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

"Herbert West: Re-Animator" in "Home Brew" Vol. 1, No. 1 (February 1922)
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„I'm more determined than ever that my husband's dream will become a reality.“

—  Coretta Scott King American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1927 - 2006

Statement soon after her husband's slaying in April 1968, as quoted in CNN obituary (January 31, 2006) http://www2.cnn.com/2006/US/01/31/king.obit.ap/

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„They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people's ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book The Zahir

Source: The Zahir (2005), p. 205.
Context: Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people's ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.

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„The Future is more present than the Past :
For one look back, a thousand on we cast;
And hope doth ever memory outlast.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838

(1834-1) (Vol.40) The Future, compare Ethel Churchill (or The Two Brides) I, 31
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„Don't talk to me about your hideous reality! What does it mean — reality?“

—  Gustave Flaubert, book Sentimental Education

Pt. 1, Ch. 4
Sentimental Education (1869)
Context: Don't talk to me about your hideous reality! What does it mean — reality? Some see things black, others blue — the multitude sees them brute-fashion. There is nothing less natural than Michael Angelo; there is nothing more powerful! The anxiety about eternal truth is a mark of contemporary baseness; and art will become, if things go on in that way, a sort of poor joke as much below religion as it is below poetry, and as much below politics as it is below business. You will never reach its end — yes, its end! — which is to cause within us an impersonal exaltation, with petty works, in spite of all your finished execution.

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„The past is more than a memory.“

—  John Trudell Native American rights activist, musician, poet 1946 - 2015

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„Memory is more indelible than ink.“

—  Anita Loos Actress, novelist, screenwriter, TV producer 1889 - 1981

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„Memories mean more to me than dresses.“

—  Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945

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„One of the schools of Tlön goes so far as to negate time; it reasons that the present is indefinite, that the future has no reality other than as a present hope, that the past has no reality other than as a present memory.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges, book Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

Variants: One of the schools in Tlön has reached the point of denying time. It reasons that the present is undefined, that the future has no other reality than as present hope, that past is no more than present memory . . . Another maintains that the universe is comparable to those code systems in which not all the symbols have meaning, and in which only that which happens every three hundredth night is true...
The history of the universe... is the handwriting produced by a minor god in order to communicate with a demon.
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (1940)
Context: One of the schools of Tlön goes so far as to negate time; it reasons that the present is indefinite, that the future has no reality other than as a present hope, that the past has no reality other than as a present memory. Another school declares that all time has already transpired and that our life is only the crepuscular and no doubt falsified an mutilated memory or reflection of an irrecoverable process. Another, that the history of the universe — and in it our lives and the most tenuous detail of our lives — is the scripture produced by a subordinate god in order to communicate with a demon. Another, that the universe is comparable to those cryptographs in which not all the symbols are valid and that only what happens every three hundred nights is true. Another, that while we sleep here, we are awake elsewhere and that in this way every man is two men.

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„Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies…“

—  Eileen Chang Chinese writer and screenwriter 1920 - 1995

2. "Writing of One's Own" (pp. 17–18)
Liuyan [《流言》] (1968)
Context: In this era, the old things are being swept away and the new things are still being born. But until this historical era reaches its culmination, all certainty will remain an exception. People sense that everything about their everyday lives is a little out of order, out of order to a terrifying degree. All of us must live within a certain historical era, but this era sinks away from us like a shadow, and we feel we have been abandoned. In order to confirm our own existence, we need to take hold of something real, of something most fundamental, and to that end we seek the help of an ancient memory, the memory of a humanity that has lived through every era, a memory clearer and closer to our hearts than anything we might see gazing far into the future. And this gives rise to a strange apprehension about the reality surrounding us. We begin to suspect that this is an absurd and antiquated world, dark and bright at the same time. Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies, producing a solemn but subtle agitation, an intense but as yet indefinable struggle.

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„Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.“

—  Alfred Stieglitz American photographer 1864 - 1946

Alfred Stieglitz, as quoted in The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940, M. Orvell (1989). p. 220
Variant: There is a reality — so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. That's what I'm trying to get down in photography.

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„A heart-memory is better than a mere head-memory. Better to carry away a little of the love of Christ in our souls, than if we were able to repeat every word of every sermon we ever heard.“

—  Francis de Sales French bishop, saint, writer and Doctor of the Church j 1567 - 1622

Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 373.

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