Phrases with "reality"

Nathaniel Hawthorne Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works? And wherefore should it not bring you peace?” “No, Hester — no!” replied the clergyman. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Isabella Bird Another feature, not to be met with in England, strikes the stranger at first with ludicrous images, though in reality it has more of the pathetic. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Gissing The stereotyped phrase about parents living again in their children became a reality and a source of deep content. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D. H. Lawrence It was as if he were possessed with all the devils, after one of these unaccountable conflicts with Ursula. He hated her as if his only reality were in hating her to the last degree. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Bram Stoker Adam had a suspicion that, though she answered regretfully, she was in reality relieved. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not in reality a very stiff task, though there were moments which made my hair bristle upon my head. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jules Verne In half an hour he returned and sat down in a corner of the hut, where he remained without stirring all night, motionless as if asleep, but in reality buried in deepest thought. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Charles Dudley Warner Their creed was short: “Love God and honor the King.” It is a very good one for a literary man, and might do for a Christian. The supernatural was still a reality in the age in which they wrote. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

It will probably be found that you do not in reality owe sixty pounds of every hundred claimed against you. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Truth is essentially a relation between two things, an idea, on the one hand, and a reality outside of the idea, on the other. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Jack London Shorn of its glamour and romance, Arctic travel became to them a reality too harsh for their manhood and womanhood. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Sigmund Freud But the wish that I should be wrong, which was fulfilled in the theme of the country house, referred in reality to another and more serious matter. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Miles Franklin This sounds a lot, but in reality was nothing, and did not half occupy my time. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

David Hume But in reality the difficulty of finding, even in particulars, the standard of taste, is not so great as it is represented. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

In reality he was temporizing until Elizabeth should be thirty or forty yards away. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edith Wharton In reality it wasn’t as simple as that, and editors and publishers often stood to lose the very sums the authors accused them of raking in. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins By this means I hope I have succeeded in giving an air of reality to a story which has truth, at any rate, to recommend it. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Edith Wharton But in reality those barren arms were stretched toward Stanley, though she imagined they were lifted to God . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Berkeley In the sense here given of reality it is evident that every vegetable, star, mineral, and in general each part of the mundane system, is as much a real being by our principles as by any other. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Algernon Blackwood When once it is uppermost, reality is more or less quickly driven out. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Machen For all I know, the Lama, in spite of Reuter, was not transfigured, and the poltergeist, in spite of the late Mr. Andrew Lang, may in reality be only mischievous Polly, the servant girl at the farm. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

George Elio In reality he had little hope of finding her there; but the bare possibility fenced off for a time the fatal conviction that Caterina’s body would be found in the water. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Leon Trotsky Now it was necessary to explode this legend, and to show the reality in such a way that the facts could be neither suppressed nor distorted. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The professor’s sister put up a long-handled eye-glass as if to scan the novel surroundings, but in reality searching for poor Arthur anxiously. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

H. G. Wells Nevertheless the questioning was drawing closer to reality and the scope of the planning was spreading. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Algernon Blackwood It was difficult to know what was best to do, though in reality there was nothing more they could do. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Edith Wharton At intervals it was broken by what sounded to Vance like the roar of the sea, but was in reality the scarce audible rustle as Frenside unfolded one sheet after another. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Gissing She knew the proposed step was in reality impossible to her, yet she persistently thought and talked of it. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Days and nights were undistinguishable from each other; and the period which he had passed there, though in reality but a few weeks, was lengthened by his perturbed imagination into many years. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Henry James In reality they became excellent friends, Henrietta much wondering that she should never have liked him before. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

On the whole, reality did not interest them, and they all gazed dreamily into the future, not wishing to see the poverty and hideousness of the present. In the World by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence There were no roots of reality at all. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood But she had great dark, vivacious eyes that counteracted the bulk of her body, and betrayed the fact that in reality she was both vigorous and alert. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

She came here pretending to paint pictures, but in reality to look for a husband. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Sainte–Beuve realized that such methods — the slap-dash pronouncements of a Johnson or the narrow generalizations of a Boileau — were in reality not critical at all. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Henry James But how much changed was I! At last I had got hold of a reality which never could be taken from me. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

All colonial empires are in reality founded upon that fact. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The monks having attended their Abbot to the door of his Cell, He dismissed them with an air of conscious superiority in which Humility’s semblance combated with the reality of pride. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Olaf Stapledon Regarded thus, he has no reality save as a principle characterising the universe. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Charles Dickens When he seems to be voting pure white, he may be in reality voting jet black. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In reality I was more exquisitely and perfectly happy than I had ever dreamed of. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

