Subjects — I
Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.
What seems to be, is, to those to whom It seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful Consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of Torments, despair, eternal death.
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
Pray look better, Sir … those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
It isn’t safe to sit in judgment upon another person’s illusion when you are not on the inside. While you are thinking it is a dream, he may be knowing it is a planet.
We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life.