Quotations on Reality

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Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Love, Thought, Reality, Spirit)

Sure, I suffered a lot. But it's not like the end of the world and it's not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and I'm able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
- Ben Affleck
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Divorce, End, Reality, World)

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: Truth, Fact, Reality, Will, Writer, Writers)

What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.
- Edward Albee
(Keywords: People, Fantasy, Reality, Theater, Want)

I talk about acting to students making the transition from high school to UCLA. Kids going into this profession really need to know the reality of it.
- Loni Anderson
(Keywords: Acting, Kids, Profession, Reality, School, Students, Talk)

My greatest enemy is reality. I have fought it successfully for thirty years.
- Margaret Anderson
(Keywords: Enemy, Reality, Years)

The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Ideology, Reality, World)

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Reality, Road)

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
(Keywords: Idea, Concern, Fantasy, Reality, Trouble)

The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.
- Colleen Atwood
(Keywords: Design, Music, People, Actors, Reality, Reward, World)

I came to the conclusion months ago, and I said it to members of Congress, that the only way people are going to fully appreciate what this reform is if we pass it and implement it and it becomes not a caricature but a reality, and I still believe that. So I think it will be easier to sell it moving forward than it was to this point.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: People, Congress, Months, Reality, Reform, Will)

All of the problems we're facing with debt are manmade problems. We created them. It's called fantasy economics. Fantasy economics only works in a fantasy world. It doesn't work in reality.
- Michele Bachmann
(Keywords: Work, Debt, Economics, Fantasy, Problems, Reality, World)

Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Time, Computers, Help, Reality, Will)

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Fiction, Reality, Writer)

We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch, either.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: Being, Innovation, Reality, World)

It's hard to spend years at a time working in total solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Time, Reality, Solitude, Years)

Google is a global Rorschach test. We see in it what we want to see. Google has built an infrastructure that makes a lot of dreams closer to reality.
- John Battelle
(Keywords: Dreams, Reality, Want)

Taste is more to do with manners than appearances. Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
- Stephen Bayley
(Keywords: Manners, Myth, Reality, Style, Taste)

What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality.
- Max Beckmann
(Keywords: Work, Idea, Reality, Want)

We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people.
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Keywords: Legal, Marriage, People, Help, Living, Reality, Respect, Want)

The adjustment of reality to the masses and of the masses to reality is a process of unlimited scope, as much for thinking as for perception.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Perception, Reality, Thinking)

A reflection of an exact image is the closest thing to you-so that you can see it-but it's far enough away so that you really understand it. There is real life in this movie, but it hovers just an inch above reality.
- Wes Bentley
(Keywords: Life, Reality, Reflection)

In teaching man, experimental science results in lessening his pride more and more by proving to him every day that primary causes, like the objective reality of things, will be hidden from him forever and that he can only know relations.
- Claude Bernard
(Keywords: Science, Causes, Day, Man, Pride, Reality, Results, Teaching, Will)

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
- Carl Bernstein
(Keywords: Truth, People, Americans, Being, Contempt, Culture, Information, Journalism, Popular, Reality, Today)

If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Mind, Reality, Study)

Then there is the further question of what is the relationship of thinking to reality. As careful attention shows, thought itself is in an actual process of movement.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Thought, Attention, Question, Reality, Thinking)

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Living, Reality, Writer, Writing)

Our government has made a number of promises to the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. Sadly, these promises of health care, education and other benefits have existed more in rhetoric than in reality.
- Allen Boyd
(Keywords: Education, Government, Health, Men, Women, Benefits, Care, Nation, Promises, Reality, Rhetoric)

It's essential to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life's pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw
(Keywords: Life, Truth, Lying, Pain, Reality, Thinking, Will)

When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit.
- Constantin Brancusi
(Keywords: Body, Eyes, Fish, Reality, Spirit, Want, Water)

If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just to go and see what the reality is, of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer, the drunk or sober poet... Sometimes you can go looking for illumination.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: Fiction, Reality, Word, Writer)

People want reality that tells them how right they are all the time.
- David Brooks
(Keywords: Time, People, Reality, Right, Want)

Several unions have agreed to larger employee contributions for their members. Taxpayers are living with cuts and making sacrifices to deal with the reality of California's budget crisis, state workers are going to have to do the same.
- Jerry Brown
(Keywords: Crisis, Living, Reality, State, Workers)

You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: Dream, Reality, Responsibility)

The reality in Iraq is that we are creating new terrorists and severely damaging the public impression of the United States in the Muslim world.
- Sherrod Brown
(Keywords: Impression, Muslim, Iraq, Public, Reality, states, United, World)

Yeah, man I am going to be writing a book soon. The reality of being in a rock band in the music business'.
- Steve Brown
(Keywords: Music, Business, Being, Man, Reality, Writing)

I believe that God and reality are too big for my poor words.
- Pat Buckley
(Keywords: God, Poor, Reality, Words)

We continually say things to support an opinion, which we have given, that in reality we don't above half mean.
- Frances Burney
(Keywords: Opinion, Reality, Support)

We often take for granted that our lights will come on when we flip the light switch, but the reality is that our reliability standards and the current state of the transmission grid leave us all vulnerable to blackouts.
- Richard Burr
(Keywords: Light, Reality, State, Will)

It's about avoiding reality through various escape routes that become addictions and lead to Hell. My character is addicted to television, chocolate, coffee, to her dream of her son, which has no basis in reality.
- Ellen Burstyn
(Keywords: Son, Dream, Character, Coffee, Hell, Reality, Television)

The reality is that we are hated not because of our democracy, freedoms, and generous social security system; rather, we are hated because of our involvement in foreign conflicts and quarrels that were never our concern.
- Amir Butler
(Keywords: Concern, Democracy, Quarrels, Reality, Security)

I feel not unlike a small boy, waking from a bad dream to find reality not much of an improvement.
- John Byrne
(Keywords: Dream, Improvement, Reality, Waking)

Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
- Abraham Cahan
(Keywords: Deeds, Learning, Reality, World, Worth)

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Thought, Revolution, Name, Reality, Rebellion, World)

I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery.
- Eric Cantona
(Keywords: Mystery, Reality, Will)

Again, the American people expect us to do what they are doing. It's tightening the belt, it's learning how to do more with less. That's a reality today, and we've got to do that in order to get the private sector growing.
- Eric Cantor
(Keywords: People, American, Learning, Order, Reality, Today)

In every war zone that I've been in, there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis, the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: War, Perception, Being, Crisis, Public, Reality, Zone)

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.
- Alexis Carrel
(Keywords: Science, Knowledge, Reality, Sense)

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Keywords: Interest, Reality, Want)

I believe that the fact and the reality of homosexuality and heterosexuality and of opposite and same-gender unions should be taught in our public schools without a value judgement system also being offered.
- Ed Case
(Keywords: Being, Fact, Homosexuality, Public, Reality, Schools, Value)



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