Illusion Quotes

Friedrich Nietzsche

Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.. Friedrich Nietzsche
Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion.

James Blanchard Cisneros

Once you awaken, you will have no interest in judging those who sleep.

Clive Barker

[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.

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.

Amit Kalantri

Divinity is accident of nature, magic is the work of an art.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Its funny when people recently change their attitude to gain entrance into your heart, which may only ignite your passion to close the door.

R. N. Prasher

Words, with their multiple meanings and nuances are like trees and oral communication like a forest. Trees are good for hiding, forest for losing the path. When one is trying to contemplate the horizon of illusion and reality, trees and forests can offer no help.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Don't drive a car in the dream, else you won't drive it on earth. Don't wish to become, else you won't become. Don't associate with fools, else your ancestors will be insulted. Don't be addicted to wine, else your pocket will be empty. Don't be drunk, else you'll be attacked.

Zadie Smith

Sometimes, one wants to have the illusion that one is making ones own life, out of one's own resources.

Gabriel García Márquez

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.

Joss Whedon

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

T.S. Eliot

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

Sigmund Freud

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

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?

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.

Ruth Tessler Goldstein

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.

Mike Norton

The nostalgia of a moment's love can be an illusionary precipice from which we fall from truth; in heartbreak, what we escape to in the past is what tortures us in the present.

Jean Vanier

We can be powerful political groups that promise more wealth and lower taxes. Those with power can use clever, psychological tricks and play upon our weaknesses and brokenness in order to attract us to their way of thinking. We can be manipulated into illusion.

Khalid Masood

Time is the truth inside an illusion.

Virginia Woolf

No doubt we should be, on the whole, much worse off than we are without our astonishing gift for illusion.

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?

Allan Lokos

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

Kelly Creagh

You're a dream. Like everything else.

Jody Gehrman

Maybe illusion and artifice - lies, even - are a necessary part of romance.

Robert Fanney

Silent. So it should be. You have no place in this world, Luthiel. And there is no other.' Zalos reached out and lifted a few strands of her hair. 'Bright songs and the magic of hope are but a dangerous illusion. The fake comfort of witches charms.

Fernando Pessoa

Again I see you, But me I don't see!, The magical mirror in which I saw myself has been broken, And only a piece of me I see in each fatal fragment - Only a piece of you and me!...

Aleksandra Ninkovic

Fog is more dangerous than dark, as it gives the illusion of seeing.

Yann Martel

I don't mean to defend zoos. Close them all down if you want (and let us hope that what wildlife remains can survive in what is left of the natural world). I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusion about freedom plague them both.

Dark Jar Tin Zoo

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.

Carla H. Krueger

Trap yourself inside your own brain, switch off the light, block all the escape routes, then turn your back on everything you know to be reality and try and survive there. Try. Living. Nowhere.

Carla H. Krueger

Time is not an enemy as such, but a missing person, sending cryptic postcards from the past.

Carla H. Krueger

At first, I didn’t understand. Understanding came very slowly.

Carla H. Krueger

I need a new trick if I am to walk without legs, see without eyes or speak without words.

Carla H. Krueger

It’s unpleasant magic, the kind that darkens the senses, the kind no one wants to experience, but once in a lifetime might not be able to avoid.

Carla H. Krueger

No trees, sky or ground. No other buildings or fields. No winding path, no brambles, no outhouse or pond or flowers, no sunshine or children playing. Just blackness.

Carla H. Krueger

Even though I knew, deep down, what she was trying to do, I couldn’t hate her. Even when she hurt me, I forgave her.

Carla H. Krueger

Right now, in this dusty anti-paradise, I have absolutely no hand in the future at all.

Carla H. Krueger

I have always hated lies; my own and everyone else’s.

Carla H. Krueger

I used to love lulling, running water – a sound so infrequent in cityscapes. Its loss always made me feel lonely when I lived amongst concrete.

Carla H. Krueger

Truth starts with a sense.

Carla H. Krueger

A thick rivulet of lost blood reflects a city that will mourn but never die.

Carla H. Krueger

Dwelling on the loneliness inherent in a city such as this when you dream of endless mountains and expanses of blue sky is a recipe for torment.

Carla H. Krueger

Pain is usually all on the surface, but this terror is internal; not just a hurt, but a new language of feeling.

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.

Kevin Michel

Physical reality does not require that we be pleased with its mechanism.

Nirmal Gyanwali

भगवान र बिज्ञान यो संसारका सबै भन्दा ठुला भ्रम हुन् ।

Elie Wiesel

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

Kevin Michel

If we look upon the earth as a place where our 'higher selves' have come to learn, to experience, or even to be judged, then the splitting of realities that occurs with the many-worlds interpretation is merely an extension of these functions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Kevin Michel

You are deluded if you think that the world around you is a physical construct separate from your own mind.

Kevin Michel

The more we delve into quantum mechanics the stranger the world becomes; appreciating this strangeness of the world, whilst still operating in that which you now consider reality, will be the foundation for shifting the current trajectory of your life from ordinary to extraordinary.

Kevin Michel

If you believe that you are not omnipresent, omniscient, and ultimately omnipotent, then you are deluded.

Bryant McGill

Beware! Success is not what you think it is. It's a trap.

Saul Bellow

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

Alan W. Watts

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.

