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Waking Life Quotes

Updated on February 17, 2011
Image from "Waking Life"
Image from "Waking Life"

Director Richard Linklater's Waking Life is one of my all time favorite movies. It is not a typical movie, in the sense that it doesn't really have a plot. It does, however, have a great deal of philosophical dialogue and artistic imagery. It is impossible to do the movie justice with any description, so here are a few of my favorite Waking Life quotes (along with some great video clips from the movie), with which I hope to entice you to watch the movie if you never have, or, if you already have, to watch it again.

Waking Life Quotes

"Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration."

"The new evolutionary paradigm will give us the human traits of truth, of loyalty, of justice, of freedom."

"But we all know the function of the media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world, no. Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them"

"...reincarnation is just a poetic expression of what collective memory really is."

"There are two kinds of sufferers in this world: those who suffer from a lack of life and those who suffer from an overabundance of life."

"Actually, the gap between, say, Plato or Nietzsche and the average human is greater than the gap between that chimpanzee and the average human."

"Which is the most universal human characteristic, fear or laziness?"

"A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage from which to view this--this experience."

"The worst mistake that you could make is to think that you are alive when really you’re asleep in life's waiting room."

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"It's bad enough that you sell your waking life for-- for minimum wage, but now they get your dreams for free."

"...reality and God are the same . . . and so what film is actually capturing is, like, God incarnate, creating. You know, like this very moment, God is manifesting as this . . . so film is like a record of God or the face of God, or of the ever-changing face of God."

"We walk around like there's some holy moments and there are all the other moments that are not holy, but this moment is holy."

"To exchange love and hate, life and death, terror and redemption, repulsions and attractions. An affirmation of freedom so reckless and unqualified, that it amounts to a total denial of every kind of restraint and limitation."

"They say dreaming's dead, that no one does it anymore. It's not dead. It's just that it's been forgotten. Removed from our language. Nobody teaches it, so no one knows it exists."

"Exercise your human mind as thoroughly as possible, knowing it is only an exercise."

"This entire thing we're involved with called the world is an opportunity to exhibit how exciting alienation can be."

"Remembering is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting."

"Actually, there's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity. And it's an instant in which God is posing a question. And that question is, basically, 'Do you want to,' you know, 'be one with eternity'?"

I hope you've enjoyed these Waking Life quotes and clips. If you haven't seen the movie, it is well worth buying.


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    • saveahusky profile image


      5 years ago from Maine

      This is also my favorite movie of all time! Glad to find someone else just in to it as me. This movie def. makes you think, and makes me question the reality we live in. LOVE IT!

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      7 years ago

      i loved the movie

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      Susan Mills 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      This sounds like a very interesting movie. Unusual, to be sure! :)

      My favorite quote from above is "...reincarnation is just a poetic expression of what collective memory really is."


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