Reality: the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be.

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Jessamyn West

“I reject your reality and substitute it for my own.” Adam Savage

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” John Lennon

“Art must take reality by surprise.” F. Sagan

“Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.” Clive Barker

“Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.” Rabindranath Tagore

Synonyms: absoluteness, actuality, authenticity, being, bottom line, brass tacks, certainty, concreteness, corporeality, deed, entity, existence, genuineness, how things are, like it is, materiality, matter, name of the game, nuts and bolts, object, palpability, perceptibility, phenomenon, presence, real world, realism, realness, sensibility, solidity, substance, substantiality, substantive, tangibility, truth, validity, verity, way of it, what's what