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Realism Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Realism

Please enjoy these Realism Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

 

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

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

We need realism to deal with reality.
- Slick Rick

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I only understand realism.
- Manuel Puig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never be stopped by fear or self-pity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I stopped loving my father a long time ago.
What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
- Anais Nin

He stopped everything behind the plate and hit everything in front of it.
- Mel Ott

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
- Elizabeth Bowen

This I know; the spirit of Man cannot be stopped.
- Walter Reisch

Oh, if I had only known then what I know now,
I would have stopped it last year when I was still young.
- Anna Lee

One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying.
Once you're a star you're dead already.
You're embalmed.
- Dustin Hoffman

Well the war lasted for three months,
from April of 1994 until the Tutsi army,
the exiles as it were, gained control of the country and then it stopped.
- Tony Greig

As you stopped to say hello, oh, you wished me well,
you couldn't tell that I'd been crying over you.
- Roy Orbison

The left-wing, which consists of armoured and motorized
forces and has no enemy in front of it,
will be stopped dead in its tracks upon direct order from the Fuhrer.
- Franz Halder

The prime goal is to alleviate suffering,
and not to prolong life.
And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering,
but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.
- Christiaan Barnard

When I stopped seeing my mother through the eyes of a child,
I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.
- Nancy Friday

It is easier to keep half a dozen lovers guessing than
to keep one lover after he has stopped guessing.
- Helen Rowland

I have never stopped playing music.
- Jason Schwartzman

I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.
- George Best

You know you haven't stopped talking since I came here?
You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!
- Bert Kalmar

Of course it was Mamma who both stopped my career and
crystallized my determination to resume it.
- Loretta Young

But had they not paid that advance we would have lost much more,
we would have started to go and look for the product all over again,
the refinery would have stopped working.
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

I stopped caring so much about what people might think
if I sung about love and humanity.
- Wayne Coyne

You know I love pot, and I love beer,
but I am totally sober, just because it completely stopped working for me.
- Anthony Kiedis

We want to see all demonstrations stopped.
- Hun Sen

I've stopped caring about skeptics, but if they libel
or defame me they will end up in court.
- Uri Geller

Kinda when I stopped eating was on our second album,
just as it felt like everything was so out of control.
- Daniel Johns

We always had Packards, until the war,
when they stopped making them; then we had a Cadillac.
- June Carter Cash

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.
Mother took me to see him in a department store and
he asked for my autograph.
- Shirley Temple

Yeah, well, I finally stopped smoking for good.
- Liam Neeson

When I was 21 I stopped and got married.
I tried for a while to be the perfect wife,
society this, society that but it wasn't working,
so after about a year I went back to work.
- Pia Zadora

I stopped living according to my core values.
I knew what I was doing was wrong but thought only
about myself and thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to.
- Tiger Woods

I think my emotional revulsion against Stalin's terror
would have stopped me in my tracks.
- Theodore Hall

I tried several times to get the song right.
The tune and the chords that I started with,
there really wasn't anywhere else it could go.
I stopped fighting it and let it take me away.
- Nik Kershaw

Obviously the first sentiment is disappointment that
we didn't get the car home and more disappointment
that at the time that it stopped the car was in the lead.
- John Surtees

But I was in the Radiohead studio today and Phil was
there drumming and Thom was there playing.
We feel like we've only just stopped and already people
are wanting us to carry on.
- Jonny Greenwood


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