Art uniquely reflects our conflicting attraction to and fear of illusions. It strives to reconcile our dueling convictions that, on the one hand, only what we perceive is real; and that, on the other, what we perceive is nothing more than the most realistic of illusions. If that’s so, wouldn’t it be nice if we at least got to choose our illusions? But it doesn’t seem to work that way. Instead, its seems, our illusions choose us.

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“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.”

~Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher

“Illusion is Reality’s coy lover who cheers him when he is grim. Illusion is cunning to his wisdom of ages, sweet oblivion to his knowledge.” ~Kresley Cole

“I’ve looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall.
I really don’t know life at all.”

~Joni Mitchell

For people like us who believe in physics, the separation between past, present and future has only the importance of an admittedly tenacious illusion.” ~Albert Einstein

“God, listen to the absurdity within us and raise us from the illusion!” ~Sorin Cerin

“And so, let us not fix our eyes what we can see, but on what we cannot see. For that which we can see is temporary, but that which we cannot see is eternal.”

~2 Corinthians 4:18

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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28 Responses to Illusions

  1. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote says:

    Yikes! These should come with a headache warning. 😉

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  2. yassy says:

    These pics are awesome 👏

    Liked by 4 people

  3. feistyfroggy says:

    Amazing works of art / illusions!!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Nancy Ruegg says:

    So clever and fun! What I marvel at most are the creative minds that invent such images!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. revruss1220 says:

    Absolutely amazing. These people have gifts I can’t even fathom. Thanks for collecting them and sharing them with us!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Jorge Medico says:

    Thanks for sharing these thought provoking images! Be well, stay healthy.

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  7. Wow these pictures are really good and quite thought provoking. It certainly made me think a bit! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Feel free to read some of my blogs 🙂

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  8. It’s not the light at the end of the tunnel that’s the illusion
    It’s the tunnel.
    Liam 😂✔️
    Nice post, thanks, loved the art work!

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  9. Inspirational Poetry: White Rabbit
    by Liam

    Reality, where have you taken me?
    Or is this an illusion an illustration painted across the canvas of my cognition
    Reality is wherever
    Reality is whoever
    Reality is whatever
    We want it to be
    So be cautious with your choices
    So be careful with your thoughts
    For these are the truths you will live
    These are the realities you will create
    For the mind is impartially omnipotent
    To liberate , as created
    To incarcerate , as created
    The question waiting to be answered
    Who creates the question?
    Wait , be patient follow the white rabbit
    And see.

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  10. Erika says:

    Great images. I love those illusions!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. LaDonna Remy says:

    Nicely presented. Lots o fun to think about.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Kathleen Ellerman says:

    Amazing and awesome!

    Liked by 4 people

  13. catsartpics says:

    Very neat pictures!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. We are certainly living in surreal times.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Storyteller says:

    Looks like an eye

    Liked by 4 people

  16. Aimee P says:

    I love these! So fun!

    Liked by 3 people

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  18. Interesting pictures. I enjoyed viewing them

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