The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
Comedy is exaggerated realism. It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous, but it must always be believable.
We need realism to deal with reality.
Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.
Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
I don't want realism. I want magic!
Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.
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.
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.
I often told the fanatics of realism that there is no such thing as realism in art: it only exists in the mind of the observer. Art is a symbol, a thing conjuring up reality in our mental image. That is why I don't see any contradiction between abstract and figurative art either.
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.
He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.
Realism is always subjective in film. There's no such thing as cinema verite.
Realism is a corruption of reality.
Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism.