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I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Nothing is more real than nothing.

Malone Dies
Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore.

Beautiful Losers
We are happy when people
things conform and unhappy when they don't. People and events don't disappoint us, our models of reality do. It is my model of reality that determines my happiness or disappointments.

Chess Story
Reality has too many heads.

Lyrics: 1962-2001
Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.
Show me a fantasy novel about Chernobyl - there isn't one! Because reality is more fantastic.

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Reality doesn't surprise me. But that's not true: I suddenly feel such a hunger for the "thing to really happen" that I cry out and bite into reality with my lacerating teeth. And afterwards give a sigh over the captive whose flesh I ate. And again, for a long while, I do without real reality and find comfort in living from my imagination.

A Breath of Life
Reality prior to my language exists as an unthinkable thought... life precedes love, bodily matter precedes the body, and one day in its turn language shall have preceded possession of silence.

The Passion According to G.H.
Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.

Stand Still Like the Hummingbird
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."