Illusion Quotes

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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 Wilson 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

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

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

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

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

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life's illusions. I am ready to see what really exists on other side, what exists behind the blinds, and taste all the ugly fruit instead of all that looks right, plump and ripe.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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

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

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

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

Judy Garland
“How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child.”
Judy Garland

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

Tyler Knott Gregson
“What an utter disgrace it would be to find something truly magic and spend any time at all pretending and trying to convince yourself it is all just an unbelievably orchestrated and beautifully choreographed illusion.”
Tyler Knott Gregson

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

R.K. Narayan
“Friendship was another illusion like love, though it did not reach the same mad heights. People pretended that they were friends, when the fact was they were brought together by force of circumstances.”
R.K. Narayan, The Bachelor of Arts

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