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.”
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