Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations which have been subjected to poetic and rhetorical intensification, translation and decoration […]; truths are illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions, metaphors which have become worn by frequent use and have lost all sensuous vigour […]. Yet we still do not know where the drive to truth comes from, for so far we have only heard about the obligation to be truthful which society imposes in order to exist" from, "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense".
All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all.
Honore de Balzac
My heart is tuned to sorrow, and the strings Vibrate most readily to minor chords, Searching and sad; my mind is stuffed with words Which voice the passion and the ache of things: Illusions beating with their baffled wings Against the walls of circumstance.
Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.
James Anthony Froude
I am determined to live without illusions. I want to look at reality straight. Without hiding.
I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
The trouble with illusions is that you aren't aware you have any until they are taken away from you.
Mary Doria Russell
Hope cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to cynicism.
I invite you, wholeheartedly, to read books that remind you of your highest self and emancipate you from mental slavery or false beliefs and illusions. The more you invest in attracting books that resonate with the frequency of your true self, the more light you will bring to the world.
You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don't see where they get the pigeons from, you don't really know how they're doing it.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.
Everybody felt his superiority, but nobody felt oppressed by it. Though he had no illusions about people and human affairs, he was full of kindness toward everybody and everything. Never did he give the impression of domineering, always of serving and helping. He was extremely conscientious, without allowing anything to assume undue importance; a subtle humor guarded him, which was reflected in his eyes and in his smile.