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William JamesThoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

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Jean AnouilhI like reality. It tastes like bread.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

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Wallace StevensIt is never the thing but the version of the thing.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Jean BaudrillardThe world has become so real that this reality is only bearable at the expense of perpetual denial. “This is not a world,” after “this is not a pipe.”

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Cyril ConnollyEverything is a dangerous drug to me except reality, which is unendurable.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

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Timothy LearyAny reality is an opinion -we make up our own reality.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

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Wallace StevensIn the presence of extraordinary actuality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Wallace StevensReality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Ambrose BierceReality, n. The dream of a mad philosopher.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Pablo PicassoThere is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoEverything you can imagine is real.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Wolfgang GoetheLove is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Albert EinsteinIn so far as theories of mathematics speak about reality, they are not certain, and in so far as they are certain, they do not speak about reality.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinReality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheIn Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

George OrwellReality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Ayn RandYou can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliIf you don't believe in magic, then you can't believe in reality.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Fernando PessoaI wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Charles de GaulleNo policy is worth anything outside of reality.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Stanislaw Jerzy LecNever turn your back on reality. It surrounds you.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Jean AnouilhThere is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Jean-Luc GodardSometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

T. S. EliotHumankind cannot bear very much reality.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Bob MarleyRastafari not a culture, it's a reality.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Jean Jacques RousseauThe world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Lou HoltzNothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad, but somewhere between reality falls.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Marcel ProustLove is a striking example of how little reality means to us.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Marcel ProustIf we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Marcel ProustAll the mind's activity is easy if it is not subjected to reality.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer


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Woody AllenI hate reality but it's still the best place to get a good steak.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director










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