac" section below.
Context: If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were so much more exposed to the overpowering forces of nature than we are today, should have personified these forces in fear and trembling. But nowadays, when we understand so many natural processes, we have no need for such solutions. I can't for the life of me see how the postulate of an Almighty God helps us in any way. What I do see is that this assumption leads to such unproductive questions as why God allows so much misery and injustice, the exploitation of the poor by the rich and all the other horrors He might have prevented. If religion is still being taught, it is by no means because its ideas still convince us, but simply because some of us want to keep the lower classes quiet. Quiet people are much easier to govern than clamorous and dissatisfied ones. They are also much easier to exploit. Religion is a kind of opium that allows a nation to lull itself into wishful dreams and so forget the injustices that are being perpetrated against the people. Hence the close alliance between those two great political forces, the State and the Church. Both need the illusion that a kindly God rewards — in heaven if not on earth — all those who have not risen up against injustice, who have done their duty quietly and uncomplainingly. That is precisely why the honest assertion that God is a mere product of the human imagination is branded as the worst of all mortal sins.

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„You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

Quoted by William B. Whitman, The Quotable Politician p. 197.
Attributed
Source: By Any Means Necessary

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„Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.“

—  Hannah Arendt, book The Origins of Totalitarianism

Source: On the subject “alternate facts”. Source: The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951. As quoted by Scroll Staff (December 04, 2017): Ideas in literature: Ten things Hannah Arendt said that are eerily relevant in today’s political times https://web.archive.org/web/20191001213756/https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times. In: Scroll.in. Archived from the original https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times on October 1, 2019.

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„You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.“

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

Source: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)

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„Truth must be found in reality, not systems.“

—  Joseph Beuys German visual artist 1921 - 1986

Source: What Is Art?: Conversations with Joseph Beuys

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Citát „Reality is frequently inaccurate.“
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„Reality is frequently inaccurate.“

—  Douglas Adams, book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Source: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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„There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Herschel Browning Chip (1968, p. 270).
Other translation:
Abstract art is only painting. And what's so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality.
Richard Friedenthal (1968, p. 256-7).
Longer version:
Abstract art is only painting. And what's so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. These ideas and emotions will be imprisoned in his work for good.. .Whether he wants it or not, man is the instrument of nature; she imposes on him character and appearance. In my paintings of Dinard, as in my paintings of Purville, I have given expression to more or less the same vision.. .. You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only (Boisgeloup, winter 1934).
As quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 313
Quotes, 1930's, "Conversations avec Picasso," 1934–35
Context: Abstract art is only painting. What about drama?
There is no abstract art. You always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

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„The past is never dead. It's not even past.“

—  William Faulkner, book Requiem for a Nun

Act 1, sc. 3; this has sometimes been paraphrased or misquoted as "The past isn't over. It isn't even past."
Source: Requiem for a Nun (1951)

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„fiction always surpasses reality but reality is always richer than fiction.“

—  Javier Cercas Spanish writer, journalist and professor of Spanish literature 1962

Source: Outlaws

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„The easiest thing in the world is self-deceit; for every man believes what he wishes, though the reality is often different.“

—  Démosthenés ancient greek statesman and orator -384 - -322 BC

Third Olynthiac http://books.google.com/books?id=n4INAAAAYAAJ&q="the+easiest+thing+in+the+world+is+self-deceit+for+every+man+believes+what+he+wishes+though+the+reality+is+often+different"&pg=PA57#v=onepage, section 19 (349 BC), as translated by Charles Rann Kennedy (1852)
Variants:
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
As quoted in The Routledge Dictionary of Quotations (1987) by Robert Andrews, p. 255
There is nothing easier than self-delusion. Since what man desires, is the first thing he believes.

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„It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.“

—  Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941

Variant: It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality
Source: The Death of the Moth and Other Essays

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„Reality is not easy, but all this make-believe doesn't make it easier.“

—  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, book Infidel

Source: Infidel

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„Reality of things is hidden in the realm of the unseen“

—  Hamza Yusuf American Islamic scholar 1958

Source: Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart

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„Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.“

—  Joe Hill Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World 1879 - 1915

Source: NOS4A2

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„There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality“

—  Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941

The Enemies of Reason, "Slaves to Superstition" [1.01], 13 August 2007, timecode 00:38:16ff
The Enemies of Reason (August 2007)
Variant: Science is the poetry of reality.
Context: The word 'mundane' has come to mean boring and dull, and it really shouldn't. It should mean the opposite because it comes from the latin 'mundus', meaning the world, and the world is anything but dull; the world is wonderful. There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.