Quotes About Illusion

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Joss Whedon
“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.”
Joss Whedon

T.S. Eliot
“There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”
T.S. Eliot

Alan W. Watts
“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 W. Watts

Saul Bellow
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

Sigmund Freud
“No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

Clive Barker
“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
Clive Barker

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sigmund Freud
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”
Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

Eckhart Tolle
“All problems are illusions of the mind.”
Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

Virginia Woolf
“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.”
Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth and Other Essays

Gabriel García Márquez
“But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacity for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Voltaire
“One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything's fine today, that is our illusion”
Voltaire

Kelly Creagh
“You're a dream. Like everything else.”
Kelly Creagh, Nevermore

Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.
”
Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

Kevin Brockmeier
“How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied--or, for that matter, awarded--because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.”
Kevin Brockmeier, The View from the Seventh Layer

Roger Waters
“Wish You Were Here

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Your heros for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.”
Roger Waters

Beau Taplin
“Some people are magic, and others are just the illusion of it.”
Beau Taplin

Kasie West
“Because an illusion is an illusion. Reality always exists despite the facade.”
Kasie West, Pivot Point

Vera Nazarian
“There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter — an act.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Criss Jami
“In order to share one's true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Friedrich Nietzsche
“There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Here too it’s masquerade, I find:
As everywhere, the dance of mind.
I grasped a lovely masked procession,
And caught things from a horror show…
I’d gladly settle for a false impression,
If it would last a little longer, though.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Marie Lu
“What is the point of searching for love, when love is nothing but an illusion?”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

Kresley Cole
“Illusion is Reality's coy lover who cheers him when he is grim. Illusion is cunning to his wisdom of ages, weet oblivion to his knowledge. A bounty to his lack. [Sabine]”
Kresley Cole, Kiss of a Demon King

Daniel Nayeri
“If it looks real and feels real, do you think it matters if it's real?”
Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust

Sara Gruen
“The whole thing's illusion, [Jacob], and there's nothing wrong with that. It's what people want from us. It's what they expect.”
Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

Nora Ephron
“It's always hard to remember love - years pass and you say to yourself, Was I really in love, or was I just kidding myself? Was I really in love, or was I just pretending he was the man of my dreams? Was I really in love, or was I just desperate?”
Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Edward Albee
“Martha: Truth or illusion, George; you don't know the difference.
George: No, but we must carry on as though we did.
Martha: Amen.”
Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Emily Thorne
“If we choose to, we can live in a world of comforting illusions. We can allow ourselves to be deceived by false realities. Or we can use them to hide our true intentions.”
Emily Thorne

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures

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