Phrases with "reality"

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

H. G. Wells When he had played at World Revolution in Camborne Square, reality had seemed a hundred worlds away. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

D. H. Lawrence To limit, as her mother did, everything to the ring of physical considerations, and complacently to reject the reality of anything else, was horrible. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence In such ever-changing reality the weeks went by. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

But in reality it is I who am poor and he who is rich. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Henry James Poor Ransom announced this fact to himself as if he had made a great discovery; but in reality he had never been so “Boeotian” as at that moment. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Francis Bacon But in reality that which I meditate and propound is not Acatalepsia, but Eucatalepsia; not denial of the capacity to understand, but provision for understanding truly. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

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

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]

In reality he felt as if he had been listening while his father argued aloud with himself, talking up and down like an earthquake map. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

In reality it left me completely indifferent. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

D. H. Lawrence But the other is our real reality —’ ‘But what other? I don’t see any other,’ said Ursula. ‘It is your reality, nevertheless,’ he said; ‘that dark river of dissolution. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen The mask was often merely ostensible; a sufficient protection against legal prosecution, but in reality covering an open secret. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Olaf Stapledon In the first place, reality is not a static, timeless reality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

In reality I believe it was to hide the tears with which her eyes were filled. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

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

In reality the business was entirely his; and he found it an inheritance of sorrows. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing On the platform, which kept slowly revolving to the sound of a melancholy hand-organ, stood two women, at first sight apparently naked, but in reality clothed in tight-fitting tissue of flesh-colour. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It gave a pleasant sort of reality to the affair that was in her mind, and made what she wished appear not only possible but probable. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

He finds first that the ideas must point to or lead towards THAT reality and no other, and then that the pointings and leadings must yield satisfaction as their result. The Meaning of Truth by William James

This notion of a reality independent of either of us, taken from ordinary social experience, lies at the base of the pragmatist definition of truth. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Jules Verne In any case, such a wall seemed to me to mark the limits of that Atlantis, of which we had in reality passed over only the smallest part. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

How much she was making of her life, considering herself this way and that way, when in reality she was nothing. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Edith Wharton But in reality it lingered with her long after Mrs. Fisher had taken leave. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing Annabel knew that Thyrza had thoroughly outlived her trouble; she knew, moreover, that Egremont had never in reality compromised himself in regard to her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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

G. K. Chesterton I confess I think that this Irish purity a little disables a critic in dealing, as Mr. Shaw has dealt, with the roots and reality of the marriage law. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

It believes in the absolute reality of time. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells Matter, force, rhythm, electricity and so on were terms invented by the human mind in its struggle to apprehend the world, they were all in reality “partial, tentative terms. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Fechner used no methods but these latter ones in arguing for his metaphysical conclusions about reality — but let me first rehearse a few of the facts about his life. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing She was not in reality paying attention to his arguments, as was evident in her echo of his last words. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D.H. Lawrence The reality is the apple, which is just the same in the half-apple as in the whole. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Gissing The cry she had herself uttered, much to her parents’ alarm; what her mother held was in reality only a paper-knife, with which she had been tapping her lips in thought. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H. G. Wells I was past fourteen; I was getting sturdier in my body and less disposed to escape from reality to reverie. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In reality the leading men at Madrid knew that they had little to gain by letting loose the superior Spanish army against Portugal and trying to form the whole peninsula into a single state. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

John Morley Deism became a reality with a God in it in the great Evangelical revival, terrible and inevitable, which has so deeply colored religious feeling and warped intellectual growth in England ever since. Voltaire by John Morley

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]

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

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]

In reality this was complete ruin to Coconnas’ hopes. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Ibsen may seem to have little relation with the drama of the world, but in reality he is linked with it at every step. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

D. H. Lawrence But in reality each one was a dark, blind, eager wave urging blindly forward, dark with the same homogeneous desire. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald In the course of her story she realized that the gag was in reality a mustache bandage and that the man’s face was covered with pink cold cream, but the fact fitted quietly into the nightmare. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

And in reality it is better so. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

John Stuart Mill It results from the preceding considerations, that there is in reality nothing desired except happiness. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

In the evening they had recourse to a game, said to be for Charlotte’s amusement, but in reality to obviate some of the stiffness and constraint; yet even this led to awkward situations. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle The lady who has passed here as Miss Stapleton is in reality his wife. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

H. G. Wells They averted their attention from reality and gave themselves up to reverie. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Olaf Stapledon Behind:the world of mere appearances, which Hume tended to regard as the sole reality, Kant, as we have seen, set an entirely unknowable reality or thing-in-itself. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

