129+ Best Reaction Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Reaction Quotes

The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving; and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science. — Werner Heisenberg

Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts. — Mick Jagger

I’m not religious, but by nature I am spiritual. I’m an artist, and creativity seems to go hand in hand with spirituality. But I have a knee-jerk reaction against organized religions. Actually, I have knee-jerk reactions against anything that’s organized. — Nikki Sixx

U.S. analysts estimate that Russian military expenditures have tripled during the Bush-Putin years, in large measure a predicted reaction to the Bush administration’s militancy and aggressiveness. — Noam Chomsky

I had a strong visceral reaction to the ‘Moonlight’ script, partly because I felt I knew all of these characters. — Janelle Monae

You don’t reward reaction; you reward results. — Edwin Louis Cole

Trump is, in part, a reaction to the intellectual corruption of the Republican Party. That ought to be obvious to his critics, yet somehow it isn’t. — Tucker Carlson

I have seen periods of progress followed by reaction. I have seen the hopes and aspirations of Negroes rise during World War II, only to be smashed during the Eisenhower years. I am seeing the victories of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations destroyed by Richard Nixon. — Bayard Rustin

I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music, even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that’s a fantastic reaction. I think that they’re really hearing something then. — Alice Cooper

Sometimes you wake up the next morning after making a lot of bad decisions and have this nonchalant reaction like, ‘These Things Happen’ – what can I say? — G-Eazy

Quite frankly, I talk about the fact that I’m a feminist as often as I can, and every time I do, it gets huge reaction, and media reacts, and the Twitterverse explodes and things like that, because here I am saying I’m a feminist. I will keep saying that until there is no more reaction to that when I say it, because that’s where we want to get to. — Justin Trudeau

Buddhism maintains that the common reaction of the human mind to pleasure and to achievement is not satisfaction; it’s craving for more. — Yuval Noah Harari

As a historian, I’m sceptical about conspiracy theories because the world is far too complicated to be managed by a few billionaires drinking scotch behind some closed doors. But I do think that the voters are correct in sensing that they’re really losing power. And in reaction, they give the system an angry kick. — Yuval Noah Harari

In a play, you can adjust your performance to audience reaction, but in a film, it’s like you’re trapped in a bad dream watching yourself act, and you’re in the audience. — Jonathan Groff

I like to make people feel happy and superior in their reaction towards my appearance. — Kurt Cobain

It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realise the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger. — Gertrude Stein

Action and reaction are equal and opposite. — Gertrude Stein

The normal reaction of a publisher when faced with an author with a bee in his bonnet is to grab the check and run. — Michael Korda

In minority communities there’s a sensitivity, often a knee-jerk reaction, to critical representations. There’s a misunderstanding of what an artist does. — Junot Diaz

Falling in love is a chemical reaction. But it wears off in a year. That’s why you need a strong line of communication… which includes laughter. — Yakov Smirnoff

Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history. — Robert Anton Wilson

What a man calls his ‘conscience’ is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love. — Helen Rowland

To me the goal of comedy is to just laugh, which is a really high hearted thing, visceral connection and reaction. — Louis C. K.

I used to take my short stories to girls’ homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her? — Ray Bradbury

The reaction of the public plays a very important role. It gives us an adrenaline boost, especially when people start to shout and clap their hands in time with the music. That really helps us to go on. — Simone Biles

When we do not understand something, a common reaction is to fear it. In government, this is the usual, and encouraged, reaction. The reaction to the gig economy has been no different, and this growing fear has unfortunately turned into a legislative bloodbath. — John McAfee

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. — Plato

Spike Lee gave me the greatest reaction to the fact that I was this athlete-meets-artist, because I think he saw that I was different. I learned that oftentimes, Spike directs in a sense that he might just stare at you and look at you in a telepathic way of communicating. — Omari Hardwick

What you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction. — Kristen Stewart

There’s a knee jerk reaction in Washington when something isn’t perfect to just add more money, add more personnel, it’ll all be OK. That’s not true, especially with complex issues like veterans health care. — Dan Crenshaw

There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. — George Orwell

One of the greatest lessons of my own life was learning to turn the inner rampage of hatred and anger toward my own father for his reprehensible behavior and abandonment of his family into an inner reaction more closely aligned with God and God-realized love. — Wayne Dyer

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. — Henry Adams

I just like being a social experiment sometimes. I really should not be allowed in public. But I just go out into the public just to see people’s reaction. — Peter Steele

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

‘Crash’ is a metaphor for what I see as the dehumanizing elements that are present in the world in which we live. We’re distanced by the nature of the society we inhabit from a normal human reaction. — J. G. Ballard

My personal belief is that you carry your own water in a relationship. If you see a girl and you think she’s hot, that’s a very human reaction, but you don’t go and tell your spouse that, you know? So in one way it’s how you behave. — Mark Ruffalo

We work because it’s a chain reaction, each subject leads to the next. — Charles Eames

President Bush gave his first-ever presidential radio address in both English and Spanish. Reaction was mixed, however, as people were trying to figure out which one was which. — Dennis Miller

Reaction – a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on. — Victor Hugo

There are certain artworks that I respond to, artists that I respond to. It’s an intellectual reaction but it’s also a biological reaction. And the excitement that the work can generate – how it makes you feel about not only your intellectual possibilities but your physical possibilities in this world. How it feels to be alive! — Jeff Koons

Is it or is it not ethical to create an embryo, and to create a person for the purpose of getting an organ to give to someone else? Your knee-jerk reaction is ‘absolutely not;’ but you need the ethical analysis of that to show why and how that is something that you need to stay away from. — Anthony Fauci

Oklahoma residents are known for not backing down from a fight in the political arena, on the gridiron, NBA courts or rodeo arenas, but in their reaction to the bombing, they knew intuitively they would not find restoration in rage. — Tom Brokaw

The common base of all the Semitic creeds, winners or losers, was the ever present idea of world-worthlessness. Their profound reaction from matter led them to preach bareness, renunciation, poverty; and the atmosphere of this invention stifled the minds of the desert pitilessly. — T. E. Lawrence

If I hadn’t been raised in such a logical household, the entertainment industry would have elicited only one reaction from me in regards to ‘Christians’: ‘Good God, these people are crazy.’ — Steven Crowder

I don’t mind what the critics say, so long as I get some reaction. The worst thing is to be ignored. — Les Dawson

People in business tend to have an instinctive reaction to people. — Nigel Farage

When I was playing piano, it was like, ‘I’m going to write a song using all the white keys.’ My music director, who knew my jazz background, suggested I try big-band music, so we spent a year experimenting with it in concert, and the audience reaction was really good. — John Tesh

My fans saw me get engaged, saw me make that woman my wife, me having kids, me divorcing, me talking about divorce before the divorce, me talking about my kids’ reaction to that divorce. — Kevin Hart

The normal MGK reaction that everyone expects is for me to be angry and go off, because my history shows that’s the type of attitude I’m bringing to the table. — Machine Gun Kelly

It is important to feel the anger without judging it, without attempting to find meaning in it. It may take many forms: anger at the health-care system, at life, at your loved one for leaving. Life is unfair. Death is unfair. Anger is a natural reaction to the unfairness of loss. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

My first reaction every time I delve into an episode of history that I don’t know very much about is… my first reaction is anger that my teachers never taught me about it. — Steven Spielberg

I’ll meet people and tell them what I do, and their first reaction is usually, ‘Oh, I love Thin Mints!’ And you know, they are awfully good. — Frances Hesselbein

I can’t think in terms of journalism without thinking in terms of political ends. Unless there’s been a reaction, there’s been no journalism. It’s cause and effect. — Hunter S. Thompson

When I write a book, I write a book for myself; the reaction is up to the reader. It’s not my business whether people like or dislike it. — Paulo Coelho

For me and my entire generation, we took on this kind of sarcastic, ironic, snarkiness because it seemed the most extreme reaction to the earnestness of hippies. — Chuck Palahniuk

If the United States commits to the goal of reaching Mars, it will almost certainly do so in reaction to the progress of other nations – as was the case with NASA, the Apollo program, and the project that became the International Space Station. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

It’s been vindicating to see the reaction from lawmakers, judges, public bodies around the world, civil liberties activists who have said it’s true that we have a right to at least know the broad outlines of what our government’s doing in our name and what it’s doing against us. — Edward Snowden

Government is like physics, you know – for every action, there’s a reaction. — Jesse Ventura

The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction. — Ivan Pavlov

The measures and acts which show us violently disposed towards the outer world can never stay without a violent reaction on ourselves. — Richard Wagner

Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction. — Leon Trotsky

The basic human reaction to pleasure is not satisfaction, but rather craving for more. Hence, no matter what we achieve, it only increases our craving, not our satisfaction. — Yuval Noah Harari

One day, I just got up to read a poem and started singing. I looked around – the reaction was great. And I said, ‘Oh, boy. I like this.’ — Jill Scott

Any time skating was featured in a video game, I ate it up. So around 1997-98, I was shopping this video game idea. I was weighing my options when I went to Activision, but when I saw what they were working on, I said, ‘This is exactly what I’d love to be involved with,’ and following that gut reaction was hugely successful. — Tony Hawk

Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I’ve stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them. — Russell Crowe

I was too shy, I think, to sing publicly. It takes a particular kind of person. And when I was young, I was not that person. In the first instance, when a record company said to me, do you want to try and make your record, my first reaction was, no, I’m not worthy – I couldn’t possibly, and so on and so forth. — Hugh Laurie

