Quotation Explorer - 'Illusions'

In times of turmoil, void or suffering, closely stays the images mirroring the lived, far seems the unknown to be; pick yourself a lens to see through, your eyes touch the distant mountains and the lived past disappears into ponzo illusions. - Pavitraa Parthasarathy
Good and bad are illusions. What exists is either the presence of empathy or the lack of it. I think this should become the new, clear definition of how we see people. No more "good" and no more "bad". Those terms are highly subjective. - C. JoyBell C.
What do we any of us have but our illusions? And what do we ask of others but that we be allowed to keep them? - W. Somerset Maugham
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. - Alan W. Watts
In enlightenment, the seer and the seen disappear. Or, more accurately, are seen through as illusions. In reality, they were never there, apart from being concept and misunderstanding. - Enza Vita
During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice. - Kurt Vonnegut
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end. - Joseph Conrad
We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and see our illusions die. - W.H. Auden
Life is full of obstacle illusions. - Grant Frazier
Your eyes have no power to see. They only create optical illusions. Only the mind can see it when it is ready to see it. - Debasish Mridha
Darkness is a natural fear, one that takes the things you love most, the most valuable innocence, and turns them against you. The struggle is to see past the illusions, and see the light in your fear. - Various
Your belief is mostly your prison! To discover the world outside your prison, you must first realize the walls surrounding you! Otherwise you shall continue being stuck in the prison of childish tales and fallacious illusions! - Mehmet Murat ildan
The public wants work which flatters its illusions. - Gustave Flaubert
Biblical spirituality means powerlessness, living without embellishment or pretense, free to be faithful in the gospel, and free from anxiety about effectiveness or similar illusions of success. - William Stringfellow
An era can be considered over when its basic illusions have been exhausted. - Arthur Miller
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
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do. - Elizabeth Bowen
To be civilized, really, is to be aware of the others, their hopes, their gladnesses, their illusions about life. - Sherwood Anderson
If you take steps based on fantasies and illusions, you shall meet realities and remember the had I knows in sorrow - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
With me, illusions are bound to be shattered. I am here to shatter all illusions. Yes, it will irritate you, it will annoy you - that's my way of functioning and working. I will sabotage you from your very roots! Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you. - Osho
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached. - Simone Weil
I've looked at life from both sides now From up and down and still somehowIt's life's illusions I recallI really don't know life at all - Joni Mitchell
Each person has a self-image that, to some degree, does not match reality. A significant difference between self-image and reality can be harmful. The more self-aware you are, the less likely you are to be vulnerable to your illusions. The more aware you are, the more you can do with your life. - Robert H. Bolton
Earth is a place of limited illusions... - Ryan Formanes
Are you looking for something real in this world of illusions? Call me. Casual Flings need not apply. I am looking for Love. - Aprilynne Pike
Expectations paint illusions Experience paints a pictureOptical Illusions manufacture confused expectations and experiences. - Goitsemang Mvula
Of all the inanimate objects, of all men's creations, books are the nearest to us for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to the truth, and our persistent leanings to error. But most of all they resemble us in their precious hold on life. - Joseph Conrad
It's hard to tell where reality ends and illusions begins. They blend - then they separate - Lind Goodman
Just read The Virtue of Minding Your Own Business. Oh my, what currents run deep! Beautifully seen, beautifully told. Praise praise praise . . . Pardon my French, but you are one darn major American writer!"---, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, on Sandcastle and Other Stories - Richard Bach
As adults we get so entrapped in illusions and trivia, that we forget the true essence of life; and so often we need to connect with children, to understand that it is the little, priceless joys that make life beautiful and worthy. - Manprit Kaur
Mind is obsessed with fleeting illusions, while Spirit is constant and free. - Reza Mohamed
Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. - Virginia Woolf
The truth of who we are dissolves the illusions when they arise, simply by us not buying into them anymore. By realizing they were counterfeit bliss. By and by, oneness dissolves what was once separation. - Tehya Sky
Name and form are simply illusions of separation. Love doesn’t make us blind; rather, it erases the illusions so we can see clearly. - Kamand Kojouri
People often find comfort in ignorance of illusions, but rarely find solace in the truth of reality. - Lionel Suggs
There is a glitch in the Matrix ("Real World")… Illusions is one of them. - Deyth Banger
The restoration of man’s inner eyes can hardly be expected in this day and age unless, first of all, one were willing and determined simply to exclude from one’s realm of life all those inane and contrived but titillating illusions incessantly generated by the entertainment industry. - Josef Pieper
Limitations are nothing more than optical illusions, created by our own self-doubt. - Robert M. Hensel
Problems are perceptual illusions. - Debasish Mridha
The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. - Robert Lynd
Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization. - Barbara Kingsolver
Spirituality is not primarily about values and ethics, not about exhortations to do right or live well. The spiritual traditions are primarily about reality...an effort to penetrate the illusions of the external world and to name its underlying truth. - Parker J. Palmer
Buddhism is more a philosophy for living rather than a religion or dogma - it's about being awake, free from illusions and fear, so that compassion and loving kindness permeates all of our relationships. - Charlotte Kasl
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. - Mark Twain
God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. - Steve Jobs
Men will clutch at illusions when they have nothing else to hold to. - Czesław Miłosz
And it's his illusions about whatconstitutes the real world which are inhibiting him...His reality, his reason, his society ... These are what must be destroyed - Luke Rhinehart
Wishes and fears are illusions, Dil Bahadur, not realities. You must practice detachment. - Isabel Allende
You are the one who wakes up the most beautiful illusions in me and you are the one who makes me believe in a better world, so you will always have a special place in my heart. - Auliq Ice
The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned - Antonio Gramsci
For spiritual vision of our soul, we need to balance between quantitative illusions & qualitative reality of our life. - Aditya Ajmera
Only a cynic can create horror--for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving demonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them. - H.P. Lovecraft
I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer. - Gordon Atkinson
wouldn't a loving gather, I reasoned, have more compassion than to seek revenge on His comparatively feeble children who are temporarily blinded by the illusions of time and space? - Mike Dooley
Another source of fallacy is the vicious circle of illusions which consists on the one hand of believing what we see, and on the other in seeing what we believe. - Thomas Clifford Allbutt
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