Reality (quotes)

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Reality is the state of things as they actually exist   

  • Reality: 1. The state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. 2. A thing that is actually experienced or seen.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Reality: The state of things as they are, rather than as they are imagined to be.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Reality: Something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.  Dictionary.com
  • Reality: Occurring or existing in actuality; not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory. Merriam Webster
  • Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.  Philip K. Dick
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Reality, some argue, is an illusion

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Reality is a persistent illusion

  • Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. Democritus
  • Nothing is real. John Lennon
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein
  • Reality is a palette that humans paint on to let themselves sleep better at night.
  • All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses. Gautama Buddha
  • The illusion is we are only physical. Vanna Bonta
  • There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it. Joseph Campbell
  • Illusion
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Our sense of reality is subjective

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Reality is contained within us …

  • There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself. Hermann Hesse
  • What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Otto Rank
  • The treasure within
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… existing in the mind, and nowhere else

  • Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. George Orwell
  • All life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other. H.P. Lovecraft
  • The mind
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Our sense of reality is based on subjective perceptions, interpretations and paradigms

  • Objectivity has about as much substance as the emperor’s new clothes. Connie Miller
  • Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. Democritus
  • Perception is merely reality filtered through the prism of your soul. Christopher A. Ray
  • Perception is real even when it is not reality. Edward de Bono
  • The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon
  • There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The attitude that I have toward any experience is a choice. I create my reality through the lens of my perception. Darren Weissman
  • There is no reality, only perception. Strategy: Identify the filters through which you view the world. Dr Phil McGraw
  • We all see things in different ways. We all have different paradigms or frames of reference—like eyeglasses through which we see the world. We see the world not as it is, but as we are—or sometimes as we are conditioned to see it. The more we are aware of our basic paradigms, or assumptions, and the extent to which we have been influenced by our experiences, the more we can take responsibility for those paradigms, examine them, test them against reality, change them if necessary, and listen to others and be open to their perceptions. Stephen Covey
  • What was once called the objective world is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads a meaning only remotely derived from the shape and color of the blot itself. Lewis Mumford
  • What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. Gary Zukav
  • What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. Louise Nevelson
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Our sense of reality is based on subjective experience

  • Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience. Albert Bandura
  • Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced. John Keats
  • The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced. J.J. Van der Leeuw
  • Experience
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Hold your perception of reality lightly

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Reality is different for everyone

  • After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin to worry about history.
  • I don’t pretend reality is the same for everyone. Diane Setterfield
  • In reality, there are an infinite number of perspectives, but we act as if there were only one. Genpo Roshi
  • Over 7 billion people in this world and a single reality? Not very realistic. Open your minds. Lucas T. Andrietti
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Therefore, hold your perceptions of reality lightly

  • One common mistake is to think that one reality is THE reality. You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one. Mother Meera
  • Over 7 billion people in this world and a single reality? Not very realistic. Open your minds. Lucas T. Andrietti
  • We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Open-mindedness
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Frequently question your perceptions of reality

  • Question reality, especially if it contradicts the evidence of your hopes and dreams. Robert Brault
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Realise your perception of reality is extremely limited

  • I am telling you that your perception of ultimate reality is more limited than you thought, and that Truth is more unlimited than you can imagine. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
  • Limitation
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You create your own sense of reality through …

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You create your own reality …

  • Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation. Rabindranath Tagore
  • What you make of your life is up to you. Every person creates his or her own reality. Authorship of your life is one of your absolute rights, yet so often people deny that they have the ability to script the life they desire. Stephen Covey
  • You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. You are creating your reality every minute. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If there is some aspect of creation you find you do not enjoy, bless it and simply change it. Choose again. Call forth a new reality. Think a new thought. Say a new word. Do a new thing. Neale Donald Walsch
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… through the power of your dreams acted upon

  • A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell
  • The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.  James Allen
  • A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  • There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it. B. Quilliam
  • A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon
  • A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. R.R. Tolkien
  • A solitary fantasy can transform one million realities. Maya Angelou
  • Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality. James Womack
  • Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. Belva Davis
  • Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. Anaïs Nin
  • Hold on to your dreams for they are, in a sense, the stuff of which reality is made. It is through our dreams that we maintain the possibility of a better, more meaningful life. Leo Buscaglia
  • In dreams you don’t need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don’t exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don’t hurt. Reality is different. Reality bites. Reality, reality. Haruki Murakami
  • It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. Robert H. Goddard
  • Plans make dreams reality. Susan Pace-Koch
  • Question reality, especially if it contradicts the evidence of your hopes and dreams. Robert Brault
  • Reality is a product of our dreams, decisions and actions, you have to believe in yourself when no one else does. Venus Williams
  • The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality. James A. Michener
  • We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self- discipline, and effort. Jesse Owens
  • We are attracted to what is already ours in secret. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt-for reality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • What is reality but the dreamworld of a limited imagination. Robert Brault
  • When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality. Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • Dreams
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… through your thoughts …

