87+ Best Realism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Realism Quotes

Watt’s concern, deep as it appeared, was not after all what the figure was, in reality, but with what the figure appeared to be, in reality. — Samuel Beckett

I only understand realism. — Manuel Puig

As an East Coast artist who paid his dues performing in the clubs of New York City, Redman’s inspired rhymes bring the gritty realism of the city to life in our game. His bold lyrics and hard-edged funk beats capture the vibes of the city, from Washington Heights to Harlem and all the way down to Battery Park. — Tim Riley

Realism is in the work when idealism is in the soul, and it is only through idealism that we resume contact with reality. — Henri Bergson

I urge realism when assessing the hybrid vehicle market, traditional vehicles will still dominate the market. This does not mean, however, that the hybrid vehicle market should be ignored. With hybrid vehicles using up to three times the amount of electronics found in traditional cars, they offer automotive suppliers growth potential through hybrid-specific electronics. — Mark Fitzgerald

Comedy is exaggerated realism. It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous, but it must always be believable. — Paul Lynde

The solemn pledge to abstain from telling the truth was called socialist realism. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Gamers actually welcome it because it adds realism in games. — Sam Kennedy

The absolute has moved into the fortress of the absurd. — Mason Cooley

Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason…that is its reason for existing. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Actors look at life in a different way. When I meet people, I know that one day I may portray that person or someone like them. It may be a cop or a homeless guy. It helps you to pay more attention to people. Everyone I meet, I retain something from them, something from their personality. It helps me to portray realism in my work. — Mekhi Phifer

I try to get a degree of realism in my music. — Martin Gore

Her heart’s in the right place, but she brings a healthy realism about what will work and what won’t. — David Pringle

You can’t just have stuff that is free and escapist, you have to have stuff that is confrontational as well. You need stuff that is mystical but you need the realism too. — Irvine Welsh

Painting is the representation of visible forms. . . The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal. — Gustave Courbet

I believe the elements of nature — light, shadow, color, value, and composition — are the essential ingredients of my art. I try to utilize the realism of the scene but include the value of color and shadow to stand out with some nice contrasts so the point of interest is easily visible to the viewer. — Terry Brennan

We need realism to deal with reality. — Slick Rick

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. — Bette Davis

One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. — Baruch Spinoza

As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note. — Seamus Heaney

There is no realism in American films. No realism, but something much better, great truth. — Jean Renoir

Realism is punishing. Probabilistic skepticism is worse. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you’re not really interested in order to get where you’re going. — Christopher Morley

A thing either is what it appears to be; or it is not, but yet appears to be; or it is, but does not appear to be; or it is not, and does not appear to be. — Epictetus

Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. — Jonathan Franzen

Realism is more important than the sentiment of the picture. — Edgar Degas

Idealism without realism is impotent. Realism without idealism is immoral. — Richard M. Nixon

You achieve the surreal jokes through the realism by making it elastic. — Dylan Moran

Mix idealism with realism and add hard work. This will often bring much more than you could ever hope for. — John Wooden

Realism is death to me. I cannot stand life as it is. — Zane Grey

But one has to balance the enthusiasm with some realism about what it takes to make it in tennis, which is a truly global sport. It’s the old adage of if you can’t win at home in your own conditions, there’s not much chance of you winning away. — Kevin Wilson

The realism frightens me more than the bubble gum-y, heightened stuff. — Chloe Sevigny

It is a dangerous mission, but NATO cannot afford to fail. Realism demands that there will be more incidents, there will be more casualties, but NATO will stand firm. — Hoop Scheffer

Realism has always been called cynicism. — Gore Vidal

Even a part of an object has value. A whole new realism resides in the way one envisages an object or one of its parts. — Fernand Leger

As a director, I have to feel realism from actors, and they can’t be plastic. — Tommy Wiseau

Today, Democrats not only have the White House; they have the Senate too. So we have to be realistic about what we can and cannot achieve, while at the same recognizing that realism should never be confused with capitulation. — Mitch McConnell

Magical realism is a blending of the unusual or supernatural into an otherwise ordinary setting. And, to me, this perfectly describes the South. ‘The Sugar Queen’ involves a lot of magical happenings, but in a very down-home Southern setting. It’s full of things that could almost be true. — Sarah Addison Allen

Realism is a corruption of reality. — Wallace Stevens

A likeness different from the products of the God-fearing photographer. — Vincent Van Gogh

Recognizing the many uncertainties about the broader economy, we are carefully walking the line between realism and optimism, … Although it appears that our revenue stream will improve as the year plays out, the pace and timing of recovery is uncertain. — John Loose

To write a good song, an artist has to drawn from reality. There has to be some spark from realism that communicates a real feeling to someone else. You have to be real. Or you have to be a really good storyteller. — Daryl Hall

The ones that are flagging up the ‘no’ vote are the ones that haven’t suffered in this war, … And the realism about it is that the people that have suffered in this war are most of the people that are saying ‘yes.’ — A. N. Wilson

He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting. — Jackson Pollock

We have a bunch of guys who basically have to decide if they want to be sort of the typical NBA player, which nowadays is more of an excuse-maker and a blamer and has his agent telling him how great he is. There’s not a lot of realism in that. Or, do you want to fight and scrap and claw for wins? I’m confident that our guys will eventually get that message. — Scott Skiles

