Reality Proverbs

Saying about Reality

A phantasm can be a bridge that men cross toward reality. ~ Sufi Proverb

Only he who understands is really sad. ~ Arabian Proverbs

Virtue practiced to be seen is not real virtue; vice which fears to be seen is real vice. ~ Chinese Proverb

When a man says he does not mind, then he really does. ~ African Proverb

You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks. ~ Eskimo Proverb

The real capital of a man is a mirror worth two cents. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Life itself cannot give you joy, unless you really will it. Life just gives you time and space — It’s up to you to fill it. ~ Chinese Proverb

Howling makes the wolf bigger than he really is. ~ German Proverbs

In studying the way, realizing it is hard; once you have realized it, preserving it is hard. When you can preserve it, putting it into practice is hard. ~ Zen Proverb

If women were really good, God would be married. ~ Georgian Proverbs

Our real grave is not in the ground but in men’s hearts. ~ Iranian Proverbs

A priest sees people at their best, a lawyer at their worst, but a doctor sees them as they really are. ~ Traditional Proverb

I cried when I was born and each day now I realize why. ~ French Proverbs

Real love is when you don’t have to tell each other. ~ French Proverb

Only through the eyes of others can we really see our own faults. ~ Chinese Proverb

You don’t really see the world if you only look through your own window. ~ Ukrainian Proverbs

A fool is like the big drum that beats fast but does not realize its hollowness. ~ Malay Proverbs

He who really wants to die will not complain if he is buried standing up. ~ Mexican Proverbs

Quotations about Reality

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The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. ~ Tom Clancy

Everything is self-evident. ~ Rene Descartes

Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight. ~ Joseph Conrad

One of the definitions of sanity, itself, is the ability to tell real from unreal. Shall we need a new definition? ~ Alvin Toffler

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it. ~ Joyce Cary

If you try hard enough, you can bend the spoon; you can shift reality. ~ Christopher Meloni

The reality of life is that your perceptions — right or wrong — influence everything else you do. ~ Roger Birkman

Reality must prove itself again and again to questioners … it is the fantasy which goes on without contradiction, without having to prove itself. ~ Samuel R. Delany

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. ~ Ralph Marston

One is forever throwing away substance for shadows. ~ Jennie Jerome Churchill

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real. ~ Deepak Chopra

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane. ~ Philip K. Dick

Reality is divinely indifferent. ~ Richard Bach

This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal. ~ Lord Byron

Underneath the reality in which we live and have our being, another altogether different reality lies concealed. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed. ~ Bhagavad Gita

Reality has always had too many heads. ~ Bob Dylan

One might speak to great length of the three corners of reality what was seen, what was thought to be seen, and what was thought ought to be seen. ~ Marvel Bell

Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real. ~ Michelle Hodkin

Everything is the way it is because we’ve all agreed that’s the way it is. ~ Charles de Lint

Each for himself creates the world in which he dwells. ~ Caroline Spencer

Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it. ~ Philip K. Dick

Realists do not fear the results of their study. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been. ~ George Eliot

Imagination might be scarier than reality … but not by much. ~ James Siegel

A cause a day keeps reality away. ~ Jim Fraser

Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them. ~ Hermann Hesse

Reality is neither good nor bad; it just is. ~ Arbie M. Dale

To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open. ~ Rumi

How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one’s senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality. ~ Norman Douglas

Reality is created by the action of Mind from the Void. ~ Diane Stein

The world is so constructed, that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Whether you like it or not, you cannot have one without the other. ~ Swami Brahmananda

True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. ~ Jean Cocteau

We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream. ~ Anaïs Nin

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality? ~ George Moore

To paint things as they are requires a minute attention, and employs the memory rather than the fancy. ~ Samuel Johnson

He who has the bigger stick has the better chance of imposing his definitions of reality. ~ Peter Berger

Don’t mess around with reality and reality won’t mess around with you. ~ Ernie J. Zelinski

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~ Ayn Rand

Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Tomorrow changes the face of reality. ~ Philip Jose Farmer

Our intention creates our reality. ~ Wayne Dyer

We live on two levels … the realistic level and the fantastic level, and which is the real one, really? ~ Tennessee Williams

It is impossible to survive in a prolonged state of reality. ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet. ~ John F. Kennedy

There’s no remaking reality…. Just take it as it comes. Hold your ground and take it as it comes. There’s no other way. ~ Philip Roth

People see the world not as it is, but as they are. ~ Al Lee

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck. ~ Walter Reuther

We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts. ~ Victor Daniels

Without poetry, reality is speechless. ~ Delmore Schwartz

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. ~ Alex Haley

There are many sides to reality. Choose the one that’s best for you. ~ Eugene Ionesco

Reality is subject to the mind’s creation. ~ Diane Stein

Reality is a sound, you have to tune in to it not just keep yelling. ~ Anne Carson

Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. ~ Georges Braque

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Reality is something you rise above. ~ Liza Minnelli

Things are the way they are because they were the way they were. ~ Fred Hoyle

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein

Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality. ~ Albert Einstein

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it. ~ Garrison Keillor

Things are sullen, and will be as they are, whatever we think them or wish them to be. ~ Ralph Cudworth

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. ~ Philip K. Dick

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. ~ Bruce Lee

Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account. ~ Marcel Proust

You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like reality. It tastes like bread. ~ Jean Anouilh

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. ~ John Lennon

It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods. ~ Margaret Witter Fuller

Reality in our century is not something to be faced. ~ Graham Greene

Reality is frequently inaccurate. ~ Douglas Adams

Absolute reality is and always will be unknowable to us. ~ Leena Kohn

The world of reality has its limits, the world of imagination is boundless. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Between certainty and the real, an ancient enmity. ~ Jane Hirshfield

A theory must be tempered with reality. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

I accept reality and dare not question it. ~ Walt Whitman

Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ~ T.S. Eliot

The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

How do we know that the sky is not green and we are all colour-blind? ~ Author Unknown

It takes only one other person to say it’s so — one other point of reality to make something real. ~ Mal Pancoast

Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. ~ Salman Rushdie

Existence is of little interest save on days when the dust of realities is mingled with magic sand. ~ Marcel Proust

Reality Proverbs

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