105 Delusion Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of delusion quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about self delusion.

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The Most Famous Delusion Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool. — Jane Wagner

Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth. — Ludwig Borne

Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself. — Gene Simmons

Man's chief delusion is his conviction that there are causes other than his own state of consciousness. — Neville Goddard

That’s the fundamental delusion. — Naval Ravikant

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. — Voltaire

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. — Plato

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. — Saul Bellow

I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional — Matthew Gray Gubler

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No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived. — James Randi

Short Delusion Quotes

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  • Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. — Jim Rohn
  • Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore. — Guru Nanak
  • Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself. — Jane Wagner
  • Be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out. — Groucho Marx
  • It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. — Leo Tolstoy
  • Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism. — Richard Dawkins
  • It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them. — Rose Macaulay
  • I don't have any delusions. I don't think I would make it through Navy SEAL training. — Chris Pratt
  • Making a stallion out of a mosquito. — Romanian Proverbs
  • Vision without execution is delusion. — Thomas A. Edison

Top 10 Delusion Quotes

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It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. — Carl Sagan

We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement. — William Golding

The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened. — Ramana Maharshi

Such delusions of grandeur to think that a God with a hundred billion galaxies on his mind would give a tuppenny damn who you sleep with, or indeed whether you believe in him. — Richard Dawkins

The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions. — Paul Watzlawick

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Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. — Jim Rohn

A man sufficiently gifted with humor is in small danger of succumbing to flattering delusions about himself, because he cannot help perceiving what a pompous ass he would become if he did. — Konrad Lorenz

Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga. — Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore. — Guru Nanak

Man's chief delusion is his conviction that there are causes other than his own state of consciousness. — Neville Goddard

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Delusion quote by Jim Rohn

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. — Jim Rohn

Delusion quote by Jane Wagner

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself. — Jane Wagner

Delusion quote by Groucho Marx

Be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out. — Groucho Marx

Delusion quote Life is winging it. To suggest otherwise is delusional.
Life is winging it. To suggest otherwise is delusional.
Delusion quote by Leo Tolstoy

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. — Leo Tolstoy

God Delusion Quotes

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If we once get above our Bibles and cease making the written Word of God our sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. — George Whitefield

A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way. Insanity isn't supposed to be a communicable disease. If one other person starts to believe him, or maybe two or three, then it's a religion. — Robert M. Pirsig

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do. — Richard Dawkins

Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so. — Richard Dawkins

We're under some gross misconception that we're a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the last minute we'll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It's delusion. — Farley Mowat

Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong. — Richard Dawkins

The Christian god is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. — Thomas Jefferson

Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument. — Richard Dawkins

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God — Thomas Jefferson

Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky. — George Carlin

Self Delusion Quotes

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Since I no longer expect anything from mankind except madness, meanness, and mendacity; egotism, cowardice, and self-delusion, I have stopped being a misanthrope. — Irving Layton

We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. — Albert Einstein

...the self-satisfied dogmatism with which mankind at each period of its history cherishes the delusion of the finality of existing modes of knowledge. — Alfred North Whitehead

The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe. — Voltaire

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. — Albert Einstein

A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. — Albert Einstein

The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/ himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness. — Tara Brach

I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else. — Daniel DayLewis

Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight. — Marilyn French

It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. — Calvin Coolidge

Illusion Quotes

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Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed. — Friedrich Nietzsche

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. illusions of realityRichard Bach

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. — Daniel J. Boorstin

I have no illusions about being a genius musician. I pride myself on being a soldier, a warrior for jazz. I trained a lot of young people, and I've learned my lessons well. I'd like to keep the flame burning. — Phil Woods

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

It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one. — Antonin Scalia

The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth. — Jagadish Chandra Bose

Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself. — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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I sell mirrors in the city of the blind. — Kabir

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As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. — Adi Shankara

From the beginning of my Reformation I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of His Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God's Word, I know that I am walking in His way and that I shall not fall into any error or delusion. — Martin Luther

We are part of the whole which we call the universe, but it is an optical delusion of our mind that we think we are separate. This separateness is like a prison for us. Our job is to widen the circle of our compassion so we feel connected with all people and situations. — Albert Einstein

The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind. — Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet

Our whole system of banks is a violation of every honest principle of banks. There is no honest bank but a bank of deposit. A bank that issues paper at interest is a pickpocket or a robber. But the delusion will have its course. ... An aristocracy is growing out of them that will be as fatal as the feudal barons if unchecked in time. — John Adams

You are not naked when you take off your clothes. You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. When you shed the cultural operating system, then essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche. — Terence McKenna

I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me. — Tim McGraw

The only consistent hobby I've had is studying Spanish and French because of some delusion of grandeur to work around the world. I love sports but usually I'm looking for the next job. — William Sanderson

Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur. — Raymond Chandler

The fundamental delusion — there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever. — Naval Ravikant

"Every national border in Europe," El Eswad added ironically, "marks the place where two gangs of bandits got too exhausted to kill each other anymore and signed a treaty. Patriotism is the delusion that one of these gangs of bandits is better than all the others." — Robert Anton Wilson

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. — Thomas Reed

We’re a species that isn’t great at truth. We’re built to believe convenient delusions, not to be accurate. — Tim Urban

There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory — Mark Twain

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! — Charles Dickens

A man's free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or a sore finger; and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul. — Augustus Toplady

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. — Bodhidharma

One of the most interesting and harmful delusions to which men and nations can be subjected is that of imagining themselves special instruments of the Divine Will. — Bertrand Russell

When people start using science to argue for their specific beliefs and delusions, to try to claim that they're supported by science, then scientists at least have to speak up and say, You re welcome to your delusions, but don't say that they're supported by science. — Sayings

I'm so incredibly tired of giving respect to a lot of delusions and crazy ideas just because they are regarded as religions. — Bjorn Ulvaeus

The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in. — Rupert Sheldrake

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