We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
— Sigmund Freud

The antonyms for dreams are actuality, certainty, existence, fact, reality, substance, and truth.
James Dye actuality quote

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
— James Joyce

For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart.
— Eugene Ionesco

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
— Hannah Arendt