Realism Quotes

Michel Houellebecq

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

Salman Rushdie

Realism can break a writer's heart.

Don DeLillo

When I work, I'm just translating the world around me in what seems to be straightforward terms. For my readers, this is sometimes a vision that's not familiar. But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear.

Gustave Flaubert

My foregrounds are imaginary, my backgrounds real.

Keary Taylor

There was a lot about my life that was crappy, now that I couldn't talk. But if I hadn't gotten drunk that night, if I hadn't gotten in that accident, would I have ever had this moment? Lying there in the sun, holding Sam's hand like time didn't exist and the real world couldn't touch us?
Somehow I didn't think so.

Robert Galbraith

There are always loose ends in real life.

Eugène Ionesco

Realism falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination.

Erich Maria Remarque

A crude age. Peace is stabilized with cannon and bombers, humanity with concentration camps and pogroms. We're living in a time when all standards are turned upside-down, Kern. Today the aggressor is the shepherd of peace, and the beaten and hunted are the troublemakers of the world. What's more, there are whole races who believe it!

Erich Maria Remarque

Today the aggressor is the shepherd of peace, and the beaten and hunted are the troublemakers of the world. What's more, there are whole races who believe it!

Bertrand Russell

The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.

George Lakoff

For real human beings, the only realism is an embodied realism.

Zack Love

Aren't 3,000 lives worth a miracle to a good and all-powerful god?

Perry Anderson

[A] resistance that dispenses with consolations is always stronger than one which relies on them.

Thomas Hardy

On the morning appointed for her departure Tess awoke before dawn - at the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute save for one prophetic bird, who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day, the rest preserving silence, as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.

Edmund Burke

The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary.

Michael Richardson

Surrealism, then, neither aims to subvert realism, as does the fantastic, nor does it try to transcend it. It looks for different means by which to explore reality itself.

Terry Pratchett

It's lies. It's all lies. Some of them are just prettier than others, that's all. People see what they think is there.

Betsy Cornwell

One must always account for the vagaries of truth.

Ruth Dugdall

...that realisation that I was the oddity, the statistical probability, life was predictable.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Life is like a story, when all the resolution is resolved, you heave a sigh of relief.

Keary Taylor

Reality hasn't really sunk in yet, I knew that. I didn't want to know what life was going to feel like when it finally did.

Oscar Wilde

Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself.
She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.

Joris-Karl Huysmans

I wish to confound all these people, to create a work of art of a supernatural realism and of a spiritualist naturalism. I wish to prove... that nothing is explained in the mysteries which surround us.

Erich Maria Remarque

It's not much. You begin by thinking there is something extraordinary about it. But you'll find out, when you've been out in the world a while longer, unhappiness is the commonest thing there is.

Erich Maria Remarque

A man can gasp out his life beside you-and you feel none of it. Pity, Sympathy, sure-but you don't feel the pain. Your belly is whole and that's what counts. A half-yard away someone's world is snuffled out in roaring agony-and you feel nothing. That's the misery of the world.

Núria Añó

She could just pack up and leave, but she does not visualize what's beyond ahead.

Paula Fox

You'll see some bad things, but if you didn't see them, they'd still be happening.

Charlotte Brontë

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Charlotte Brontë

I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.

David Brin

Only people with full stomachs become environmentalists.

Paul S. Anderson

We want to believe that this life is longer than it is, but in the grand scheme of the universe our existence equals the amount of time it takes a warm breeze to blow through your hair on a spring day.

Vinnie Tesla

Fiction inhabits the zone between the real and the impossible. The tug of those two poles is what gives it motion, vitality. Tethering fiction too tightly to the real produces plodding, lifeless stories. Letting it float too far from that anchor produces stories that are arbitrary and unpersuasive.

George Sand

La vie ressemble plus souvent à un roman qu'un roman ne ressemble à la vie."

("Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.")

Johan Van Wyk

Moral writing is boring.

Charles Finch

Of course, that’s one of the dreams of modernist literature, whether realist or fantastic: that the more stories we tell each other about such tragedies, the fewer of them there will be. We’re still waiting for the results.

George Saunders

. . . Absurdism was really just realism seen from close to the bottom.

Charlotte Brontë

I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

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