Quotes About Delusion

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Leo Tolstoy
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Carl Sagan
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Steve Maraboli
“I'm not crying because of you; you're not worth it. I'm crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Ambrose Bierce
“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Collected Writings Of Ambrose Bierce

Noam Chomsky
“How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster'; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different.”
Noam Chomsky

Suzanne Finnamore
“Delusion detests focus and romance provides the veil.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

John Gower
“There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself -- and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water's fault.”
John Gower, Confessio Amantis

Shannon L. Alder
“My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then its only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
Shannon L. Alder

Jostein Gaarder
“There is always Joker to see through the delusion. Generation succeeds generation, but there is a fool walking the earth who is never ravaged by time.”
Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery

Chuck Palahniuk
“We live and we die and anything else is just a delusion.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Rachel Caine
“Whatever, crazy chick who maybe lives here and maybe also breaks into Michael's house when they're all gone. I'm out. Have a nice delusion. -Shayne”
Rachel Caine, Ghost Town

Rebecca Serle
“It's not that girls are delusional, per se. It's just that they have this subtle ability to warp actual circumstances into something different.”
Rebecca Serle, When You Were Mine

“People reject what they do not understand because it makes them feel small. They would rather believe in some other reality, even if it is only an illusion, so long as it makes them feel bigger.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Gary L. Francione
“People need to be educated so that they can make intelligent moral choices”
Gary L. Francione

W.G. Sebald
“Perhaps we all lose our sense of reality to the precise degree to which we are engrossed in our own work, and perhaps that is why we see in the increasing complexity of our mental constructs a means for greater understanding, even while intuitively we know that we shall never be able to fathom the imponderables that govern our course through life.”
W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

James     Baldwin
“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Jeremy Bentham
“. . . in no instance has a system in regard to religion been ever established, but for the purpose, as well as with the effect of its being made an instrument of intimidation, corruption, and delusion, for the support of depredation and oppression in the hands of governments.”
Jeremy Bentham, Constitutional Code; For the Use All Nations and All Governments Professing Liberal Opinions Volume 1

Alexandra Katehakis
“To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.”
Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

Sam Harris
“[I]t is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.”
Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Larken Rose
“I'm not scared of the Maos and the Stalins and the Hitlers.
I'm scared of the thousands of millions of people that hallucinate them to be "authority", and so do their bidding, and pay for their empires, and carry out their orders.
I don't care if there's one looney with a stupid moustache. He's not a threat if the people do not believe in "authority".”
Larken Rose

Alex Haley
“The first time he had taken the massa to one of these "high-falutin' to-dos," as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn't believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn't live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it's possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother's milk made possible the life of privilege they led.”
Alex Haley, Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Stefan Molyneux
“You cannot connect with anyone except through reality.”
Stefan Molyneux

Suzanne Finnamore
“I saw my reflection in their eyes, but not the men themselves, not clearly. This preserved the idea that all intelligent and even vaguely attractive men were essentially good. Delusion detest focus and romance provides the veil.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Steve Maraboli
“If I told you to wish for good health, you would think I'm ridiculous; but when I exchange the word "wish" for the word "pray", you believe it can work. That is the disempowering delusion religions have brought us.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Truth about tears is that , most tears are the result of a delusion”
Pop Samuel

Noam Chomsky
“The European reaction to Obama is a European delusion.”
Noam Chomsky

“The end of an delusion is invariably sadness or tears”
Pop Samuel

Sunil Vidyarthi
“O how we call each other names
You call me schizophrenic
I call you God
But we do agree on one
Deluded are we both.”
Sunil Vidyarthi, The Dead-End (Up) Here: Shiva You Do Not See, Screams You Do Not Hear

Larken Rose
“When enough people understand reality, tyrants can literally be ignored out of existence. They can't ever be voted out of existence.”
Larken Rose

Criss Jami
“What further helps to reveal reality is when our personal thinking ceases to take reality for granted.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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