Illusion Quotes

Most popular illusion quotes

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.

novels

No death is so sad and final as the death of an illusion.
An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.

history unhappiness

Our experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.

experience

How strange when an illusion dies
It's as though you've lost a child.
The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.
Reason dissipates the illusions of life, but does not console us for their departure.
Although optimism is the result of an illusion, it is a desirable distortion of reality.

optimism

Never rid anyone of an illusion unless you can replace it in his mind with another illusion.
The most all-around, practical, long-wearing illusions are the ones that you weave yourself.
Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.

happiness

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

ignorance

We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.

self-deception

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

problems talking

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

happiness

I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.
Better a dish of illusion, one might say, and a hearty appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion therewith.
The shedding of easy solutions, of comforting illusions, may be painful, but it leaves behind a feeling of freedom and relief.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.

money success

But time strips our illusions of their hue,
And one by one in turn, some grand mistake
Casts off its bright skin yearly, like a snake.

mistakes

Life consists in molting our illusions. We form creeds today only to throw them away tomorrow. The eagle molts a feather because he is growing a better one.

creeds

It is notorious that illusions are shattered by conflict with reality, so no real happiness, no real wit, no real profundity are tolerated where the illusion prevails.

reality

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 place of reality.
The notion that as man grows older his illusions leave him is not quite true.  What is true is that his early illusions are supplanted by new and, to him, equally convincing illusions.