So that was all he got for his years of faithful service! He had always had a sharp, keen sense of reality and also a kind of hunger for it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Don Abbondio, taken by surprise, terrified and put to flight, while peaceably engaged in his own affairs, appears the victim; when in reality it was he who did the wrong. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

But it is in reality the Gospel, and the Gospel alone, that has brought life and immortality to light. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

The various speakers can ostensibly say to one another what they are in reality saying to the audience. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The reality seemed to him almost commonplace. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

W. H. Hudson But in Pelino Viera’s country it is or still was in his day, a reality and a power. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Actually, however, the avoidance of reality is much the same everywhere, and has much the same consequences. In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell [1946]

Endless as that interval of expectation and suspense appeared to Douglas Dale, in reality it was not of very long duration. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Pluralism, in exorcising the absolute, exorcises the great derealizer of the only life we are at home in, and thus redeems the nature of reality from essential foreignness. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry James You take things easily, and you have fewer prejudices even than I, who pretend to have none, but who in reality have three or four. The American by Henry James [1877]

Arthur Machen I persuaded a friend of mine, a young fellow of literary tastes, that one of the most famous phrases ascribed to Shakespeare was in reality a gag, invented by Mr. F. R. Benson’s stage manager. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Payne’s translation is in reality as true to the text as Burton’s. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith Dry material statements presented the reality she doated to think of. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Samuel Johnson His story, though in reality not less melancholy, was less affecting, because it was no longer new. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing These are in reality politicians, not priests. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence The reality would be untouched. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Then she wrote a line or two in her copybook, whilst Arthur sat, pretending to read, but in reality watching her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edmund Burke Such in reality is the National Assembly; and such governments, I admit, do exist in the world, though, in forms infinitely more suitable to the local and habitual circumstances of their people. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

She spoke to them, chided them, sympathised with them, and smoothed down their ruffled feathers just as if they had in reality been what she had called them — her children. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

H. G. Wells Why, he said, should we make a sort of extract of reality and call it spirituality and pretend the two things are primary opposites?’ ‘He said that! Rather — subtle. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

D. H. Lawrence She was suspended upon the surface of the insidious reality until such time as she also should disappear beneath it. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Subhuti, what the Lord Buddha adverted to as an entity, is not in reality an entity; it is only understood to be an entity, and believed in as such, by the common, uneducated people. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Henry Fielding Notwithstanding the pleasantry which Booth endeavoured to preserve, he in reality envied every labourer whom he saw pass by him in his way. Amelia by Henry Fielding

She had too complete a faith in Denzil’s sterling worth to question the reality of any feeling which his words and manner indicated. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Meredith In reality I followed your instructions; I mean, your example. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

David Hume As this variety of taste is obvious to the most careless enquirer; so will it be found, on examination, to be still greater in reality than in appearance. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

There is always a tremendous fall in the first step they take, and the passage from their chimera to reality cannot be made without a shock. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Edith Wharton He had been startled back to a sense of reality by Mrs. Tracy’s question; for he had not meant to conceal his marriage from his parents, but had simply forgotten all about them. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope He had heard much lately which had frightened and scared him, but nothing so terrible as this; nothing which so stunned him, or conveyed to his mind so frightful a reality of misery and ruin. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The distribution of this essential conception one may call propaganda, but in reality it is education. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

That is the sort of reality given us, and that is the sort with which logic is so incommensurable. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

They are in reality living wills, deprived of material bodies, always longing to act and enjoy, but quite unable to do so. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

William Hope Hodgson The reality of all the impossible details of the past weeks came back to me, vivid, and beastly. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Our judgments at any rate change the character of FUTURE reality by the acts to which they lead. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Edith Wharton Suddenly he felt the strong reaction of reality and its impetus brought him to his feet. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

She would not, of course, in reality die for anyone, having now and always a fierce and tenacious hold on life. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jules Verne Following them came Starr, the engineer, composed in manner, but in reality nerved to expect the worst, and Jack Ryan, stepping superb in full Highland piper’s costume. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Edith Wharton She was in reality reflecting that a declaration would take some time to make, and that Selden must surely appear before the moment of refusal had been reached. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. G. Wells After that, for a time, the intense reality of warfare in the foreground spread and blotted out their personal and philosophical interests alike. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

William Hazlitt Their reality is in the reader’s mind. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