Was it reality or delusion? That is (as the Squire put it), did her eyes see a real, spectral Daniel Ferrar; or were they deceived by some imagination of the brain? Opinions were divided. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

It was in reality a chance meeting. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Meanwhile the fact that there IS no danger of conquest makes possible the denial of reality which is the special feature of Ingsoc and its rival systems of thought. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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

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]

In reality their basic political assumptions are two: nothing ever changes, and foreigners are funny. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Sir Walter Scott They set forward on this crusade in weather which would have rendered any other troops incapable of marching, but which in reality gave these active mountaineers advantages over a less hardy enemy. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

George Gissing He was an engineer, and we know that engineers are in reality professional men. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

These, if they are not true to the French fact, are true to the human fact; and I should say that in these the reality of Zola, unreal or ideal in his larger form, his epicality, vitally resided. Emile Zola by William Dean Howells

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

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

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]

James Joyce Copies. ABORTISEMENT.] One cannot even begin to post figure out a statuesquo ante as to how slow in reality the excommunicated Drumcondriac, nate Hamis, really was. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

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

Hence, in the face of such a blatant reactionary as Franco, you get for a while a situation in which the worker and the bourgeois, in reality deadly enemies, are fighting side by side. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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]

Wilkie Collins As soon as I recovered a little, I determined, nevertheless, to test the reality of what I saw; to find out whether I was the dupe of my own diseased fancy or not. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have been sluggish in mind and wanting in that mixture of imagination and reality which is the basis of my art. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell When they arrived in the churchyard, they halted before a raised and handsome tombstone; in reality a wooden mockery of stone respectabilities which adorned the burial-ground. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

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]

Now I am twenty-eight and am in reality more illiterate than many schoolboys of fifteen. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

H.P. Lovecraft They ought naturally to have come wholly from the visibly inhabited houses, yet in reality were often strongest inside the most rigidly boarded-up facades. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

T. E. Lawrence However, Colonel Wilson, British representative with the new Arab state, had sent his launch to meet us; and we had to go ashore to learn the reality of the men levitating in that mirage. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Bram Stoker Then there were those who were in reality merely parasites on the pleasing calling — those timorous souls who let “ ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’ like the poor cat i’ the adage. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Andrew Lang And in one corner is a thin, wretched-looking animal whom no one would glance at a second time, but he is in reality the best of the lot. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne The firmest substance of human happiness is but a thin crust spread over it, with just reality enough to bear up the illusive stage scenery amid which we tread. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing When it had all happened she knew not; surely very long ago! But the names she knew, Chelsea, Lambeth, the Tower—these gave a curiously fantastic reality to the fairy tale. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell From that moment of prayer (as she afterwards superstitiously thought) Willie calmed — and then he drooped — and then he sank — and, last of all, he died in reality from physical exhaustion. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

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]

Mary Webb But any single animal in reality is only an animal, and can’t be. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

H. G. Wells The only element with any touch of reality was these sounds. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

At first sight a list beginning with kings and ending with peasants looks like a mere omnium gatherum, but in reality all these people have a common factor. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Algernon Blackwood These were less detailed, and therefore less impressive, but all contributed something towards the atmosphere of reality that framed the entire picture. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. G. Wells And yet, when we consider it, charitably and sympathetically, there does seem to be a germ of reality in that phrase of his. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Anthony Trollope There was a reality and a truth about her which came home to him, and made themselves known to him as firm rocks which could not be shaken. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith It was the harsh savour of reality that conjured up this flighty being, who probably never felt a sorrow or a duty. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

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]

D. H. Lawrence They threw off their clothes, and he gathered her to him, and found her, found the pure lambent reality of her forever invisible flesh. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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

Reality must be rational, they have said, and since the ordinary intellectualist logic is the only usual test of rationality, reality and logic must agree ‘somehow. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope There was a sound of reality about it, which reconciled her to the indignity; though, had she been true to her faith as a Stumfoldian, she ought at least to have fainted at the sound. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

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

H. G. Wells That was already the material reality of the position. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The king, who had from this moment become in reality the principal dancer in the quadrille, cast a look upon his vanquished rival. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

Out here in the open and alone it had a reality that it had never had before. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Maud is in reality yours far more than she is ours. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Walter Scott The issue of the debate proved the reality of his apprehensions. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He had not the dramatist’s imagination which can body forth fictitious characters with such life-like reality that it can, and does itself, believe in their existence. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Florence Dixie In reality it was a peak, or rather clump of peaks of the Cordilleras, at the foot of which we were one day to camp, and towards which for the next few days we directed our horses’ heads. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Guy de Maupassant Yes, perhaps there was more of illusion than of reality in our passion; but these illusions lift you into the clouds, while realities always leave you trailing in the dust. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

