Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
It is probable that all heavy matter possessesólatent and bound up with the structure of the atomóa similar quantity of energy to that possessed by radium. If it could be tapped and controlled, what an agent it would be in shaping the world's destiny! The man who puts his hand on the lever by which a parsimonious nature regulates so jealously the output of this store of energy would possess a weapon by which he could destroy the Earth if he chose.
A prescient remark on atomic energy after the discovery of radioactivity, but decades before the harnessing of nuclear fission in an atomic bomb became a reality
The creation of the mental domain of phantasm has a complete counterpart in the establishment of "reservations" and "nature-parks."... The "reservation" is to maintain the old condition of things which has been regretfully sacrificed to necessity everywhere else; there everything make grow and spread as it pleases, including what is it useless and even what is harmful. The mental realm of phantasm is also such a reservation reclaimed from the encroachment of the reality-principle.
The supreme reality of our time is... the vulnerability of our planet.
Courage is an everyday thing. When we look reality squarely in the eye and refuse to back away from our awareness, we are living courage.
When you speak about these miracles, I laugh within Myself out of pity, that you allow yourself so easily to loose the precious awareness of My Reality.
Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing
An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.
We must somehow get comfortable with the reality of periodic failure. ... Like a trip to the dentist, the thought of occasional reverses may not make us tingle with joyful anticipation, but then again, it's not the end of the world.
Journalism constructs momentarily arrested equilibriums and gives disorder an implied order. That is already two steps from reality.
Optimism is a psychological disorder exhibited by those out of touch with reality.
Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.
Execution is the ability to mesh strategy with reality, align people with goals, and achieve the promised results.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Drugs are marvelous if you want to escape, but reality is so rich, why escape?
The old notion that children are the private property of parents dies very slowly. In reality, no parent raises a child alone. How many of us nice middle-class folk could make it without our mortgage reduction?
War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
Wonder is not a Pollyanna stance,
not a denial of reality; wonder is an
acknowledgment of the power of
the mind to transform.
Realism is not a matter of any fidelity to an empirical reality, but of the discursive conventions by which and for which a sense of reality is constructed.