Reality Quotes

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The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
[Living] [Reality] [Victor Hugo] [Ideals]

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Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption.
[Optimism] [Reality] [Idealism] [Vanna Bonta] [Ideals]

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I murmured because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
[Reality] [Gratitude] [Persian Proverb]

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People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that?s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they?re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they?re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It?s all in how you carry it. That?s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you?re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
[Life] [Pain] [Reality] [Jim] [Jim Morrison] [Morrison]

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Nothing is real.
[Truth] [Reality] [John Lennon]

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Reality is frequently inaccurate.
[Reality] [Douglas Adams]

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Reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
[Reality] [Drugs] [Addiction] [Robin P. Williams]

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Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
[Reality] [Humankind] [T. S. Eliot]

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[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.
[Truth] [Horror] [Reality] [Chaos] [Illusion] [Clive Barker] [Oblivion]

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The contemporary proliferation of bullshit also has deeper sources, in various forms of skepticism which deny that we can have any reliable access to an objective reality and which therefore reject the possibility of knowing how things truly are. These "anti-realist" doctrines undermine confidence in the value of disinterested efforts to determine what is true and what is false, and even in the intelligibility of the notion of objective inquiry. One response to this loss of confidence has been a retreat from the discipline required by dedication to the ideal of correctness to a quite different sort of discipline, which is imposed by pursuit of an alternative ideal of sincerity. Rather than seeking primarily to arrive at accurate representations of a common world, the individual turns toward trying to provide honest representations of himself. Convinced that reality has no inherent nature, which he might hope to identify as the truth about things, he devotes himself to being true to his own nature. It is as though he decides that since it makes no sense to try to be true to the facts, he must therefore try instead to be true to himself. But it is preposterous to imagine that we ourselves are determinate, and hence susceptible both to correct and to incorrect descriptions, while supposing that the ascription of determinacy to anything else has been exposed as a mistake. As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things, and we cannot know ourselves at all without knowing them. Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly nothing in experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is the truth about himself that is the easiest for a person to know. Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to skeptical dissolution. Our natures are, indeed, elusively insubstantial -- notoriously less stable and less inherent than the natures of other things. And insofar as this is the case, sincerity itself is bullshit.
[Truth] [Honesty] [Reality] [Bullshit] [Sincerity] [Harry G. Frankfurt]

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Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everything being washed away, again and again. We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.
[Sarah Dessen] [Reality] [Realization] [Self Discovery]

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There?s no way that Michael Jackson or whoever Jackson should have a million thousand droople billion dollars and then there?s people starving. There?s no way! There?s no way that these people should own planes and there people don?t have houses. Apartments. Shacks. Drawers. Pants! I know you?re rich. I know you got 40 billion dollars, but can you just keep it to one house? You only need ONE house. And if you only got two kids, can you just keep it to two rooms? I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there?s somebody with no room?! It just don?t make sense to me. It don?t.
[Money] [Reality] [Poverty] [Rich] [Tupac Shakur] [Hungry]

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As a girl, she had come to believe in the ideal man -- the prince or knight of her childhood stories. In the real world, however, men like that simply didn't exist.
[Nicholas Sparks] [Romance] [Reality] [Fiction] [Bhie] [Message In A Bottle]

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Listen closely... the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it.
[Reality] [Silence] [Jack Kerouac]

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The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real.
[Truth] [Reality] [Philip K. Dick] [Epistemology] [Postmodern]

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Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore
[Reality] [Leonard Cohen]

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when you're a kid, they tell you that it's what's on the inside that counts. Looks don't matter . But that's not true. Guys like Phoebus in The Hunchback, or Dorian, or the old Kyle Kingsbury-- they can be scumbags to women and still get away with it because they're good-looking. Being ugly is a kind of prisoner.
[Truth] [Reality] [Alex Flinn]