And space must be found here for the characteristic sonnet in which the baseness and materialism of modern life drives him back on whatsoever of illumination and reality lay in that young ideal. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Rudyard Kipling In reality he was only a clean-bred young Muhammadan, with pencilled eye-brows, small-cut nostrils, little feet and hands, and a very tired look in his eyes. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells His joy in caricature and extravaganza is as vast as his sense of reality is deficient. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

George Gissing The grassy country round about wore a fresher green than it was wont to show; the very river, so foul in reality with the refuse of manufactures, gleamed like a pure current. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Miles Franklin I was sardonically amused to depict that reality suggested by Mr. Harris. Our home was of wood and of the usual pattern and situation in a particularly ugly portion of the bush. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

George Gissing Till late at night she watched the blue starry sky from her open window, seeming to reflect, but in reality wafted on a stream of fancies and emotions. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Against that shifting phantasmagoric world in which black may be white tomorrow and yesterday’s weather can be changed by decree, there are in reality only two safeguards. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Anthony Trollope Temperance in power — though in reality governing all France, Robespierre assumed to himself none of the attributes or privileges of political power. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Then, close upon the haunting reality of his voice, his touch, came inability to believe what had happened. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

He only evokes and invites; but he first annuls the intellectualist veto, so that we now join step with reality with a philosophical conscience never quite set free before. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Oscar Wilde It is simply expression, as Harry says, that gives reality to things. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

All these colours, except the blue, are inherent in the horn: that part which appears blue is in reality transparent white, and receives its colour from a thin piece of blue skin inside. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Thomas Love Peacock I cannot therefore understand, how that which a man perceives to be good can be in reality an evil to him: indeed, the word reality only signifies strong belief. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

In conversing with the gentleman who is the general superintendant of the establishment, I made the remark to him, and he told me, that the reality corresponded with the appearance. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Lady Lettice was out of it, and looked as though she were glad of that, though in reality she was listening with quite a fierce interest. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Olaf Stapledon But the manner or form in which the reality appears to us, he said, is wholly an expression of our own nature. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jonathan Swif Many of the charming scraps of “Old Ballads” and “Old Plays” at the head of Scott’s own chapters are in reality the result of his own imagination. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells One type of mind can accept a reality in itself which another must project and dramatize before it can comprehend it and react to it. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Olaf Stapledon To find his reality in the whole, a man must deny himself utterly, must kill his individuality. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

John Ruskin This statement, caricatured as it may seem, is only exaggerated in assuming the persistence of the folly to extremity, unchecked, as in reality it would be, by the gradual rise in price of food. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

If it indulges even in episodes, it loses in reality and vitality. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Florence Dixie Was it a dream ? Could it be reality ? Over and over again she asked herself the question. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

H. G. Wells This glass seemed to mark off the sleeper from the reality of life about him, he was a thing apart, a strange, isolated abnormality. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Theodore Dreiser He did not want to give her the broad reality of full thought, but she was always there. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

The darkish little hallway — in reality it was only a passage — smelt of dishwater, cabbage, rag mats, and bedroom slops. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He sat there between the shadow of his murder and the reality of the vengeance. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This ever renewing generation of appearances rests on a reality, and a reality that is alive. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Thomas Hardy Car’line pretended to be engrossed with the rippling of the stream under the arches, but in reality she was listening, as he knew. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

Not long ago I heard of something which amusingly, which pathetically, illustrated the sense of reality imparted by the work of one of our writers, whose art is of the kind I mean. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Edmund Burke These are frequently confounded with each other, though they are in reality extremely different. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

George Gissing Arthur pressed his injunctions upon her ostensibly on account of her health, but in reality because it was agony to him to think of her walking about the streets without his company and protection. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells Similarly we may anticipate an enormous extension of research and a far deeper penetration into reality as language, our intellectual hand, is brought to a new level of efficiency. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Sigmund Freud The bosom of the nurse is in reality an inn for the child. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Algernon Blackwood As he stared into her eyes, the picture in his mind grew and lived, dressing itself vividly to his inner vision with a degree of reality he was compelled to acknowledge. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells You have to face this reality as you must face all reality. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry Fielding Where benevolence therefore is the uppermost passion, self-love directs you to gratify it by doing good, and by relieving the distresses of others; for they are then in reality your own. Amelia by Henry Fielding

