Illusion Quotes

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Roger Waters
“Wish You Were Here

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Your heros for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.”
Roger Waters

Allan Lokos
“Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that - thoughts.”
Allan Lokos, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

Virginia Woolf
“Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it's place?”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Zeena Schreck
“Nostalgia is an illness
for those who haven't realized
that today
is tomorrow's nostalgia.”
Zeena Schreck

Thomas Hardy
“Meanwhile, the trees were just as green as before; the birds sang and the sun shone as clearly now as ever. The familiar surroundings had not darkened because of her grief, nor sickened because of her pain.

She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly -the thought of the world's concern at her situation- was found on an illusion. She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

John Fowles
“Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Nora Ephron
“It's always hard to remember love - years pass and you say to yourself, Was I really in love, or was I just kidding myself? Was I really in love, or was I just pretending he was the man of my dreams? Was I really in love, or was I just desperate?”
Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Zeena Schreck
“Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.”
Zeena Schreck

Laini Taylor
“It was cruel. Like opening a birdcage to let the bird fly out, whilst all the while it's tethered by the leg, and freedom is only an illusion.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Edward Albee
“Martha: Truth or illusion, George; you don't know the difference.
George: No, but we must carry on as though we did.
Martha: Amen.”
Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Luigi Pirandello
“Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be, like the reality of yesterday, an illusion tomorrow.”
Luigi Pirandello

Irvin D. Yalom
“I think my quarry is illusion. I war against magic. I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.”
Irvin D. Yalom, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

Juan Gabriel Vásquez
“Adulthood brings with it the pernicious illusion of control, and perhaps even depends on it. I mean that mirage of dominion over our own life that allows us to feel like adults, for we associate maturity with autonomy, the sovereign right to determine what is going to happen to us next. Disillusion comes sooner or later, but it always comes, it doesn’t miss an appointment, it never has.”
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Facebook gives people an illusory sense of being LIKED.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If we choose to, we can live in a world of comforting illusions. We can allow ourselves to be deceived by false realities. Or we can use them to hide our true intentions.”
Emily Thorne

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures

Mehek Bassi
“Whatever I learned,
Whatever I knew,
Seems like those faded years of childhood that flew,
Away in some dilemma,
Always in some confusion,
The purpose of this life,
Seems like an illusion!”
Mehek Bassi, Chained: Can you escape fate?

Josh Stern
“The true genius of a Woman is her subtle flair in creating the illusion that you are the smart one”
Josh Stern, And That’s Why I’m Single

“The stranded, walking a fine line between reality and illusion, constantly weaving through disappointment and hope, despite all, never stop dreaming of empathy and good feeling, while craving for attention and endorsement. ("No monsters hide at this point" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Jean Rhys
“One realized all sorts of things. The value of an illusion, for instance, and that the shadow can be more important than the substance. All sorts of things.”
Jean Rhys, Quartet

Aimee Carter
“But the world is out there, and it understands that the illusion of knowledge and freedom is not the same as the real thing. Eventually it will fade, and there are those who will do whatever it takes to make that happen sooner rather than later.”
Aimee Carter, Pawn

Joseph P. Kauffman
“You are not limited to this body, to this mind, or to this reality—you are a limitless ocean of Consciousness, imbued with infinite potential. You are existence itself.”
Joseph P. Kauffman, The Answer Is YOU: A Guide to Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Freedom

Criss Jami
“It is so easy at times for a lonely individual to begin fantasizing about what the people outside are saying about him and, in result, irrationally and fearfully, and sometimes angrily, fancy himself a villain.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Like the moon shining bright
Up high with all its grace,
I can only show you at night
And hide half of my face.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot & Columbine

Hugh Howey
“It was a sad loss, this illusion of importance, a humbling blow.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus

Kimberly Sabatini
“That's when I saw you, really saw you for the first time. I didn't intend to look at you, it just happened. It was like those pictures, you know, those optical illusions. You can gaze at them forever and see only one thing. Then when you relax your eyes for just a moment, another picture magically appears. The funny thing with that kind of visual trick it that it's really hard to go back to seeing the original picture once you've seen the new one.”
Kimberly Sabatini, Touching the Surface

Lionel Suggs
“The illusion is reality. The only contradiction is the observer.”
Lionel Suggs

Janny Wurts
“An illusion threatens no one with harm. Neither can it be dispelled by armed force.”
Janny Wurts, The Curse of the Mistwraith

Stefan Molyneux
“Sanity is not about confrontation. It's about filtering. Having a stable and happy life is about saying "no" to crazy people, not about inviting them in and then hoping that confrontations are going to make them sane.”
Stefan Molyneux

Neel Burton
“According to the Buddha, the failure to recognize the illusion of the self is the source of all ignorance and unhappiness. It is only by renouncing the self, that is, by dropping his ego defences and committing metaphorical suicide, that a person can open up to different modes of being and relating and thereby transform himself into a pure essence of humanity. In so doing, he becomes free to recast himself as a much more joyful and productive person, and attains the only species of transcendence and immortality that is open to man.”
Neel Burton, Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception