A REALIST is defined as "a person who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it accordingly".

  • Realists are not OPTIMISTS. And realists are not usually mistaken for optimists. Yet in looking at how things are, they are the ones who can see solutions, if realistically there are any. 
  • Realists are not PESSIMISTS. Realists may be mistaken for pessimists, but only due to the existence of a sad state of affairs.

Optimism and pessimism are psychological constructs which lead to assigning warped probabilities to outcomes. These people are delusional, and that's dangerous!  Realists just see, or at least strive to see, the world as it is—because reality is what we have to work with.

Niccolo Machiavelli statue by Lorenzo Bartolini in Florence Italy

Niccolo Machiavelli statue by Lorenzo Bartolini in Florence Italy


“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists." ―Benjamin Graham
"True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing." ―Jean Cocteau
"The positive thinker is a hard-headed, tough-minded, and factual realist. He sees all the difficulties clearly...which is more than can be said for the average negative thinker. But he sees more than difficulties - he tries to see the solutions of those difficulties." ―Norman Vincent Peale
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ―William Arthur Ward

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." ―Confucius
"The 21'st century will be the fight between natural stupidity and artificial intelligence." ―Drew McDermott
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ―Isaac Asimov
"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him." ―Jonathan Swift
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ―Albert Einstein

"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." ―George Bernard Shaw
"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it." ―George Carlin
"And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty" ―Plato
"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." ―Adolf Hitler
"Before all else, be armed." —Niccolo Machiavelli

"True words aren't beautiful, beautiful words aren't true." ―Lao Tzu
"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." ―Kurt Cobain
"If you see fraud and don't shout fraud, you are a fraud." ―Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be." ―George Carlin
"Heaven and Earth are heartless, treating creatures like straw dogs." ―Lao Tzu