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The greatest profound pain is cased by, and is the result of our own illusions, fantasies and dreams.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald —

The only really wicked men i have ever known were those who started as idealists. that is what depravity feeds on. illusions and idealism and love gone wrong.

— Prosper Mérimée

So it was a crossroads summer, when the universe seemed to stand perilously still like an egg wobbling on a precipice, a regular rite of passage summer that saw us traverse the hazardous divide between the illusions of boyhood and the far more pernicious deceptions of maturity, et cetera.

— Sol Luckman

The truth, my friend, is an awesome thing, to be handled with wisdom and with courage denied to ordinary people. Most of us must make do with illusions. Or else
or else we could not endure.

— Ruth Tessler Goldstein

How disturbing it is that our illusions are often our most important beliefs.

— Hanif Kureishi

She was a fairy-tale princess out of his comic book fantasies. She glowed like a star. He hated it. It made his jaw clench [ ... ]. It made him want to wreck something, punch walls, hurl plates. He wanted to drag her into a corner and rip off her glittering veil of illusions. Remind her that she was his beautiful wild animal, not this remote, perfect being. She was earth and sweat and blood and bone, she was hunger and need and howling at the moon. Just like him. Part of him.

— Shannon McKenna

Bryant McGill Quotes: If youre brave enough to follow truth it
If you're brave enough to follow truth it will shatter you and your illusions at the same time.

— Bryant McGill

He was a physicist, more precisely an astrophysicist, diligent and eager but without illusions: the Truth lay beyond, inaccessible to our telescopes, accessible to the initiates. This was a long road which he was traveling with effort, wonderment, and profound joy. Physics was prose: elegant gymnastics for the mind, mirror of Creation, the key to man's dominion over the planet; but what is the stature of Creation, of man and the planet? His road was long and he had barely started up it, but I was his disciple: did I want to follow him?

— Primo Levi

The causes of illusions are not pretty to discover. They're either vicious or tragic.

— Ayn Rand

I had no illusions about my role. Prince Charming with a price tag. I was the fantasy lover and like all fantasies, I vanished before dawn.

— Jane Harvey-Berrick

For those particular illusions there may well have been a past; it is problematic, however, if there is now much of a future.

— Sigmund Freud

My power is everywhere propping up illusions, but I'm taking it back by letting go of them & just riding the stallion into wonderland. Let's see what you've got to say about the darkness in the mountains, I wonder if you know you can just turn it all to light. As we ride through the valley can you see the same water flowing that I do, or do dust clouds conceal it and block up your nose & throat? You're so thirsty for the end of the journey but I don't want you to miss the magic on the road.

— Jay Woodman

Do you dislike Children? I ask, entertained at the little one's cleverness in dodging capture attempts.
"I don't dislike them, nor do I like them. I've never understood why one must love children simply because they are children. I don't love people because they are people; in fact, I rarely like any people at all. If a child is somehow deserving of admiration, I certainly won't deny it, but why hand it out like candy on Queen's Day?"
I laugh, surprising him.
"Do you think me terribly cruel, then?"
"Actually, I agree. It is another great fault of mine my mother endeavored to correct. Children in general I've never cared for, though individual children I love very much."
-Quote from "Illusions of Fate" by Kiersten White p.17

— Kiersten White

I'm an idealist without illusions.
[Ca. 1953, attributed to John F. Kennedy by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in 'A Thousand Days'

— John F. Kennedy

Doug Henning Quotes: When i did my first few television
When I did my first few television specials, my illusions were so advanced that it took a couple of years before the other illusionists could even figure out what I was doing, let alone try to imitate me.

— Doug Henning

Everyone lives bound by their own knowledge and awareness. They define that as reality; but knowledge and awareness are vage, and perhaps better called illusions.

— Masashi Kishimoto

Om (AUM) is the truth of all truths, the light of all lights and the destroyer of all illusions.

— Amit Ray

The worst was relizing that I'd lost him for nothing because he'd been rght about all of it
vampires, my parents, everything.
He'd told me my parents lied. I yelled at him for it. He forgave me. He told me vampires were killers. I told him they weren't, even after one stalked Raquel. He told me Charity was dangerous. I didn't listen, and she killed Courtney. He told me vampires were treacherous, and did I get the message? Not until my illusions had been destroyed by my parents' confession.

— Claudia Gray

Cat Stevens Quotes: Man is created to be gods deputy on
Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.

— Cat Stevens

I took a little break after 'The Palace of Illusions' to clear my head.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Do you know, I sometimes, catch myself wishing that I too were blind to the facts of life and only knew its fancies and illusions. They're wrong, all wrong, of course, and contrary to reason; but in the face of them my reason tells me, wrong and most wrong, that to dream and live illusions gives greater delight. And after all, delight is the wage for living. Without delight living is a worthless act. To labor at living and be unpaid is worse than to be dead. He who delights the most lives the most, and your dreams and unrealities are less disturbing to you and more gratifying than are my facts to me. I often doubt, I often doubt, the worthwhileness of reason. Dreams must be more substantial and satisfying. Emotional delight is more filling and lasting than intellectual delight by having the blues. Emotional delight is followed by no more than jaded senses which speedily recuperate. I envy you, I envy you

— Jack London

Necessary illusions enable us to live.

