Disillusion Quotes

Quotes tagged as "disillusion" (showing 1-19 of 19)
Thomas Ligotti
“No one gives up on something until it turns on them, whether or not that thing is real or unreal.”
Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco

Hector Berlioz
“Life when one first arrives is a continual mortification as one's romantic illusions are successively shattered and the musical treasure-house of one's imagination crumbles before the hopelessness of the reality. Every day fresh experiences bring fresh disappointments.”
Hector Berlioz, The Memoirs

Crystal Woods
“(On getting married at 19)
We told ourselves we had forever and we never looked back. The problem was that we never really looked ahead.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

Susan Griffin
“The hope you feel when you are in love is not necessarily for anything in particular. Love brings something inside you to life. Perhaps it is just the full dimensionality of your own capacity to feel that returns. In this state you think no impediment can be large enough to interrupt your passion. The feeling spills beyond the object of your love to color the whole world. The mood is not unlike the mood of revolutionaries in the first blush of victory, at the dawn of hope. Anything seems possible. And in the event of failure, it will be this taste of possibility that makes disillusion bitter.”
Susan Griffin, What Her Body Thought: A Journey Into the Shadows

Isaac Marion
“Sex, once a law as undisputed as gravity, has been disproved. The equation is erased, the blackboard broken”
Isaac Marion

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“It is impossible for me to be an Anarchist, for I do not believe in the essential goodness of man. The world, the physical world, that was once all in all to me, has at moments such as these no road through a wood, no stretch of shore, that can bring me comfort. The beauty of these things can no longer at such moments make up to me at all for the ugliness of man, his cruelty, his greed, his lying face.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sylvia Plath
“You must create the right kind of dream, the sober, adult kind of magic: illusion born from disillusion.”
Sylvia Plath

Anne Perry
“Disillusion in an ache that eats into the dreams of goodness, of love, of any value that matters - even to the very belief in life.”
Anne Perry

Marcel Proust
“But he did not tell her, for he realised how petty it would appear to her, and how different from what she had expected, less sensational and less touching; he was afraid, too, lest, disillusioned in the matter of art, she might at the same time be disillusioned in the greater matter of love.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

“Personal disillusionment accompanied by self-pity and self-loathing are the Achilles’ heel of modern humankind, representing the weakness of the human spirit.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Harper Lee
“If a man says to you, "This is the truth," and you believe him, and you discover what he says is not the truth, you are disappointed and you make sure you will not be caught by him again. But a man who has lived the truth--and you have believed in what he has lived--he does not leave you merely wary when he fails you, he leaves you with nothing.”
Harper Lee

Dave Eggers
“I don't think I've ever gotten any significant thing I wanted. You have no idea how weird it is to envision things and have them come to nothing. No vision has ever come true, no promise has ever been kept. But then there was you, and you were the promise that would obliterate all the disappointments of the past. Everything about you insisted on it. Your color, your hair, the way light projects from every part of you. You were the sun that would burn away all the putrid broken promises of the world.”
Dave Eggers, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Kyrian Lyndon
“But time brought healing,
Downsizing of ego,
And freedom from bondage.
Alas, neither damnation
Nor salvation
Would come—
No terror of some hellish fiend
Or apocalyptic fury
Upon his command.
There was nothing to fear,
And there was everything.”
Kyrian Lyndon, Remnants of Severed Chains

Michael Chabon
“There is only one sure means in life," Deasey said, "of ensuring that you are not ground into paste by disappointment, futility, and disillusion. And that is always to ensure, to the utmost of your ability, that you are doing it solely for the money.”
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

“It appeared the more religious and older men got, the more insatiable their appetite grew for teenage hymens; a short sighted, selfish, entitled and wicked appetite at that by the kind of men who were disillusioned enough to believe that the world revolved around their poles.”
Dauglas Dauglas, Roses in the Rainbow

Renee Ruin
“Love letters to the depressed and the future heart
broken
I’m leaving the light on in my old street
Hoping I see some surrender on the other side of
town
Blink twice if you can see me. Blink thrice if you need me.
We’ve been walking alone for too long, putting all our rotten eggs in the same basket
Skipping in the dark, singing do rei (forget) me.”
Renee Ruin, Wounds: Volume 1

Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal
“On the third day Vera said:

'I love your body because it is beautiful. But I do not know your soul. I do not know whether there is a soul. Nor is it necessary for me because your body is beautiful.

But everything is mutable and you will grow old. At first your face will grow old. Your body will live longer. An old face will be a mockery before a youthful body. And then a wasted body will be a mockery to ravenous desires.

This is like the dead light of the setting sun which from the clouds above was reflected in the water... feeble and full of disillusion.

Should I not kill you so that I might always possess you for myself.'

And Vera became terrifying.

I found this unpleasant.

But from these words I understood that she had decided upon the day.

("Thirty-Three Abominations")”
Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal, The Silver Age of Russian Culture: An Anthology

Dada Bhagwan
“There is endless happiness in this world, but provided one knows the science behind it! ‘Science’ can give happiness. You have become disillusioned; the wrong belief has set in and that is why you are unhappy. When the wrong belief leaves and the ‘right belief’ sets in, there is nothing but happiness.”
Dada Bhagwan

Kyrian Lyndon
“LAST WORD

You made me laugh,
And I forgot all the tears.
You helped me up,
And I forgot the times
You let me down.
You were hatred,
Just as surely as
You were love.
You were everything right
And everything wrong—
Humility and
Defiance,
Cruelty
And kindness,
Approval and
Contempt.
You were everything
And nothing.
I had to let you go,
And it freed me.
Still, I’m sad,
For I know
Who you might have been.
I know you so well…
But you do not know me.”
Kyrian Lyndon, Remnants of Severed Chains