Arthur Miller

An era can be considered over when its basic illusions have been exhausted.

A.J. Darkholme

Anything you don’t want to deal with can always be written off as being “in the past” and ignored, but in doing so, you sweep it under a rug where it doesn't go away with time – it becomes time itself, and takes on the illusion of life as we think we know it.

Anna Jae

te midden van
verwrongen doch schijnbaar
bevind ik mij
schouder aan schouder
met de tijd
haar schaterlach
weerkaatst tegen de muren
van het eindeloze
verstart de wijzers
voor een ogenblik
wat eens was
zo blijkt
een illusie.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Today and tomorrow is an illusion, days are all joined together, and if you are waiting for your time, you are wasting your time.

Marie Sabillo

The concept of Time is but the span of our memory.

Josh Stern

The true genius of a Woman is her subtle flair in creating the illusion that you are the smart one

Nicole Kiefer

The woman you thought you talked to was like one out of my novels, nothing more than a dream, and illusion I conjured to feel better. That’s all I ever will be, unable to be that woman in real life.

Christmas Humphreys

The fear of death is the fear of the end of an illusion; so long as the illusion persists so long will the fear remain.

Raphael Zernoff

As much as love is the source of power for those who are centred in their hearts, as much fear is the source of illusionary power for those who insist on being led by their heads alone.

Arthur Miller

Fear, like love, is difficult to explain after it has subsided, probably because it draws away the veils of illusion as it disappears.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Anybody that fears and detests witchcraft is not happy with science and technology.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

To see through the illusion of duality, remember that fear and darkness have no substance in themselves, for they do not indicate the presence of a second universal force, but are only names given to the one Light unperceived.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Nobody likes the phenomenon of death, and death hates the phenomenon of life

Reinhold Niebuhr

Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep ordinary person on course.

Muhammad Imran Hasan

Reading Is Very Powerful.... It Gives You The Illusion To See The Past, Present, Future And Even Seeing The Invisible.... So READ....

Michael Bassey Johnson

...for if a woman's body can attract the holy angels, how much more the unholy man.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Beauty that pleases the eye is a frail, fleeting illusion. But that beauty capable of pleasing the heart can endure endlessly.

Geoffrey Wood

I say “illusion” of choice because, in many cases, the nature of their choices hardly reaches the level of will, but of merely perfunctory activity. For the most part, their desires are not too strong, they are too weak, apathetic and easily placated. They often can be tempted into doing Nothing.

Chuck Palahniuk

I was very invested in love but it was just this long sex thing that could end at any moment because after all, it's about getting off.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

*Forever* is an illusion that human beings promise each other when they are horny, or, trying to appear holy.

Saurabh Sharma

Fantasy and drama appeal to us. They are socially acceptable and make you feel good about yourself. Moreover, you get rewarded for being cleverly ignorant.

Oliver Gaspirtz

Happy Endings are an illusion. Real life is filled with brief moments of fleeting happiness, but ultimately every life is a tragedy that ends in death and grief.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I was overpowered by the mere sensation of that dream and it alone survived in my sorely wounded heart.

Gaelen Foley

“Yes, Alice?”
Her heart was pounding, but she willed herself to muster the courage to reach out to him - unpredictable, dangerous as he was. “I think it’s real.

Virginia Woolf

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

Kasie West

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

Daniel Nayeri

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

Kresley Cole

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]

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.

Lionel Suggs

The illusion is reality. The only contradiction is the observer.

Judith Guest

Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion.

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

The first stage of ignorance is illusion, due to lack of exposure to reality.
The second stage of ignorance is delusion, or the refusal to acknowledge reality.
The third stage of ignorance is the rejection of altruism.


Yet 'Reality' is just whatever illusion we believe in

R. N. Prasher

In some languages (Hindi is one), every perception is called "seeing". Maybe, the trick is to rely on the eyes less and less as one perceives more and more.

Marty Rubin

Magic is not what magicians can do, but what they can't do.

Kevin Michel

Like the very quantum particles we study, we must be comfortable allowing our view of the world to exist in superposition.

Philip K. Dick

Jump in the urinal and stand on your head. I'm the one that's alive. You're all dead.

Marty Rubin

The world is real; philosophy is the illusion.


Illusion close to reality was your love, you certainly are quintessential with your licks and promises.

Anthony Liccione

The truth is we're all dying, the lie is we're all living.

Zeena Schreck

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

Nenia Campbell

Psychological imprisonment was no less uncomfortable than its physical counterpart. In some ways, it was even worse; it provided the illusion of physical freedom, but garnered none of the benefits of it.

Mazigh Buzakhar

No more lies and speeches of delusions out of the reality of our existence

Zeena Schreck

In order to understand why one chooses to be a Tantric practitioner, there has to be an understanding of cause and effect, cyclic existence, the awareness that the reality that we think we are seeing is not reality as it really truly is. So enlightenment is seeing reality with bare awareness, non-conceptual reality.

E'yen A. Gardner

Oneness with God is not a dream, it is the only reality. Everything else is an illusion.

Amit Kalantri

General belief is “There is no real magic, only tricks” but a great magician compel people not to trust that belief and make them believe, after all "There does exist a real magic".

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

The sacred stillness of your brilliant heart
has as the myriad wonders masqueraded.
But if you knew this secret from the start,
then you'd have quit this Game before you played it.

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