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Ambrose BierceFuture, n.That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

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Dave BarryThe one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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René DescartesIllusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Jean-Paul SartreLike all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Joseph RouxExperience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

George Bernard ShawThe single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Albert EinsteinReality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Mark TwainWhen a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

H.L. MenckenImmortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn’t believe he is dead.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Emile M. CioranOne of the greatest delusions of the average man is to forget that life is death's prisoner.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

George OrwellReality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Ayn RandThe causes of illusions are not pretty to discover. They're either vicious or tragic.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

John KennedyI’m an idealist without illusions.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Jean CocteauI've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Sigmund FreudReligion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Anton ChekhovThe illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Anton ChekhovBy poeticizing love, we imagine in those we love virtues that they often do not possess; this then becomes the source of constant mistakes and constant distress.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Arthur ClarkeIf he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Henry FordVision without execution is just hallucination.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe inclination of people to consider small things as important has produced many great things.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

William ShakespeareThe fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It


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George CarlinI have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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