Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), (attributed)
Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.
Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974), “The Unquiet Grave”, 1945
I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
Garrison Keillor (1942 – )
The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.
Henry Kissinger (1923 – )
Realism…has no more to do with reality than anything else.
Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
Jane Wagner, Lily Tomlin in “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
HP Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
Jane Wagner, (and Lily Tomlin)
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier
Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.
Lily Tomlin (1939 – )
Reality is something you rise above.
Liza Minnelli (1946 – )
I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.
Mary Chase (1887 – 1973), Jimmy Stewart in “Harvey”, 1950
Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982), “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”, 1978
Humankind cannot stand very much reality.
T. S. Eliot (1888 – 1965)
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