Quotes for
the Journey:

Illusion

   
  
If you know something is an
illusion, why pretend it is reality?

Lionel Suggs

   

An illusion which makes me happy is worth a verity which drags me to the ground.     -Christopher Martin-Wieland

   

We 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 Jourard

   
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.     -Elizabeth Bowen
   
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.     -Cyril Connolly
    
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 Nietzsche
   
How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child.     -Judy Garland
  
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 Watts
   
"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 hue.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   
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 Einstein
   
Our 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
  
Illusions 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 Einstein
   

    
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 senses.     -Annie Dillard
  
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.     -Meher Baba
  
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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