‘Heroes’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘The Sopranos’ – they’re all very stylised. ‘The Wire’ is much more rooted in realism and honesty. In American television, I can’t think of anything I’d rather have been in because it has got something to say and that is the kind of thing I want to do. — Aidan Gillen

I ran on the platform of moderation and won the election by a large margin. By virtue of the strong mandate that I received from the electorate, I am committed to operating in the framework of moderation, which calls inter alia for a balance between realism and the pursuit of the ideals of the Islamic Republic of Iran. — Hassan Rouhani

The romantic idealism of my youth has been replaced with realism and hard work at what I love. — Monique Roffey

The new AGSS II provides the look, feel, motion, tactics, targets and realism that are warranted to provide the proper training for these most important assets to the aircrew team — Terry Lewis

I tend to prioritize emotional realism above the known laws of time and space, and when you do that, it’s inevitable that strange things happen. Which can be quite enjoyable, I think. — Helen Oyeyemi

It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one. — Morris Raphael Cohen

The realism of failure, the romance of success. — Mason Cooley

If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute? We will not be shipwrecked on a vain reality. — Henry David Thoreau

So many people think that if you’re writing fantasy, it means you can just make everything up as you go. Want to add a dragon? Add a dragon! Want some magic? Throw it in. But the thing is, regardless of whether you’re dealing with realism or fantasy, every world has rules. Make sure to establish a natural order. — V. E. Schwab

Because Christianity is a religion of death, it could be treated with the utmost realism, and it could have its orgies, just likethe old religion of nature and life. — Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There is an interesting scientific dispute about realism and optimism. Some find that very optimistic people have benign illusions about themselves. These people may think they have more control, or more skill, than they actually do. Others have found that optimistic people have a good handle on reality. The jury is still out. — Martin Seligman

The cinema that interests me departs from realism. — Jacques Audiard

To help you evaluate how your strengths stack up, you can build models based on statistical profiles of recent freshman classes at the schools, data on their applicant pools, and analysis of other primary sources of information. And of course realism is important. You do not want to place all your bets on colleges where you have little chance of getting in. At the same time, you don’t want to be frightened away from colleges where your chances may be much higher than you think. — Brian Greenberg

You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on. — Pablo Picasso

I have always thought that foreign-policy idealism has to be tempered with realism. — William Hague

Even the Impressionists, the most innovative artists of their time, sought to paint realistically. They believed that their freer way of portraying the visible world was truer to life than the literal realism of the ‘salon painters’ who dominated French art throughout the 19th century. — Terry Teachout

I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out. — Edmund White

If Realism called it like it saw it, Metafiction simply called it as it saw itself seeing itself see it. — David Foster Wallace

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. — Oscar Wilde

If you look at the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection now, it doesn’t tell the story of what was happening during the ’30s and ’40s. While Myron prefers the representational, I think you can see he likes artists who pushed realism as close to abstraction as possible. — Elizabeth Armstrong

You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument, and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well. — Bill Gates

It’s just a classy appearance, with a touch of modern mingling with the realism of the paintings. — Patsy Smith

Realism can break a writer’s heart. — Salman Rushdie

It reflects a realism that women are going to have to take more responsibility. It also said to us, we want to educate women, and work with them on long-term planning. — Mary Farrell

Idealism leads to realism if it is strictly thought out. — Ludwig Wittgenstein

I think (Mamet) seduces people in the first act into thinking that it’s a comedy, in a sense, … But then it turns around and becomes very dangerous. He’s created a language here that appears to be natural but is much more heightened. It’s realism in the best sense. — Chris Noth

A lot of television shows, when you see births, the baby is coming out, and the wife is freaking, ‘You did this to me!’ but she is still super beautiful. There’s none of the realism that we just went through. — Lennon Parham

Reality, whether approached imaginatively or empirically, remains a surface, hermetic. — Samuel Beckett

This strange business of what it is to be a writer is this increasingly insane world in which we live, in which surrealism, it seems, is the new realism. — Salman Rushdie

This business about graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all. — George W. Bush

‘No Sweetness Here’ is the kind of old-fashioned social realism I have always been drawn to in fiction, and it does what I think all good literature should: It entertains you. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The true impressionism is realism. So many people do not observe. — Childe Hassam

I love realism. I don’t like plastics. Deep down inside we’re all the same. — Michael Jackson

There is no realism without an element of idealism. — Henry A. Kissinger

Our safety is not in blindness, but in facing our dangers. — Friedrich Schiller

What passes for political realism may make for lively academic debates. But it often functions, ironically, as a tool of social control, rendering us passive with an analysis that overwhelms and paralyzes us. — Parker Palmer

The philosophical point of view of the average man – if that term may be applied to his naive realism – has a claim to the highest consideration. — Ernst Mach

I think it was a dose of realism for everybody about where he is. You have to suddenly look at your game and say ‘how do I get it to the next level and the level after that?’ You have to be able to deal with those sort of failures to come out stronger and better. He took a good, long look at everything and that paid off in San Jose. — Mark Petchey

You are to draw not reality, but the appearance of reality! — William Morris Hunt

Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism. — Marguerite Young

My songs are not pretty. They’re what I call optimistic realism. — Laura Marling

With early Jensen silver jewelry there’s interplay of Realism and Impressionism, of light and shadow, so the designer sets up a dialogue. — David Taylor

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