„The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not.“

Source: All the Pretty Horses

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„It is true that reality exists apart from us; but what we mistake for the world is actually a world constituted by us, selected from an infinitely complex reality.“

—  Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013

Source: Introduction to the New Existentialism (1966), p. 63
Context: A child might be overawed by a great city, but a civil engineer knows that he might demolish it and rebuild it himself. Husserl's philosophy has the same aim: to show us that, although we may have been thrust into this world without a 'by your leave,' we are mistaken to assume that it exists independently of us. It is true that reality exists apart from us; but what we mistake for the world is actually a world constituted by us, selected from an infinitely complex reality.

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„His genius operates in that world of antithesis where the conflict between ideal and reality rages“

—  Patrick Swift British artist 1927 - 1983

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Context: Caravaggio speaks to us out of a consciousness that is brooding and obsessive, and affects us in a way that is not simply artistic. By this I mean that he comes close to presenting us with a sensation of amorphous and desperate desire unredeemed by an authoritative vision. It can be felt in the apprehensive boredom of the unsuccessful pictures and in the oppressive intensity of the best. If this sensation were deep enough it might have destructive effects, since we all live within that margin of order which we succeed in imposing on life, i. e., on the unfulfilled longings of the heart, and his work might then be truly diabolic. His genius operates in that world of antithesis where the conflict between ideal and reality rages, and the moral victory, i. e., the ultimate affirmation of the goodness of life, is always so tenuously won that we feel the dread of chaos intensely- even when he is completely successful. If there could be such a contradictory phenomenon as the uninnocent artist he might be it. He indicates the sort of sensations we might expect from such a monster. But since he is wholly innocent beneath the apparent evidence of corruption he ends by moving us in a profound and religious way.

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„I would want a dreaming machine that dreams up the most beautiful dreams and then show me exactly how to make them a reality…This is the eternal conundrum: the visualization of desires (dreams), and then the dissonance between that and reality.“

—  Sally Wen Mao Chinese-born American poet

On her poem “Yume-Miru Kikai” in “41.2 Feature: An Interview with Sally Wen Mao” https://bwr.ua.edu/an-interview-with-poet-sally-wen-mao-from-issue-41-2/ in Black Warrior Review (2015 Mar 2)

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„The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation.“

—  M. C. Escher Dutch graphic artist 1898 - 1972

1950's, On Being a Graphic Artist', 1953
Context: The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation. Thus there is little chance that we will succeed in getting through to a large audience, and on the whole we are quite satisfied if we are understood and appreciated by a small number of sensitive, receptive people.

„The Introductory chords dissolve the dream which the music has evoked, and we are back once more in the world of reality.“

—  Walter Raymond Spalding American music pedagogue and author 1865 - 1962

On the Coda of the Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, page 187 https://books.google.com/books?id=pQARAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA187.
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„One might think that through ecstasy we would have access to a world as far from reality as that of the dream.“

—  Salvador Dalí Spanish artist 1904 - 1989

The repugnant can become desirable, affection cruelty, the ugly beautiful, faults qualities, qualities black miseries.
Quote in 'Le phénomene de l'extase', in 'Minotaure' 1933; as quoted in Dali and Me, Catherine Millet, - translation Trista Selous -, Scheidegger & Spiess AG, 8001 Zurich Switzerland, p. 133
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„The creation of space incorporates the debate about the dialogue between dream and reality. We must use the hidden surrealistic potential of our environment to awaken basic emotions.“

—  Justus Dahinden Swiss architect 1925

Raumgebung beinhaltet die Auseinandersetzung mit dem dialogischen Verhältnis von Traum und Wirklichkeit. Wir müssen das surrealistische Potenzial ausschöpfen, welches in unserer Umwelt verborgen ist. Es lassen sich damit Basisgefühle wecken.
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