Reality quotes

  • Get up now and go and find Robert Kilroy-Silk. Smile in a warm, friendly sort of way, then punch him on the nose. Now go and find Robert on television, despite my best endeavours, this is still relatively easy to do. Wait for a close-up, same smile, and punch him on the nose. If you followed the instructions carefully, you will have noticed a distinct difference. On the one hand, you were suffused with a sense of public-spirited righteousness; on the other, you're probably dribbling blood. That's the difference between reality in life and reality on television.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Reality #Blood #Hands

  • The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Fear #Loss #Reality

  • All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Reading #Reality #Stories

  • We are apt to say that a foreign policy is successful only when the country, or at any rate the governing class, is united behind it. In reality, every line of policy is repudiated by a section, often by an influential section, of the country concerned. A foreign minister who waited until everyone agreed with him would have no foreign policy at all.
    -- A. J. P. Taylor

    #Country #Successful #Reality

  • Reality is like a fruitcake; pretty enough to look at but with all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surface.
    -- A. Lee Martinez

    #Reality #Looks #Fruitcake

  • One symptom of his (Hitler) being strangely at variance with reality, or the nature of things,was his gift for wearing inappropriate of ludicrous clothing...When he was supposed to be starting a militaristic revolution he was wearing evening dress and an ill-fitting black tailcoat...and his army medals.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Army #Reality #Black

  • Louis de Bernires is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh. . .he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste.
    -- A. S. Byatt

    #Running #Reality #Looks

  • There is a beautiful and life-enhancing alternative outlook that offers insight, consolation, inspiration and meaning, which has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with the best, most generous, most sympathetic understanding of human reality.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Beautiful #Inspiration #Reality

  • It is possible to be a meta-physician without believing in a transcendent reality; for we shall see that many metaphysical utterances are due to the commission of logical errors, rather than to a conscious desire on the part of their authors to go beyond the limits of experience.
    -- A.J. Ayer

    #Believe #Reality #Errors

  • The language itself is what gets me interested in writing. It's weird to me that words exist. Never a dull moment with words. They're a layer between our minds and the physical reality around us, obviously, but the layer seems like it's always in flux, like an asteroid belt, constantly moving.
    -- Aaron Belz

    #Moving #Writing #Reality

  • The brands with which we surround ourselves prop us up, make us feel sexy and beautiful, when in reality we're pretty dumpy creatures.
    -- Aaron Belz

    #Beautiful #Sexy #Reality

  • We hope we're better. The reality is we had a pretty darn good team last year. But you can't just throw your gloves out there and be good again. We want to take that next step as a team.
    -- Aaron Boone

    #Team #Reality #Years

  • Socializing on the internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Reality #Tvs #Internet

  • Reality is painful -- it's so much easier to keep doing stuff you know you're good at or else to pick something so hard there's no point at which it's obvious you're failing -- but it's impossible to get better without confronting it.
    -- Aaron Swartz

    #Reality #Get Better #Stuff

  • I'd like to set things straight, a few more people should be pulling their weight.
    -- Aaron Tippin

    #Reality #People #Weight

  • Action is the only reality; not only reality, but morality as well.
    -- Abbie Hoffman

    #Reality #Morality #Action

  • Historic changes and challenges. Breakthroughs in human knowledge and opportunity. And yet, for vast numbers across the globe, the daily realities have not altered.
    -- Abdallah II

    #Opportunity #Reality #Numbers

  • We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society. But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.
    -- Abdolkarim Soroush

    #Reality #Use #Coins

  • The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Reality #Voice #World

  • Straight away, remove yourself from the field of spiritual progression , stay away from contemplation and skillful discourse, do not do research or meditate on the divinities, and stop concentrating and reciting textbooks! Tell me, what is the absolute nature of reality which allows no room for doubt? Listen carefully! Stop holding on to this or that, inhabit your true absolute nature, and peacefully enjoy the essence of what it is to be alive!
    -- Abhinavagupta

