130+ Best Realization Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Realization is the fact or moment of starting to understand a situation. Profoundly inspirational realization quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Realization Quotes

The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time. — Muhammad Iqbal

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness? — Daisaku Ikeda

Sanctification consists of the daily realization that in Christ we have died, and in Christ we have been raised. — Tullian Tchividjian

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. — Emmet Fox

My parents are doctors, both my sisters are doctors, so I figured I’d just be a doctor too. Sometime in my junior year, I had this sudden realization that maybe that wasn’t for me. I was sort of lost at sea. — Ben Silbermann

Most black families went from the South to the city. My family went from the South to the city to the suburbs because they wanted their children to have the realization of the suburban lifestyle. What does it mean that that doesn’t actually protect you? — Yance Ford

The realization is dawning that government doesn’t work. In Silicon Valley, they already get this. And they are bright enough to be asking what we can do to solve problems. — Rand Paul

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. — Earl Nightingale

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. — Henry Ford

It wasn’t so much that I was all alone on stage, but it was the realization of how much you need the response-you need the audience to tell you where to go. — Loretta Swit

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. — Iris Murdoch

True, when you behold Damascus from the Salahiyeh, the last slope of the Anti-Lebanon, it is the realization of all that you have dreamed of Oriental splendor; the world has no picture more dazzling. It is Beauty carried to the Sublime, as I have felt when overlooking some boundless forest of palms within the tropics. — Bayard Taylor

Five years ago, we came to the realization that the camera can be used for more than capturing memories. We showed it can be used for talking. The dream for us is expanding the camera and what it can do for your life. It has capabilities beyond making memories. — Evan Spiegel

What strikes me about high-school reunions is the realization that these are people one has known one’s whole life. — Paul Theroux

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. — Bertrand Russell

Colin Kaepernick had a… maybe he had an epiphany. Maybe he had a realization that ‘I have a higher calling the playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.’ — Shannon Sharpe

With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench. — Jim Walsh

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. — Emmet Fox

Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another’s consciousness. Its temporary phenomena have nothing in common with the miracles performed by men of divine realization. — Paramahansa Yogananda

I never had a moment of realization about my blackness – I just was. Blackness was a central thread of my experience as a child and as an adolescent, as it is now that I’m an adult. — Angela Rye

Respect for another man’s opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being. — Sargent Shriver

I think my favorite album was probably Realization. — Johnny Rivers

The art of pictorial creation is so complicated – it is so astronomical in its possibilities of relation and combination that it would take an act of super-human concentration to explain the final realization. — Hans Hofmann

I used to think interacting with people in the audience, touching people in the crowd, was a total ego-based thing. I never realized how fulfilling it would be. It’s more about being on the receiving end – it’s people giving. That’s a powerful realization. — Kevin Parker

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. — Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like. — Julian Assange

Within the soul of America is freedom of mind and spirit in man. Here alone are the open windows through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit. Here alone is human dignity not a dream but an accomplishment. Perhaps it is not perfect, but it is more full in realization here than any other place in the world. — Herbert Hoover

I’m not actually a very keen performer. I like putting shows together. I like putting events together. In fact, everything I do is about the conceptualizing and realization of a piece of work, whether it’s the recording or the performance side. — David Bowie

Without white South Africa realizing what it had done – and on the basis of that realization having the courage to ask for forgiveness – there can really be no significant movement. — Athol Fugard

A new DAO is like a startup. It requires a product/market fit, business model realization, and a lot of users/customers. — William Mougayar

When you’re in your 20s, your 30s, even, you have – at least, I had – vast ambitions, and you sit around mooning about these things, and you’re depressed, because you haven’t done them. And it takes you a long time to come to the realization that if you can’t be John Updike, well, then, you can’t. — Garrison Keillor

An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences. — Theodor W. Adorno

I love contrast in music. Being inspired by classical, actually – in high school especially – classical and metal both, I remember having this cool realization that they are really similar. It’s just different instrumentation. — Amy Lee

Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being. — Greg Anderson

When I found film, it was like, ‘Of course!’ It was this very intense realization that this is perhaps the most powerful, honed context that I’ve found. — Ezra Miller

As I started to explore my gender identity, I didn’t know how I could claim the title of ‘feminist’ without subscribing to the gender binary. I thought I had to be a proud woman to be a feminist. Then I came to the realization that I can be proud of women without necessarily identifying as one. — Amandla Stenberg

Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America’s darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm. His power toppled the mightiest of foes, and his intense light shined on America, and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and religious freedom for all. — Billy Crystal

