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"Such sober certainty of waking bliss." - John Milton

"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." - George Eliot

"Our rest is formed by our waking life and our waking life is formed by our sorrows." - Alice Hoffman

"If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream." - Rene Magritte

"People are waking up in their homes - without conferences. They're waking up because life is waking them up, not because of some conference called "Body and Soul."" - Rachel Naomi Remen

"Waking up from a dream of violence is much the same as waking up from a dream of love. You must go on living your life." - Wendell Berry

"At last awake from life, that insane dream we take for waking now." - Robert Browning

"Art is thus materialized dream, separated from the ordinary consciousness of waking life" - Pavel Florensky

"All my life I've been pleasin' everyone but me, waking up in someone else's dream." - Faith Hill

"My main goal now is waking up healthy every day and going on with life." - Prince Fielder

"Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled." - George Santayana

"Work and love - these are the basics; waking life is a dream controlled." - George Santayana

"Work and love these are the basics; waking life is a dream controlled." - George Santayana

"It is obviously possible that what we call waking life may only be an unusual and persistent nightmare." - Bertrand Russell

"By understanding the meaning of common dreams, you can identify issues that want your attention in your waking life." - Charles McPhee

"Nothing seemed as scary as waking up at 40 and realizing that I had not lived a very courageous life." - Brit Marling

"Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep." - Michel De Montaigne

"Man lives on earth not once, but three times: the first stage of his life is his continual sleep; the second, sleeping and waking by turns; the third, waking forever." - Gustav Fechner

"A mother, after all, is your entry into the world. She is the shell in which you divide and become a life. Waking up in a world without her is like waking up in a world without sky: unimaginable." - Meghan Orourke

"A mother, after all, is your entry into the world. She is the shell in which you divide and become a life. Waking up in a world without her is like waking up in a world without sky: unimaginable." - Meghan O'Rourke

"We imagine that waking-life is real and that dream-life is unreal, but there does not seem to be any evidence for this belief." - Wei Wu Wei

"One's work usually occupies more than half of one's waking life. Choosing work that does not bring happiness will lead to a life that is mostly disappointing" - Bo

"By the truth we are undone. Life is a dream. 'Tis the waking that kills us. He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life." - Virginia Woolf

"I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?" - Henry David Thoreau

"In the end dreams became his life, and his whole life thereafter took a strange turn: one might say he slept while waking and watched while asleep." - Nikolai Gogol

"He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life,where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's waking life was spent watching one's feet." - William Golding

"I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?" - Henry David Thoreau

"One's work usually occupies more than half of one's waking life. Choosing work that does not bring happiness will lead to a life that is mostly disappointing." - Bo Bennett

"Waking up is not serious. It is a gentle remembering and an honoring of the present moment as the truth of life." - Leonard Jacobson

"Experience in itself wasn't enough. The diary was my defense against waking up at the end of my life and realizing I'd missed it." - Sarah Manguso

"Experience in itself was' enough. The diary was my defense against waking up at the end of my life and realizing I"d missed it." - Sarah Manguso

"In a life where waking hours are draped in the costume of horrid nightmare, where reality has suddenly become questionable, it's easy to be scared by dreams." - Scott Sigler

"New every morning is the love Our waking and uprising prove, Through sleep and darkness safely brought, Restored to life and power and thought." - John Keble

"and all I could think was that I would like to spend every morning for the rest of my life waking up beside her" - Nicholas Sparks

"Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Either one does not dream, or one does so interestingly. One should learn to spend one's waking life in the same way: not at all, or interestingly." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little dearth." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Better to die, and sleep The never-waking sleep, than linger on And dare to live when the soul's life is gone." - Sophocles

"She thought our good-night kiss was given, And like a lily her life did close; Angels uncurtain'd that repose, And the next waking dawn'd in heaven." - Gerald Massey

"Better to die, and sleep The never-waking sleep, than linger on And dare to live when the soul's life is gone." - Sophocles

"Waking was the most reliable part of a dream, as built into dreams as death is to life. You dream, you wake: you live, you die." - Alex Garland

"We term sleep a death, and yet it is waking that kills us, and destroys those spirits that are the house of life." - Thomas Browne

"In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed- But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Once we truly understand that our waking experience is dreamlike, we no longer have to treat life as a serious problem." - Tarthang Tulku

"I saw literature as a fantasy, no less absorbing for all its irrelevance - a parallel life, as dreams shadow waking but never intersect it." - Edmund White

"Your waking adult life is going to be spent in what you do professionally, so you'd better like the journey and not just aim for the destination." - Darren Hardy

"I can very much relate to waking up inside of your life and saying to yourself, "How did I get here?"" - Sara Bareilles

"Most people are even less original in their dreaming than in their waking life; their dreams are more monotonous than their thoughts and oddly enough, more literary." - W H Auden

"Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"What plethora of material goods can possibly atone for a waking life so humanly belittling, if not degrading, as the push-button tasks left to human performers?" - Lewis Mumford

"Out of sleeping a waking, Out of waking a sleep." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity." - Elise M. Boulding

"I had to stop drinkin, cuz I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety." - Richard Pryor

"Hope is a waking dream." - Aristotle

"I just love life. I'm excited about things in life. I think that if you're excited about life, you are excited about waking up and doing things with your life every day." - Salma Hayek

"Dreams are imperfections of sleep; even so is consciousness the imperfection of waking. Dreams are impurities in the circulation of the blood; even so it's consciousness a disorder of life. Dreams are without proportion, without good sense, without truth; so also is consciousness. Awake from dream, the truth is known: awake from waking. The truth is: The Unknown" - Aleister Crowley

"Because of the way that myth takes it for granted that miracles are always happening, the waking life of a mythically inspired people - the ancient Greeks, for instance - more closely resembles a dream than it does the waking world of a scientifically disenchanted thinker." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The human soul, provided it is pure and strong enough, can contact the unseen in waking life as well as in dreams: all that is required is withdrawal of the soul from the tumult of sensory life." - Seyyed Hossein Nasr

"I've always been excited by rotoscoping, the technique used in films like 'Waking Life,' which fuses animation with real-life emotion. It seemed like it was a process ripe for innovation." - Aaron Koblin

"Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero." - Brian Andreas

"Looking at her is like waking up." - Veronica Roth

"Happiness is, waking up without a hangover." - Robert Black

"Age is nothing; waking up is everything." - Maya Angelou

"We still and always want waking." - Annie Dillard

"That's her psychic cock waking her up." - Bill Allred

"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." - Black Elk

"I work virtually every waking hour." - Alvin Toffler

"What if in my waking hours a sound should ring through the silent halls of hearing? ... Would the bow and string tension of life snap? Would the heart over weighted with sudden joy stop beating for very excess of happiness?" - Helen Keller

"For the first two years of a child's life, we spend every waking hour tryibg to get the child to communicate. Then we spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out how we can reverse the process." - Erma Bombeck

"Dreams and waking life are both the same kinds of things. The difference is that dreaming is perceiving free of external constraints, whereas perceiving otherwise is dreaming true. Meaning what you dream about actually happens." - Stephen Laberge

"When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?" - Rene Descartes

"I thrive on being on the road, waking up in a different place every day and having my life revolve around music. When you walk out in front of 300,000 people and pull it off, it validates you." - Sheryl Crow

"In the same way your life is the continuity of standing up, sitting down, laughing, sleeping, waking up, drinking, eating, and, of course, being born and dying. That is the continuity of the whole universe." - Yamada Koun

"But my dreaming self refuses to be consoled. It continues to wander, aimless, homeless, alone. It cannot be convinced of its safety by any evidence drawn from my waking life." - Margaret Atwood

"In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes." - Carl Jung

"Bedeviled, / human, your plight, in waking, is to choose from the words / that even now sleep on your tongue, and to know that tangled / among them and terribly new is the sentence that could change your life." - Marie Howe

"And what's the point of waking up in the morning if you don't try to match the enormousness of the known forces in the world with something powerful in your own life?" - Don Delillo

"Books are becoming everything to me. If I had at this moment any choice in life, I would bury myself in one of those immense libraries...and never pass a waking hour without a book before me." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"God does not deal directly with man: it is by means of spirits that all the intercourse and communication of gods with men, both in waking life and in sleep, is carried on." - Socrates

"I love Derrick Brown for the surprise of one word waking up next to another. One moment tender, funny or romantic, the next, visceral, ironic and relevatory-here is the full chaos of life. An amazing talent." - Janet Fitch

"I have always been thinking about the sounds and shades and aromas of words - fitting them together or disrupting their customary march - more or less every second of my life, waking and sleeping." - Robert Pinsky

"Collect the power. Because our fear has power. And our fear is paralyzing, and our fear sets us off course. So it's about gathering and collecting that power, waking it up. And dedicating your life to honoring it." - Rod Stryker

"Through dreams a door is opened to mythology, since myths are of the nature of dreams, and that, as dreams arise from an inward world unknown to waking consciousness, so do myths: so, indeed, does life." - Joseph Campbell

"Communication is the most important skill in life. We spend most of our waking hours communicating. But consider this: You've spent years learning how to read and write, years learning how to speak. But what about listening?" - Stephen Covey

"Large numbers of young people are waking up. And they are saying, "We are not here just to work for multinational corporations and make money for them. We are here to live. We have to find the meaning of life."" - Satish Kumar

"Human life is just dangerous, in general. You know, waking up in the morning, you could get hit by a car. Wherever you go, you could choke on a fish bone and die. You never know." - Meital Dohan

