A collection of various quotes from the movie, Waking Life. The movie is about a man who goes about meeting many different people and discussing the possible meanings and reasons to life and the universe. Enjoy these quotes!
They say that dreams are only real as long as they last. Couldn’t you say the same thing about life?
On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion. – Speed Levitch
When it was over, all I could think about was how this entire notion of oneself, what we are, is just this logical structure, a place to momentarily house all the abstractions. It was a time to become conscious, to give form and coherence to the mystery, and I had been a part of that. It was a gift. Life was raging all around me and every moment was magical. I loved all the people, dealing with all the contradictory impulses – that’s what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that’s all that really mattered. – Woman at Restaurant
The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything. – Guy Forsyth
Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration and this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another. And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival. Like you know, “water.” We came up with a sound for that. Or saber tooth tiger right behind you. We came up with a sound for that. But when it gets really interesting I think is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is like… frustration? Or what is anger or love? When I say love, the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love, and they register what I’m saying and they say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we’re understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for. – Kim Krizan
We have got to realize that we’re being conditioned on a mass scale. Start challenging this corporate slave state. – Alex Jones
The worst mistake that you can make is to think you’re alive when really you’re asleep in life’s waiting room. – Guy Forsyth
What you do makes a difference. We should never simply write ourselves off and see ourselves as the victim of various forces. It’s always our decision who we are. – Philosophy Professor
The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving. –
Boat Car Guy
…and as we all know, fun rules. – John Christensen
A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage from which to view this experience. And where most consider their individual relationship to the universe, I contemplate relationships of my various selves to one another. – Man on Television
Thanks for reading. If you haven’t seen Waking Life and you like deep, philosophical conversation, I’d recommend checking it out.