Delusions Quotes

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Bertrand Russell
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Arthur Schopenhauer
“What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Karen Marie Moning
“Most people are good and occasionally do something they know is bad. Some people are bad and struggle every day to keep it under control. Others are corrupt to the core and don’t give a damn, as long as they don’t get caught. But evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”
Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Shannon L. Alder
“Insanity is everyone expecting you not to fall apart when you find out everything you believed in was a lie.”
Shannon L. Alder

Colson Whitehead
“And America, too, is a delusion, the grandest one of all. The white race believes--believes with all its heart--that it is their right to take the land. To kill Indians. Make war. Enslave their brothers. This nation shouldn't exist, if there is any justice in the world, for its foundations are murder, theft, and cruelty. Yet here we are.”
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Christopher Hitchens
“I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

“Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.”
Doug Stanhope

Alyssa Reyans
“The doctor’s words made me understand what happened to me was a dark, evil, and shameful secret, and by association I too was dark, evil, and shameful. While it may not have been their intention, this was the message my clouded mind received. To escape the confines of the hospital, I once again disassociated myself from my emotions and numbed myself to the pain ravaging my body and mind. I acted as if nothing was wrong and went back to performing the necessary motions to get me from one day to the next. I existed but I did not live.”
Alyssa Reyans, Letters from a Bipolar Mother

Tony Kushner
“Respect the delicate ecology of your delusions.”
Tony Kushner, Millennium Approaches

John Cheever
“Our country is the best country in the world. We are swimming in prosperity and our President is the best president in the world. We have larger apples and better cotton and faster and more beautiful machines. This makes us the greatest country in the world. Unemployment is a myth. Dissatisfaction is a fable. In preparatory school America is beautiful. It is the gem of the ocean and it is too bad. It is bad because people believe it all. Because they become indifferent. Because they marry and reproduce and vote and they know nothing.”
John Cheever

William Golding
“We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement.”
William Golding, Darkness Visible

Aleksandar Hemon
“Belief and delusion are incestuous siblings.”
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

Dexter Palmer
“The thing about memories wasn't that many of them inevitably faded, but that repeated recall of the ones you remembered burnished them into shining, gorgeous lies”
Dexter Palmer, Version Control

Shannon L. Alder
“Delusions are hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding insane people living in a backwards world.”
Shannon L. Alder

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities..”
Christian Nestell Bovee

Patricia Highsmith
“Thinking no more about it, he stepped off into that cool space, that fast descent to her, with nothing in his mind but a memory of a curve of her shoulder, naked, as he had never seen it.”
Patricia Highsmith, This Sweet Sickness

A.E. Housman
“The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.”
A. E. Housman

Daniel José Older
“Even on the left, even in this age of exposed racial rifts, politicians still say with a straight face that this country was founded on principles of equality. Words mean things, we say again and again, but actions mean much more, and still as a nation, we worship the very slave owners who gave legal precedence to the notion of percentages of human beings. We scream equality and freedom while unabashedly modeling our actions on the fathers of genocide. The only way to rationalize this most American of contradictions is to devalue the lives of the slaughtered, as was done then, so it must be now, and so apologists remind us that those were the times, and they didn't know better, and on and on. But if those lives matter now then they mattered then, and the clapback stretches through history, unraveling all the creation myths this country has always held most sacred, toppling our many false idols and cleaning out our profaned temples.”
Daniel José Older, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

“I think delusion -- in a sense -- is the proper way of life and living sometimes. Since you can't always be grounded on truthhood or falsehood on every account, delusion seemingly acts as an intermediary or "equalizing glue" for the gaps of the unknown or unacceptable, among other things.”
Andy Harglesis

“But no, that's memory, not the counterlife. Vincent isn't in the counterlife. He feels it's important to keep the two separate, memory vs. counterlife, but he's been finding the separation increasingly difficult. It's a permeable border.”
Emily St. John. Mandel

Steven Magee
“Embrace delusions.”
Steven Magee

“Yet the dreams are often better than the waking, the stories so much finer than the lives.”
George R.R. Martin, This Tower of Ashes

Anoir Ou-Chad
“Life is the enjoyment of delusion. Death is the zenith of disillusion.”
Anoir Ou-Chad

“Liars gain a huge advantage over truth-tellers, you know. Truth has been found to be a terrible weakness, an evolutionary catastrophe. The society that coated itself with lies was found to be a better survival machine. The man who told the truth was extraordinarily naive and stupid. Now the expectation is always of being lied to. Nowadays when one man is talking to another, he knows instinctively he is being lied to and his mind automatically overlays that set of lies with a neutralizing set of lies, leaving behind a kind of truth. But what sort of truth is it that arises exclusively from lies?”
Mark Romel, The Mistletoe Murders: A Nietzschean Murder Mystery

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If the eye and the mind are both deceived, then the task of knowing the truth becomes impossible!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The clouds taught me that things are not always what they seem, by making the moon walk.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover


Sherry Thomas
“But if the Wall kept proving itself useless, why did more of it get built?”

Yu’s voice dips even lower. “Because it seemed an obvious solution. It made both the emperor and the people think something was being done. And we have all, at some point, confused doing something—anything—with actually solving the problem.”
Sherry Thomas, The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

غسان كنفاني
“أطباءٌ يجلسون في مقاعدهم الوثيرة يستمعون إليك بصمتٍ واعتناء، فإذا استعصى عليهم الحلُّ قالوا إنه الوهم”
غسان كنفاني, جسر إلى الأبد

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