  • First comes thought, then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. Napoleon Hill
  • I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture. Napoleon Hill
  • Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives. Robert Collier
  • Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. Peter McWilliams
  • You can attract that which you first mentally become and feel yourself to be in reality, without any doubting. Ernest Holmes
  • He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress. Anwar Sadat
  • ThinkingThe Law of Attraction
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… through your beliefs …

  • Every concept of reality is all in our head, belief is what makes truth. Christy Leigh Stewart
  • I recreate my beliefs. Thus, I have the power to recreate my reality. For what I believe, I experience. This is original power. I change beliefs that don’t belong. Like beliefs of need, separateness, scarcity, failure, judgement, conditionality of love, condemnation and superiority. Neale Donald Walsch
  • It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality. Rick Riordan
  • Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. What we think depends upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. Gary Zukav
  • There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. David G. Myers
  • Thoughts are just moving through consciousness. They have no power.  Nothing has reality until you reach it, grab it, and somehow impregnate it with the power of belief.  Adyashanti
  • What I believe, I will see in reality. I have the free will to believe or not believe what I choose. A master’s beliefs are not based on his experience, his experience is based on his beliefs. I use thoughts creatively to create beliefs – then I let go of thoughts and move to experience. Neale Donald Walsch
  • What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. Gary Zukav
  • What we believe is what shapes our experience of reality. If you believe in scarcity and lack, you will experience a world in which there is never enough money, time, or good relationships to go around. Nothing, including you, will ever be good enough. Brad Swift
  • What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality. Gary Zukav
  • Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality. Brian Tracy
  • You must begin with a belief and then act as if that which you believe or visualize were already your reality. Wayne Dyer
  • You will always define events in a manner which will validate your agreement with reality. Steve Maraboli
  • Your external reality is merely a reflection of your internal beliefs. Change your beliefs and your reality will follow suit. Celestine Chua
  • You are given the gift of God, you create your reality according to your beliefs. Yours is the creative energy that makes your world. Jane Roberts
  • Belief
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… through the power of your imagination …

  • If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities. Maya Angelou
  • Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. Mark Twain
  • Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. John Lennon
  • Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso
  • The imaginary is what tends to become real. André Breton
  • Few people have the imagination for reality. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. Jules de Gaultier
  • The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen. Sean O’Faolain
  • Trapped by reality, freed by imagination. Nicolas Manetta
  • What is reality but the dreamworld of a limited imagination. Robert Brault
  • To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another. John Burroughs
  • We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • Imagination
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… through the power of your feelings …

  • All mankind’s inner feelings eventually manifest themselves as an outer reality. Stuart Wilde
  • Our entire lives are created from our emotional (feeling) state. This is the powerful energy that creates our reality. Melanie Tonia Evans
  • Emotions
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… through the power of positive affirmations …

  • An affirmation is almost like a mantra. It does not really matter if what you are affirming is not totally true as yet. By repeating an affirmation over and over again, it becomes embedded in the subconscious mind, and eventually it becomes your reality. Stuart Wilde
  • Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. Earl Nightingale
  • I AM – the two most powerful words in the world, for whatever we put after them becomes our reality. Susan Howson
  • Affirmation
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… through the power of intention, expectation and anticipation …

  • Intention and expectation of outcome guide our reality. Adam McLeod
  • An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. Samuel Smiles
  • Our intention creates our reality. Wayne Dyer
  • We are attracted to what is already ours in secret. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt-for reality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When you expect good, it’s available constantly, and it makes itself a reality in your life. Alfre Woodard
  • You create your thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions, and your intentions create your reality. Wayne Dyer
  • IntentionExpectationAnticipationGoal setting
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… through the power of language …

  • We don’t realize how much we create reality through language. If we say that life is hard, it will be hard. Fernando Flores
  • Language
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… through what you pay attention to …

