Realist Quotes

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William Arthur Ward
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward

Vera Nazarian
“People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Crystal Woods
“I know I'm not going to be in your head all the time. But once you know me, I'll be forever in your heart. ”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the miraculous also.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Shannon L. Alder
“Your strength will be found when you stop struggling with yourself, instead of thinking everyone is a struggle worth overcoming. Every obstacle in life is a lesson that teaches us, not others.”
Shannon L. Alder

Criss Jami
“It is a healthy approach not to expect persons to turn out precisely how you would have wished.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Toba Beta
“Any discussion between idealist and realist would never end.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Bill Watterson
“Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads.

I wonder which one YOU are.

I pragmatically turn my whims into principles!”
Bill Watterson, It's a Magical World

Anna Funder
“Lately, a study has suggested that depressed people have a more accurate view of reality, though this accuracy is not worth a bean because it is depressing, and depressed people live shorter lives. Optimists and believers are happier and healthier in their unreal worlds.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

“I have a theory that as human beings get older, chemicals are released into the brain to prepare us for the end. Sort of like how the nurse lubes your ass up before the anus-cam. It makes the whole thing a lot easier to swallow. Easier, not enjoyable.”
Kris D'Agostino, The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

“I think now we are simply strangers with some memories.”
Tan Redding, A Banquet Of Crumbs

“I was hell-bent on being an effective humanitarian in Cambodia and Somalia. But a naïve fog is finally lifting. Revealed is a train wreck of illusions, the depravity of someone else's war, the futility of a competence stillborn there. To understand this you have to become this.”
Kenneth Cain, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

C. JoyBell C.
“Some people are optimists. Some people are pessimists. I'm just a realist who believes that some things are worth fighting for.”
C. JoyBell C.

Sam Winston
“You get started on something and you go where it takes you and you set aside other things because you don't have any choice. Because if you didn't set them aside you would never be able to go on. And then if you're lucky enough you get back to where you started and you realize your mistake. You realize how difficult it is to keep everything in your heart at the same time. How impossible. You can only keep so much and still go on. You come back for the rest if you're lucky enough.”
Sam Winston, What Came After

Ransom Riggs
“You may choose to live in a world of fantasy if you like, my dear, but I am a realist”
Ransom Riggs, Hollow City

William Faulkner
“Like any good optimist, I don’t expect the worst to happen. Only, like any optimist worth his salt, I like to go and look as soon as possible afterward jest in case it did.”
William Faulkner, The Mansion

Robert Greene
“Half of your mastery of power comes from what you do NOT do, what you do not ALLOW yourself to get dragged into.”
Robert Greene

Hermann Broch
“The unreal is the illogical. And this age seems to have a capacity for surpassing even the acme of illogicality, of anti-logicality: it is as if the monstrous reality of the war had blotted out the reality of the world. Fantasy has become logical reality, but reality evolves the most a-logical phantasmagoria. An age that is softer and more cowardly than any preceding age suffocates in waves of blood and poison-gas; nations of bank clerks and profiteers hurl themselves upon barbed wire; a well-organized humanitarianism avails to hinder nothing, but calls itself the Red Cross and prepares artificial limbs for the victims; towns starve and coin money out of their own hunger; spectacled school-teachers lead storm-troops; city dwellers live in caves; factory hands and other civilians crawl out on their artificial limbs once more to the making of profits. Amid a blurring of all forms, in a twilight of apathetic uncertainty brooding over a ghostly world, man like a lost child gropes his way by the help of a small frail thread of logic through a dream landscape that he calls reality and that is nothing but a nightmare to him.

The melodramatic revulsion which characterizes this age as insane, the melodramatic enthusiasm which calls it great, are both justified by the swollen incomprehensibility and illogicality of the events that apparently make up its reality. Apparently! For insane or great are terms that can never be applied to an age, but only to an individual destiny. Our individual destinies, however, are as normal as they ever were. Our common destiny is the sum of our single lives, and each of these single lives is developing quite normally, in accordance, as it were, with its private logicality. We feel the totality to be insane, but for each single life we can easily discover logical guiding motives. Are we, then, insane because we have not gone mad?”
Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers

“The moral high ground is a lovely place. It won’t stop a missile, though. It won’t alter the trajectory of a gauss round.”
James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn

Jasleen Kaur Gumber
“Perfectionists talk about first love. Realists talk about true love. Optimists talk just about love.”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“I am awake and yet I dream. You can be the realist and I can be the dreamer. When our worlds collide one day, I will show you another dimension of life that most dare not to believe in. This world exists just as much as the tangible one. This is where I will always love you.”
Karen A. Baquiran

“There's something immoral about abandoning your common sense in matters of social importance.”
A.E. Samaan

“It is OK to say 'no'.
It is OK to say 'I will think about it'.
It is OK to say 'I will try'.

It is NOT OK to make promises you cannot keep.”
Izey Victoria Odiase

“You’re not a realist unless you believe in miracles.”
Anwar Sadat

Paul Krassner
“One—about cigarettes—I was pleased to see that anticigarette ad on the back issue of Hustler. I'm more offended by seeing ads for cigarettes in magazines than pictures of vaginas, because one kills and the other gives life—and I think that's an important difference.”
Paul Krassner, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in Counter-Culture

Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Ich erinnere mich noch an Ihre Worte: „Die Welt ist ein Schlachthaus und ein Bordell.“ Damals schien mir das übertrieben, aber es ist bittere Wahrheit. Man hält Sie für einen Mystiker, aber in Wirklichkeit sind Sie durch und durch Realist. Wie dem auch sei, alles wird uns aufgezwungen, selbst die Hoffnung.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Shosha

Anne Dennish
“A dreamer is a realist with faith.”
Anne Dennish

“Şi, vorbind mai general, oricare ţi-ar fi linia în viaţă, dacă constaţi că alţii nu-ţi preţuiesc aptitudinile la fel de mult ca tine, nu fi prea sigur că greşeala e de partea lor. Altminteri poţi aluneca lesne în credinţa că există o conspiraţie care urmăreşte să împiedice recunoaşterea meritelor tale, iar această credinţă va fi aproape sigur pentru tine o sursă de nefericire. Recunoaşterea că nu eşti înzestrat cu calităţi atât de eminente cum ai sperat poate fi pe moment mai dureroasă, dar va fi o durere care are un sfârşit, după care o viaţă fericită devine din nou posibilă.”
Bertrand Russell, În căutarea fericirii

Sinclair Ross
“Life has proved bitter and deceptive to Philip because of the artist in him, because he has kept seeking a beauty and significance that isn’t life’s to give; but Steve is a shrewd little realist, who, given opportunity to meet life on its own terms, ought to make a fair success of it.”
Sinclair Ross, As for Me and My House

“Torkie Macleod has always regarded himself as a realist. He doesn’t believe in life after death or divine reward or resurrection. He doesn’t even believe in leaving a legacy, insofar as anything of that nature, good or bad, is completely insignificant to the one who is dead. Torkie’s pragmatic philosophy has always been to make the most of his limited time alive, which for him means not striving for fame or riches, not ticking off a list of famous destinations, not indulging in any death-defying feats, and certainly not raising a family to “carry on his name.” to Torkie Macleod, realist, life means making decent money with limited effort, hanging around with cool people, not being bossed around by anyone, and ingesting any mind-altering substance he chooses without a scintilla of shame or regret.”
Anthony O'Neill, The Dark Side

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