The first reaction to truth is hatred. — Tertullian

We have boys now, and men, in the rock and roll business and all the show business, who have this reaction on women. They scream. They yell. They do all sorts of wild things. — Minnie Pearl

If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It’s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that’s never been more clearly evident than in today’s NBA game. — Julius Erving

Most of the time, people say negative things for a reaction, and I can’t even bear to give them the satisfaction. So there’s something that I gain from feeling like I’m the bigger person, from walking away from a situation. — Selena Gomez

I’ve had so much positive reaction and emotional fulfillment from the creation of my art and sharing it with everyday people that I never paid too much attention to the opinion of critics. — Thomas Kinkade

Don’t be gullible, use life before it uses you. Understand there are no free lunches, and for every action you take, there’s a reaction. — Sylvester Stallone

After ‘Born to Run,’ I had a reaction to my good fortune. With success, it felt like a lot of people who’d come before me lost some essential part of themselves. My greatest fear was that success was going to change or diminish that part of myself. — Bruce Springsteen

And I’m here to tell you, the reaction that I’m getting around the country, people are sick and tired of this word in Washington, compromise. This is why nothing ever gets done. — Herman Cain

Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing. In short, radicals must have a degree of control over the flow of events. — Saul Alinsky

To see the positive reaction to my music makes me feel good. — Cardi B

On stage, I’m this figure, this actor, who does things that people aren’t used to seeing and I relish in that reaction. In real life, though, I play golf, I shop and I walk around with no makeup on and my hair in a ponytail. I may not be the typical middle-aged Joe, but I’m closer to normal than you think. — Alice Cooper

I don’t think anyone ever gets over the surprise of how differently one audience’s reaction is from another. — Dick Cavett

When I was eight, my piano teacher played seven or eight notes, and I sang them. She stopped and looked at me in shock! That was the first time I’d gotten that reaction. I’d had looks of horror, but never shock in a positive way. — Chris Cornell

Anytime you really take a close look at people who are dealing with the aging process, you’re going to have a complicated reaction to what you’re seeing and feeling. If you’re in the middle of it, those emotions are going to be quadrupled. It’s immediate, it’s relatable, so it’s good human drama. — Ron Howard

You don’t know what people are looking for. What you know is what you feel like might be missing. It’s up to the people to agree with you or disagree with you, and you’ll know in their reaction. — Pharrell Williams

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action. — Orison Swett Marden

You can’t pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It’s better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That’s dangerous. — Donatella Versace

You can tell on-stage when a joke’s starting to lose its pop. It doesn’t mean people don’t want to hear it anymore; it means I don’t want to do it anymore. Because I want to move on to something that has a knee-jerk reaction just like you get when you tell somebody a joke that they’ve never heard. — Ron White

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. — Plato

I was a novelist first. But in the mid-’80s, I did work in television for ten years. And yes, that was frequently the reaction to my scripts. People would say, ‘You know, George, this is great. We love it, a terrific script, but it would cost five times our budget to shoot this.’ — George R. R. Martin

You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me. — Steve Jobs

The crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere, particularly Lebanon, are so shocking that the only emotionally valid reaction is rage and a call for extreme actions. But that does not help the victims. And, in fact, it’s likely to harm them. — Noam Chomsky

I’m one of those introverted people who simply feels a lot better after spending time alone thinking through ideas and emotions. This is a sign, I’ve come to think, of a kind of emotional disturbance – a reaction to inner fragility. I wish I were more able to just act and do, rather than constantly have to retreat and examine and think. — Alain de Botton

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another. — Reinhold Niebuhr

When I first read the story ‘Guts’ in workshop – my fellow writers that I’ve been meeting with for almost 20 years – they laughed; they didn’t have any kind of shock reaction. — Chuck Palahniuk

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It’s completely impossible. 2- It’s possible, but it’s not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along. — Arthur C. Clarke

I just love any kind of language that can change the energy in a room. There are no limits for me, as long as it feels like it’s being used in a particular way to garner or elicit a very particular reaction so that you can then use that reaction later for something else. — Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. — Carl Jung

You know what matters? Touching people. Being a real person. Because when you’re in front of real people, they gon’ give you a real reaction. — PartyNextDoor

I am not like Hitchcock, directing the reaction of the public or the audience. I don’t like that. I think this is some kind of fascism – ‘You need to react like that.’ No. No. It’s not like this; everyone needs to react as he can. — Alejandro Jodorowsky

For some reason I did something where I realized I could get a reaction. That was when I broke out of my shell at school, because I really didn’t have any friends or anything like that and I just kind of was going along, and then finally I did this zany thing, and all of a sudden I had tons of friends. — Jim Carrey

I think we’re tremendously different than the series, if they were to tune in to the series after seeing the movie they might be disappointed. That there was, you know, that they might have some kind of adverse reaction. — Gillian Anderson

