72 great phrases (for inspiration and reflection)

72 great phrases (for inspiration and reflection)

There are a number of famous quotes and fantastic phrases that stir something up inside us . They are thoughts of great philosophers, writers and scientists of all times that, for some reason, touch us closely.

They are not only fanciful phrases (in the sense of alluding to parallel realities), but they are phrases with a great reflective component that we should all apply to our daily lives.

Fantastic phrases to think about

Today we will know these fantastic phrases . We hope you like them.

If we have forgotten a famous quote worth including in this list, please use the comments section to let us know.

1. In that other life there is a mixture of something purely fantastic, ardently ideal, and something terribly ordinary. (Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky)

Phrase of the great Russian author.

2. To create the fantastic, we must first understand the real. (Walt Disney)

Reality inspires us to create parallel projects and stories.

3. Sex between two people is a beautiful thing; between five people it’s fantastic. (Woody Allen)

Great ironic phrase from the American filmmaker.

4. The fantastic and the unexpected, that which changes and renews itself eternally, finds no better example than in real life itself. (Berenice Abbott)

The reality is usually narrow.

5. My God! My God! I wish I could find out what happened to me. But… Will I dare? Will I be able to? ..it’s crazy, so fantastic, so inexplicable and incomprehensible… (Guy De Maupassant)

Thought of the incredible French writer.

6. The superior beings created by religious fantasy are but the fantastic reflection of our own essence. (Karl Marx)

The Jewish economist, stressing the great link between fantasy and reality.

7. Ambiguity remains until the end of the adventure: reality or dream? truth or illusion? In this way we are drawn into the heart of the fantastic. The fantastic occupies the time of this uncertainty. From the moment we choose one or the other, we abandon the fantastic to enter a neighbouring genre, the strange or the wonderful. The fantastic is the doubt experienced by a being who knows only natural laws, in the face of an apparently supernatural event. (Tzvetan Todorov)

This is how the Bulgarian writer positioned himself.

8. First of all, we gave a definition of the genre: the fantastic is essentially based on a hesitation of the reader of a reader who identifies with the main character referring to the nature of a strange event. This hesitation can be resolved either by admitting that the event belongs to reality, or by deciding that it is a product of the imagination or the result of an illusion; in other words, it can be decided that the event is or is not. (Tzvetan Todorov)

Along the lines of the previous statement.

9. Fantasy is perfectly respectable. What’s more, most literary masterpieces could be considered fantasy or have something fantastic about them. (…) People talk about “respectable literature”, but there is no reason for such a distinction. I want everything that can fit into a novel, from the beauty of the language to the mystery, to powerful characters and a good story. (Patrick Rothfuss)

An ode to fantasy literature.

10. (…) The crush is the same as at 20. It puts your life in technicolor. Everything acquires another relief, everything has another interest. It was fantastic. (Esther Tusquets)

About love and its mystical halo.

11. I wanted to do something fantastic for girls. In Japan there have always been many series in the Power Ranger style and I love them, I’ve watched them for as long as I can remember, I’ve watched each one twenty times and they fascinate me. And I thought of doing something like Power Rangers, but for girls. (Naoko Takeuchi)

An oriental look at the fantasy genre and science fiction.

12. Fantasy plus fantasy can’t help but give something more fantastic. (Antonio Skármeta)

It just multiplies.

13. For obvious reasons I will have been the first to discover that this book not only does not look like what it wants but often looks like what it does not want, and so the proponents of reality in literature will find it rather fantastic while those perched on fiction will deplore its deliberate collusion with the history of our times. (Julio Cortázar)

Disparity of ideas.

14. If I’ve learned anything in all this time, it’s that we all want things to go well for us. We don’t need anything fantastic, wonderful or extraordinary. If things go well, we are happy. Because, most of the time, if they go well, that’s enough. (David Levithan)

On the simplicity on which happiness rests.

15. I almost always start with the fantastic element, and usually with the ending, and the rest of the story depends on the intersection of the strange and the moment of closure. (Kelly Link)

About your creative process.

16. The great thing about literature is its diversity. (Muriel Barbery)

Thousands of authors, each with a world view.

17. I love life. I think it’s fantastic. Sometimes it’s hard stuff, and when it’s big stuff, you have to take advantage of it. (Sam Taylor-Wood)

A very well summarized philosophy of life.

18. I can’t be compared to Pelé. I need to do much more to be compared to Pelé. Pelé is fantastic. And he’s unique. (Neymar)

An ode to a fellow Brazilian crackhead.

19. Chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans have lived hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulated, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been more successful than us in being in harmony with the environment. (Jane Goodall)

Phrase about primates.

20. Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we have some fantastic competitors and that keeps us on our toes. (Bill Gates)

From the creator of Windows and Microsoft.

21. The admirable thing about the fantastic is that there is nothing fantastic anymore: there is only the real. (André Breton)

Thought of the French surrealist writer.