To my mind it seemed as though the women were in all the offices of honor and dignity, but in reality it was the very opposite. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jack London But it came, the smash of reality from without, crashing upon his ear drums in a loud, explosive snort. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Edith Wharton Then, shaved, pomaded and tall-hatted for the occasion, Delaney was drawn from his obscurity by a community dimly conscious that, freely as it applied the title, he was in reality its only gentleman. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Like a marsh in a dream it was, and its reality was the reality of a nightmare. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells The reality was far more complicated. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope And at the same time there was a reality about the girl’s sorrow which overcame him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

In reality I fancy that they like each other very much. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Guy de Maupassan As he still hesitated, she added: “It is in reality Walter who will advance the money, and you have done enough for him to offset that sum. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

In reality he had been hunting up an old model whom he wanted for his next picture, and who had silently left Museum Buildings some months before without leaving his address. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Bram Stoker They can in reality only be regarded as specimens of parasitic growth. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Algernon Blackwood And the long-forgotten sound brought the past before him with such a vivid sense of reality that he positively shivered. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope To go to her and fetch her home to him, and say to her that all that was past should be as a dream, a sad and ugly dream, but one to which no reality was attached, never occurred to him. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Monism allows for no such things as ‘other occasions’ in reality — in real or absolute reality, that is. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells In reality I am profoundly distressed. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing But it would be an imputation on the sincerity of my love if I had in reality no better hope than this. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells Sometimes I call this reality Science, sometimes I call it Truth. But it is something we draw by pain and effort ont of the heart of life, that we disentangle and make clear. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Then by degrees the reality broke upon me, full of chaste terrors. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton In reality he had no wish to betray that trust. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

David Hume The degrees of these sentiments may be the subject of controversy; but the reality of their existence, one should think, must be admitted in every theory or system. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Ivan Turgenev I should think he has seen by now what the commune is like in reality — its mutual guarantees, its sobriety and suchlike. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton And as these scraps of reality can startle us into more solid imagination of events, so can even errors and exaggerations if they are on the right side. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

If now the new created reality RESEMBLE the feeling’s quality Q I say that the feeling may be held by us TO BE COGNIZANT OF THAT REALITY. This first instalment of my thesis is sure to be attacked. The Meaning of Truth by William James

M. P. Shiel In reality he was in haste to face O’Hara, and the yacht’s bows turned, not eastward, but southward, under forced draught, to arrive at the Mahomet in early afternoon. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Jules Verne What most frequently recurred to me was the suggestion of Mr. Ward that perhaps the automobile and the boat which had attracted our attention were in reality one and the same. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

George Gissing So far from contemplating treason with the calm intelligence which demands judgment on other grounds than the common, he was in reality possessed by a spirit of perturbation. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James In reality this was an innocent trick: she was more curious than she could have given a suitable reason for about the odd women from whom her neighbour had lately separated. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arnold Bennett See? In theory I was his clerk, but in reality he was mine. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft The grocery boy had prepared me for it, yet the reality left me none the less bewildered and disturbed. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

To begin with, in a single phrase, “great wealth in a few men’s hands”, Yeats lays bare the central reality of Fascism, which the whole of its propaganda is designed to cover up. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It was only when she came to that subject which was the real purpose of her letter; it was only when she came to write of Launcelot Darrell, that there was any vigour or reality in her words. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Algernon Blackwood The impressions vanished as curiously as they came; but their reality was beyond question. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Virginia Woolf A novelist, we reflect, is bound to build up his structure with much very perishable material which begins by lending it reality and ends by cumbering it with rubbish. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

James Joyce Welcome, O life, I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

But in reality it is the gospel, and the gospel alone, that has brought life and immortality to light. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Margaret Oliphant She was brave, and had dared them all wittingly in the crisis of her fate, but the reality caught the labouring breath from her lips, and turned her heart sick. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Gissing Her mother stood at the window, seemingly regarding the sky, in reality occupying her thoughts with things much nearer. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ivan Turgenev And suddenly the thought struck him: ‘What if that letter was not written by her, but to some one else by some other woman?’ In reality this should have been a matter of indifference to him . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, it is said, we have no justification for assuming that reality is rational at all in its intrinsic nature. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon Human knowledge is reality knowing itself. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

For a time she had been lulled in insanity; the birth of her child restored her to the cruel reality of things, but gave her at the same time an object for whom to preserve at once life and reason. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

