Quotations about   reality check

Note that not all quotations have been tagged, so the Search function may find additional quotations on this topic.



Though the terrain of frustration may be vast — from a stubbed toe to an untimely death — at the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality.

Alain de Botton (b. 1969) Swiss-British author
The Consolations of Philosophy, ch. 3 “Consolation For Frustration” (2000)
Added on 2-Nov-17 | Last updated 2-Nov-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by De Botton, Alain

A wise man weaves a philosophy out of each acceptance life forces upon him.

Elizabeth Bibesco (1897-1945) Romanian-English writer
Haven (1951)
    (Source)
Added on 25-May-17 | Last updated 25-May-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Bibesco, Elizabeth

At its core, therefore, science is a form of arrogance control.

Carol Tavris (b. 1944) American social psychologist and author
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts (2008) [with Elliot Aronson]
Added on 9-Aug-16 | Last updated 9-Aug-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Tavris, Carol

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion ….

Robert Burns (1759-1796) Scottish national poet
“To a Louse,” l.43-46 (1786)

The poem is reprinted in various forms and anglicizations of Burns' Scottish, e.g.,

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An foolish notion

O would some Power the gift to give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 18-Aug-17
Link to this post | 2 comments
Topics: , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Burns, Robert

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and evidence.

John Adams (1735-1826) American lawyer, Founding Father, statesman, US President (1797-1801)
“Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials” (4 Dec 1770)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 29-Mar-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Adams, John