22. Fill your eyes with wonder, live as if you were dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. (Ray Bradbury)

23. If life were not fantastic it would be absolutely incomprehensible. (Bertrand Regader)

He wouldn’t have a head or a foot.

24. Even though I’m fantastic, I’m still pretty smart. (Shahrukh Khan)

There’s no reason to lose your mind.

25. Surrealism, then, does not seek to subvert realism, as does fantasy, nor does it try to transcend it. It seeks different means to explore reality itself. (Michael Richardson)

A definition of this literary genre.

26. Children seem to need a delicate balance between the realistic and the fantastic in their art; realistic enough to know that the story matters, enough of the fantastic to make what matters wonderful. (Eric S. Rabkin)

About the art of education.

27. The fantastic breaks the crust of appearance… something grabs us by the shoulders to throw us out of ourselves. I always knew that great surprises await us where we have learned not to be surprised by anything, that is, where we are not surprised by breaks in order. (Julio Cortázar)

From the Argentine genius.

28. The fantastic cannot exist independently of that ‘real’ world that it seems to find frustratingly finite. (Rosemary Jackson)

A reflection on the limits of the fantasy.

29. But if you are interested in stories of the fantastic, I must warn you that this type of story demands more art and judgment than is usually believed. (Charles Nodier)

30. The fantastic is always a rupture in the recognized order, an irruption of the inadmissible within the immutable daily legality. (Roger Caillois)

Fantastic phrase about the concept itself.

31. It should be especially stressed that the fantastic makes no sense in a world out of the ordinary. Imagining the fantastic is even impossible. In a world full of wonders, the extraordinary loses its power. (Roger Caillois)

Another parallelism between the real and the imaginary.

32. The fantastic postulates that there are forces in the outside world, and in our own natures, which we can neither know nor control, and these forces may even constitute the essence of our existence, beneath the comforting rational surface. The fantastic is, moreover, a product of the human imagination, perhaps even an excess of imagination. It arises when the laws that are considered absolute are transcended, on the border between life and death, the animate and the inanimate, the self and the world; it arises when the real becomes the unreal, and the solid presence in vision, sleep or hallucination. The fantastic is the unexpected occurrence, the surprising novelty that goes against all our expectations of what is possible. The ego multiplies and divides, time and space are distorted. (Franz Rottensteine)

Thought of the Austrian critic.

33. The fantastic is in complicity with the realistic model, in the statements that realism makes to represent the true face of reality. It points out the gaps and inadequacies of realism, but does not question the legitimacy of its claims to represent reality. The concept of “suspension of disbelief,” that beloved criterion of positivist critique that supposedly serves to establish the legitimacy of the fantastic, confirms this hegemony. (Michael Richardson)

Philosophical thinking.

34. This world that we like to believe is sane and real is, in truth, absurd and fantastic. (Graham Swift)

You only have to look around to see that there is plenty of arbitrariness.

35. Good dreams can be inspirations to bring about reality fantastic enough to share. (Jay Woodman)

Dreaming brings us a lot of fantasy material.

36. I am a character in the book of someone whose ending has not yet been written. (M. Barreto Condado)

Existential thinking par excellence.

37. I think the gardens are fantastic, and I’d love to draw and design and stuff like that. I just love to plant flowers during the summer. There’s something very humble about that, and natural and beautiful. (Ed Westwick)

An architectural vision of fantasy.

38. I had a fantastic mother who taught me self-confidence. (Anna Torv)

About self-esteem and good education.

39. It’s a fantastic mirror for us to relate to art, to relate to paintings that deal with tragedy, to go and see Shakespeare’s comedies, to read a Greek play… We have always investigated the lightness and darkness of the human soul, in all these aspects forms. So why not do it on television? (Holly Hunter)

Art and fantasy.

40. Einstein’s theory of relativity does a fantastic job of explaining great things. Quantum mechanics is fantastic for the other side of the spectrum, for small things. (Brian Greene)

The science of the immense and the tiny.

41. Much of my life has been alone. Fantastic, but lonely. (Kim Cattrall)

Loneliness does not have to be lived as a refusal.

42. We didn’t have any books at home. Not even children’s books or fairy tales. The only “fantastic” stories came from religion class. And I took them all literally, that God sees everything, and I felt that I was always being watched. Or that dead people were in heaven above our town. (Herta Muller)

Essay or novel? Herta Muller explains her personal experience.

43. I am not a writer who seeks the fantastic and sensational. I like the world we have. If there is something special and magical, I have to find it in ordinary things. (Graham Swift)

Everyday life is full of absolutely incredible things.

44. Little paintings can be fantastic. But often you can’t get a narrative from a small painting. In any case, museums are big places and you want to take up some space. (Gary Hume)

45. Many of the best fantasy stories begin slowly, in a common setting, with accurate and meticulous descriptions of an ordinary setting, in the style of a ‘realistic’ story. Then a gradual change becomes apparent, or it may sometimes be surprisingly abrupt, and the reader begins to realize that what is being described is alien to the world to which he or she is accustomed, that something strange has slipped or jumped into it. This strangeness changes the world permanently and fundamentally. (Franz Rottensteiner)

About the fantasy genre and its magic.