To a certain extent our ideas, being realities, are also independent variables, and, just as they follow other reality and fit it, so, in a measure, does other reality follow and fit them. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Anthony Trollope The dream was still vivid as a reality to his intellect when he was awakened suddenly, whether by a touch or a sound he did not know. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sigmund Freud It is supposed that the final picture of the dream is so vivid that it forces the dreamer to wake; in reality it is so vivid only because when it appears the dreamer is already very near waking. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Carlyle However feeble, forlorn the reality may seem, on that and that only can he take his stand. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Julian Hawthorne That it should be so terrible a reality to me, and at the same time so completely non-existent to the rest of the world, affected me strangely. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells Your talk of fiercer, barbaric worlds breaking in upon us has had its grotesque parallel in reality today. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Anthony Trollope In reality they did no doubt receive advantage, spiritual as well as corporal, but this they could neither anticipate nor acknowledge. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

If you like to employ words eulogistically, as most men do, and so encourage confusion, you may say that reality obeys a higher logic, or enjoys a higher rationality. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Victor Hugo Barkilphedro found that all his dreams had been nonsense; reality were better. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells Occasionally they bumped about a bit and one even heard them overhead, which gave them a greater effect of reality without mitigating their vertical predominance. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

But in reality the Athenians did not belie the Corinthians, but he hath belied them both. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Virginia Woolf She ran upstairs as usual, and was completely awakened to reality by the sight of Mrs. Seal, on the landing outside the office, inducing a very large dog to drink water out of a tumbler. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

G. K. Chesterton In other words, the name of the price is Truth, which may also be called Reality; but it is facing the reality about oneself. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton Browning was bound in the nature of things to become at the outset Byronic, and Byronism was not, of course, in reality so much a pessimism about civilised things as an optimism about savage things. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jeremy Bentham To an affection resulting in reality from such or such a cause, he may give an artificial colouring, and attribute it to such or such another cause. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

W. H. Hudson And now at his journey’s end comes reality to lay rude hands on him with rough shaking. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

You know, they used to say at the Yard that in reality I was as big a criminal as any I’d sent to the seven-foot drop. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Miles Franklin It is worth being poor once or twice in a lifetime just to experience the blessing and heartrestfulness of a little genuine reality in the way of love and friendship. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Subhuti, regarding the promulgation of a ‘system of Law or doctrine,’ there is in reality no ‘system of Law or doctrine’ to promulgate, it is merely termed a ‘system of Law or doctrine. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Florence Dixie Was it fancy, or was it reality ? Maeva decidedly thought she heard a sigh or a groan beneath where she was standing. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

In reality nearly two years elapsed since. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence She wanted very much to be on the seething, partially illuminated shore, for within her was the void reality of dark space. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Ostensibly an oligarch until his death, he was in reality one of the most valuable of our agents. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

The charm that such ornaments might bring was in reality only a cloak for loose thinking and feeble observation. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

While many writers have erred in considering Petrarch’s attachment as visionary, others, who have allowed the reality of his passion, have been mistaken in their opinion of its object. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Francis Bacon The human understanding is of its own nature prone to abstractions and gives a substance and reality to things which are fleeting. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Virginia Woolf At the same time, the paraphernalia of reality have at certain moments to become the veil through which we see infinity. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Arnold Bennett He did not know that in that stout familiar body before him was a sensitive, trembling soul that clutched at him ecstatically as the one reality in the universe. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jeremy Bentham To an affection directed in reality to such or such a person as its object, he may give an artificial bias, and represent it as if directed to such or such another object. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

She owns this ridiculous, like all the make-believe work of rich people; a travesty which has no reality except the little sum it added to the greater sum of her superabundance. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Henry Handel Richardson In reality Polly’s reflections were of quite another nature. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Jane Austen She thought it in reality a sad exchange for herself, to have him with his grave looks and reluctant conversation opposed to her instead of his brother. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Meredith She saw them involuntarily from the side of parents, and they wore a sinister appearance; in reality her present scourging was due to them as well as to Alvan’s fatal decision. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Their version was that Gilderoy escaped to America, whereas in reality he was recaptured and put to death. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Margaret Oliphant The despair, the anguish, the vivid uncertainty and reality of his own existence, appeared to him in wonderful relief against that motionless background. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Olaf Stapledon Reality is Will. And the will that is reality is one. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A picture of reality momentarily struggled for development in the back of his brain. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum— whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Edith Wharton In reality it’s too late to do anything but what we’d both decided on. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

He shook his head in silence and withdrew, not exactly scared—though he was in reality of a timid disposition under his manly exterior—but distinctly mystified and impressed. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

But in reality there is no such difference. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell This style of becoming dress she was supposed to wear in memory of Mr. Kirkpatrick; in reality because it was both lady-like and economical. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Tabaret’s submission tickled his pretensions as a detective immensely; for in reality he thought the old man very clever. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau