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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Philip K. Dick

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Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there. J. G. Ballard

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There are. intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters. Natalie Clifford Barney

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Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.

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This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction. Thomas Carlyle

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Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real. Deepak Chopra

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True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. Jean Cocteau

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Everything is self-evident. René Descartes

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Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit. G. K. Chesterton

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Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of. Bertolt Brecht

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The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real. Jean Baudrillard

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To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them! Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Humankind cannot bear very much reality. T. S. Eliot

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We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been. George Eliot

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Realists do not fear the results of their study. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Realism should only be the means of expression of religious genius... or, at the other extreme, the artistic expressions of monkeys which are quite satisfied with mere imitation. In fact, art is never realistic though sometimes it is tempted to be. To be really realistic a description would have to be endless. Albert Camus

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It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods. Margaret Fuller

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Realism, whether it be socialist or not, 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. Eugène Ionesco

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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. John Lennon

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How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality. Norman Douglas

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein

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Reality is not protected or defended by laws, proclamations, ukases, cannons and armadas. Reality is that which is sprouting all the time out of death and disintegration. Henry Miller

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I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Reality is a prison, where one vegetates and always will. All the rest --thought, action --is just a pastime, mental or physical. What counts then, is to come to grips with reality. The rest can go. Cesare Pavese

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You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow. Luigi Pirandello

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There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain. Plautus

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I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books. Jean Rostand

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The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is. Gertrude Stein

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The genuine artist is never true to life. He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life. Wallace Stevens

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Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. Lily Tomlin

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The truly educated man is that rare individual who can separate reality from illusion.

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It takes only one other person to say it's so-one other point of reality to make something real. Mal Pancoast

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You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them. Hermann Hesse

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To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed. Hubert Humphrey

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Reality is for people who can't face drugs. Laurence J. Peter

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Our intention creates our reality. Wayne Dyer

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The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

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Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee

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The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet. John F. Kennedy

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Reality in our century is not something to be faced. Graham Greene

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Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false? Simone Weil

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A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. Simone Weil

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I accept reality and dare not question it. Walt Whitman

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“Careful studies of cases dealing with supposed ‘mental disorder’ have at times revealed that many thought to be insane or warped in some fashion were actually simply highly sensitive individuals. What they suffered from was not mental debilitation, but personal and communal ignorance of psychic reality.” Aberjhani

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What is a lie? It is to say what is real is not real. It is to deny the existence of what exists. Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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What is meant by reality? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable -- now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying Virginia Woolf

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No authority is higher than reality. Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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If someone offers to furnish a sure test, ask what the test was which made the sure test sure.