    #Spiritual #Reality #Essence

  • Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
    -- Abraham Cahan

    #Reality #Other Worlds #Substance

  • Sixty years after the end of the war, the time has come to make this information available. With the number of survivors and witnesses diminishing by the day, and the reality that the Holocaust is fading into the pages of history and memory, we should not have to wait any longer.
    -- Abraham Foxman

    #Memories #War #Reality

  • The guidelines say all the right things, ... They address all the issues that were raised as problems at the Air Force Academy. The major question is, how will be they become a reality A lot of the people implementing this are the people who violated it.
    -- Abraham Foxman

    #Reality #Air #Issues

  • Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Commitment #Reality #Promise

  • The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Reality #Internet #Trouble

  • The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Reality #People #Giving

  • Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Motivation #Reality #Self

  • To the extent that language forces experiences into categories it is a screen between reality and the human being. In a word, we pay for its benefits... Therefore, while using language, as we must of necessity, we should be aware of its shortcomings.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Reality #Pay #Benefits

  • Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people
    -- Achim Steiner

    #Independent #Reality #People

  • The idea of it becomes a little freaky if you're dealing with someone who has trouble differentiating between fantasy and reality, but that's a concern no matter what kind of movie you're dealing with.
    -- Adam Arkin

    #Reality #Ideas #Littles

  • When it comes to fundraising for a social enterprise, if you are pursuing your true passion, you'll learn to become great at your craft because you'll care so much about perfecting the skills necessary to make that dream a reality.
    -- Adam Braun

    #Dream #Passion #Reality

  • I think comedy has evolved like every art form, and people probably do less standing around and telling jokes, and more things that have to do with reality.
    -- Adam Carolla

    #Art #Thinking #Reality

  • Americans also seem to believe that the monarchy is a kind of mediaeval hangover, encumbered by premodern notions of decorum; the reality is that the British monarchy, for good or ill, is a modern political institution perhaps the first modern political institution.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Hangover #Believe #Reality

  • Once a poet calls his myth a myth, he prevents the reader from treating it as a reality; we use the word 'myth' only for stories we ourselves cannot believe.
    -- Adam Kirsch

    #Believe #Reality #Stories

  • Fantasy is so much hotter than reality most of the time
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Reality #Fantasy #Hotter

  • All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Song #Reality #Honestly

  • I reject your reality and substitute my own.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Reality #Intelligence #Fierce

  • The U. S. trade deficit with China shows that while we value the potential of their market, they value the reality of our market. It is in this area that we should use our leverage.
    -- Adam Schiff

    #Reality #Use #Should

  • Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Reality #Government #Defense

  • No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Money #Reality #Scarcity

  • Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there.
    -- Adam Young

    #Reality #Lovely #Owl

  • When we acknowledge a child's feelings, we do him a great service. We put him in touch with his inner reality. And once he's clear about that reality, he gathers the strength to begin to cope.
    -- Adele Faber

    #Children #Reality #Feelings

  • Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.
    -- Adeline Yen Mah

    #Dream #Believe #Reality

  • There is only God. REALITY is God and has never required your belief. This reality no "one" survives. In Ultimate Reality no "one" is saved either - there is simply nothing to save you "from" : you have not emerged from any "other" and there is no place else for "you" to disappear into. Ever.
    -- Adi Da

    #Reality #Belief #Disappear

  • As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.
    -- Adi Shankara

    #Inspiration #Reality #Attachment

  • A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
    -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    #Love #Beauty #Reality

  • We cannot pretend that reality is different from what it is.
    -- Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

    #Reality #Different

  • Learning between grown-ups and kids should be reciprocal. The reality, unfortunately, is a little different, and it has a lot to do with trust, or a lack of it.
    -- Adora Svitak

    #Kids #Reality #Different

  • In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.
    -- Adora Svitak

    #Dream #Inspirational Life #Reality

  • Reality, the oppressor's tongue.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Reality #Poetry #Tongue