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… through what you visualise …

  • In order to make a visualization a reality in the world of form, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.  Wayne Dyer
  • Imagine in vibrant, wonderful detail your heart’s desire; a reality only you can envision, an adventure only you can direct. Then cradle your creation. Caress it. Mold it. Coddle it until it comes to life. And when your precious treasure grows so grand as to steal your breath away, set it free for all the world to experience. For that is how you live your dreams. Richelle E. Goodrich
  • The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if, what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality. Wayne Dyer
  • Visualisation
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… through the power of prayer …

  • Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered. Joseph Murphy
  • Prayer
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Do not confuse thoughts, words or sense perceptions with reality

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Don’t confuse your thoughts with reality

  • A thought is a screen, not a mirror; that is why you live in a thought envelope, untouched by Reality. Anthony de Mello
  • But opinions, judgments, memories, dreaming about the future—ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. Charlotte J. Beck
  • Emotions, especially fear, amplifies thoughts so they take us over. We believe the thoughts to be reality.  They possess us. Eckhart Tolle
  • Everything generated by the mind including our thoughts and emotions is an illusion. It’s fabricated reality. Adyashanti
  • It was at this point in my life that I began to realize my mind was nothing but a projection machine. More often than not, what I was thinking had no basis in reality. Kenny Johnson
  • Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about. Stephen Richards
  • Thinking is something that you do by virtue of being human, and you need not confuse thinking with reality. Wayne Dyer
  • Thoughts are just moving through consciousness. They have no power.  Nothing has reality until you reach it, grab it, and somehow impregnate it with the power of belief.  Adyashanti
  • Learn to let thoughts pass through without experiencing them as “me” or the whole of my reality. Eckhart Tolle
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Don’t confuse words with reality

  • No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. Roger Zelazny
  • Reality is beyond thoughts and words. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Trying to use words to clarify reality is like trying to live in a dictionary. Ikkyu Jones
  • The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. Karen Marie Moning
  • Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Eckhart Tolle
  • Words, no matter whether they are vocalized and made into sound or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label. Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth. All we can perceive, experience, think about, is the surface layer of reality, less than the tip of an iceberg. Eckhart Tolle
  • Words
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Don’t confuse your sense perceptions with reality

  • Every one of the five senses can be twisted to deliver a completely different picture of the world. If by picture we mean sight, sound, smell, taste and texture of things, a troubling conclusion looms. Apart from the very unreliable picture running inside the brain, we have no proof that reality is anything like what we see. Deepak Chopra
  • The sensesPerception
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Don’t confuse reality with what is not real

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Don’t confuse other people’s opinions with reality, even if they are widely held

  • Other people’s opinion of you do not have to become your reality. Les Brow
  • People who urge you to be realistic generally want you to accept their version of reality.
  • Stick with your own perception of yourself—living in your own world—and letting your reality, not the reality presented by other people or particular situations, control your performance. John Eliot, Ph.D.
  • Your opinion is not my reality. Steve Maraboli
  • Learn to shake yourself loose from what the world believes is the only reality. Neville Goddard
  • An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Opinion
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Don’t confuse what you wish were true with reality

  • People who confuse what they wish were true with what is really true create distorted pictures of reality that make it impossible for them to make the best choices. Ray Dalio
  • Sometimes when you’re upset it’s so easy to forget what’s real and go for what makes you feel better. Charise Mericle Harper
  • Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real. Michelle Hodkin
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Don’t confuse your fears with reality

  • Fears are just fears. They are created by your imagination to make reality seem scarier than it is. When you take action and face your fears, they become weaker, because you realize that reality isn’t nearly as bad as your imagination. Henri Junttila
  • Fear
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Reality can bite if you clash with it

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Reality has the potential to bite painfully …

  • In dreams you don’t need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don’t exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don’t hurt. Reality is different. Reality bites. Reality, reality. Haruki Murakami
  • Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.  Sigmund Freud
  • Reality bites… and doesn’t let go.
  • Pain
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… especially when you clash with it …

  • Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering. Anthony de Mello
  • The gap between your expectations and reality is your suffering. John St. Augustine
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… for if you argue with reality, you suffer

  • Arguing with reality it like trying to teach a cat to bark. Byron Katie
  • How do I know that the wind should blow? It’s blowing! I realized that it’s insane to oppose it. When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100% of the time. Byron Katie
  • If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. Byron Katie
  • I’m a lover of reality. When I argue with What Is, I lose, but only 100% of the time. Byron Katie
  • Acceptance
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Embrace reality by embracing the reality of this moment