"I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar." - Ted Nugent

"The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do." - Denis Waitley

"Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos." - Jackie Gleason

"It was really like waking up one morning and going, Wow, I enjoy being with this person more than anybody else in my life, and it just turned out to be mutual." - Brian Austin Green

"I did almost every job in the bank. It was real life, waking up in the morning, putting on a suit and tie and then having to go to work." - Romain Grosjean

"I have the legacy of my father and his nocturnal automatic waking up. But I like those periods. I immediately have a different vision of humanity and my life." - Orhan Pamuk

"But our waking life, and our growing years, were for the most part spent in the kitchen, and until we married, or ran away, it was the common room we shared." - Laurie Lee

"When we shoot 'Scrubs' I spend every waking hour of my life in an abandoned and haunted hospital. All I can date there are ghosts and they tend to be horrible snugglers." - Zach Braff

"I love Derrick Brown for the surprise of one word waking up next to another. One moment tender, funny or romantic, the next, visceral, ironic and relevatory-here is the full chaos of life. An amazing talent." - Janet Fitch

"The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me." - Walter Scott

"I have spent my life on the road waking in a pleasant, or not so pleasant hotel, and setting off every morning after breakfast hoping to discover something new and repeatable, something worth writing about." - Paul Theroux

"Doing a story about my mundane, waking life, how much I don't like my job, or breaking up with someone, I don't think so. Those stories don't interest me that much as a general thing." - Jim Woodring

"My very first recollection of life on earth was waking up in bed with my mother, and she was showing me a picture of my father, Charles Jackson, with a group of soldiers." - Jesse Jackson

"When we dream, we create. All of life is a dream or a series of waking dreams. We dream our surroundings. We dream our friends, our relations. We dream our bodies. We dream our dreams." - Frederick Lenz

"I do not believe that I am now dreaming, but I cannot prove that I am not. I am, however, quite certain that I am having certain experiences, whether they be those of a dream or those of waking life." - Bertrand Russell

"To be an outlaw you must first have a base in law to reject and get out of, I never had such a base. I never had a place I could call home that meant any more than a key to a house, apartment or hotel room. ... Am I alien? Alien from what exactly? Perhaps my home is my dream city, more real than my waking life precisely because it has no relation to waking life..." - William S Burroughs

"I'm waking up to say I tried, instead of waking up to another TV guide." - Avril Lavigne

"Dream life, I realized, was only confusing when you were awake. It was from the perspective of waking life that dream life seemed fractured and lacking consequence, lacking any certainty that one thing led to another. But from within dream life, the world was generally coherent. Not exactly an unconfusing world-just no more confusing than any other." - Alex Garland

"How we start our day determines how we create our life. Are you snoozing through your morning... snoozing through your life... and snoozing through your unlimited potential... Or are YOU committed to waking up each day with passion, purpose, and a plan so you can create the life you truly want & deserve?" - Hal Elrod

"Love doesn't happen in an instant. It creeps up on you and then it turns your life upside-down. It colours your waking moments and fills your dreams. You begin to walk on air and see life in brilliant new shades. But it also brings with it a sweet agony, a delicious torture." - Vikas Swarup

"Ten years dropped from a man's life are no small loss; ten years of manhood, of household happiness and care; ten years of honest labor, of conscious enjoyment of sunshine and outdoor beauty; ten years of grateful life-one day looking forward to all this; the next, waking to find them passed, and a blank." - Mary Mapes Dodge

"And yet, and yet, in these our ghostly lives, Half night, half day, half sleeping, half awake, How if our waking life, like that of sleep, Be all a dream in that eternal life To which we wake not till we sleep in death" - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

"All night have the roses heard The flute, violin, bassoon; All night has the casement jessamine stirr'd To the dancers dancing in tune; Till a silence fell with the waking bird, And a hush with the setting moon." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Hold fast to your most indefinite, waking dream." - Henry David Thoreau

"In waking a tiger, use a long stick." - Mao Tse-Tung

"The dream didn't fade as dreams usually do upon waking." - Stephen King

"Man, I hate waking up with a dead hooker." - Dan Henderson

"I am influenced by every second of my waking hour." - Lenny Bruce

"sleepin with strangers will have you waking with enemies!" - Eric Jerome Dickey

"A corpse is what's left after waking too often." - Cesare Pavese

"Waking up in the morning isn't a choice, you know." - Gary Kraftsow

"In sleep a king, but waking no such matter." - William Shakespeare

"We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming." - Novalis

"Waking consciousness is dreaming - but dreaming constrained by external reality" - Oliver Sacks

"In waking a tiger, use a long stick." - Mao Zedong

"Hope is the dream of a waking man." - Aristotle

"Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles." - Miguel De Cervantes

"The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts." - Henry Miller

"Contrary to what you might think, I don't spend every waking hour thinking about boys." "Just most waking hours?" - Rick Riordan