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]

In reality they are greatly annoyed, because if I marry, I shall no longer take my meals with them, and it’ll be an economy the less. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edmund Burke They must soon perceive that those who can negative indefinitely in reality appoint. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Now his eyes smiled on her with assurance, and with a live inward power, as if he had in reality risen to life for mankind, washed and vivified by the hot blood lavishly shed in his name. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing In reality he was seized with anxious thought as to whom he could invite for such an important occasion. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope This he can never do unless he know those fictitious personages himself, and he can never know them unless he can live with them in the full reality of established intimacy. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith In reality it was the inability to reflect on his observations. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Vaguely and in general, we take account of a reality by preserving it in as unmodified a form as possible. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Oscar Wilde That had stirred him at the time, and now, as he stood gazing at the shadow of his own loveliness, the full reality of the description flashed across him. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Charles Dickens The passenger would then start to himself, and lower the window, to get the reality of mist and rain on his cheek. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

John Morley But although unnamed, this singular and invisible concurrence of circumstance was yet a reality to him. Voltaire by John Morley

Arthur Conan Doyle It was very essential that I should impress Mrs. Hudson with the reality of my condition, since she was to convey it to you, and you in turn to him. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Although in reality nobody was one jot the better or the worse for taking them, the rumour circulated that they were invariably fatal. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

In reality my half dozen victorias were spread out over nearly as many years, and time and again I met rebuffs and refusals quite sufficient to keep even my conceit in decent bounds. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

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]

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]

For when the reality of the thing is independently certain, we [then] have to admit that the reality of the thing should determine our approval of that thing. The Meaning of Truth by William James

In reality it was recognized—at first sight. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

D. H. Lawrence You’ve got to lapse out before you can know what sensual reality is, lapse into unknowingness, and give up your volition. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Henry VII., that happy usurper and great politician, who pretended to love the barons, though he in reality hated and feared them, got their lands alienated. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

He must have had an unconscious conviction that the reality could not be half as bad, not half as anguishing, appalling, and vengeful as the created terror of his imagination. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arnold Bennett But in reality he was taken aback. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edith Wharton Then she woke to reality and shivered. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

William Hope Hodgson And truly, I grew something angered afresh, and to feel that she did need that she be shaken so stern that she come unto the reality that I did be her man and natural master; yet alway in love. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Walter Scott I verily believe he might be persuaded that the whole transaction was a vision, and that he had never in reality seen me before. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

By this means we are enabled to live through the whole immortal future which he projects for himself, though he never in reality achieves any of it. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

The heirs of a man assassinated are in reality all benefited by the murder; while the assassin obtains at most the victim’s watch and purse. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing It made a pamphlet of thirty-two pages, and was in reality an autobiography. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Algernon Blackwood For his admission that he knew it was in pain and starved was in reality nothing more or less than a revelation of his deeper self. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Your imagination has bestowed on Animula charms which in reality she does not possess. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

James Joyce So I without deviating from plain facts in the least told him his God, I mean Christ, was a jew too and all his family like me though in reality I’m not. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Baldwin Spencer In reality the pendent strands are so close together as to completely hide from view the string, from which they hang vertically downwards. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

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]

D.H. Lawrence When he was cynical and sulky he knew that in reality it was only a waywardness of his. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, our obsession with physical science makes us impatient with the idea that there may be a reality beyond the flux of time and the passions of this world. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Stingaree had been his imaginary god before; he was a realized ideal from this night forth, and the reality outdid the dream. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

D.H. Lawrence It is stubborn, knowing its own undeniable being, sure of the absolute reality of the sensuous experience. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Margaret Oliphant The household, however, though it presented an aspect of such gentle calm, was not in reality so undisturbed as it appeared. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Gissing In brief, though she will of course appear under the old name, she will in reality have changed it for one of another nationality before presenting herself in the radiance of the footlights. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing In reality there were six, three of them callers. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

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]

The contrast between these two forms of a reality which we will agree to suppose substantially spiritual is practically the topic of this course of lectures. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft The sense of reality was hideous — and again becomes so as I recall the scene. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

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]

William Godwin He found that the long series of imaginary adventures he had passed through, had in reality occupied but one minute of time. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Gissing It was rather late, one may hint, to experience the reality of trouble on this score; but do not be unjust to her. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Olaf Stapledon And all too often I still succumb to its unruly greeds or fears, false to the outer reality and the central spirit that possesses me. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

