Illusion Quotes

Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.

There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

Illusion    Life    Time

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.

Future    Illusion    Past    Present    Time

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.

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. . . .

All problems are illusions of the mind.

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

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.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

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.

Broken    Deceit    Deception    Denial    Deny    Funny    Honest    Honesty    Humor    Illogical    Illusion    Lie    Lie detector    Lies    Life    Love    Machine    Relationships    Suspicion    Women    Word junkies

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

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.

You're a dream. Like everything else.

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.

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.

There is an old illusion. It is called good and evil.

Evil    Good    Illusion

Because an illusion is an illusion. Reality always exists despite the facade.

Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that - thoughts.

There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter — an act.

Act    Acting    Artifice    Falsehood    Game    Games    Illusion    Lie    Lies    Playing    Pretence    Pretend    Pretending    Pretense

In the beginning there was faith - which is childish; trust - which is vain; and illusion - which is dangerous.


Elie Wiesel's five-year-old grandson

Faith    Illusion    Trust

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

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.

Comfort    Fake    False    Illusion    Impression    Mask

Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it's place?

Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.

The Birth of Tragedy

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Birth of Tragedy

The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface.
The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.
The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being.
Inside out and outside in. These are worlds of things that implode or explode, and the only catalyst that determines the direction of eco-movement is the balance of water.
Both worlds are deceptive, dangerous. Both, seething with hidden life.
The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage.
Dare to breach the surface and sink.

Bones    Contradiction    Contrast    Danger    Dangers    Deep    Delve    Depth    Depths    Desert    Desolation    Dig    Drought    Dry    Dust    Eco    Ecology    Hidden    Illusion    Innards    Inside    Inside out    Inward    Membrane    Microcosm    Mysteries    Mystery    Obscure    Obscured    Occult    Ocean    Outside    Plenty    Profound    Profundity    Riches    Richness    Scarcity    Skin    Skin deep    Superficial    Surface    Water    Within    Without    World

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.

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

...people live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true... that is how they define reality. But what does it mean to be correct or true? Merely vague concepts... their reality may all be an illusion.

Illusion    Itachi    Manga    Naruto    Reality

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]

Love: I guess It is some kind of magic, It has a power to make us better... But there is the thing magic can sometimes be an illusion and nothing else.

Better man    Better person    Illusion    Love    Magic    Power

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.

Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society.

The Magus

John Fowles

The Magus

If it looks real and feels real, do you think it matters if it's real?

Another Faust

Daniel Nayeri

Another Faust

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?

Aging    Illusion    Love    Relationships    True love    Wisdom

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.

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.

You said you were a fairy princess
You said you were a shooting star
You said we'd go to Bora Bora
Now look at where the fuck we are

Martha: Truth or illusion, George; you don't know the difference.
George: No, but we must carry on as though we did.
Martha: Amen.

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.

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.

When my mind plays tricks on me I can deal. But when my mind plays tricks on my mind I can not tell what's real

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.

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.

Happiness    Illusion    Life    Truth

Facebook gives people an illusory sense of being LIKED.

Your goodness must have some edge to it -- else it is none.

Don't talk to strangers. Don't do drugs. Don't smoke. Don't drink and drive. Don't have sex. Wear a condom. Wear sunblock. Wear a seat belt. Wear a helmet. If you see something, say something. Just say no. Stop, drop, and roll. Stop, look, and listen. Look both ways before you cross the street...
Safety is an illusion. Bad things can happen to anyone at any time, whether you follow the rules or not. You can check left, check right, check left again before you step off the curb and into the crosswalk, but that won't stop an anonymous asshole in his shitty pickup from putting you in intensive care...

Perfect Fifths

Megan McCafferty

Perfect Fifths

There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.

Good becomes perfect, but perfect is an illusion. And illusions are like all spells—temporary and soon broken. And when that happens, feelings change.

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!

Breakup    Breakups    Childhood    Confusion    Dilemma    Experience    Hurt    Illusion    Information    Knowledge    Life    Love    Love story    Lovers    Memories    Memory    Pain    Philosophy    Separation    Time


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