Surreal Quotes

Quotes tagged as "surreal" (showing 1-30 of 124)
Anaïs Nin
“There is a fissure in my vision and madness will always rush through.”
Anaïs Nin, House of Incest

Haruki Murakami
“Sitting on the floor, I'd replay the past in my head. Funny, that's all I did, day after day after day for half a year, and I never tired of it. What I'd been through seemed so vast, with so many facets. Vast, but real, very real, which was why the experience persisted in towering before me, like a monument lit up at night. And the thing was, it was a monument to me.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Anaïs Nin
“I walked into my own book, seeking peace.
It was night, and I made a careless movement inside the dream; I turned too brusquely the corner and I bruised myself against my madness.”
Anaïs Nin, House of Incest

Gabriel Rheaume
“I bought salvation from a man on the street. He said, "Go down to the beach and let the waves wash your feet.”
Gabriel Rheaume

“Is happiness a sort of blissful state of mind or just a kind of surreal propensity? It may be hard to recognize its very nature, if we remain guilelessly confined in a state of woeful unawareness or in a no-man’s-land of emotions. In their dogged and obstinate quest for the zenith of happiness, many forget to take pleasure in the small things of everyday and, thus, become disgruntled and depressed instead, which leads them to a mire of gloom. ("C’est quand le bonheur “)”
Erik Pevernagie

Haruki Murakami
“Silence. How long it lasted, I couldn't tell. It might have been five seconds, it might have been a minute. Time wasn't fixed. It wavered, stretched, shrank. Or was it me that wavered, stretched, and shrank in the silence? I was warped in the folds of time, like a reflection in a fun house mirror.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Amanda Mosher
“I love to feel the temperature drop and the wind increase just before a thunderstorm. Then I climb in bed with the thunder.”
Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

Saira Viola
“A Harvey Nicks chick with throwaway morals and a trustfund appetite.”
Saira Viola, Slide, a Modern Satire on the Excess of Greed

Robert Benchley
“One, two, three / Buckle my shoe.”
Robert Benchley

Italo Calvino
“These cities grew in approximately the same places as our cities do now, however different the shape of the continents was. There was even a New York that in some way resembled the New York familiar to all of you, but was much newer, or, rather, more awash with new products, new toothbrushes, a New York with its own Manhattan that stretched out dense with skyscrapers gleaming like the nylon bristles of a brand-new toothbrush.”
Italo Calvino

Jean-Claude van Itallie
“This is Lilly Heaven saying good night, and to all a very good night. Good night everybody. Here's wishing you pleasant dreams. Sleep tight. From all of us to all of you, a warm good night. And now we must, I'm afraid, say "good night." Good night, ladies and gentlemen, and good night. Thanks a lot and God bless you. This is Lilly signing off and wishing all of you out there from all of us in here the very best possible good night. I can only hope that you enjoyed watching us as much as we enjoyed being here. Good night. Pleasant dreams. Sleep tight. It's been wonderful being with you, and I hope you'll invite us into your living room again tomorrow night. From the actors and myself, from the staff here, I want to wish you all the best possible night and day before we meet again. It's been wonderful being with you. It's been truly grand. I only wish we could go on but I'm afraid our time is up, and so this is your Lily saying good night to you. Pleasant dreams. Good night all. Good night to you all. Good night to all of you. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. To all of you out there from all of us here good night. And pleasant dreams till we meet again. Good night to you all. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night.”
Jean-Claude van Itallie, War and Four Other Plays

Gabriel García Márquez
“A lost bird appeared in the court and was half an hour jumping around between the spikenard. It sang a progressive note, rising an octave at a time, until it became so acute that it was necessary to imagine it.”
Gabriel García Márquez, In Evil Hour

“Bunnu was no amateur when it came to escape. And even in his drowsiest moments, he understood implicitly that to forget his circumstances, even for a short while, meant first to forget himself. Who he was and why he was—to strip it all bare and start from scratch, as it were. In his nearly 250 years of life and, now, as an old emaciated man completely estranged from his family and closest friends—albeit more by circumstance than by choice—he understood the importance of this process and revered it, for there were far greater things to be done and achieved in the dark, uncertain areas of existence than in those circumscribed—and thereby strained—by comprehensibility.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

Mário-Henrique Leiria
“Uma nêspera
estava na cama
muito calada
a ver
o que acontecia

chegou a Velha
e disse
olha uma nêspera
e zás comeu-a

é o que acontece
às nêsperas
que ficam deitadas
a esperar
o que acontece.”
Mário-Henrique Leiria, Novos Contos do Gin

F.K. Preston
“Dreams are memories.
Memories are dreams.
But my time with you hasn’t become a dream just yet.
Because the sensation of your kisses
keep me from sleep.
I’m in love,
God help me, I’m in love.”
F.K. Preston

Haruki Murakami
“Wasn't much of a life anyway. Wasn't much of a brain."
"But didn't you say you were satisfied with your life?"
"Word games," I dismissed. "Every army needs a flag.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

F.K. Preston
“What is infinity? I haven’t a clue.
But maybe that’s the whole point I’ve been attempting to explain to you.
The fact that it’s not known
Or seen
Or heard.
Infinity is every person, every being, every bird.
Infinity is a simple mystery.
It looks like a mystery.
Tastes mysterious.
Feels like something completely delirious.
We cannot imagine what this sound could be.
All we can imagine is infinity.”
F.K. Preston

“The world you are in –
Is the true hell.
The journey to Truth itself
Is what quickens the heart to become lighter.
The lighter the heart, the purer it is.
The purer the heart, the closer to light it becomes.
And the heavier the heart,
The more chained to this hell
It will remain.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“When circumstances feel as if they are turning surreal, like the current political situation. We can be guaranteed, our intuition will lead the way to the truth, as long as we don’t live in a world of wishful thinking.”
Anita B. Sulser, We Are One

Virginia Petrucci
“What bothers me most about my teeth is that they don’t travel loin south, don’t sprout from the Mother Mouth. Vagina dentata, come closah, say high.”
Virginia Petrucci

“Arsemid nebyl zázračné dítě, ale od samého narození měl dar pozorovat své okolí. A napodobovat je. To už tak bylo.
Není vždy snadné napodobit okolí. Venku je hezky. Arsemid chce být hezky. Venku je podzim, padá listí. Arsemid chce být podzim, padat listí.”
Ivan M. Havel, Arsemid

Jack Vance
“For the first time Gersen saw indigenous fauna of Moudervelt: a band of lizard-foxes, with gray-green pangolin scales and a single optic orb. They reared high to watch Gersen pass by; when he slowed the car they advanced with dancing sidelong steps, for purposes Gersen could not guess. He drove on, leaving the troop staring after him.”
Jack Vance, The Book of Dreams

Talismanist Giebra
“In a physical body lives a surreal soul where an exotic spirit listens to its own primordial howl.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“The dreamer can have no desires, for he has everything ; he is above desire, he is surfeited, he is himself the artist creating his life at every hour, guided only by his own inspiration.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Talismanist Giebra
“To the North of my soul.
To the South of my existence.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“Planet Earth is a fantastic destination if you manage to find this surreal sensation of wild liberation.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“Surreal reality. Real surreality.
Imagination Opium. Reality Morphium.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“This story has never happened but it is real.
Once upon a time, in a surreal paradigm.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“Once you reach deeper and deeper into your reality, you approach closer and closer its surreal essence.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

“The believability of virtuality is oft superior to the unrealness of reality”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

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