“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.”
“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.”
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
“While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance”
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