Most popular illusion quotes
If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.
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.
Our experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is great.
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 most all-around, practical, long-wearing illusions are the ones that you weave yourself.
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.
The shedding of easy solutions, of comforting illusions, may be painful, but it leaves behind a feeling of freedom and relief.
Reason dissipates the illusions of life, but does not console us for their departure.
How strange when an illusion dies It's as though you've lost a child.
No death is so sad and final as the death of an illusion.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.
Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.
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.
Better a dish of illusion, one might say, and a hearty appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion therewith.
The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.
Although optimism is the result of an illusion, it is a desirable distortion of reality.
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.
I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Never rid anyone of an illusion unless you can replace it in his mind with another illusion.