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Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.
      - Georges Braque

Reality becomes a prison to those who can't get out of it.
      - Joyce Cary

One is forever throwing away substance for shadows.
      - Jennie Jerome Churchill

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
      - Tom Clancy

Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski),
        in a letter

Things are sullen, and will be as they are, whatever we think them or wish them to be.
      - Ralph Cudworth

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

He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality.
      - Friedrich Durrenmatt

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
      - Albert Einstein

Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.
      - Albert Einstein

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
      - T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot)

I'd like to get away from earth awhile
  And then come back to it and begin over.
    May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
      And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
        Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
          I don't know where it's likely to go better.
      - Robert Lee Frost, Birches

Reality surpasses imagination; and we see, breathing, brightening, and moving before our eyes sights dearer to our hearts than any we ever beheld in the land of sleep.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.
      - Alex Haley

To be "matter of fact" about the world is to blunder into fantasy --and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
      - Robert A. Heinlein

Things are the way they are because they were the way they were.
      - Fred Hoyle

We need only in cold blood to act as if the thing in question were real and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real.
      - William James

To paint things as they are requires a minute attention, and employs the memory rather than the fancy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
      - Garrison Keillor

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Underneath the reality in which we live and have our being, another altogether different reality lies concealed.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account.
      - Marcel Proust

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

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck.
      - attributed to Walter Reuther

Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them.
      - Auguste Rodin

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