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"Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion."

Judith Guest

Born: March 29, 1936

Occupation: Novelist

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Two separate, distinct personalities, not separate at all, but inextricably bound, soul and body and mind, to each other, how did we get so far apart so fast?

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I notice when I'm on these trips, I read like mad. It's the only thing that seems to center me, bring me back to remembering who I am. Or forgetting who I am!

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People that keep stiff upper lips find that it's hard to smile.

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Ours was not a political household, when I was growing up.

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Some people with awful cards can be successful because of how they deal with the tragedies they're handed, and that seems courageous to me.

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Riding the train gives him too much time to think, he has decided. Too much thinking can ruin you.

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Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff...

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Sometimes you are being interviewed by someone and you think, if I knew this person they'd be my best friend. Other times you're being interviewed by a complete jerk.

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Make notes—I’ve lost more material than I’ve ever written. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not still up there in one’s brain. It’s in outer space and it ain’t coming back.

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Haven't lost your sense of humor after all but your sense of identity is what seems to have been misplaced. No. Wrong. You don't lose what you never had.

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I can write for a long time on one novel and not get tired.

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I think living the blessed life is the luck of the draw.

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I am also working on a couple of short stories for anthologies. This is new to me and Im enjoying it.

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With my friends, I don't feel pressure to be someone other than who I am.

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The small seed of despair cracks open and sends experimental tendrils upward to the fragile skin of calm holding him together.

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Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.

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. . . crazy world or maybe it's just the view we have of it, looking through a crack in the door, never being able to see the whole room, the whole picture.

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And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.

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For me being depressed means you can spend all day in bed, and still not get a good night's rest.

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Judith Guest

Feeling is not selective, I keep telling you that. You can’t feel pain, you aren’t gonna feel anything else, either.

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To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to have some kind of guiding principle. A belief of some kind

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Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion.

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Life is not a series of pathetic, meaningles actions. Some of them are so far from pathetic, so far from meaningless as to be beyond reason, maybe beyond forgiveness.

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Our business is to wake up. We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self-centered consciousness permits us to see. We must not live thoughtlessly,...

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And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.

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Masashi Kishimoto

...Every single one of us goes through life depending on and bound by our individual knowledge and awareness. And we call it reality. However, both knowledge and awareness are equivocal. One's reality...

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Mother Meera

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.

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Jesse Bering

Ultimately, of course, you must decide for yourself whether the subjective psychological effects created by your evolved cognitive biases reflect an objective reality, perhaps as evidence that God designed...

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Mary Antin

It is only that my illusion is more real to me than reality. And so do we often build our world on an error, and cry out that the universe is falling to pieces, if any one but lift a finger to replace...

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Salvador Dali

One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.

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Thomas Merton

The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own...

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Catherynne M. Valente

You only had to choose which me to talk to, for, you know, we all change our manners, depending on who has come to chat. One doesn’t behave at all the same way to a grandfather as to a bosom friend,...

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Eric Van Lustbader

Men make the mistake of thinking that because women can't see the sense in violence, they must be passive creatures. It's just not true. In one important way, at least, men are the passive sex. Given a...

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James Madison

It may not be improper, however, to remark two consequences, evidently flowing from an extension of the federal power to every subject falling within the idea of the "general welfare." One consequence...

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Noah Feldman

We like democracy because why? The pathologies of the U.S. version are so obvious in the aftermath of the latest averted crisis that we need to ask ourselves whether it’s worth it - and why electoral...

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Maria V. Snyder

In fact, he's never taken an interest in a woman before. I was beginning to to suspect he might prefer one of his male sneaks, but now..." She paused dramatically. "Now, we have the lovely, intelligent...

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Mary Douglas

I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the mainstream society because they feel that there are going to be no rewards for them, if they stay.

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Eckhart Tolle

If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it dissolves. The recognition of illusion is also its ending. Its survival depends on your mistaking it for reality.

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Rene Daumal

Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.

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Ahlam Mosteghanemi

No one stays for you. Everybody stays depending on their need for you.

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Ernest Gellner

Nowledge which... transcends the bounds, the prejudices and prejudgements of any one society and culture is not an illusion but, on the contrary, a glorious and luminous reality. Just how it was achieved...

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Ernest Becker

What is the ideal for mental health, then? A lived, compelling illusion that does not lie about life, death, and reality; one honest enough to follow its own commandments: I mean, not to kill, not to take...

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David Remnick

If this day means anything, it means that you are now in the contingent of the responsible. You must be kind, yes, but you must also look beyond your own house. We're depending on you for your efforts...

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