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Actual Life Quotes


"All actual life is encounter." - Martin Buber

"Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life." - Nhat Hanh

"In actual life I am a grumpy old bag." - Dawn French

"This life has been a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received actual instructions on where to go and what to do." - Winnie Holzman

"Life, in all ranks and situations, is an outward occupation, an actual and active work." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

"The actual God of many Americans... is simply the current of American life." - Charles Horton Cooley

"In actual life, every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith." - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

"Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination." - Oscar Wilde

"In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith." - Friedrich Schlegel

"Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life." - Aristotle

"The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life." - Sigmund Freud

"In actual life a downward movement may sometimes be made the beginning of an ascent." - Aldous Huxley

"In actual life, every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith." - August Wilhelm Von Schleg

"Zen is meditation, the actual experience of life directly, immediately with no buffers." - Frederick Lenz

"I would say my life experiences are my poetry, whether I'm writing about those actual, factual experiences or not." - Dorianne Laux

"Happiness doesn't depend on the actual number of blessings we manage to scratch from life, only our attitude towards them...." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Every life has its actual blanks, which the ideal must fill up, or which else remain bare & profitless forever." - Julia Ward Howe

"When we practice metta, we open continuously to the truth of our actual experience, changing our relationship to life." - Sharon Salzberg

"Underneath the forms of fiction and poetry, you can bet your ass the ground comes from someone's actual life experience." - Lidia Yuknavitch

"To make history - to change the actual course of world events - is intoxicating, inspiring, and life-transforming." - David McNally (professor)

"Measurement of life should be proportioned rather to the intensity of the experience than to its actual length." - Thomas Hardy

"Every life has its actual blanks, which the ideal must fill up, or which else remain bare and profitless forever" - Julia Ward Howe

"I've made out more this season on a family-friendly show than ever in my actual life." - Lauren Graham

"Since art is dead in the actual life of civilized nations, it has been relegated to these grotesque morgues, museums." - Walter Gropius

"Life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore, nor actual difficulty in our life." - Shunryu Suzuki

"I think therapy is a rather misguided notion of capitalist societies whereby the self-indulgent examination of one's life supersedes the actual living of said life." - Peter Cameron

"Chris Lighty was a huge portion of my actual career. It's difficult to adjust to not have someone around that's in your life, in your life." - Curtis Jackson

"And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems, we're not located in his actual life. We're located more in the externals, in the journalistic facts of his life." - Mark Strand

"The realization of justice is, in the actual state of things, a matter of life or death for society and for civilisation itself." - African Spir

"Out of the attempt to harmonize our actual life with our aspirations, our experience with our faith, we make poetry, - or, it may be, religion." - Anna Brownell Jameson

"The life of the mind is always more interesting than the real. The idea is often more interesting than the actual." - Rob Chapman

"No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life." - Albert Einstein

"Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals." - Denis Waitley

"That youthful fervor, which is sometimes called enthusiasm, but which is a heat of imagination subsequently discovered to be inconsistent with the experience of actual life." - Benjamin Disraeli

"The risk of an all-out nuclear holocaust destroying all life on the planet has diminished, but the danger of actual nuclear weapons use has increased." - David Cortright

"The actual growth in a person's life is the rise in his wisdom and not the raise in his pay or income." - Anuj

"Genuine spiritual knowledge lies not in wonderful and mysterious thoughts but in actual spiritual experience through union of the believer's life with truth." - Watchman Nee

"I tend to think in dramatic terms. In life, there may be an actual drama, but it would be the fictionalized, imagined drama that engaged me." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Today I told myself that in actual fact anyone who takes an innocuous and random delight in his life is an absolute lummox." - Robert Walser

"For some reason it gives people pleasure to equate the life of certain movie actors or actresses with their actual lives." - Woody Allen

"[Peake's books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience." - Mervyn Peake

"The nation has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life." - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"It is easy to love one's enemy when one is making fine speeches; but so difficult to do so in the actual everyday work of life." - Anthony Trollope