46. Theatres are curious places, magicians’ trap boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs are kept as nostalgic ghosts, and where the inexplicable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine events on and off stage. Murder, chaos, political intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignments and, of course, dinner. (EA Bucchianeri)

On the dramatic art, of the American writer.

47. You could start on a road that leads nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere. (Stephen King)

The genius of terror also philosophizes about what might happen.

48. Skill alone cannot teach or produce a great short story, which condenses the creature’s obsession; it is a hallucinatory presence manifested from the first sentence to fascinate the reader, to make him lose contact with the boring reality around him, immersing him in another more intense and convincing one. (Julio Cortázar)

About the seductive power of short stories.

49. Let us instead depart towards the fields of Dreams and wander through those blue and romantic hills where the abandoned tower of the Supernatural rises, where fresh moss dresses the ruins of Idealism. Let us, in short, enjoy a little fantasy! (Eça de Queirós)

A very lyrical description of an experience.

50. As has already been pointed out, fantasy literature developed at precisely the time when genuine belief in the supernatural was waning, and when the sources provided by folklore could safely be used as literary material. It is almost a necessity for both the writer and the reader of fantasy literature that he or she should not believe in the literal truth of the beings and objects described, though the preferred mode of literary expression is naive realism. The authors of fantasy literature are, with a few exceptions, not to be converted, but to establish a narrative story endowed with consistency and conviction of inner reality only during the time of reading: a game, sometimes a very serious game, with anxiety and fear, horror and terror. (Franz Rottensteiner)

About the suspension of disbelief.

51. What if life as you know it could be so much more? (M. Barreto Condado)

The limits of our possibilities are unknown.

52. The fantastic in literature does not exist as a challenge to what is probable, but only where it can be increased to a challenge to reason itself: the fantastic in literature consists, when everything has been said, essentially in showing the world as opaque, as inaccessible to reason on principle. This happens when Piranesi, in his imagined prisons, represents a world populated by beings other than those for whom he was created. (Lars Gustafsson)

The description of a world that cannot be crossed by reason.

53. But the recurring ambiguity of the American tale of the supernatural reveals both a fascination with the possibility of a luminous experience and a perplexity about whether there was, in fact, anything extraordinary to experience. Writers often delighted in leading readers into, but not out of, the haunting twilight of the frontier. (Howard Kerr)

A literary reflection.

54. Rejecting what Adorno called ‘comfort in the uncomfortable’, taken by the fantastic, surrealism seeks to reintegrate man into the universe. (Michael Richardson)

A reflection on surrealism.

55. Let others boast of the pages they have written; I am proud of those I have read. (Jorge Luis Borges)

An ode to reading lovers.

56. The greatest satisfaction in writing is the unique possibility of living my own adventures. (M. Barreto Condado)

About the creative potential.

57. If it’s to give wings to the imagination, count on me. (M. Barreto Condado)

An invitation to imagine.

58. Peace becomes a fantasy when egos are promoted and facts are distorted. (Duop Chak Wuol)

A reflection on peace.

59. Good dreams can be inspirations to bring about reality fantastic enough to share. (Jay Woodman)

About the evocative power of the dreamlike.

60. Fairy tales make rivers run with wine just to make us remember, for a wild moment, that they run with water. (GK Chesterton)

About the power of storytelling.

61. Do you want to do something very simple but also very fantastic? Then sit down in the rain! Soon after that, you will abandon yourself and only the rain will remain! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

An invitation to relax and let yourself go.

62. I believe in the magic we carry in all our actions. (M. Barreto Condado)

Every action has something else that defines it and is not seen.

63. I try to avoid saying ‘fantastic’ too often and ‘obviously’ is a dangerous word for all broadcasters. (Gary Lineker)

Advice on how to narrate.

64. The planet Earth is a fantastic destination if you manage to find this surreal sensation of wild liberation. (Talismanist Giebra)

A travel guide that will never let you down.

65. I think it’s great when young people piss off their elders. (Henry Rollins)

This is part of the generational relay.

66. In the scale of the cosmic, only the fantastic has a chance of being true. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

A reflection on the complexity of reality.

67. I only know one thing: deep down no one is too fantastic, I have the impression that everyone spends most of their life annoying others. (Ken Kessey)

Unfortunately, bad feelings abound and do not allow us to prosper.

68. There is a part of each person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic. (Aisha Tyler)

We all have this side.

69. Men are fantastic, as a concept. (Jo Brand)

As a concept, but when we see them in real life, it’s a different story.

70. The fantastic lies precisely in the apprehensible, in the everyday, in appreciating it and finding the magic in it. (Bertrand Regader)

About our ability to appreciate the mundane.

71. Let the wind beneath your wings sustain you where the sun sails and the moon walks. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

A great line from the author of The Lord of the Rings.

72. The movies should make you forget you’re sitting in an armchair. (Roman Polanski)

Phrase for flying, from the great Polish director.

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