Some may say you never expect good things to happen, but maybe you’re just a realist, a person who uses facts and past events, rather than hopeful feelings and wishes, to predict the future.

In art, Realist painters started a movement by depicting the world around them as it actually appeared, rather than painting flattering portraits of unattractive people and scenes too good to be true. You don't have to be an artist to be a realist — just consider limitations and anticipate that things that can go wrong will go wrong. The downside? Realists don't get to dream of the great things that could happen if everything goes right.

Definitions of realist

n a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly

a person who takes a practical approach to problems and is concerned primarily with the success or failure of her actions
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a painter who represents the world realistically and not in an idealized or romantic style

Type of:
an artist who paints

n a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them

an adherent of philosophical pragmatism
Type of:
a specialist in philosophy

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