It was quite jarring to go from newspapers to magazines, and the reason I did it was because I had my second son, and with my second child, I just thought, ‘I can’t travel at will,’ which you really need to be able to do. And so I had a sort of slow realization that I could no longer do the job that I loved. — Joanna Coles

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. — Nelson Mandela

The realization that I may have only a few good years remaining has hit me with real force, and I have done a lot of thinking as a result. I would like to have come up with something profound, but I haven’t. — Nora Ephron

My brother told me when I came in the NFL, if they cut Peyton Manning, they’re going to cut you someday too. That’s always a realization for anybody in our livelihood. — Derek Carr

Our house was bombed, and the roof fell in. We were sitting under the stairs of the basement, and we were quite safe, but it brought home the realization. In two nights 400 people were killed in small town. — Roger Bannister

For my constituents, owning a home is the culmination of many years of hard work and the realization of the American Dream. At no time should a local entity take those years of hard work solely to increase their tax revenue. — Solomon Ortiz

Positive emotion alienated from the exercise of character leads to emptiness, to inauthenticity, to depression, and, as we age, to the gnawing realization that we are fidgeting until we die. — Martin Seligman

When I went to prom in the early 1990s, I seesawed between my wish to get asked by the right guy and ride in the cool kids’ limousine with the burgeoning realization that I was gay. I had a fun night, but I was far from my authentic, assertive self that night. Prom felt mostly like a job I had to do to maintain my position in the social hierarchy. — Rachel Simmons

The secret to having everything you want out of life is the realization that you really don’t want most of the things you think you want. — Bo Bennett

I had a realization in the midst of my happy marriage that I had kind of lost most of my friends – my male friends in particular. And I started wondering if my wife, who was certainly my best friend, supplanted those relationships. — Matthew Weiner

Price erosion in components is quite fast. If you can capitalize on that by bringing products to the market faster, you will actually gain a better margin realization. — Frans van Houten

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. — Rainer Maria Rilke

The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary. — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here. And when you don’t, well, you suffer the consequences. — Adam Savage

I came to the realization that I can also satisfy my creative side by giving somebody else a chance. I don’t have to be in front of the camera for every project. — Michael B. Jordan

Once you realize that everyone is in the same boat, that everyone is just as insecure and childlike as everyone else, that all these jokers in D.C. ruining our world are just greedy kids grabbing for marbles – I think that realization means you’re an adult. — Conor Oberst

Sense perceptions can be and often are false and deceptive, however real they may appear to us. Where there is realization outside the senses, it is infallible. It is proved not by extraneous evidence but in the transformed conduct and character of those who have felt the real presence of God within. — Mahatma Gandhi

The tension in pro ball comes from the realization that any game could be your last, that an injury could end your career. And in TV, you never know if or when your series will be canceled. — John Matuszak

The defeat of Obamacare will come from the realization that the very idea of a government-administered health care system is absurd… and by people opting out of the system and developing workarounds. — Rand Paul

I don’t teach literature from my perspective as ‘Joyce Carol Oates.’ I try to teach fiction from the perspective of each writer. If I’m teaching a story by Hemingway, my endeavor is to present the story that Hemingway wrote in its fullest realization. — Joyce Carol Oates

I never set out to do this; I never set out to say, ‘Can I break this record?’ Then all of a sudden, the preparations made for the celebration put pressure on me. I said, ‘Okay, I have to get there.’ After 2,130, there was sort of a realization it was a foregone conclusion you’re going to play tomorrow. — Cal Ripken, Jr.

I’m not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of. — Henry Rollins

God has leveraged the human spirit to move in His direction, and all the material we need to bring a person to the realization that they were created by God actually already exists inside that person. — Erwin McManus

I remember thinking that the rest of my life would be solo. I wasn’t weepy when I thought that – it was just a realization that I had gone this long being self-sufficient. — Neil Patrick Harris

Awkwardness comes from the realization that, when you look around the world, it’s difficult to identify anyone who isn’t either the victim or the beneficiary of injustice. — Elif Batuman

When I was younger, I was impressed by those who were educated, accomplished, successful, and applauded by the world. But over the years, I have come to the realization that I am far more impressed by those wonderful and blessed souls who are truly good and without guile. — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

When you do RAW or Wrestlemania or a PPV where there’s 10,000 people or more, you don’t necessarily look at the people. The only time there’s a realization that there’s that many people is when you walk to the ring. Once you get in the ring, your focus is only on the ring, and maybe the front few rows. — Kevin Nash

