Quotes / Reality Is Unrealistic

"If this were play'd upon a stage now, I could condemn it as improbable fiction."
Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene 4

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isnít."

"Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance."
Linda Degh (folklorist)

"I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie and it turns out it's pretty realistic."
Dwight Schrute, The Office, "Stress Relief"

"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
'Niels Bohr

"The Guide is definitive. Reality is often inaccurate."

"Man, reality sucks!"
The Cat, Red Dwarf

"Reality makes a crappy special effects crew."
Adam Savage, MythBusters

Truth of course must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves.

House: I was not wrong. Everything I said was true. It fit. It was elegant.
Dr. Wilson: So reality was wrong?
House: Reality is almost always wrong.

'"Tis strange — but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction; if it could be told,"

"A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it."

"You call this reality? My VIDEO GAMES are more realistic!"

"Few people have the imagination for reality."

"That's the difference between truth and fiction. Fiction has to make sense."

"Do you want to know the greatest and also the worst device that humans ever invented? It's television. Television controls people by bombarding them with information until they lose their sense of reality. [snip] Television has created a people who believe instantly in dramatic fantasies who can be controlled by little dots of light."
Dr. Londes, Cowboy Bebop

"It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen."

"The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction."
Tom Wolfe, Advice to Writers

"For example, few novels contain plot twists like the ones in the news story about a band of thieves posing as police officers who were forced by circumstances to try to arrest a group of policemen disguised as a gang of thieves. The real police were ó you guessed it ó on the trail of the thieves who were posing as police. If a novelist were to submit such a plot to a publisher, it would probably be rejected as incredible or unrealistic."
W. Lance Bennet, News: The Politics of Illusion

"The buildings that you see in a model railroad layout are not only interesting to look at, in many ways they look more like the real thing than the real thing does. A model factory looks more like a factory than a real factory does, because the modeler abstracted out the irrelevant bits, and amplified what makes it unique."
Ocean Quigley, SimCity 5 Blog

Sometimes you'll know your material cold ó and you'll be absolutely correct ó but your readers' previous experience disagrees. [...] It's not much comfort to be right if your readers toss the book aside because they're convinced you're talking through your hat.
Leigh Michaels, On Writing Romance

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."

"Important point: just because it has happened in real life does not make it believable in a story. If a reader says she didnít believe such a thing would happen, it is no defence for you to say, "Oh, but that did happen! In 1982 I was walking along..."
Nicola Morgan, Write To Be Published

"Really, if I was writing a piece of fiction this plot line would be rejected as implausible."

(The kids watch the film's prop department paint black patches on a brown horse with fake horns and udder)
Martin: Uh, sir... why don't you use real cows?
Prop Guy: Cows don't look like cows on film. We gotta use horses.
Ralph: What do you do if you want something that looks like a horse?
Prop Guy: Eh, usually we just tape a buncha cats t'gether.
— "Radioactive Man", The Simpsons

"The problem here isn't that Bernie Sanders is a crazy-pants cuckoo bird. It's that we've all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus group-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy."
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on Sen. Bernie Sanders getting ridiculed or snubbed by news outlets during the 2016 election season.

"Deschamps-Braly has found that trans men are much less concerned with acquiring an Adamís apple than trans women are with getting rid of one. Nevertheless, he and Ousterhout jointly developed a procedure for building a new Adamís apple for trans men. In a detail that even a Hollywood scriptwriter might deem too much, it is made from cartilage extracted from the patientís rib."
The New Yorker, on facial reconstruction surgery for transgender women

"I bought half a shelf of books on Ancient Egypt, and after a while I decided to make things up, because when you got down to details the real thing was just too weird."
Terry Pratchett, The Folklore of Discworld, on the process of writing Pyramids.

"He'd write a book about his experiences, if he thought anyone would believe it"
Terry Pratchett, "about the author" section, several Discworld books.