Reality and Imagination

"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has accepted, in spite of your changing moods."

Clive Staples Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis "Mere Christianity"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It's not down on any map. True places never are."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact."

Willa Cather
Willa Cather "On Writing"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Some people are better imagined in one's bed than found there in the morning."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Words express neither objects nor ourselves."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Sayings in Prose"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist."

Quentin Crisp
Quentin Crisp "The Naked Civil Servant"

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination."


Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The difference between vision and hallucination is action."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Imagination is the beginning of creation."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming."

Coleman Dowell
Coleman Dowell "October Was Here"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination."

Ellen Key
Ellen Key "The Woman of the Future"

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts."

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie "Midnight's Children"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows."

John Updike
John Updike "Buchanan Dying"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Live in contact with dreams and you will get something of their charm: live in contact with facts and you will get something of their brutality. I wish I could find a country to live in where the facts were not brutal and the dreams not real."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams."

Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire "Artificial Paradise"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Myths which are believed in tend to become true."

George Orwell
George Orwell "The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters"

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within sleep."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, Second Series"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All fiction may be autobiography, but all autobiography is of course fiction."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it."


Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Politics is the enemy of the imagination."


Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Let us be realistic and demand the impossible."

 graffito - Paris 1968
graffito - Paris 1968

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"[...] parables are unnecessary for recognizing the blatant absurdity of everyday life. Reality is lesson enough."

Jane O`Reilly
Jane O`Reilly "The Girl I Left Behind"

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."

Jane Austen
Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books."

Jean Rostand
Jean Rostand "The Substance of Man"

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "The English Constitution"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels."

Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello "Six Characters in Search of an Author"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow."

Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello "Six Characters in Search of an Author"

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit."

Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense."

Helen Rowland
Helen Rowland "A Guide to Men"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator."

George Santayana
George Santayana "The Life of Reason"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)