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

Rudyard Kipling It was in reality a palace filled with carpets, gilt furniture, marbles, mirrors, silks, velvets, carvings, etc. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

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]

H. G. Wells He had come up against material fact with a new nearness and vividness, and he had learnt that laughter was perhaps a better way of dealing with reality than were the evasions of reverie. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope She had made the mistake in life,—or rather others had made it for her,—of taking herself too soon from her playthings and devoting herself to the stern reality of a husband. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Olaf Stapledon Yet it is impossible to conceive of the instantaneous reality as containing passage within itself. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

In reality she was not very much smaller than Gordon, and only a few months younger. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

John Locke Fantastical or chimerical, I call such as have no foundation in nature, nor have any conformity with that reality of being to which they are tacitly referred, as to their archetypes. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells Then Mr. Polly took to evading him, and Hinks ceased to conceal his opinion that Mr. Polly was in reality a softish sort of flat. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Gissing That hope he sought, in all save the hours when conscience lorded over silence, with a reality of desire such as he had never known. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell His eyes were dry and fierce; studying the reality of her death; bringing himself to understand that her place should know her no more. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim In reality they’re going to vote against it. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

When I die, or when the reader dies, and by repute suppose of fever, it will never be known whether we died in reality of the fever or of the doctor. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Robert Green Ingersoll I felt that we had carried out the Declaration of Independence — that we had given reality to it, and breathed the breath of life into its every word. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

But when we in reality perceived a body of Turcomans coming down upon us, the scene instantly changed. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Jeremy Bentham The matrimonial condition is not the same in reality in Mahometan and Christian countries. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Berkeley It were a mistake to think that what is here said derogates in the least from the reality of things. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Victor Hugo His stupefaction was complicated by a sense of the dark reality of existence. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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]

The only REAL guarantee we have against licentious thinking is the CIRCUMPRESSURE of experience itself, which gets us sick of concrete errors, whether there be a trans-empirical reality or not. The Meaning of Truth by William James

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I couldn’t sleep all night; a fog-horn was groaning incessantly on the Sound, and I tossed half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frightening dreams. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Abraham Merri I nodded — for what she had related so fragmentarily was in reality an excellent approach to the Chamberlain–Moulton theory of a coalescing nebula contracting into the sun and its planets. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

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

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]

In this naif immediacy it is of course valid; it is there, we act upon it; and the doubling of it in retrospection into a state of mind and a reality intended thereby, is just one of the acts. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Victor Hugo For Dea creation never passed the bounds of touch and hearing; reality was bounded, limited, short, immediately lost. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

G. K. Chesterton But in reality it WAS a bristly, humped figure. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells His reverie of a new world turned to reality and expanded to exceed his wildest dreams. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

That this least gregarious of men should have been drawn into a socialistic community, seems at first inexplicable enough; but in reality it was the most logical step he could have taken. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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]

H. G. Wells They were forcing their minds towards the expression of reality through an intricate mental and moral tangle. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins I got down, and stood on the doorstep of the inn, pretending to be looking about me, but in reality watching the movements of the runner. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

These foreigners can be borne with in their prosperity; but in adversity we must not forget that they are in reality slaves. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry James She was always pretending she was not clever, and in reality—” “In reality she was an angel, eh? To escape from dangerous comparisons I will admit, then, that I am clever. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Edward Bellamy In your time the fact that women were dependent for support on men made the woman in reality the one chiefly benefited by marriage. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

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 theistic conception, picturing God and his creation as entities distinct from each other, still leaves the human subject outside of the deepest reality in the universe. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Algernon Blackwood Two figures alone retained a reality that refused to be dismissed a mysterious, enigmatic youth, a radiant girl with perhaps a third a broken priest. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anatole France Macbeth, whom legend and Shakespeare accuse of crimes, was in reality a just and a wise king. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Her spellbound faculties were absorbed in one mental picture, which was to her the only reality, as the cobra is the only reality to the dove. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

That is what we imagine, but in reality it would seem that we are living in no security at all. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Or his idea may be that of an abstract relation, say of that between the sides and the hypothenuse of a triangle, such a relation being, of course, a reality quite as much as a glass of beer is. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Gissing She would frequently take a book to a stool at a little distance from him, and then, under the pretence of reading, in reality sit watching him for a long time. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

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]

Maria Edgeworth It gives more reality to our imagination of them perhaps,” said Helen. “The imagination is probably in most cases better than the reality,” replied he. Helen by Maria Edgeworth