Quotes and Sayings about Realism



"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
(Related: Action, Conscience, Film, Realism)

"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
(Related: Family, Time, War, Mother, Talent, Day, Magic, Realism, World, World war)

"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
(Related: Vision, Realism, Want)

"True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Habit, Realism)

"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
(Related: Idealism, Philosophy, Question, Realism)

"Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal."
- Gustave Courbet
(Related: Painting, Realism)

"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Vision, Surrealism)

"Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Museums, Surrealism)

"Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Hollywood, Pretty, Realism)

"I think it was more personal, but I certainly tried to adapt certain concepts of Surrealism."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Surrealism)

"Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Realism, Sense, Word)

"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
(Related: Experience, Men, Women, Realism, Research, Sanity, Statistics, Teaching)

"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
(Related: Fidelity, Realism, Reality, Sense)

"I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Hate, Realism)

"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
(Related: Vision, Humanity, Photography, Realism)

"Realism is always subjective in film. There's no such thing as cinema verite."
- Crispin Glover
(Related: Cinema, Film, Realism)

"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
(Related: Realism, Wonder)

"As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Positive, Realism, Sense, Writers)

"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
(Related: Realism, Reality, Sense, Trying)

"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
(Related: Purpose, Order, Pleasure, Realism, Space)

"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
(Related: Quality, People, Magic, Realism, Tradition, Yankee)

"Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life."
- Brad Holland
(Related: Art, Life)

"Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Man, Nothing, Realism)

"Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality."
- John Lennon
(Related: Effect, Insanity, Mind, Reality, Surrealism)

"Comedy is exaggerated realism. It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous, but it must always be believable."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Comedy, Realism)

"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
(Related: Democrats, Realism, Senate, Today)

"Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism."
- Claude McKay
(Related: Idealism, Realism)

"The Pirate is surrealism and so, in a curious way, is Father of the Bride."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Father, Surrealism)

"But surrealism is present in most of my pictures."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Present, Surrealism)

"Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Life, Surrealism)

"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
(Related: Effect, Realism, Years)

"You achieve the surreal jokes through the realism by making it elastic."
- Dylan Moran
(Related: Jokes, Realism)

"As far as the style, I was fascinated by surrealism."
- Mark Mothersbaugh
(Related: Style, Surrealism)

"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
(Related: Life, Excitement, Mission, Pretty, Realism, Sense)

"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
(Related: People, Old, Realism, Theory)

"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
(Related: Chicago, Comedy, Country, Magic, Realism)

"He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting."
- Jackson Pollock
(Related: Painting, Realism, Right)

"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
(Related: People, Realism, Satire)

"I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Constitution, Film, Nothing, Realism, Reality)

"I only understand realism."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Realism)

"We are hopeful that the North Koreans can show a little bit more realism, a little bit more flexibility."
- Mitchell Reiss
(Related: Flexibility, Realism)

"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
(Related: Movies, Clothes, Opinion, Realism)

"We need realism to deal with reality."
- Slick Rick
(Related: Realism, Reality)

"Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Thought, Surrealism)

"I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism my experimental technique."
- Edmund White
(Related: Realism, Sincerity)

"While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Romance, Actor, Realism)

"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
(Related: American, Literature, Magic, Popularity, Realism)

"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
(Related: Philosophy, Realism, Writers)

"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
(Related: People, Prose, Realism, Style)