"Realistic novels simply pretend that the rules of their invented worlds are identical to the rules of actual life, but that's a ruse." - John Crowley

"If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones." - Don Herold

"I like black and white films. I don't exactly know why - probably because there is a stylization which is removed from actual life, unlike a color film." - Norman Mclaren

"We see portability in electronics being a continuing requirement, higher functionality, better battery life, requiring lower power for the actual electronics." - David Milne

"The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom." - Samuel Smiles

"Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves." - Earl Warren

"This life is a test-it is only a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received further instructions on where to go and what to do. Remember, this life is only a test." - Jack Kornfield

"Belief creates the actual fact." - William James

"I have actual acting scars." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"There is not one text reference to characteristic Protestant religious life in these books... The dominant theme is the denial of religion as an actual part of American life." - Paul Vitz

"A person's life from infancy to old age is nothing else than an advance from the world towards heaven, the last stage of which is death; the actual transition from one life to the next." - Emanuel Swedenborg

"My films are the celebration of reality, of life, of my friends, of actual daily life that passes and is gone tomorrow. We don't pay attention to it when it happens." - Jonas Mekas

"You see I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across, not just to depict life, or criticize it, but to actually make it alive." - Ernest Hemingway

"Real life is not like a movie. Even the best movies, the most rich, fleshed-out movies are not as rich and nuanced as detailed as real life or an actual human being." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"Sure, I suffered a lot. But it's not like the end of the world and it's not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and I'm able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life." - Ben Affleck

"I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness." - Jack Kerouac

"Life is a musical influence in my experience. But as far as actual music and actual bands, uh, I'll just look at my little collection here. Let's see. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2, The Talking Heads, Prince and the Revolution, Michael Jackson's Thriller was a huge one." - Jeremy Enigk

"In the spiritual life nowhere do our ideals meet the actual more truly than in how we relate to each other, in how we make, sustain and are friends." - James Ishmael Ford

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My actual life is a fact, in view of which I have no occasion to congratulate myself; but for my faith and aspiration I have respect. It is from these that I speak." - Henry David Thoreau

"When Philosophy with its abstractions paints grey in grey, the freshness and life of youth has gone, the reconciliation is not a reconciliation in the actual, but in the ideal world." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them." - Epictetus

"The problem of evil is raised more often by spectators of life than the actual combatants. You will hardly ever find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics." - James Stewart

"When you're younger, it's all theoretical. It's all potential. As you get older, it becomes actual, and your life gets filled with unexpected complexity; some of it asked for, and some of it not. It becomes richer, I find." - Nicole Krauss

"People talk of the courage of convictions, but in actual life a man's duty to his family may make a rigid course seem a selfish indulgence of his own righteousness." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Whenever I contemplate man in the actual world or the ideal, I am lost amidst the infinite multiformity of his life, but always end in wonder at the essential unity of his nature." - Henry Giles

"It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men." - H L Mencken

"Taboos on the human heart are more dangerous than any risk we run by using our emotions. Sensation is the life of man; it is his actual energy. To suppress it is to lose creative power!" - Phyllis Bottome

"I freely chose the kind of life I led because I was convinced that a woman has as much right as a man to live the way she does if she does no actual harm to society." - Mae West

" is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away... The span of someone's life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence." - Terry Pratchett

"My victims never knew what was going to happen to them. I've had shooting, knifings, strangulations, beatings, and I've participated in actual crucifixions of humans. All across the country, there's people just like me, who set out to destroy life." - Henry Lee Lucas

"The way you can recognize to what you are committed to is by your actual results. What you have gotten in life is a direct result (good or bad) to what you have been committed to." - John Phillips

"Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say - or more - a day to write. Some very good things have been written on an hour a day." - John Updike

"Cinema through spectacle, through the entertainment of spectacle, tells the story of many actual problems in life. Because who ever doesn't want to read between the lines can just enjoy the entertainment and the show and can go home happy." - Sergio Leone

