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It's like you have this belief that if you say things enough times they suddenly become true.



When you're able to see only what you want to see, it's remarkably easy to live in a problem-free world.
Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist

The mind imposes this framework which it calls "reality." That arbitrary framework has a tendency to be quite independent of what your senses report.

Major Barkison had a sure method of foretelling weather, or anything else for that matter: He would, for instance, select a certain patch of sky and then slowly count to three; if, during that time, no sea gull crossed the patch of sky, the thing he wanted would come true. This method could be applied to everything and the Major had great faith in it.

He looked at a certain section of sky above a distant volcano. Slowly he counted. At the count of two a gull flew across his patch of sky. The Major frowned. He had a way, however, of dealing with this sort of thing. He would use the best two counts out of three. Quickly he counted. No gull appeared. The trip would not be bad.
Gore Vidal, Williwaw

    Live-Action TV 

Sitnikov: I, uh... (clears throat) I walked around the exterior around Building 4. I think there's graphite on the ground in the rubble.
Dyatlov: You didn't see graphite.
Sitnikov: I did.
Dyatlov: You didn't... you DIDN'T!! Because it's not there!

The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't change their views to fit the facts. They change the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs changing.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Face of Evil"

Inara: What did I say to you about barging into my shuttle?
Mal: That it was manly and impulsive?
Inara: Yes, precisely. Only the exact phrase I used was "Don't."

What you're opposing isn't Helheim or Yggdrasill. It's the iron rule that says the world demands sacrifice in exchange for hope. Destroy that rule itself. Destroy it and change the world.
DJ Sagara, Kamen Rider Gaim


He's as blind as he can be
Just sees what he wants to see
Nowhere Man, can you see me at all?
The Beatles, "Nowhere Man"

You only see what your eyes want to see
Madonna, "Frozen"

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Rapture is coming back to life. Even now, can't you hear the breath returning to her lungs? The shops reopening, the schools humming with the thoughts of young minds?

Andrew Ryan: White is not black, Doctor Lamb, down is not up, and straw is not gold. Look around you. Rapture is no miracle: it is a product of reason, impossible unless one and one are two, and A equates to A.
Sofia Lamb: And yet alone, each man is a prisoner to bias. Dream, delusion, or the pain of a phantom limb - to one man, they are as real as rain. Reality is consensus... and the people are losing faith. Take a walk, Andrew. It is raining in Rapture... and you have simply chosen not to notice.

Dara Hubbell: We need to take control of the spaceship in the junkyard. I know it's a lot to ask, so I'm willing to give you one of Hubology's great treasures if we succeed.
The Sole Survivor: You do know it's not a real spaceship, right?
Dara Hubbell: Your mind is limited by neurodynes. If you had my expanded mental powers, you would see the truth about the spaceship.
Fallout 4: Nuka-World

It takes a strong man to deny what's right in front of him. And if the truth is undeniable... you create your own.
John Konrad, Spec Ops: The Line


That's not how I choose to remember it.


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If delusion needs inspiration on how to be more delusional, it should spend time with Heather Mills.
Michael K., "Heather Mills More Famous than Paul McCartney, Says Heather Mills"

Yes! In that way, I'm GLAD he was accused of rape! Really steels you for the rigors of pro football. If only EVERY prospect were accused of rape. It's the Oklahoma Drill of legal entanglements. TOUGHENS THE BODY AND THE MIND.
Of course, now that the Bucs have procured Winston, they're taking it one step further by trying to change the narrative and paint him as some kind of mutant football savant... Not only is this cynical — even craven — but it could also all be a pack of lies. Let's see that gif one more time...
Drew Magary, "Why Your Team Sucks 2015!: Tampa Bay Buccaneers"

If Zamenhof didn't mean to name his creation "Esperanto", what name did he intend it to be known by? The answer is, la lingvo internacia - "the international language". Here the definite article is an absurd boast, since there were already plenty of other tongues with a history of use as an international lingua franca. Esperanto wasn't even the first constructed auxiliary language to attract a cosmopolitan following. And yet I still get emails denying the existence of any other international language. From foreign countries. In English.

Oh, I'm a climate change skeptic, I'm an evolution skeptic, I just inherently believe that all of science is part of a giant collusion to personally deceive me... And also Holocaust, what Holocaust, I'm just so skeptical! Look at how intelligently skeptically I can put my fingers in my ears and go lalalalala.
Cerberus, "My Fedora Brings All the Girls to the Yard"

The free market has told the producer John Aglialoro they don’t want any Atlas Shrugged but apparently he has responded back with essentially "Fuck you, we are making Part III!" I guess he's believed the moochers have taken over but personally I would prefer he go to his own private island rather than subject us to this.
Miles Antwiler on Part II: The Strike

It's like a blindfolded man sitting in broad daylight saying "I love the dark" and swatting anyone who tries to take the damned thing off.

    Real Life 

Each week, Bischoff, he's, "Annnnny week, we're beating Vince!" He had a meeting every week. "WWE's closing down!" I kept lookin' at him, going, "...Okay." I don't think you know the same Vince McMahon I know. "We're killing Vince! They're gonna be gone!"
Ric Flair on the death of WCW

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley, "Note on Dogma"

People don’t like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
Helen Keller (attributed)

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

I know people who have worked with Cruise and he's in it for life. Imagine if you were Tom Cruise — to admit to yourself that you were wrong, it's a huge blowout. To admit that you'd been hoaxed, that would be very hard to accept.
— Ex-head of Scientologist security Gary Moorehead

Convictions are greatest enemies of truth than lies.
— Attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche

Only dead fish go with the flow.

Reality is something the human race doesn't handle very well.


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