Illusions Quotes

For it is a land of illusion, a place in the mind, a shimmering mirage of riches and mystery and death. These illusions have distorted its landscape and contorted its history

Richard E. Lingenfelter

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is

Alan Watts

It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it

Patrick Henry

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live

Mark Twain

Nothing ... nothing in the universe, is of any importance, or is authentic to any serious sense, except the illusions of romance. For man alone of animals plays the ape to his dreams. These axioms poor, deaf and blinded spendthrift! are none the less valuable for being quoted.

James Branch Cabell

I also realized that the philosophers, far from ridding me of my vain doubts, only multiplied the doubts that tormented me and failed to remove any one of them. So I chose another guide and said, Let me follow the Inner Light; it will not lead me so far astray as others have done, or if it does it will be my own fault, and I shall not go so far wrong if I follow my own illusions as if I trusted to their deceits

Jean Jacques Rousseau

People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations.

Herzen, Alexander

An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.

Arthur Miller

Women are happier in their illusions than in their most agreeable experi-ences.

Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.

Barbara Harrison

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Mark Twain

Illusions are the mirages of Hope

Unknown

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

What is experience? A poor little hut constructed from the ruins of the palace of gold and marble called our illusions

Joseph Roux

We are missing something. Our youth today is empty. No longer do the children dream and believe they can change the world. Apathy has destroyed the beautiful idealism of our youth. The intricate illusions and fearless aspirations. The gleam in a child's eye. God help us. All hope is truly lost.

Kate Miller

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.

Albert Einstein

I've looked at life from both sides now From win and lose and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall I really don't know life at all.

Joni Mitchell

Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.

Joseph Roux

I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there's some kind of change.

Bob Dylan

We live, after all, in a world where illusions are sacred and truth profane.

Tariq Ali

We would rather be ruined than changed We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die.

Wystan Hugh Auden

All things are accomplished by the meditative act of releasing illusions and simply becoming.

Bryant McGill

In wartime Shanghai I saw so many horrors... Civilised life is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is, we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.

James Graham Ballard

It is true that for us art is not an end in itself, we have lost too many of our illusions for that. Art is for us an occasion for social criticism, and for real understanding of the age we live in...Dada was not a school of artists, but an alarm signal against declining values, routine and speculations, a desperate appeal, on behalf of all forms of art, for a creative basis on which to build a new and universal consciousness of art.

Hugo Ball

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