„I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.“

Commenting on her novel The Group. New York Herald Tribune (5 January 1964)

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US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Frauenrechtlerin 1912 - 1989

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„Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.“

—  Simone Weil, buch Schwerkraft und Gnade

p. 120 http://books.google.it/books?id=lpuZIgerNroC&pg=PA120 (1997 edition)
Gravity and Grace (1947)

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„The real world is much smaller than the imaginary“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„In the beginning, I was put off by the harshness of German. Someone would order a piece of cake, and it sounded as if it were an actual order, like, "Cut the cake and lie facedown in that ditch between the cobbler and the little girl."“

—  David Sedaris, buch Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

I'm guessing this comes from having watched too many Second World War movies.

Essay, "Easy, tiger". p.80
Quelle: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013)

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„Some of them defined ideology as an imaginary relationship to a real situation.“

—  Kim Stanley Robinson American science fiction writer 1952

Quelle: Red Mars (1992), Chapter 6, “Guns Under the Table” (p. 460)

„You can keep your willpower, Frog. I am going home to bake a cake.“

—  Arnold Lobel, buch Frog and Toad Together

Quelle: Frog and Toad Together

„(Sylvia) You almost never see a real lady popping out of a cake.“

—  Nicole Hollander Cartoonist 1939

Quelle: Sylvia cartoon strip, p. 30

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„What did I do?" he said. "Cake! It's cake! Delicious cake!“

—  Rachel Caine American writer 1962

Quelle: Last Breath

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„So what is real and what is imaginary? Is the distinction just in our minds?“

—  Stephen Hawking, buch Das Universum in der Nussschale

The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), p. 59
Kontext: One might think this means that imaginary numbers are just a mathematical game having nothing to do with the real world. From the viewpoint of positivist philosophy, however, one cannot determine what is real. All one can do is find which mathematical models describe the universe we live in. It turns out that a mathematical model involving imaginary time predicts not only effects we have already observed but also effects we have not been able to measure yet nevertheless believe in for other reasons. So what is real and what is imaginary? Is the distinction just in our minds?

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„A real "wasteland" is much more terrible than any imaginary one.“

—  Czeslaw Milosz, buch The Captive Mind

The Captive Mind (1953)
Kontext: Whoever saw, as many did, a whole city reduced to rubble — kilometers of streets on which there remained no trace of life, not even a cat, not even a homeless dog — emerged with a rather ironic attitude toward descriptions of the hell of the big city by contemporary poets, descriptions of the hell in their own souls. A real "wasteland" is much more terrible than any imaginary one. Whoever has not dwelt in the midst of horror and dread cannot know how strongly a witness and participant protests against himself, against his own neglect and egoism. Destruction and suffering are the school of social thought.

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„… imaginary things were often the only items of real substance in people's lives.“

—  Brandon Sanderson, buch Warbreaker

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„He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Also sprach Zarathustra

Quelle: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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„I have bad car juju."
-Stephanie Plum“

—  Janet Evanovich, buch Plum Spooky

Quelle: Plum Spooky

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„Pain is not the real problem; the real problem is our thinking about pain, our resistance to it, our attempt to escape it and get to an (imaginary) future.“

—  Jeff Foster Spiritual teacher 1980

Quelle: https://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/writings/shockingly-simple-principles-of-spiritual-awakening/

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„Imaginary numbers are not imaginary and the theory of complex numbers is no more complex than the theory of real numbers. Complex numbers are as intuitive for an electronics engineer as -100 is for the average person with an overdrawn bank account.“

—  Mordechai Ben-Ari Israeli computer scientist 1948

Quelle: Just a Theory: Exploring the Nature of Science (2005), Chapter 3, “Words Scientists Don’t Use: At Least Not the Way You Do” (p. 56)

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