Illusion Quotes

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. - Yasutani Roshi


A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. - Bertrand Russell


Disillusion is a natural stage that follows the holding of an illusion. - Susan Shaughnessy


Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not. - E. R. Beadle


A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality. - Christian Nevell Bovee


What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things? - Desiderius Erasmus


The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.-Victor Hugo


There's a higher place that I have no illusions about reaching. There's a sophistication and aesthetic about composers who only write only for the music's sake.-Bill Conti


Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


These critics with the illusions they've created about artists - it's like idol worship. They only like people when they're on their way up... I cannot be on the way up again.-John Lennon


We all need illusions. That's why we love movies.-Monica Bellucci


We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.-Daniel J. Boorstin


Words are illusions.-Bodhidharma


I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.-Paul Cezanne


I'm an idealist without illusions.-John F. Kennedy


Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.-Elizabeth Bowen


Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.-Sigmund Freud


Illusions of grandeur are not the same as visions of greatness.-Edwin Louis Cole


It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.-Gertrude Stein


It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.-Joseph Conrad


It takes a lot to wound a man without illusions.-Ellis Peters


Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.-John Langdon


Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.-Barbara Jordan


Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.-Cat Stevens


May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur; quite to the contrary, I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty years of my life my life has been an open book of service to my fellow architects and for the public good.-Ralph Thomas Walker


Official truths are often powerful illusions.-John Pilger


Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired.-Joseph Roux


Realizing this, I knew that the actual space of a room could be broken down and played with by planting illusions of real light (electric light) at crucial junctures in the room's composition.-Dan Flavin


Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.-Giotto di Bondone


Saying you have a political solution is like saying you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever. I don't have many illusions about this, but I'm not cynical about it.-Bruce Sterling


Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions.-Henry R. Luce


The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.-Robert Wilson Lynd


The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.-Antonio Gramsci


There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.-George Washington


There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.-Ralph Waldo Emerson


There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.-Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.-Rebecca West


There is the illusion of the world and the reality of the Torah.-Meir Kahane


There's also something of an illusion in that, you can perhaps record a TV thing one month and complete a book the next and then be in a play. Then, if they all come out at once, it looks as if you're actually juggling a million things.-Jane Asher


They're not even within 100 miles of Baghdad. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion... they are trying to sell to the others an illusion.-Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf


Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.-Douglas Adams


To me, Batman is definately Bruce Wayne's darker side. The challenge is playing it as two separate aspects of the same person. I have to create the illusion of a Dark Knight, who's mysterious and strong.-Kevin Conroy


Tradition is the illusion of permanance.-Woody Allen


Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.-Blaise Pascal


Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.-Margaret Cho


Ultimately, it's an illusion that you can understand yourself.-Paul Schrader


Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.-Lewis H. Lapham


We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.-Judy Garland


We have an illusion of security, we don't have security.-Isaac Yeffet


We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.-Iris Murdoch


We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.-Cyril Connolly


We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. Never glimpse the truth - then it's far too late when they pass away.-George Harrison


We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.-Orson Welles


Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.-Philip Guston


People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening.-David Brinkley


People live with the illusion that we have a democratic system, but it's only the outward form of one. In reality we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich.-Jose Saramago


People say I play real loud. I don't, actually. I'm recorded loud and a lot of that is because we have good engineers. Mick knows what a good drum sound is as well, so that's part of the illusion really. I can't play loud.-Charlie Watts


Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.-Andre Breton


Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.-Arnold Newman


Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.-George Orwell


Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.-Mario Vargas Llosa


Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.-Albert Einstein


Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.-Allan Bloom


Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.-Sigmund Freud


Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.-Kathryn Bigelow


Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.-Thomas Moore


Since fame is an illusion and death is in our future all we have is the next moment before we are swallowed into oblivion.-Al Goldstein


Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary.-Mario Vargas Llosa


That time is important. It gives a comforting illusion of permanence not found in running by the mile.-Joe Henderson


The belief may be too often mistaken, but the illusion of coming into direct contact with the past is intoxicating and persuasive, and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction. Sometimes confidence is all that's needed.-Charles Rosen


The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.-Albert Einstein


The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.-Duncan Sheik


The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.-Daniel J. Boorstin

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