A cause a day keeps reality away.

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.

A theory must be tempered with reality.

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.

Everything is self-evident.

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

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

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.

He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.

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

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

I accept reality and dare not question it.

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.

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.

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

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

In an age of synthetic images and synthetic emotions, the chances of an accidental encounter with reality are remote indeed.

In nature, the emphasis is in what is rather than what ought to be.

In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.

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.

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