We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
We always think every other man's job is easier than our own. The better he does it, the easier it looks.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live
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
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
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
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
Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge
It is respectable to have illusions - and safe - and profitable, and dull
A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread
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I don't wish her any ill will. I think it's very hard for everyone to participate in the illusion she presents as her truth
Claridge's is elegant but determinedly unglamorous. The only fantasy it has to offer is the illusion that the world is in good working order
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
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