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  • #1
    J.M. Barrie
    “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
    J.M. Barrie


  • #2
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
    Ernest Hemingway


  • #3
    R. Buckminster Fuller
    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
    To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
    R. Buckminster Fuller


  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “Don't wake up a woman in love. Let her dream, so that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality”
    Mark Twain


  • #5
    Frida Kahlo
    “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
    Frida Kahlo


  • #6
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

    First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us a retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that have hurt us. When a person is wounded they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind's way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

    Second is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addition, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying 'time heals all wounds' is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

    Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

    Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind


  • #7
    John Keats
    “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
    John Keats


  • #8
    John Steinbeck
    “I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”
    John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


  • #9
    “We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.”
    B.W. Powe, Towards A Canada Of Light


  • #10
    Socrates
    “If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
    Socrates


  • #11
    Oprah Winfrey
    “The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.”
    Oprah Winfrey


  • #12
    Philip K. Dick
    “Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
    Philip K. Dick


  • #13
    Shirley Jackson
    “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House


  • #14
    “New mothers enter the world of parenting feeling much like Alice in Wonderland.
    - Being a mother is one of the most rewarding jobs on earth and also one of the most challenging.
    - Motherhood is a process. Learn to love the process.
    - There is a tremendous amount of learning that takes place in the first year of your baby’s life; the baby learns a lot, too.
    - It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the fantasy of what you thuoght motherhood would be like, and what you thought you would be like as a mother, with reality.
    - Take care of yourself. If Mommy isn’t happy, no one else in the family is happy either.
    - New mother generally need to lower their expectations.
    - A good mother learns to love her child as he is and adjusts her mothering to suit her child.”
    Debra Gilbert Rosenberg


  • #15
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
    Edgar Allan Poe


  • #16
    Michael Marshall Smith
    “How many times have you tried to talk to someone about something that matters to you, tried to get them to see it the way you do? And how many of those times have ended with you feeling bitter, resenting them for making you feel like your pain doesn't have any substance after all?

    Like when you've split up with someone, and you try to communicate the way you feel, because you need to say the words, need to feel that somebody understands just how pissed off and frightened you feel. The problem is, they never do. "Plenty more fish in the sea," they'll say, or "You're better off without them," or "Do you want some of these potato chips?" They never really understand, because they haven't been there, every day, every hour. They don't know the way things have been, the way that it's made you, the way it has structured your world. They'll never realise that someone who makes you feel bad may be the person you need most in the world. They don't understand the history, the background, don't know the pillars of memory that hold you up. Ultimately, they don't know you well enough, and they never can. Everyone's alone in their world, because everybody's life is different. You can send people letters, and show them photos, but they can never come to visit where you live.

    Unless you love them. And then they can burn it down.”
    Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward


  • #17
    Lily Tomlin
    “Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.”
    Lily Tomlin


  • #18
    Jack Welch
    “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”
    Jack Welch


  • #19
    Tom Robbins
    “We're making it up. The world, the universe, life, reality. Especially reality.”
    Tom Robbins


  • #20
    Terry Goodkind
    “The first law of reason is that what exists, exists; what is, is, and that from this ineducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built...that is the foundation from which life is embraced... thinking is a choice...wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discover them... reason is our only way of grasping reality--it's our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking--to reject reason--but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see... Reason is the very substance of truth itself. The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason. In rejecting reason one embraces death.”
    Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen


  • #21
    Les Brown
    “Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
    Les Brown


  • #22
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #23
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #24
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #25
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #26
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #27
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #28
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #29
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #30
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche




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