„That heartbreaking moment when you finish an amazing book, and you are forced to return to reality.“
— Grace Paley American writer and activist 1922 - 2007
„You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.“
— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991
— Jack Welch American executive: General Electric CEO 1935
„(...) To take the world as real and one’s self as unreal is ignorance, the cause of sorrow. To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things as imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face. The thought ‘I am’ is the polishing cloth. Use it.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
„There is only one thing in your life YOU can be sure of. That one thing is this moment, now. The last moment has gone forever. The next moment has not come. YOU can become fully conscious only when you are living in the moment. To begin to live in the moment you have to know it exists and understand it. To understand it you have to observe it in relation to yourself and in relation to life. When you understand it, when you become conscious, you will see it is all that exists. To see this is to glimpse reality.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
„There have been a good many funny things said and written about hardupishness, but the reality is not funny, for all that. It is not funny to have to haggle over pennies. It isn't funny to be thought mean and stingy. It isn't funny to be shabby and to be ashamed of your address. No, there is nothing at all funny in poverty — to the poor.“
— Jerome K. Jerome English humorist 1859 - 1927
"On Being Hard Up".
„It was one of the few things he had to believe in, the possibility of beauty when faced with the reality of so much ugliness.“
— Cassandra Clare, The Last Stand of the New York Institute
„A mind is a psychic pattern through which you interpret and form reality. You have physical limbs that you can see. You have minds that are invisible. Each one can organize reality in a different fashion. Each one deals with its own kind of knowledge. These minds all work together to keep you alive through the physical structure of the brain. When you use all of these minds, then and only then do you become fully aware of your surroundings: You perceive reality more clearly than you do now, more sharply, brilliantly and concisely. At the same time, however, you comprehend it directly.“
— Jane Roberts American Writer 1929 - 1984
Session 763, Page 41
„“How, in this day and age, can any one of you claim to be better than your fellow human beings?”
“Because we are,” said Marilyn Deighton-True with a shrug. “Face reality, Giles, or it will face you. You can spout all the socialiste nouveau crap you like, but it simply doesn’t apply to a meritocracy.”“
— Kage Baker American writer 1952 - 2010
Chapter 6, “Alec and His Friends” (p. 106)
„You're a coward, James.
You're running away from humanity.
You're running away from reality.
It won't be funny when they rat-a-tat-tat you down.“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958