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Some people’s gender identity conforms to the sex they were assigned at birth, and some people’s identity doesn’t. That realization was certainly very freeing for me – and could be very freeing for other people. — Asia Kate Dillon

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. — Alan Watts

I feel blessed: having a family is something that I’ve always wanted. Having a second child is the realization of a dream come true. — Ian Ziering

At the end, the realization is that she had to get to a place in her life where she could drop her guard and make peace with the fact that whether she had a small amount of time, that she had to kind of live it completely through, instead of living by the rules. — Charlize Theron

A few years ago, I realized I was decorating and designing my house around what was beautiful rather than practical for my family. When I made that realization, everything kind of clicked for me. I started being intentional about designing spaces with my kids in mind rather than picture-perfect rooms. — Joanna Gaines

I still remember the realization in college at Flinders University in Australia that mathematics was not just an abstract game of symbols but could be used as a tool to analyze and understand the modern world. — Terence Tao

Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing. — Bret Harte

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. — Dalai Lama

If we can soften our hearts, and if we can access the pure and simple aspect of our nature, then we can regain the realization that everything we need is already inside us and anything is attainable. — Yehuda Berg

The human race is evolving to the realization that what is happening on the level of consciousness both precedes and determines what happens in the world. — Marianne Williamson

Starting with the lyrics, ‘Only scared of myself and the truth in the stars/I’m a king, I’m the dirt, God within me shine,’ the first half of ‘6 Weeks’ delves into my attempts to balance the notion that I have an existential purpose with the realization that I am nothing against the vastness of the universe. — Sid Sriram

As an artist, there were different levels in my career that brought me to a realization that I am what you would call a pure artist. And I don’t say that with any type of vanity. — Heavy D

I came to the realization that I’m a child of God, and that’s my identity. If this all goes tomorrow, I don’t have the proverbial rug under me that can be pulled out. I’m taken care of, and there’s someone who loves me. — Jon Bellion

We as African Americans knew that if we wanted to see change, we had to step up to the plate and make that change ourselves. Not everyone comes to that realization in their lives, but thank God Linda Brown’s father felt that way. — Ruby Bridges

I have matured with the realization that I can live without a man! — Lana Turner

The truth is you only have yourself to offer. And when you come to that realization, it’s terrifying, because you think it’s probably not enough. — Richard Jenkins

Once you have become permanently startled, as I am, by the realization that we are a social species, you tend to keep an eye out for the pieces of evidence that this is, by and large, good for us. — Lewis Thomas

The upside of a downward spiral into despair and defeat in young adulthood is that pretty early on, I was forced to face not only the foolish things I had done but also the stark realization that there was likely no end to what I was capable of doing. — Beth Moore

There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all. — Antonin Scalia

You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization. — Denis Waitley

My earliest realization of the stir of national life was the torch parade in the Garfield campaign. On that occasion, I was not only allowed out that night, but I saw the lamps being filled and lighted. — Herbert Hoover

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. — Eckhart Tolle

I came to the realization of how essential a role housing plays in the lives of the poor. — Matthew Desmond

The awkward thing for me is when the realization happens that I actually might like this girl. Then I become awkward. — Zac Efron

There is that whole realization that I’m not just speaking to Filipinos anymore: I’m speaking to a global audience. — Catriona Gray

Good generalship is a realization that… you’ve got to try and figure out how to accomplish your mission with a minimum loss of human life. — Norman Schwarzkopf

I went through this realization that acting, at its heart, is the ability to manipulate your own emotions. — Scarlett Johansson

I started to have almost a realization that a lot of the evangelical leaders I looked up to and found hope in – I started realizing a lot of them just weren’t the people I thought they were. — Andy Mineo

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering. — Ezra Taft Benson

I take his talent and his passion with me – to the stage of the Opry, to the podium at the CMA Awards, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, into my own living room. I am the realization of my grandfather’s dream. I am a player. — Brad Paisley

Sometimes, you get tired of fighting. I think you just sort of come to this realization that yes, that you will get tired, but that doesn’t mean that you can give up the fight. — Jesmyn Ward

Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy. — Bryant H. McGill

The first view of the Earth is magical. It is a very overpowering realization that the Earth is so small. It affected me. I could not get over the notion that in such a small planet, with such a small ribbon of life, so much goes on. It is as if the whole place is sacred. — Kalpana Chawla

