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Reality Quotes

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

Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Profession: American Writer, Lecturer

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

The stupendous fact that we stand in the midst of reality will always be something far more wonderful than anything we do.

Author: Erich Gutkind


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

Author: Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Profession: German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet

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

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

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.

Author: Eugene Ionesco (1912)

Profession: Romanian-born French Playwright

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

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

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.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

It has sometimes been said that we find nowhere in nature an analogue of the difference between ''happens'' and ''is,'' on the one hand, and ''ought,'' on the other hand.

Author: Wolfgang Kohler


People see the world not as it is, but as they are.

Author: Al Lee


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

Author: Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

Profession: Chinese-American Actor, Director, Author, Martial Artist

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Author: John Lennon (1940-1980)

Profession: British Rock Musician

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

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.

Author: Ralph Marston

Profession: American Author

All the things you think you should have done that you didn't do, and all of the things that you shouldn't have done, accept them. You did (or did not) do them. That's reality. That's happened. No changing the past.

Author: Peter Mcwilliams

Profession: American Author of "Life 101"