Illusion Quotes

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

Mark Twain

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

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

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 More

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

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion

Robert Burton

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge

Daniel J. Boorstin

It is respectable to have illusions - and safe - and profitable, and dull

Joseph Conrad

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

Georges Bernanos

What can this piece of paper do; imagine?

Alamgir Hashmi

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

Rosie O'Donnell

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.

Jim Murray

You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.

John Paul

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

Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

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

Arthur Miller

Every generous illusion of youth leaves a wrinkle as it departs. Experience is the successive disenchanting of the things of life; it is reason enriched with the heart's spoils.

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.

Sigmund Freud

Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.

Cervantes, Miguel De

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

For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart.

Ionesco, Eugene

Do not get yourself into the illusion that there is something so unique about the question of organ or body parts ... that the general rules of economics do not apply.

Richard Epstein

If I do, the whole thing falls apart. It fails. The illusion is in my head.

Ruth Rendell

If the recovery has been built on the illusion of money games like this, then one has to wonder what it is we are seeing that is getting better in the economy.

Seiji Maehara

I grew up with an idealized version of the sport, that people do it because they love horses. I guess that's just a romantic illusion.

James Hastie

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