— Ingmar Bergman

David Copperfield Quotes: Im really trying hard not to do anything
I'm really trying hard not to do anything that has been done before. So knowing everything I can about the legacy of magic challenges my team and I to invent new illusions.

— David Copperfield

Fernando Pessoa Quotes: Were we as we should be we wouldnt need
Were we as we should be,
We wouldn't need any illusions ...

— Fernando Pessoa

The basic for any approach to self-transformation is an ever-increasing awareness of reality and the shedding of illusions.

— Erich Fromm

Scott Adams Quotes: People who do affirmations will have the
People who do affirmations will have the sensation that
they are causing the environment to conform to their will.
This is an immensely enjoyable feeling because the illusion
of control is one of the best illusions you can have.

— Scott Adams

He died, as the Spanish phrase has it, full of illusions. He had not had time in his life to lose any of them, nor even, at the end, to complete an act of contrition. He had not even had time to be disappointed in the Garbo picture which disappointed all Madrid for a week.
(The Capital of the World)

— Ernest Hemingway

Maturity is a series of shattered illusions.

— LeVar Burton

Henry Miller Quotes: I decided to let myself drift with the
( ... )I decided to let myself drift with the tide, to make not the least resistance to fate, no matter in what form it presented itself. Nothing that happened to me thus far had been sufficient to destroy me; nothing had been destroyed but my illusions( ... )

— Henry Miller

Jagadish Chandra Bose Quotes: The true laboratory is the mind where
The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth

— Jagadish Chandra Bose

All things are accomplished by the meditative act of releasing illusions and simply becoming.

— Bryant McGill

There is no inherent awakening power in cultural forms that have become dissociated from the wisdom and practicality that gave birth to them. They turn into illusions themselves and become part of the drama of religious culture. Although they can make us happy temporarily, they can't free us from suffering, so at some point, they become a source of disappointment and discouragement. Eventually, these forms may inspire nothing more than resistance to their authority.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Semantics ... is a sober and modest discipline which has no pretensions of being a universal patent-medicine for all the ills and diseases of mankind, whether imaginary or real. You will not find in semantics any remedy for decayed teeth or illusions of grandeur or class conflict. Nor is semantics a device for establishing that everyone except the speaker and his friends is speaking nonsense

— Alfred Tarski

It is because the cosmos is meaningless that we must secure our individual illusions of values, direction, and interest by upholding the artificial streams which give us such worlds of salutary illusion. That is since nothing means anything in itself, we must preserve the proximate and arbitrary background which makes things around us seem as if they did mean something. In other words, we are either Englishmen or nothing whatever.

— H.P. Lovecraft

An aphorism is an extreme synthesis of thesis and antithesis, theory and practice, it's a mixture of intuition and observation, hypothesis and illusions of certainty and probability, history and stupidity.

— William C. Brown

Peg Bracken Quotes: The most all around practical long
The most all-around, practical, long-wearing illusions are the ones that you weave yourself.

— Peg Bracken

The boys think they can all be athletes, and the girls think they can all be singers. That's the way to fame and success ... as a group blacks must give up their illusions.

— Kristin Hunter

Sam Keen Quotes: The first part of the spiritual journey
The first part of the spiritual journey should properly be called psychological rather than spiritual because it involves peeling away the myths and illusions that have misinformed us.

— Sam Keen

Allan Bloom Quotes: Various kinds of self forgetting usually
Various kinds of self-forgetting, usually accompanied by illusions and myths, make it possible to live without the intransigent facing of death-in the sense of always thinking about it and what it means for life and the things dear in life-which is characteristic of a serious life.

— Allan Bloom

No disease of the imagination is so difficult to cure, as that which is complicated with the dread of guilt : fancy and conscience then act interchangeably upon us, and so often shift their places, that the illusions of one are not distinguished from the dictates of the other.

— E. M. Forster

Nothing that was real ever died, only names, forms, and illusions.

— Eckhart Tolle

Life is a process of losing our illusions, until we finally lose the illusion that we're alive.

— Ashleigh Brilliant

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes: The greatest profound pain is cased by
The greatest profound pain is cased by, and is the result of our own illusions, fantasies and dreams.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

The flowers of life are but illusions. How many fade away and leave no trace.

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Nora Roberts Quotes: In all the illusions youre the only
In all the illusions, you're the only truth that I need

— Nora Roberts

Sexuality, for the person who practices tantra, is a marvelous way to experience illusion. Illusion is just another way of seeing things. There are no illusions because there is no self.

— Frederick Lenz

It's only illusions that destroy us. It's illusions that convince us that we can't. It's the illusions of the transient that tell us that all this matters.

— Frederick Lenz

Frederick Lenz Quotes: If silence only conveys the self if all
If silence only conveys the Self, if all words and thoughts are illusions, why do we discuss it?

— Frederick Lenz

Truth is too simple for us: we do not like those who unmask our illusions.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

All round and round does the world lie as in a sharp-shooter's ambush, to pick off the beautiful illusions of youth, by the pitiless cracking rifles of the realities of age.

— Herman Melville

Finally, the illusions of validity and skill are supported by a powerful professional culture. We know that people can maintain an unshakeable faith in any proposition, however absurd, when they are sustained by a community of like-minded believers. Given the professional culture of the financial community, it is not surprising that large numbers of individuals in that world believe themselves to be among the chosen few who can do what they believe others cannot.

— Daniel Kahneman

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