Illusion Quotes

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.

Georges Bernanos

An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time

Karl Kraus

The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

Saul Bellow

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

Sigmund Freud

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

Lewis H Lapham

Even as recently as 1969, I still had the illusion, you see, that atomic energy could be a safe alternative to damming all our rivers for power.

David Brower

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.

Alexander Chase

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

Iris Murdoch

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

We trained hard - but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.

Petronius Arbiter

If a fox is unable to befriend a tiger, then the fox should create an illusion of close association with the tiger by carefully trailing behind the cat while boasting of the deep friendship they share. In this way, he creates an impression that his well being is of great concern to the tiger.

Chin-Ning Chu

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Aesop

Time is indeed the theater and seat of illusions; nothing is so ductile and elastic. The mind stretches an hour to a century, and dwarfs an age to an hour.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the boys come into my yard for leave to gather horse-chestnuts, I own I enter into nature's game, and affect to grant the permission reluctantly, fearing that any moment they will find out the imposture of that showy chaff. But this tenderness is quite unnecessary; the enchantments are laid on very thick. Their young life is thatched with them. Bare and grim to tears is the lot of the children in the hovel I saw yesterday; yet not the less they hang it round with frippery romance, like the children of the happiest fortune.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Illusion and wisdom combined are the charm of life and art.

Joseph Joubert

The loss of our illusions is the only loss from which we never recover.

Ouida

There is no such thing as real happiness in life. The justest definition that was ever given of it was "a tranquil acquiescence under an agreeable delusion"--I forget where.

Laurence Sterne

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Voltaire

What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.

William Blake

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

Miguel de Cervantes

For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities --a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces --a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.

Joseph Conrad

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?

George Eliot

Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.

John Keats

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Updated On : March 01, 2013
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