Realism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old realism quotes, realism sayings, and realism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Realism is often mistakenly identified with the view that there is some special discipline which has privileged access to the real.     

David K. Clark

Realism is knowing fantasy and reality intersect constantly. Realism is living with the awareness that every act changes the world.     

Ales Kot

Pure realism is both unsustainable and purposeless.     

John Bew

Realism can break a writer's heart.     

Salman Rushdie

Realism arises from the maturity of the minds, while Idealism arises from their conformity.     

M.F. Moonzajer

Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reasonthat is its reason for existing.     

G.K. Chesterton

Realism is the light that shines between change and challenge.     

Balroop Singh

It has been said that modern realism begins from the position that truth can be discovered by the individual through the senses.     

Ian Watt

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.     

Lily Tomlin

People want to see realism in action now.     

Akshay Kumar

There's a level of realism you can only achieve through the imaginary.     

Fumito Ueda

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

Philip K. Dick

Realism is more important than the sentiment of the picture.     

Edgar Degas

True realism, materialist realism lies in the search for the expression of forms faithful to their content. But there is no content detached from human interest.     

Asger Jorn

Realism is condemned by those artists whose poverty of technique does not permit them to express it.     

Walter J. Phillips

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

Jean Cocteau

Realism has always been called cynicism.     

Gore Vidal

Realism is something we practice when we aren't feeling very well. When we don't feel up to the extra effort.     

Robert Edmond Jones

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.     

Ayn Rand

We need realism to deal with reality.     

Slick Rick

A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow.     

John C. Maxwell

Realism and abstractionism are not enemies. They eat out of the same dish, but their digestive systems are different.     

Leo Stein

Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.     

Claude Mckay

The only realism in art is of the imagination.     

William Carlos Williams

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

There is an instinct for realism, a powerful drive to reproduce oneself.     

Audrey Flack

A realist is a man who knows both the world and his own dreams.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

Realism is a corruption of reality.     

Wallace Stevens

Realism seems not like an end in itself, but like a portal to something truly new.     

Melanie Peter

There is no realism without an element of idealism.     

Henry A. Kissinger