If you know something is
illusion, why pretend it is reality?
illusion which makes me happy is worth a verity which
drags me to the ground.
begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is.
Someone--our parents, teachers, analysts--hypnotizes us to
"see" the world and construe it in the "right"
way. These others label the world, attach names and give
voices to the beings and events in it, so that thereafter, we
cannot read the world in any other language or hear it saying
other things to us. The task is to break the hypnotic spell,
so that we become undeaf, unblind, and multilingual, thereby
letting the world speak to us in new voices and write all its
possible meaning in the new book of our existence. Be
careful in your choice of hypnotists. -Sidney
art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.
must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it
with passion, if we want to be happy. -Cyril
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
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
Knowledge kills action;
action requires the veils of illusion. -Friedrich
How strange when an illusion
dies. It's as though you've lost a child. -Judy
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
"The things we
see," Pistorius said softly, "are the same things that are
within us. There is no reality except the one contained within us.
That is why so many people live such unreal lives. They take the
images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert
itself." -Herman Hesse, Demian
The greatest obstacle to
discovery is not ignorance--it is the illusion of knowledge.
-Daniel J. Boorstin
Disillusion is the last
illusion. -Wallace Stevens
Every illusion carries pain
and suffering in the dark folds of the heavy garments in which it hides
its nothingness. -A Course in Miracles
There is no end to illusion.
Life is 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
A human being is part of the
whole, called by us the universe; a part limited by time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separated
from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This
delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal
desires and to affections for a few persons nearest us. Our task is
to free ourselves from this prison. -Albert
greatest illusion is disillusion. We imagine that we are
disillusioned with life, when the truth is that we have not even begun to
live. -Paul Brunton
command themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy
pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when
they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed
to pieces. -Sigmund Freud
Reality is merely an
illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -Albert
There is no more dangerous
illusion than the fancies by which people try to avoid
illusion. -Francois Fenelon
Nothing is more
hidden from us than the illusion which lives with us day by day,
and our greatest illusion is to believe that we are what we think
ourselves to be. -Henri F. Amiel
The universe is illusion
merely, not one speck of it real, and we are not only victims, but
also captives, bound by the mineral-made ropes of
The stripping away
of illusion and the struggle to find personal reality can be
likened to the peeling of an apple. As one peels away the
layers of unreality. . . eventually only the core
remains. -Meredith L. Young
Truth is simple, but
Illusion makes it infinitely intricate. The person is rare
who possesses an insatiable longing for Truth; the rest allow
Illusion to bind them ever more and more.
The world is an illusion.
Why is it unreal? Because none of the knowledge is going to
remain permanent, as real knowledge. I had a number of
identities; I was a child, I was a boy, I was a teenager, I was a
middle-aged man, I was an old man. Like other identities I
thought would remain constant, they never remained so.
Finally, I became very old. . . So which identity remained honest
with me? -Nisargadatta
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