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What can one say to express the cruelness of reality? That's the terrible/cruel/harsh truth?

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All of those are fine. You could also use "awfulness of reality" in British English anyway.

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Ngram is a decent resource for this sort of question, where you have a few candidate possibilities already in mind. For example, search for harsh reality and then click on the harsh reality link below the graph to consult the attestations and see how a word or phrase is used in context.

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