„Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is — and not so much a matter of being real.“
— Gianni Sarcone Italian author, artist, designer, and researcher in visual perception and cognitive psychology 1962
Context: We long for a technological world, while keeping the natural aspect of our environment; we want the progress, while maintaining the traditions; we want organization while preserving individual freedom; we produce at a large scale while looking for unique products; we want clearness in our relationships, while we like to play with the ambiguity; we wish everlasting happiness while seeking incomparable magic moments… In reality, from all these contradictions, we are looking for only one thing: ASTONISHMENT. We would life to astonish us every day! That’s why we all, human beings, love playing, because games are synonymous of risk and astonishment. Games are enactments, and the act of playing is an illusion of the illusion of the reality. Make Your Own 3D Illusions (2014).
„Love is a simple thing and a deep thing: it is an act of life and not an illusion. Art is an illusion.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921), Acis, in Pt. V
„I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.“
— Robert E. Howard, Conan the Barbarian Omnibus -The Original Stories
"Queen of the Black Coast" (1934), Context: He shrugged his shoulders. "I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may be the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla. I know not, nor do I care. Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."
— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916
Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 80.
„Imaginations and illusions are always so much more powerful and bigger than this mediocre and boring thing called reality.“
— Gottfried Helnwein Austrian photographer and painter 1948
Interview by Yuichi Konno, Yaso magazine, Japan, 2003
„Love… I guess It is some kind of magic, It has a power to make us better… But magic can sometimes be an illusion.“
— Rati Tsiteladze Georgian Filmmaker 1987
As quoted in Rati's personal diaries http://www.ratitsiteladze.com
— Oscar Wilde, kniha Obraz Doriana Graye
„Leviathan was like the Wizard of Oz, an illusion built from the calculations and imagination of those beholding it. But if there was not much behind the curtain, it did not really matter. For whatever was there, the beholder of the illusion could be certain that the sovereign possessed more power than he wielded himself.“
— Corey Robin American academic 1967
Fear: The History of a Political Idea
„All the mystery and wisdom of the Masters, when it’s out in the daylight, doesn’t amount to so much, you know. Tricks of the trade—wonderful illusions. But people don’t want to know that. They want the illusions, the mysteries. Who can blame them? There’s so little in life that’s beautiful or worthy.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018
Earthsea Books, Tales from Earthsea (2001), “Dragonfly” (p. 199)
„Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion. And it has been proven as much of an illusion in Stalinist Russia as it proven an illusion in pre-Hitler Germany. Communism in anything but name was abandoned in Russia when the Five-Year Plan was substituted for the New Economic Policy (NEP) after Lenin’s death.“
— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
1930s- 1950s, The End of Economic Man (1939), p. 246
„The motion of the stars over our heads is as much an illusion as that of the cows, trees and churches that flash past the windows of our train.“
— James Jeans British mathematician and astronomer 1877 - 1946
The Stars in their Courses (1931), p. 3.
— Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967
2010s, Context: The illusion of free will... is itself an illusion. There is no illusion of free will. Thoughts and intentions simply arise. What else could they do? Now, some of you might think this sounds depressing, but it's actually incredibly freeing to see life this way. It does take something away from life: what it takes away from life is an egocentric view of life. We're not truly separate: we are linked to one another, we are linked to the world, we are linked to our past, and to history. And what we do actually matters because of that linkage, because of the permeability, because of the fact that we can't be the true locus of responsibility. That's what makes it all matter. Sam Harris at Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012, Discussion on Free Will http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM3raA1EwrI.
— Karl Schroeder Author. Technology consultant 1962
Lady of Mazes (2005), Chapter 17 (p. 183).
„Enlightenment says the world is nothing
Nothing but a dream, everything's an illusion
And nothing is real.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
Song lyrics, Enlightenment (1990), Enlightenment
„Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
— Peter J. Carroll British occultist 1953
The Apophenion (2008), p. 18