Reality and Imagination

"People don't like reality, they don't like common sense, until age forces it on them."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream — he awoke and found it truth."

Rating: 9.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"What's reality anyway? Nothing but a collective hunch."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."

Rating: 8.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic."

Rating: 9.29 (Number of Voters: 7)

"A theory must be tempered with reality."

Rating: 5.70 (Number of Voters: 10)

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal."

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Everything you can imagine is real."

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Memory feeds imagination."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Realists suffer more because they realize more reasons for suffering."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Virtual reality is to the real world as preservatives to the food."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination."

William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt "Sketches and Essays"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it."

Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert "Pensées de Gustave Flaubert"

Rating: 7.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Miracles are like jokes. They relieve our tension suddenly by setting us free from the chain of cause and effect."

Gerald Branan
Gerald Branan "Thoughts in a Dry Season: A Miscellany"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Lost illusions are truths discovered."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Some people look intelligent when they wear glasses, but it's only an optical illusion."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Thought maps existence; fantasy colors it."

Mason Cooley
Mason Cooley "City Aphorisms"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality."

Jean Baudrillard
Jean Baudrillard "Utopia Achieved"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria."

Mason Cooley
Mason Cooley "City Aphorisms"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Imagination at wit's end spreads its sad wings."

Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett "Ill Seen Ill Said"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An actor is exactly as big as his imagination."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Imagination selects ideas from the treasures of remembrance, and produces novelty only by varied combinations."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)