“No place in the world prides itself more on its vigilance and realism, no place considers itself more qualified to censure any flourish of rhetoric or extravagance of aspiration.”
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
“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.”
“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality”
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
“Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverend realism, says that they are all fools.”
G. K. Chesterton
“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
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