The highest problem of every art is, by means of appearances, to produce the illusion of a loftier reality.
The task of the real intellectual consists of analyzing illusions in order to discover their causes.
The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
If you ever do a survey, you’ll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now From win and lose and still somehow It’s life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
I must say that the biggest lesson you can learn in life, or teach your children, is that life is not castles in the skies, happily ever after. The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth. And that’s what I’m saying: that we’re all built with illusions. And they break.