  • Your life, all of your life, is your path to awakening. By resisting or not dealing with its challenges, you stay asleep to Reality. Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you. Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Reality #Grace #Challenges

  • Reality is always true to itself. When you're in harmony with it, you experience bliss. As soon as you are not in harmony with it, you experience pain. This is the law of the universe; it is the way things are. Nobody gets out of this law.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Pain #Stress #Reality

  • It is not the pursuit of greater and greater states of happiness and bliss that leads to enlightenment, but the yearning for Reality and the rabid dissatisfaction with living anything less than a fully authentic life.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Reality #Enlightenment #Bliss

  • Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now?
    -- Adyashanti

    #Letting Go #Reality #Ideas

  • Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
    -- Aesop

    #Reality #Shadow #Substance

  • To sacrifice the moral to the physical, as is done in these days, is to sacrifice reality for a shadow.
    -- African Spir

    #Sacrifice #Reality #Shadow

  • There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Children #Reality #Thinking

  • People are always fighting reality until it's pushed down their throats.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Fighting #Reality #People

  • There is no illusion so permanent as that which enables us to look backward with complacency; there is no mental process so deceptive as the comparing of recollections with realities.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Reality #Complacency #Looks

  • Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Sorry #Reality #Achievement

  • It would indeed be a great delusion, if we stated that those sports of Nature [we find] enclosed in rocks are there by chance or by some vague creative power. Ah, that would be superficial indeed! In reality, those shells, which once were alive in water and are now dead and decomposed, were made thus by time not Nature; and what we now find as very hard, figured stone, was once soft mud and which received the impression of the shape of a shell, as I have frequently demonstrated.
    -- Agostino Scilla

    #Life #Sports #Reality

  • Can art be completely invented? It's a matter of shaping reality with the help of imagination.
    -- Aharon Appelfeld

    #Art #Reality #Imagination

  • We have a problem with several media taking only a part of the reality and not the whole picture. Some media in the world are more critical towards what's happening than others. It depends on the journalist, it depends how much information they have about the case and which perspective they are asking you from. All of these things can play a role.
    -- Ahmed Akkari

    #Reality #Media #Play

  • The practice of photography is no longer a means for recording reality. Instead, it has become reality itself
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Photography #Mean #Reality

  • The dreams we are chasing and the reality that is chasing us are always parallel; they never meet.
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Dream #Reality #Chasing

  • The more my dream are fulfilled the quicklier they become realities losing their shine.
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Dream #Reality #Shining

  • Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time.
    -- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    #Beautiful #Running #Reality

  • Suttas are not meant to be 'sacred scriptures' that tell us what to believe. One should read them, listen to them, think about them, contemplate them, and investigate the present reality, the present experience with them. Then, and only then, can one insightfully know the truth beyond words.
    -- Ajahn Sumedho

    #Buddhist #Believe #Reality

  • In order to find reality, each must search for his own universe, look for the details that contribute to this reality7 that one feels under the surface of things. To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means never to look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • Too much FANTASY loses REALITY, too much HOPE may seem somehow EMPTY.
    -- Akira Toriyama

    #Reality #May #Too Much

  • In reality there is no cause or effect, there is only the indifference of the universe.
    -- Al Goldstein

    #Reality #Causes #Indifference

  • When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.
    -- Al Gore

    #Reality #Your Side #Law

  • In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality.
    -- Al Gore

    #Reality #America #United States

  • Like an audience entertained by a magician, we allow ourselves to be deceived by those with a stake in persuading us to ignore reality.
    -- Al Gore

    #Reality #Stakes #Magician

  • There is the natural tendency that all of us are vulnerable to, to deny unpleasant realities and to look for any excuse to push them away and resolve to think about them another day long in the future.
    -- Al Gore

    #Reality #Thinking #Long

  • I've never seen the Osbournes, I've never seen Paris Hilton. I'd rather read than watch reality TV. I'd rather live life than watch somebody else living it.
    -- Al Jourgensen

