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ILLUSION
[ Also see Delusion ]

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
      - Aesop

A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

For every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early, and the human race come to an end.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

Women are happier in their illusions than in their most agreeable experi-ences.
      - Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

Time is indeed the theater and seat of illusions; nothing is so ductile and elastic. The mind stretches an hour to a century, and dwarfs an age to an hour.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the boys come into my yard for leave to gather horse-chestnuts, I own I enter into nature's game, and affect to grant the permission reluctantly, fearing that any moment they will find out the imposture of that showy chaff. But this tenderness is quite unnecessary; the enchantments are laid on very thick. Their young life is thatched with them. Bare and grim to tears is the lot of the children in the hovel I saw yesterday; yet not the less they hang it round with frippery romance, like the children of the happiest fortune.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complain when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
      - Sigmund Freud,
        Reflections on War and Death

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
      - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Illusion and wisdom combined are the charm of life and art.
      - Joseph Joubert

An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.
      - Arthur Miller

The loss of our illusions is the only loss from which we never recover.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Every generous illusion of youth leaves a wrinkle as it departs. Experience is the successive disenchanting of the things of life; it is reason enriched with the heart's spoils.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

There is no such thing as real happiness in life. The justest definition that was ever given of it was "a tranquil acquiescence under an agreeable delusion"--I forget where.
      - Laurence Sterne

In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)


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