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

We need realism to deal with reality.
- Slick Rick

Realism is a bad word.
In a sense everything is realistic.
I see no line between the imaginary and the real.
- Federico Fellini

The situation of the Old Left was the theory of Socialist Realism,
etc.
It seemed pointless to argue.
We stayed carefully away from people who wrote for the New Masses.
- George Oppen

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

I only understand realism.
- Manuel Puig

Satire is people as they are; romanticism,
people as they would like to be; realism,
people as they seem with their insides left out.
- Dawn Powell


 

I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism
my experimental technique.
- Edmund White

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

I hate that which we have decided to call realism,
even though I have been made one of its high priests.
- Gustave Flaubert

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse
for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
- Aldous Huxley

Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich,
astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy,
magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking
ride along Chicago's mean streets.
- Sara Paretsky

I stopped making movies because I don't like taking my clothes off.
Maybe it's realism, but in my opinion,
it's utter filth.
- Debbie Reynolds

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

In creating the Harry Potter artwork,
I try to bring a certain amount of realism and believability
to the characters and setting,
but still add an element of wonder and the unknown.
- Mary Grandpre

Magic Realism is not new.
The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new,
its modern popularity is new, but it's been around
as long as literature has been around.
- Terri Windling

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

I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality.
Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.
- Manuel Puig

I believed in realism, as summarized by John McCarthy's
comment to the effect that if we worked really hard,
we'd have an intelligent system in from four to four hundred years.
- Marvin Minsky

Realism is always subjective in film.
There's no such thing as cinema verite.
- Crispin Glover

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

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look;
this sort of photographic realism,
but with a certain abstraction that comics can give.
It's kind of a fine line.
- Daniel Clowes

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

We are hopeful that the North Koreans can show a little bit more realism,
a little bit more flexibility.
- Mitchell Reiss

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

Realism is not a matter of any fidelity to an empirical reality,
but of the discursive conventions by which and for
which a sense of reality is constructed.
- John Fiske

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

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone
in order to make an abstract form and space;
quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.
- Barbara Hepworth

I believe sanity and realism can be restored to the
teaching of Mathematical Statistics most easily and
directly by entrusting such teaching largely to men
and women who have had personal experience of research in the Natural Sciences.
- Ronald Fisher

My mother learned that she was carrying me at about
the same time the Second World War was declared;
with the family talent for magic realism,
she once told me she had been to the doctor's on the very day.
- Angela Carter

I would never write realistic prose.
I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style,
but in the course of their book abandon it for realism,
and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real.
- Marguerite Young

When James Cameron brought me the script,
which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks,
I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film,
but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism.
- Kathryn Bigelow

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

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

But with The Dark Crystal, instead of puppetry we're
trying to go toward a sense of realism -
toward a reality of creatures that are actually alive
and we're mixing up puppetry and all kinds of other techniques.
- Jim Henson

Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people
refer to as Yankee Magic Realism,
and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape
that definitely leads into the dark woods.
- Alice Hoffman

Our generation has an incredible amount of realism,
yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change.
Because, if it does change, then it won't have anything to complain about.
- Tori Amos

There is one thing the photograph must contain,
the humanity of the moment.
This kind of photography is realism.
But realism is not enough - there has to be vision,
and the two together can make a good photograph.
- Robert Frank

Without any intended hubris, I've lead a pretty exciting life.
What I've tried to do in Mission Compromised is draw
on those experiences to create a sense of excitement
and realism within the story.
- Oliver North

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description,
as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams.
We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists,
of a sort.
- William Gibson

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Good writers are monotonous, like good composers.
They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
- Alberto Moravia

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and
where translators fear to tread.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.
- Daniel Keys Moran

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills,
we worked on the comedy ideas for this series.
- Eric Morecambe

Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them,
but they riff.
- Carl Reiner

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

Pop science goes flying off in all kinds of fashionable directions,
and it often drags a lot of SF writers with it.
I've been led astray like that myself at times.
- Greg Egan

I think more than writers, the major influences on
me have been European movies,
jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- Don DeLillo

Writers let themselves be enticed by the language.
- Peter Bichsel

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers
form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
- Nicholson Baker

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained.
With the other psychoanalytic writers,
everything is always so known and fixed.
- Anna Freud

Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending
how open and vulnerable they wish to be.
- Jim Harrison

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet.
It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day.
- Richard Price

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate
in escaping regular education.
- Hugh MacDiarmid

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
- Thomas Berger

Writers always know whether you like them or not.
- Leslie Fiedler

Recipe writers hate to write about heat.
They despise it.
Because there aren't proper words for communicating
what should be done with it.
- Alton Brown

All writers are vampires.
- James Gandolfini

Writers, all the good ones, are Natural Born Liars.
- Daniel Keys Moran

Writers have to have a knack for listening.
I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.
- Jeanette Winterson

There are writers who do start doing the same thing
again and again and almost inevitably fall into self-parody.
- Tobias Wolff

It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession
that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing,
we relax by writing another.
- Dan Simmons


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