    #Live Life #Reality #Paris

  • We measure our days out in steps of uncertainty not turning to see how far we've come. And peer down the highway from here to eternity and reach out for love on the run.
    -- Al Stewart

    #Running #Reality #Peers

  • Every night for dinner we had a big chunk of dirt.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Night #Reality #Dinner

  • Cursed in earth and subdued by death, man found himself beset by time, and his instincts put to the test. Only then, he realized that with love he could survive, and that for a certain purpose he would toil. For those whom my love can not immune from death, are dedicated these paintings, in the hope they may express in drawing the reality of a resonant mind.
    -- Ala Bashir

    #Reality #Men #Drawing

  • As a painter, I realized that what we see is just manifestation of unseen power. Since then [1958 Coup in Iraq], reality started to take another form in my mind. Hence, I was aware of deception of our senses.
    -- Ala Bashir

    #Reality #Iraq #Deception

  • It will remain remarkable, in whatever way our future concepts may develop, that the very study of the external world led to the scientific conclusion that the content of the consciousness is the ultimate universal reality
    -- Alain Aspect

    #Reality #World #May

  • One wants never to give up this crystalline perspective. One wants to keep counterpositioning home with what one knows of alternative realities, as they exist in Tunis or Hyderabad. One wants never to forget that nothing here is normal, that the streets are different in Wisebaden, and Louyang, that this is just one of many possible worlds.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Giving Up #Home #Reality

  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is really advice to myself, a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty, but to go with it, to surf into change.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Dog #Reality #Advice

  • Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually taking part fully with the reality we do have, and that creates suffering. For me, the thing that I love is that it's all about the present moment.
    -- Alan Ball

    #Distance #Reality #Love Is

  • What I'm above all primarily concerned with is the substance of life, the pith of reality. If I had to sum up my work, I suppose that's it really: I'm taking the pith out of reality.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Reality #Substance #Concerned

  • It is always hard when reality intrudes on belief.
    -- Alan Dean Foster

    #Reality #Statistics #Belief

  • My novels are about the European reality, not about chases. You want chases, get somebody else's books.
    -- Alan Furst

    #Book #Reality #Want

  • I don't know where hell is ... another dimension, perhaps, or another plane of reality. As for getting there ... it's a choice between sinning and being tricked by demons It's a plane of evil ... despair ... and magic of the foulest kind.
    -- Alan Grant

    #Reality #Evil #Choices

  • Regulators have not been able to achieve the level of future clarity required to act pre-emptively. The problem is not lack of regulation but unrealistic expectations. What we confront in reality is uncertainty, some of it frighteningly so ...
    -- Alan Greenspan

    #Ignorance #Reality #Expectations

  • I think the reality is that, that money was probably badly spent.
    -- Alan Hansen

    #Reality #Thinking

  • The biggest problem we have as human beings is that we confuse our beliefs with reality.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Reality #Belief #Problem

  • Rights don't come from human documents. The very idea is only worthy of contempt. Human documents are nothing but pieces of paper, they are nothing but words--until by will, and conscience, and courage, and commitment, human beings turn them into reality.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Commitment #Reality #Ideas

  • Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Reality #Thinking #Ideas

  • Look at him now, poor fellow. That's what a dose of reality does for you...Never touch the stuff myself, you understand. Find it gets in the way of the hallucinations.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Reality #Doe #Looks

  • The displacement of scripted series by reality programming continues to be a severe obstacle to a working actor's ability to earn a living.
    -- Alan Rosenberg

    #Reality #Actors #Obstacles

  • Among some of the youngsters, I think reality TV has installed that culture into them and inspired a few of them into wanting to be 'TV celebrities.
    -- Alan Sugar

    #Thinking #Reality #Tvs

  • I'm a big proponent of having a mental health component go along with whatever the physical realities are.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Reality #Mental Health #Bigs

  • This is definitely a reality check for us, we've just got to learn from this and move on.
    -- Alan W. Black

    #Moving #Reality #Checks

  • A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Wisdom #Reality #Thinking