Quotes and Sayings about Delusion
"I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that, in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always, conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties."
- Alexander Alekhine
(Related: Work, Delusion, Difficulties)
"The concept of the "good ol' days" must be one of our society's biggest delusions, top reasons for depression, as well as most often used excuse for lack of success."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Success, Society, Depression)
"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher."
- Ambrose Bierce
"The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion."
(Related: Anger, Delusion, Greed, Infinite, Mind)
"To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion."
(Related: Nature, Delusion, Living, Reason)
"Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions."
(Related: Humility, Self, Worship)
"Not creating delusions is enlightenment."
"Delusion means mortality. And awareness means Buddhahood."
(Related: Awareness, Delusion, Mortality)
"Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth."
- Ludwig Borne
(Related: Truth, Delusion)
"If an election is simply a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions, then this is not a very noble form of government."
- James Bovard
"No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Happiness, Delusion, Man)
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: People, Delusion)
"Practically all the relationships I know are based on a foundation of lies and mutually accepted delusion."
- Kim Cattrall
(Related: Delusion, Lies, Relationships)
"We still live with this unbelievable threat over our heads of nuclear war. I mean, are we stupid? Do we think that the nuclear threat has gone, that the nuclear destruction of the planet is not imminent? It's a delusion to think it's gone away."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: War, Delusion, Destruction)
"The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real links between that past and a future worthy of it."
- Hart Crane
(Related: Vision, Delusion, Future, Loss, Past, Present, Worth)
"The attitude we have towards our personal pets as opposed to the animals that suffer under the factory farm is hypocritical and delusional."
- James Cromwell
(Related: Attitude, Animals, Pets)
"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Childhood, Christmas, Man, Old, Quiet, Youth)
"Truth is always a delusion."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Truth, Delusion)
"The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Delusion, Entertainment, Feeling, May, Meaning)
"Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight."
- Marilyn French
(Related: Love, Power, Delusion, Insanity, Mind, Self)
"Celebrity gives us delusion of self importance."
- Al Goldstein
(Related: Celebrity, Delusion, Importance, Self, Self importance)
"Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex."
- Daniel S. Greenberg
(Related: Love, Sex, Self, Trouble)
"There are men who would quickly love each other if once they were speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls had only separated by phantoms and delusions."
- Ernest Hello
(Related: Love, Men)
"One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions."
(Related: Error, Right)
"The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in."
- A. E. Housman
"There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves."
- David Hume
(Related: Education, History, Men, Delusion, Learning, Sense)
"No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Life, Science, Mother, Delusion)
"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Society, Ancestry, Delusion, Hatred, Nation, United)
"The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Ambition, Delusion, Folly, Illusion, Pursuit)
"He had delusions of adequacy."
- Walter Kerr
"Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag. Especially if you choose to surround yourself with friends and not acolytes."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Delusion, Friends)
"There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: People, Superiority, Greed, Motive)
"The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people can keep all their options open all the time."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Family, Time, People, Delusion, Open, Options)
"Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion that whether they make this or that gesture is going to be the deciding factor in how it comes out."
- James Levine
"The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected."
- George Henry Lewes
(Related: Success, May, Self)
"When I've gone back to work, it's always with that sense of inevitability. That may be a complete delusion, but it's the one that I need to get out of bed and go about my business. That sense that I can't avoid this thing. I better just get on with it."
- Daniel Day Lewis
(Related: Business, Work, Bed, Delusion, May, Sense)
"I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else."
- Daniel Day Lewis
"It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them."
- Rose Macaulay
(Related: Delusion, Talking)
"Money, again, has often been a cause of the delusion of the multitudes. Sober nations have all at once become desperate gamblers, and risked almost their existence upon the turn of a piece of paper."
- Charles Mackay
(Related: Money, Cause, Delusion, Existence, Nations)
"You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Delusion, Superficiality, Vanity)
"Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Clothes, Delusion, Fishing, Old)
"I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Music, Actors, Artists, Interest, Now, Senate, Want)
"Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Love, Delusion, Woman)
"Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore."
- Guru Nanak
(Related: Delusion, Man, World)
"I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional circumstances and return to mathematical research."
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.
(Related: Circumstances, Research, Thinking)
"And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" - a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Power, Thought, Superiority, Delusion, Democrats, Freedom, Needs, Party, Speech, Wishes, Word)
"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
- Thomas Reed
(Related: Hope, Legislation, World)
"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Events, Journey, Memories, Past)
"Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Discipline, Affirmation, Beginning, Delusion)
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Delusion, Universe)
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Delusion, Universe)
"The only consistent hobby I've had is studying Spanish and French because of some delusion of grandeur to work around the world. I love sports but usually I'm looking for the next job."
- William Sanderson
(Related: Love, Sports, Work, Delusion, Job, World)
"When you really think about it, I'm not delusional enough to think that what I do is important to life as we know it on this planet. No. But neither is what you do."
- Gene Simmons
"Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself."
- Gene Simmons
"Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales."
- Paul Sweeney
"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Beauty, Delusion, Goodness)
"I'm so incredibly tired of giving respect to a lot of delusions and crazy ideas just because they are regarded as religions."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Ideas, Giving, Respect)
"I keep working under the delusion that someday a library will ask for my manuscripts."
- Walter Wager
(Related: Delusion, Will)
"Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself."
- Jane Wagner
"If they are really persuaded that the army is annually established by me, that I have the sole disposal of posts and honours, that I employ this power in the destruction of liberty and the diminution of commerce, let me awaken them from their delusion."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Power, Army, Commerce, Delusion, Destruction, Liberty)
"The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions."
- Paul Watzlawick
(Related: Belief, Reality)
"The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures."
- Ellen G. White
(Related: Delusion, Open, Sight, Will)
"No one should suffer from the great delusion that any form of communism or socialism which promotes the dictatorship of the few instead of the initiative of the millions can produce a happier or more prosperous society."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: Society, Communism, Delusion, Dictatorship, Socialism)