For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities --a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces --a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.
What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.
What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.
William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904) American author y lawyer.
Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.
Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794) French writer.
The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian fhysician. Founder of Psychoanalysis.
It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.
John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.