The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. — Jean Toomer

I am a firm believe in the power of dreams, because the world is basically one giant realization of people’s collective dreams come true. We need to dream to aspire to do something that keeps us striving. But those dreams and ideas and wants mean nothing without execution, which doesn’t usually happen without a plan. — Luvvie Ajayi

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. — Catherine Drinker Bowen

We march on toward the realization of the American Dream. We are not diverted by those who would deny opportunity based on what we look like or where we came from or who would deny equality based on who we love. — Donna Brazile

If our extinction proceeds slowly enough to allow a moment of horrified realization, the doers of the deed will likely be quite taken aback on realizing that they have actually destroyed the world. Therefore I suggest that if the Earth is destroyed, it will probably be by mistake. — Eliezer Yudkowsky

There’s no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me. — Daniel Radcliffe

You do your best with the realization that nothing gets you in ring-shape better than being in the ring. — Shawn Michaels

Presents don’t really mean much to me. I don’t want to sound mawkish, but – it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love. — Gabriel Byrne

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us – of becoming happy – is not attainable: yet we may not – nay, cannot – give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other. — Sigmund Freud

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. — Stephen Hawking

I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. — Steven Pinker

India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration. — Sri Aurobindo

We are not actually in charge of life, yet behave as if we are the masters of our own destiny. The realization of this fact is quite a hard one. The ridiculousness of our pomposity and presumption can only result in anger or humor. — Billy Childish

Race and class are rendered distinct analytically only to produce the realization that the analysis of the one cannot proceed without the other. A different dynamic it seems to me is at work in the critique of new sexuality studies. — Judith Butler

The thing that still somehow surprises me, and I have come to this realization over and over again, is this nonsense that gets peddled regarding, ‘Just work really hard, be really smart, do the right thing, and you’ll get rewarded.’ No, you don’t. You don’t get rewarded for those things in this society. — Ana Kasparian

It’s been hard, but I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s okay to not be perfect. — Jessica Simpson

Wealth is the progressive realization of worthy goals, the ability to love and have compassion, meaningful and caring relationships. — Deepak Chopra

For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is… not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside. — Vladimir Putin

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing. — Theodor W. Adorno

Year after year, we see a new crop of musicians who do their best to look tough in lipstick and makeup. Maybe it’s a cry for help, an admission of their strong feminine side, or the realization that they don’t look so good any other way. Whatever the reason, makeup is as rock n’ roll as a Marshall stack. — Shawn Amos

All things to do with drag are inherently therapeutic because the realization of your own insanity is the beginning of sanity. — RuPaul

More and more businesses are seeing the potential of a more sustainable business model, driven both by the firm belief that business can be a force for good and by the realization that the cost of inaction often exceeds the cost of action – notably when it comes to the growing threat of climate change and water scarcity. — Paul Polman

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. — Paul J. Meyer

I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We’re capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening. — Alicia Keys

I think most of us in America want our security. There’re so many people out there that are fearful and now with this realization of immigration, with the terrorists, we need to have better checks and balances in regards to who’s emigrating into our country. — Jan Brewer

Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone: it is the opening of an impalpable, transparent wall – that of our consciousness – between the world and ourselves. — Octavio Paz

I really wanted to buy a Range Rover. It was a big dream, and the day I bought it, I was very happy, but by evening, I was immune to it. That’s when I realized that excitement, if it’s happiness, is not in reaching the goal but in the process. Thus process trumps over realization. — Sushant Singh Rajput

Like probably a lot of people, I came away from watching films like ‘Miss Representation’ and ‘Half the Sky’ with the realization that the battle for women’s rights is not over, especially not globally, and that the moral imperative of our century is to achieve full rights for everyone regardless of gender. — Adora Svitak

Given the weight of an Oscar statuette, one made out of solid gold would be worth $219,000. That twinkle in a winner’s eye would be more than just a realization that he or she is a decent actor; it would be the joy of holding a chunk of metal worth a new Lamborghini. — Kyle Hill

People have criticized me for seeming to step out of my professional role to become undignifiedly political. I’d say it was belated realization that day care, good schools, health insurance, and nuclear disarmament are even more important aspects of pediatrics than measles vaccine or vitamin D. — Benjamin Spock

There had been talk about me getting involved with the new team in Houston. I don’t know if it’s something that will become a realization, but it would be something that I would love to do. — Earl Campbell

Libya is a good example of a country that has come to a realization that weapons of mass destruction threaten more than assure, and I hope that will be followed by others. — Mohamed ElBaradei

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