"I mean, who wants to live waking up... at least I don't want to live waking up everyday about revenge." - Mitchell Baker

"If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings." - Susan Polis Schutz

"I have absolutely no complaints about my life. But people think I got handed everything, all this kind of fell in my lap, that I was just God-gifted with all this talent. I wanted people to realize it's a lot tougher than just waking up one day and you're in the NHL." - Wayne Gretzky

"I realized that I had died and been reborn numberless times but just didn't remember because the transitions from life to death and back are so ghostly easy, a magical action for naught, like falling asleep and waking up again a million times, the utter casualness and deep ignorance of it." - Jack Kerouac

"You're looking, sir, at a very dull survivor of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my sleep is so near waking that it's hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider." - William Faulkner

"In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother's first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air." - Charlotte Mason

"She didn't know if she could carry on by herself, but then, she realized that if this wasn't a dream-and dear God, did it feel real-there was no magic ?stop? in real life. If she couldn't deal with loneliness in a dream, she never would be able to while waking." - Richelle Mead

"If life was a dream, then dying must be the moment when you woke up. It was so simple it must be true. You died, the dream was over, you woke up. That's what people meant when they talked about going to heaven. It was like waking up." - Ian Mcewan

"In nature nothing is at standstill, everything pulsates, appears and disappears. Heart, breath, digestion, sleep and waking - birth and death - everything comes and goes in waves. Rhythm, periodicity, harmonious alternation of extremes is the rule. No use rebelling against the very pattern of life." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The mystery of life - its inexplicability, beauty, cruelty, tenderness, folly... has occupied the greater part of my waking thoughts; and in reverence or rage or irony, as the moment or situation might dictate, I have pondered and even demanded of cosmic energy to know Why." - Theodore Dreiser

"Yet it is the narrative that is the life of the dream while the events themselves are often interchangeable. The events of the waking world on the other hand are forced upon us and the narrative is the unguessed axis along which they must be strung." - Cormac Mccarthy

"It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return." - Annie Dillard

"The mystery of life-its inexplicability, beauty, cruelty, tenderness, folly . . . has occupied the greater part of my waking thoughts; and in reverence or rage or irony, as the moment or situation might dictate, I have pondered and even demanded of cosmic energy to know Why." - Theodore Dreiser

"Working was a new thing; waking up early in the morning and going to bed late at night... But I've met a lot of nice people, I've been to New York, London, Paris. I like traveling. Now I cannot imagine my life without modeling." - Barbara Palvin

"There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and ... if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life." - Sigmund Freud

"The decisions you make about your work life are especially important, since most people spend more of their waking lives working than doing anything else. Your choices will affect, not only yourself and those closest to you, but in some way the whole world." - Laurence Boldt

"It's like all my life I've been this tower standing at the edge of the ocean for some obscure purpose, and only now, almost eighteen years in, has someone thought to flip the switch that reveals that I'm not a tower at all. I'm a lighthouse. It's like waking up. I am incandescent." - Laini Taylor

"May we not then sometimes define insanity as an inability to distinguish which is the waking and which the sleeping life? We often dream without the least suspicion of unreality: 'Sleep hath its own world', and it is often as lifelike as the other." - Lewis Carroll

"Working was a new thing; waking up early in the morning and going to bed late at night... But I"ve met a lot of nice people, I've been to New York, London, Paris. I like traveling. Now I cannot imagine my life without modeling." - Barbara Palvin

"In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother's first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air." - Charlotte Mason

"Premie' re approximation: j'e cris pour de truire, en les de crivant avec pre cision, des monstres nocturnes qui menacent d'envahir ma vie e veille e. First general point: I write to destroy, by describing exactly the nocturnal monsters that threaten to invade my waking life." - Alain Robbe-Grillet

"The sound of madness is life. It's waking up in the morning to your alarm clock, your kid crying for you, hearing the sound of the city, it's everything. Madness isn't necessarily a negative thing, it can be a positive thing. You know, hearing them cry for you, if you have children, is a great thing, it's your child." - Barry Kerch

"Of course, music is still a passion for me, and my new sort of career doing radio is also a passion, but definitely to be able to put a smile on someone's face. Or just waking up every day, trying to figure out how I can change a person's life for the better." - Raheem Devaughn

"It's been such a privilege and an honor to be writing this book [he Pleiadian Promise]. It's really changed my life, and it has absorbed my every waking moment for months. I'm going to be relieved to put that aside and just release it, because it's been a lot, not too much; it's been very glorious, but it has been a lot for me." - Christine McCormick Day

"I'm not just talking about analyzing symbols from a dream but bringing the dream into life. I'm talking about seeing the world around you as a waking dream where the symbols and synchronicities will speak to you if you pay attention. That's why I call it active dreaming because it's about getting active with all our dreams can be." - Robert Moss



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