Quotes About Self Delusion

Quotes tagged as "self-delusion" (showing 1-30 of 55)
Rick Riordan
“Humans see what they want to see.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Jodi Picoult
“Sometimes, when you don't ask questions, it's not because you are afraid that someone will lie to your face. It's because you're afraid they'll tell you the truth.”
Jodi Picoult

Sophie Kinsella
“The trouble with giving yourself a pep talk is, that deep down you know it's all bullshit.”
Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me?

“The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Amy Tan
“I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.”
Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning

Jodi Picoult
“You can fool yourself, you know. You'd think it's impossible, but it turns out it's the easiest thing of all.”
Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

Christopher Hitchens
“Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to 'show' it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition. This is why Werner Heisenberg's adaptation of the Hays Office—the so-called principle of uncertainty whereby the act of measuring something has the effect of altering the measurement—is of such importance. In my case the difference is often made by publicity. For example, and to boast of one of my few virtues, I used to derive pleasure from giving my time to bright young people who showed promise as writers and who asked for my help. Then some profile of me quoted someone who disclosed that I liked to do this. Then it became something widely said of me, whereupon it became almost impossible for me to go on doing it, because I started to receive far more requests than I could respond to, let alone satisfy. Perception modifies reality: when I abandoned the smoking habit of more than three decades I was given a supposedly helpful pill called Wellbutrin. But as soon as I discovered that this was the brand name for an antidepressant, I tossed the bottle away. There may be successful methods for overcoming the blues but for me they cannot include a capsule that says: 'Fool yourself into happiness, while pretending not to do so.' I should actually want my mind to be strong enough to circumvent such a trick.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Richard Feynman
“Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.”
Richard Feynman

“It's funny, in a human kind of way, how we can convinces ourselves that we're in control at the very moment we are beginning to lose it.”
William Moyers

Anthony Marra
“There are so many paths to contentment if you're open to self-delusion.”
Anthony Marra, The Tsar of Love and Techno

Margaret Atwood
“Even an obvious fabrication is some comfort when you have few others.”
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Charles Dickens
“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else's manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“We all know dogmatists who are more concerned about holding their opinions than about investigating their truth. ... if they are mistaken, they will never discover it; they have condemned themselves to perpetual error. Human beings (including myself) sometimes use their beliefs for wish-fulfillment. Too often we believe what we want to be true.”
David L. Wolfe, Epistemology: The Justification Of Belief

Christopher Hitchens
“[O]ne has to have endured a few decades before wanting, let alone needing, to embark on the project of recovering lost life. And I think it may be possible to review 'the chronicles of wasted time.' William Morris wrote in The Dream of John Ball that men fight for things and then lose the battle, only to win it again in a shape and form that they had not expected, and then be compelled again to defend it under another name. We are all of us very good at self-persuasion and I strive to be alert to its traps, but a version of what Hegel called 'the cunning of history' is a parallel commentary that I fight to keep alive in my mind.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Christopher Isherwood
“A veteran, calm and assured, he pauses for a well-measured moment in the doorway of the office and then, boldly, clearly, with the subtly modulated British intonation which his public demands of him, speaks his opening line, 'Good morning!'
And the three secretaries - each of them a charming and accomplished actress in her own chosen style - recognise him instantly, without even a flicker of doubt, and reply 'Good morning' to him. (There is something religious here, like responses in church; a reaffirmation of faith in the basic American dogma, that it is, always, a Good Morning. Good, despite the Russians and their rockets, and all the ills and worries of the flesh. For of course we know, don't we, that the Russians and the worries are not real? They can be unsought and made to vanish. And therefore the morning can ve made to be good. Very well then, it is good.”
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

Frank Turek
“The author concedes that humanity had the fatal tendency to shape truth to our beliefs rather than beliefs to the Truth.”
Frank Turek, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

Joan Bauer
“Mom has the Touch. She knows what flowers go with what occasions, what hors d'oeuvres work with what people. She believes passionately in the power of food to heal, restore, and stimulate relationships, and she has built a following of loyal customers who really hope she's right. If she's wrong, says Sonia, no one wants to know.”
Joan Bauer, Thwonk

DaShanne Stokes
“Whites saying "make America white again" is like millionaires saying "make the wealthy rich again.”
DaShanne Stokes

“People say the truth or lie or keep silent for the same reasons:
when they're afraid of the consequences,
when they'll be affected,
and when they don't care.”
Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

“Lies can't sell without an atom of truth.”
Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

Harold Holzer
“One paper boasted that its subscription and advertising numbers proved that America did not need the social change it rival paper advocated.”
Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Robert A. Caro
“Johnson was insulated from reality by his hopes and dreams.”
Robert A. Caro, Master of the Senate

Michael R. Fletcher
“Gefarhrgeist excelled at convincing themselves. It was their greatest strength and most terrible weakness.”
Michael R. Fletcher, Beyond Redemption

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Inventive rhetoric is characteristic of true believers.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam


Κενοδοξία κενοδοξιῶν, τα πάντα κενοδοξία


Vaingloriousness of vaingloriousnesses, everything vaingloriousness

(even to pronounce demonstrates it!)”
Chevalieuse de Faeinoterre Helia

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I am not hlier than you, you are not holier than me. Any one who thinks he is holier than the rest deludes himself.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I am not holier than you, you are not holier than me. Any one who thinks he is holier than the rest deludes himself.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“Joe is never sure whether they're mad or just alarmingly and uncompromisingly incapable of self-delusion.”
Robert Warshow

Nick Harkaway
“Joe is never sure whether they're mad or just alarmingly and uncompromisingly incapable of self-delusion.”
Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker

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