"If your reading life and your friendships overlap, that's just a nice coincidence - a case where the conversation you're having with books and the conversation you're having with actual human beings happen to dovetail." - Kevin Brockmeier

"The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them." - Jean Cocteau

"I try his head occasionally as housewives try eggs,- give it an intellectual shake and hold it up to the light, so to speak, to see if it has life in it, actual or potential, or only contains lifeless albumen." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"A contemporary man who has not participated intimately in actual work in science is, in my opinion, not a modern man. I believe that this experience in science should come early in the life of all of our pupils." - Edwin H. Land

"While I find inspiration in real life, the actual stories are, thankfully, works of fiction - which, given the considerable turmoil in my character's lives, is probably a good thing!" - Nicholas Sparks

"It is hope that gives life meaning. And hope is based on the prospect of being able one day to turn the actual world into a possible one that looks better." - Francois Jacob

"Even from the simplest, the most realistic point of view, the countries which we long for occupy, at any given moment, a far larger place in our actual life than the country in which we happen to be." - Marcel Proust

"To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live." - Henry James

"For there is a wind or a ghost of wind in all books echoing the life there, a high wind that fills the tubes of the ear until we think we hear a wind, actual." - William Carlos Williams

"Life can be lived at a remove. You trade in futures, and then you trade in derivatives of futures. Banks make more money trading derivatives than they do trading actual commodities." - Sebastian Faulks

"The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them." - Jean Cocteau

"The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic; and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal." - Herbert Croly

"I've managed to keep my career going in a way that suits me. I'll perform, and then I'll go home to my actual life, and I've never been so visible." - Debbie Gibson

"So many of our enormous emotional crises are lived through the media. They're lived through movies; they're lived through what we watch on television - they're not actual events in our life." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Whatever brief delights it provides, mere strangeness in poetry and prose eventually leaves us cold, especially when we suspect the writer is stretching for effect to avoid the actual life before his eyes." - Roger Rosenblatt

"One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was granted access with a camera to go back in time, and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing into India through Iran and Persia." - Oliver Stone

"If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it." - Sigmund Freud

"My new music video, 'My Life' featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, the only person in the actual video who you can physically make out besides myself and Adam Levine is Andre Dirrell." - Curtis Jackson

"Because I've lived in one room my entire life, working at the same table that you use to pay bills at and eat at. It's going to be nice to have actual space." - Augusten Burroughs

"The actual process of filmmaking, the many hours out of your life- it is very slow and boring. I'm not interested in that now unless an opportunity was provided for me." - Rick Moranis

"Actual Gratitude is the Symptom of Humility." - Radhanath Swami

"The actual well seen is ideal." - Thomas Carlyle

"Idealism and realism meet in the actual." - Mary Parker Follett

"Official truth is not actual truth." - Lord Acton

"Your behavior reflects your actual purposes." - Ronald A. Heifetz

"The possible ranks higher than the actual." - Martin Heidegger

"Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself." - Mason Cooley

"Poems give us permission to be unsure, in ways we must be if we are ever to learn anything not already known. If you look with open eyes at your actual life, it's always going to be the kind of long division problem that doesn't work out perfectly evenly. Poems let you accept the multiplicity and complexity of the actual, they let us navigate the unnavigable, insoluble parts of our individual fates and shared existence." - Jane Hirshfield

"Everything actual must also first have been possible, before having actual existence." - Albert Pike

"What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational" - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"What is actual is actual only for one time And only for one place." - T S Eliot

"I have written a new book called 'The Golden Motorcycle Gang.' The premise of the book is taken from actual events in my life. My life has been dedicated to inspiring and motivating others to live their highest vision of their ideal life and offering transformational trainings that help people succeed in all aspects of their lives." - Jack Canfield

"Don't get paparazzi following me everywhere. My life there is exactly the same as it would have been if I had not been in Harry Potter. So for me, Harry Potter isn't something that changed my life. It's just something I did that was a lot of fun, and I got to experience amazing things from. But my actual, personal life is the same." - Matthew Lewis