If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something – for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars – I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

The bad thing about being a famous comedian is that every now and then someone approaches me to tell an old joke. Don’t tell me jokes – I have that. People also say the weirdest things, sometimes sarcastic things, and even evil things. They like to provoke to get a reaction. — Robin Williams

Why are all the artists so dead-set on distorting? It seems to be a reaction against photography, but I’m not sure. — Marcel Duchamp

The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. — W. Somerset Maugham

I’ve seen Animal House two and a half times now at sneak previews with a real audience, and the reaction was great. — John Belushi

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. — Isaac Newton

It’s rare to find someone excited over jury duty. If they’re out there, I’ve never met them. Not a one. When the summons for jury duty arrives in the mail, how many people scream, ‘Yes!’ and run to clear the calendar? None. Our first and only reaction is, ‘Oh, no,’ quickly followed by, ‘How can I get out of this?’ — Regina Brett

When you’re watching Psycho, there’ s that moment when you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed. And then you have the intellectual revelation that you’re not, and that’s where the celebration comes in. — Penn Jillette

It was a weird reaction to ‘Batman Returns,’ because half the people thought it was lighter than the first one, and half the people thought it was darker. I think the studio just thought it was too weird – they wanted to go with something more child- or family-friendly. In other words, they didn’t want me to do another one. — Tim Burton

Disney is a machine, and I’m grateful for it, but I feel like being part of that environment made me crave the reaction from other projects even more. — Selena Gomez

People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication. — Yoko Ono

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. — Rita Mae Brown

I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say. — Christina Aguilera

My art is not limited to the songs I create but also to the reaction it creates. I like to sit back and look at the whole thing as if it’s a tornado that I’m controlling. It’s creating chaos. When you create chaos, ideas are turned upside down, and everybody looks at things in a different way. — Marilyn Manson

The Trump phenomenon is in large part a reaction of Middle America to attacks on its values by intellectual and academic communities. There are other reasons, but this is a significant one. — Henry Kissinger

The death of Sid Caesar on Wednesday caused a chain reaction in my soon-to-be-66-year-old mind. I was saddened, of course, but felt a sense of relief that he was at last free from the indignity of aging. — Billy Crystal

When I read ‘The Water Diviner,’ I was having the same kind of visceral reaction that I would normally have acting in something. I believed that I was the only person that could tell this story the way it needed to be told. That’s the real arrogance of a director! — Russell Crowe

One time I happened to use the word ‘denigrate’ onstage, and it didn’t get any reaction. So as I continued my act, the left side of my brain was fast-forwarding to see if I had any other big words coming up. — Bob Newhart

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve seen a lot of Pearl Jam shows, and the only reaction I’ve ever seen is the audience being completely supportive and loving every moment. — Chris Cornell

As an actor, when you’re winning the moment over, there’s a truth to your intention. You might laugh at it or you might cry at it, but I think your visceral reaction to it is a reaction to the truth of the moment. — Cuba Gooding, Jr.

In ‘Diary,’ the motto really is: ‘Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?’ It coaches us to be aware of our motives and not just be a reaction to the circumstances around us. — Chuck Palahniuk

I was an executive running a pretty substantial group before becoming CEO, and I had no idea what it was like. When something goes wrong, people say, ‘It’s all your fault.’ Your reaction is, ‘It’s not my fault.’ But what do you mean? I was the founder, I hired everybody in the company, I was managing it. — Ben Horowitz

If I feel anxious every time someone is staring at me, well, I can’t control what they stare at, but my reaction is, I’m just not going to go outside the house. I’m going to stay in and chill. And when I do go out, I understand what comes along with that. — Tom Brady

My first reaction to Trump being elected was a visceral one. I cried for black people in general but, more particularly, for those of us at the margins who have been struggling and who have never received enough support. — Patrisse Cullors

We like reactions – a reaction is walking out on us, a reaction is throwing tomatoes at the stage, that’s a healthy psychological reaction. — Alice Cooper

Why are people afraid of ghosts? ‘Ooh, no, I wouldn’t want to see one! I’d be too scared’ – accompanied by a tremolo of fear in the voice – is the common reaction. This puzzles me. I’d think anyone would welcome he opportunity. I’ve never heard of a ghost hurting anybody. — Dick Cavett

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down. — Ayrton Senna

Viewing Israelis and Palestinians from a psychological perspective, they would both be seen as victims of abuse; that is how they both understandably feel, and it’s how they both understandably behave. The Jewish psyche is in victimized reaction to the Holocaust, and the Palestinian psyche is in victimized reaction to the Israelis. — Marianne Williamson

Every single performance of ‘Fleabag,’ I would learn so much from the audience reaction or how you could change it all the time, and I loved that sense that the performance is ever-growing and changing and could be affected by the audience. — Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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