“Waking Life” quotes

Cartoon Waking Life
Richard Linklater directed this cartoon in 2001
Title Waking Life
Year 2001
Director Richard Linklater
Genre Drama, Animation
Plot – Arriving in a city that could be Austin, Wiley meets some people who together with him deal with issues concerning life, poetry and freedom. The boy doubts whether this world is real or whether instead it is only a dream. He therefore poses the question: 'Do we wander sleeping through our waking state, or do we, awake, cross through our dreams?'.
All actors – Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins, Glover Gill, Lara Hicks, Ames Asbell, Leigh Mahoney, Sara Nelson, Jeanine Attaway, Erik Grostic, Bill Wise, Robert C. Solomon, Kim Krizan, Eamonn Healy, J.C. Shakespeare, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Charles Gunning, David Sosa, Alex Jones, Otto Hofmann, Aklilu Gebrewold, Carol Dawson, Lisa Moore, Steve Fitch, Louis Mackey, Alex Nixon, Violet Nichols, Steven Prince, Ken Webster, Mary McBay, Kregg A. Foote, Jason T. Hodge, Guy Forsyth, John Christensen, Caveh Zahedi, David Jewell, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Jason Liebrecht, Brent Green, RC Whittaker, Hymie Samuelson, David Martínez, Ryan Power, Tiana Hux, Timothy 'Speed' Levitch, Steve Brudniak, Marta Banda, Steven Soderbergh, Charles Murdock, Mona Lee Fultz, Edith Mannix, Bess Cox, Louis Black, Richard Linklater, Kierstin Cunnington
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  • “I want freedom! That's what I want, and that's what you should want! It's up to each and every one of us to turn loose of just some of the greed, the hatred, the envy, and yes, the insecurities, because that is the central mode of control, make us feel pathetic, small, so we'll willingly give up our sovereignty, our liberty, our destiny. We have...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Alex Jones - Man in Car with P.A.
  • Dream is destiny.”
    Lorelei Linklater - Young Girl Playing Paper Game
    [Tag:destiny, dreams]
  • “They say that dreams are only real as long as they last. Couldn't you say the same thing about life?”
    Jason T. Hodge - Man with the Long Hair
    [Tag:dreams, life, reality]
  • “There is only one instant, and it’s right now, and it’s eternity.”
    Richard Linklater - Pinball Playing Man
  • “Let my own lack of a voice be heard.”
    J.C. Shakespeare - Burning Man
    [Tag:minority, voice]
  • “So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It's unspeakable. And yet you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we're understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it's what we live for.”
    Kim Krizan - Kim Krizan
  • “To say yes to one instant, is to say yes to all of existence.”
    Otto Hofmann - Otto Hofmann
    [Tag:existence, moment]
  • “A thousand years is but an instant. There's nothing new, nothing different. Same pattern over and over. The same clouds, same music, the same things I felt an hour or an eternity ago.”
    Ryan Power - Young Disappearing Guy
  • “As the pattern becomes more intricate and subtle, being swept along is no longer enough.”
    Charles Murdock - Old Man
    [Tag:life, problems]
  • “Man wants chaos. In fact, he's got to have it. Depression, strife, riots, murder. All this dread. We're irresistibly drawn to that almost orgiastic state created out of death and destruction. It's in all of us.”
    J.C. Shakespeare - Burning Man
  • “It's like you come onto this planet with a crayon box. Now you may get the 8 pack, you may get the 16 pack but it's all in what you do with the crayons, the colors, that you're given. Don't worry about coloring within the lines or coloring outside the lines. I say color outside the lines, you know what I mean? Color all over the page. Don't box...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Bill Wise - Boat Car Guy
    [Tag:colors, freedom, life]
  • “Which is the most universal human characteristic: fear or laziness?”
    Louis Mackey - Louis Mackey
    [Tag:fear, laziness, men]
  • “The worst mistake that you can make is to think you're alive when really you're asleep in life's waiting room.”
    Guy Forsyth - Guy Forsyth
    [Tag:life, living, waiting]
  • “The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.”
    Guy Forsyth - Guy Forsyth
  • “On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.”
    Timothy 'Speed' Levitch - Timothy 'Speed' Levitch
  • “I don't want to be an ant. You know? I mean, it's like we go through life with our antennas bouncing off one another, continuously on ant autopilot, with nothing really human required of us. Stop. Go. Walkhere. Drive there. All action basically for survival. All communication simply to keep this ant colony buzzing along in an efficient, polite...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Tiana Hux - Soap Opera Woman
  • 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 wanna, you know, be one with eternity, do you want to be in heaven?” And, we're all saying “No thank you, not just yet”. And so time is actually just this constant saying “No” to... (continue)(continue reading)
    Richard Linklater - Pinball Playing Man
    [Tag:eternity, god, time]
  • “Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, 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 nobody knows it exists.”
    David Martínez - Man on the Train