Paddling, wheezing, resting, oblivious of the shadow-world of the white men, knowing only the reality
of Tulagi Mountain cutting its crest-line blackly across the dim radiance of the star-sprinkled sky, the reality
of the sea and of the canoe he so feebly urged across it, and the reality
of his fading strength and of the death into which he would surely end, the ancient black man slowly made his shoreward way.
And it must be noted that I say of our reason, and not of our imagination or of our senses: thus, for example, although we very clearly see the sun, we ought not therefore to determine that it is only of the size which our sense of sight presents; and we may very distinctly imagine the head of a lion joined to the body of a goat, without being therefore shut up to the conclusion that a chimaera exists; for it is not a dictate of reason that what we thus see or imagine is in reality
existent; but it plainly tells us that all our ideas or notions contain in them some truth; for otherwise it could not be that God, who is wholly perfect and veracious, should have placed them in us.
Eagerly I press forward As the reality
grows upon me.
For all which I shall not look on myself as accountable to any court of critical jurisdiction whatever: for as I am, in reality
, the founder of a new province of writing, so I am at liberty to make what laws I please therein.
Therefore, in the east, were men--whites or Indians he could not tell, but at any rate men who might stand by him in his need and help moor him to reality
above the sea of dark.
A thing which "feels real" inspires us with hopes or fears, expectations or curiosities, which are wholly absent when a thing "feels imaginary." The feeling of reality
is a feeling akin to respect: it belongs PRIMARILY to whatever can do things to us without our voluntary co-operation.
And this is YOUR reality
: "Everything deserveth to perish."
in those "flights into the sublime and the beautiful"; though it was fantastic love, though it was never applied to anything human in reality
, yet there was so much of this love that one did not feel afterwards even the impulse to apply it in reality
; that would have been superfluous.
Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality
, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time.
In general, the impossible must be justified by reference to artistic requirements, or to the higher reality
, or to received opinion.
He yearned above all things for experience and felt himself ridiculous because at his age he had not enjoyed that which all fiction taught him was the most important thing in life; but he had the unfortunate gift of seeing things as they were, and the reality
which was offered him differed too terribly from the ideal of his dreams.
(Of course all literature is necessarily based on the ordinary facts of life, which we may call by the more general name of Reality
.) Carried to the extreme, Realism may become ignoble, dealing too frankly or in unworthy spirit with the baser side of reality
, and in almost all ages this sort of Realism has actually attempted to assert itself in literature.