Illusion - Quotes

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In the mountains, we see a valley covered by a sea of white clouds. The surface of the clouds gleams, immaculate. We start to walk toward the valley. The air becomes more humid, then less clear; the sky is no longer blue. We find ourselves in a fog. Where did the well-defined surface of the clouds go? It vanished. Its disappearance is gradual; there is no surface that separates the fog from the sparse air of the heights. Was it an illusion? No, it was a view from afar. Come to think of it, it`s like this with all surfaces. This dense marble table would look like a fog if I were shrunk to a small enough, atomic scale. Everything in the world becomes blurred when seen close up. Where exactly does the mountain end and where do the plains begin? Where does the savannah begin and the desert end? We cut the world into large slices. We think of it in terms of concepts that are meaningful for us, that emerge at a certain scale.

Carlo Rovelli

The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.

Sam Harris

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.

Ludwig Börne

- A question, before you go. What is the truth?
- We place faith in ourselves. We see the world the way it really is and hope that one day all mankind might see the same.
- What is the world, then?
- An illusion. One of which can either submit to - like most do - or transcend.
- What is it to transcend?
- To recognize nothing is true and everything is permitted. That laws arise not from divinity, but reason. I understand now that our creed does not commend us to be free - it commends us to be wise.

Assassin`s Creed

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Albert Einstein

Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind.

Warhammer 40,000

The greatest obstacle to knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Life is like Friday on a soap opera. It gives you the illusion that everything is going to wrap up, and then the same old shit starts up on Monday.

Stephen King

The most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.

Libba Bray

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are interesting monologues, that is all.

Rebecca West

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

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