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Therefore, stop resisting reality …

  • It is not life’s events that are causing problems or stress. It is your resistance to life’s events that is causing this experience. Since the problem is caused by using your will to resist the reality of life passing through you, the solution is obvious—stop resisting. Michael Singer
  • Learn to stop resisting reality, and what used to look like stressful problems will begin to look like the stepping- stones of your spiritual journey. Michael Singer
  • Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu
  • When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless. Byron Katie
  • Non-resistance
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… by accepting reality as it is in this moment

  • Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it. Malcolm Muggeridge
  • If you can’t solve it, it’s not a problem–it’s reality. Barbara Colorose
  • Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good. Elizabeth Edwards
  • The problem is acceptance, which is something we’re taught not to do. We’re taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given – that you are not in a productive creative period- you free yourself to begin filling up again. Anne Lamott
  • Accept this moment as it is
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The present moment is the only reality there is …

  • All you really have…is now. Laura Wiess
  • Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now? Adyashanti
  • We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine. H. L. Mencken
  • Your heart will be shattered by sorrow if you force it to live in tomorrow’s ephemeral imagination- world instead of in today’s eternal Reality-Now. Sri Chinmoy
  • Live in the present
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… for the past and future are not real, but exist only as thoughts in the mind

  • The future has no reality except as a thought in your head. Eckahart Tolle
  • I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. Alan Watts
  • Your past history and all of your hurts are no longer here in your physical reality. Don’t allow them to be here in your mind, muddying your present moments. Wayne Dyer
  • The pastThe future
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Embrace reality through stillness

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Reality can only be experienced beyond the mind …

  • If you use your mind to study reality, you will understand neither reality nor the mind. If you study reality without using your mind, you will understand both. Bodhidharma
  • Reality is beyond thoughts and words. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When the mind is trying to understand, when the mind is trying to grasp an intellectual comprehension of ultimate reality, the mind is simply trying to remain in control. Adyashanti
  • Zen culture invites us to experience reality without the intervening distractions of intellect, categories, analysis. Thomas Hoover
  • The mind
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… when you are free of thought and belief …

  • Reality can only be seen in the absence of thought and belief. Scott Kiloby
  • The moon is one, but on agitated water it produces many reflections. Similarly, ultimate reality is one, yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts. Maharamayana
  • ThinkingBelief
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… when the mind is totally still …

  • I will experience stillness when I no longer reference the mind for reality. Not a forced silence but a natural, immense silence. The great silence. Adyashanti
  • Stillness
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… and when you are detached

  • Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. Simone Weil
  • Non-attachment
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Embrace reality by transcending the ego and awakening to your true self

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Spiritual practice is about being with reality as it is

  • I had been trying to use my spiritual practice to get what I wanted, when spiritual practice is actually about being with reality as it is. I had been trying to satisfy my own will instead of opening to God’s will. No wonder my practice had been such a struggle! Kim Boykin
  • Spirituality
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Reality only becomes clear when you let go of the ego …

  • Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish, and reality will shine forth by itself. Ramana Maharshi
  • Reality is wrapped within a fantasy when your life is interpreted by your ego. Prophet
  • In the seeing of who you are not, the reality of who you are emerges by itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Transcending the egoLetting goTranscendence
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… and awaken to the real Self

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Spiritual enlightenment is about awakening to ultimate reality

  • Awakening is ultimately the journey of an individual toward an understanding of the nature of the Ultimate Reality behind the illusion that we only think is ultimately real. It is the highest calling of man, for the destination is what many call God.  Steve Baxter
  • Enlightenment is construed as seeing things as they really are rather than as they appear; it is a direct insight into, and discernment of, the nature of reality that is apprehended only by wisdom, which transcends and is prior to the activity of discriminative thought. In this view, delusion is defined as all that is opposed to enlightenment. Hee-Jin Kim
  • To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Your body is a beautiful tool to anchor consciousness in a deeper sense of reality. Adyashanti
  • Your reality is the mirror that allows your consciousness to experience itself. Tania Kotsos
  • EnlightenmentAwakening
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Love and happiness are the essential realities

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Love is the essential reality

  • Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. Marianne Williamson
  • Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Romance is the deepest thing in life. It is deeper than reality. G.K. Chesterton
  • You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss
  • Love
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Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality

  • Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.  Sigmund Freud
  • Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Voltaire
  • Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace. Eugene O’Neill
  • Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality. Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
  • The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible. Bertrand Russell
  • There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations. Jodi Picoult
  • PleasureIllusionHappiness
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We often feel a need to escape from reality

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Reality is something we frequently feel the need to take a break from

  • …reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays…. Aldous Huxley
  • Humankind cannot bear very much reality. S. Eliot
  • Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Adam Young
  • Reality is too much to take in heapfuls, but sprinkle it sparingly upon life’s path and most can tread it lightly. Terri Guillemets
  • We’re wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn’t, we start looking around for the real world. Lev Grossman
  • How reluctantly the mind consents to reality! Norman Douglas
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One way we escape reality is through addiction

  • It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.  Shirley Chisholm
  • Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs. Lily Tomlin
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We can evade reality but not the consequences of evading reality

  • We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.  Ayn Rand
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Turn your dreams and ideas into reality

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Turn your dreams into reality …

  • A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell
  • A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon
  • Buried under the years and experiences of your life is a memory of a dream, a forgotten wanting, a simple whim. Capture the memory once again and make it a reality.  Stephen Covey
  • Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. Belva Davis
  • Hold on to your dreams for they are, in a sense, the stuff of which reality is made. It is through our dreams that we maintain the possibility of a better, more meaningful life. Leo Buscaglia
  • I’ve continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I’ve learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. Tony Robbins
  • There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it. B. Quilliam
  • You can’t just wish change; you have to live the change in order for it to become a reality. Steve Maraboli
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… through visualization, planning, and committed action

  • Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. Anaïs Nin
  • Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality. James Womack
  • Plans make dreams reality. Susan Pace-Koch
  • We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self- discipline, and effort. Jesse Owens
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Turn your ideas into reality

  • An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it. Richard Bach
  • What is creativity? I define creativity as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of a creative idea. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative. Linda Naiman
  • The profit of great ideas comes when you turn them into reality.  Tom Hopkins
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Final thoughts

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To have humility is to experience reality

  • To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves. Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place. Dag Hammarskjold
  • Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. David Richo
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Normal is not reality

  • Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something. Tara Kelly
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Fantasy and fiction are a way of understanding reality

  • Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. Lloyd Alexander
  • Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. Jessamyn West
  • Good fiction creates its own reality. Nora Roberts
  • I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced. Lawrence Durrell
  • If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities. Maya Angelou
  • The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. Tom Clancy
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Reality and faith

  • Faith is like radar that sees through the fog–the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. Corrie ten Boom
  • Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. G. K. Chesterton
  • True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. Dean William Ralph Inge
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On a lighter note

  • After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin to worry about history.
  • Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him? Calvin and Hobbes
  • Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows. Jennifer Yane
  • Few people have the imagination for reality. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Happiness equals reality minus expectations.  Tom Magliozzi
  • How do we know that the sky is not green and we are all colour-blind?
  • How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln
  • Humankind cannot stand very much reality.  S. Eliot
  • I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.  Garrison Keillor
  • I can take reality in small doses but not as a life style.  Lily Tomlin
  • I hate reality but nevertheless it’s still the only place to get a good steak.  Woody Allen
  • I have a very firm grasp on reality! I can reach out and strangle it any time!
  • I have abandoned my search for truth, and am now looking for a good fantasy. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • I’m not crazy about reality but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.  Groucho Marx
  • Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. Jules de Gaultier
  • Middle Age: A time of life when winking at a girl is closing one eye to reality.
  • Okay, who put a “stop payment” on my reality check?
  • Reality continues to ruin my life.  Bill Watterson
  • Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs. Lily Tomlin
  • Reality is an illusion created by a lack of alcohol. NF Simpson
  • Reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol.  C. Fields
  • Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth?   Patrick Sky
  • Reality is like a fruitcake; pretty enough to look at but with all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surface. A. Lee Martinez
  • Reality is merely an illusion albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein
  • Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore. Leonard Cohen
  • Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. Philip K. Dick
  • Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.  Lily Tomlin
  • Reality makes a crappy special effects crew. Adam Savage
  • Stock Market Succumbs to Reality  Associated Press
  • The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
  • What is reality anyway! It’s nothing but a collective hunch.  Jane Wagner
  • Who stopped payment on my reality check?
  • You were beautiful in my dreams, but a fucking nightmare in reality.
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