"The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is. We will set up success in Christian work as the aim; the aim is to manifest the glory of God in human life, to live the life hid with Christ in God in human conditions. Our human relationships are the actual conditions in which the ideal life of God is to be exhibited." - Oswald Chambers

"For the only therapy is life. The patient must learn to live, to live with his split, his conflict, his ambivalence, which no therapy can take away, for if it could, it would take with it the actual spring of life." - Otto Rank

"Perhaps this sounds very simple, but simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life." - Carl Jung

"The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with - nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life." - Rob Sheffield

"Dialogue must appear realistic without being so. Actual realism-the lifting, as it were, of passages from a stenographer's take-down of a 'real life' conversation-would be disruptive. Of what? Of the illusion of the novel. In 'real life' everything is diluted; in the novel everything is condensed." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Poetry is my understanding with the world, my intimacy with things, my participation in what is real, my engagement with voices and images. This is why a poem speaks not of ideal life but of actual life: the angle of a window; the reverberation of streets, cities, rooms; shadows along a wall." - Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

"Muhammad's is one of those rare lives that is more dramatic in reality than in legend. In fact the less one invokes the miraculous, the more extraordinary his life becomes. What emerges is something grander precisely because it is human, to the extent that his actual life reveals itself worthy of the word 'legendary'." - Lesley Hazleton

"I have always had a good functioning in my artistic life, but I had problems mostly in my private life, I got very angry with my boyfriends and stuff...I would probably have good reasons to be angry but the volume would be too high, just getting to some level of wounding that perhaps was not appropriate to the actual offence committed." - Sinead O'Connor

"For me, 'Harry Potter' isn't something that changed my life. It's just something I did that was a lot of fun and I got to experience amazing things from. But my actual, personal life is the same. Or at least I like to keep it the same." - Matthew Lewis

"It is inconceivable for our unconscious to imagine an actual ending of our own life here on Earth, and if this life of ours has to end, the ending is always attributed to a malicious intervention from the outside by someone else." - Elisabeth Kublerross

"Life attracts life." - Paulo Coelho

"Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change." - Milton Friedman

"Experience of actual fact either teaches fools or abolishes them." - Thomas Carlyle

"My hair is made of actual fire, you guys." - Hayley Williams

"Imprudence gets us into more trouble than actual misdeeds do." - Mason Cooley

"I'm not an actual author but an accidental one." - William P Young

"Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events." - Ana Monnar

"Cowards die many times before their actual deaths." - William Shakespeare

"The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread." - David Herbert Lawrence

"I am literally become death, destroyer of actual worlds." - J Robert Oppenheimer

"Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness." - Thomas Hardy

"I have a great love of the actual." - Manny Farber

"Wearing makeup is an apology for our actual faces." - Cynthia Heimel

"I've only read fiction, so I don't know anything actual" - Anna Torv

"I think of scientific veracity as an idea from the past - the scientists say it is so, the photo is proof. Even the authoritative power of the word actual - an actual what? An actual retouched photo, an actual collaged photo?" - Laurie Simmons

"Never mistake talking about writing for actual writing." - Jack Kerouac

"There's no substitute to being successful on an actual chart." - Brian Mcknight

"I hate the actual traveling, but I like playing." - George Michael

"I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actual philosophy." - Max Born

"Cowards die many times before their actual deaths." - Julius Caesar

"My actual personality probably lies someplace between the two." - Edie Falco

"The actual cheerleaders in our film are all Broadway dancers." - Brooke Langton

"I started watching actual movies when I was pretty young." - Charlie Tahan

"I'm just fascinated by visiting actual castles in the countryside." - Lily Collins

"Growing up, I was a nerd. With actual taped eyeglasses." - Taye Diggs

"Digital music boils down the actual musical experience." - Simon Le Bon

"Thirty-two is the age we turn into actual adults." - Tom Bodett

"I'm very much interested in doing actual theater." - Richard Lagravenese



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