I am giving all these details of a perfectly natural invention, producing, with a few painted branches, the supernatural illusion
of an equatorial forest blazing under the tropical sun, so that no one may doubt the present balance of my brain or feel entitled to say that I am mad or lying or that I take him for a fool.
In painting there are only two dimensions to the canvas, yet you accept the illusion of three dimensions which the art of a painter enables him to throw into the canvas.
An illusion that won't convince is a palpable lie, and that's what grand opera is to me when little Barillo throws a fit, clutches mighty Tetralani in his arms (also in a fit), and tells her how passionately he adores her.
They're wrong, all wrong, of course, and contrary to reason; but in the face of them my reason tells me, wrong and most wrong, that to dream and live illusions
gives greater delight.
Day after day he appeared before us, incomparably faithful to the illusions
of the stage, and at sunset the night descended upon him quickly, like a falling curtain.
Her remark was entirely destructive of poetry, since it was to the effect that poetry had nothing whatever to do with her; all her friends spent their lives in making up phrases, she said; all his feeling was an illusion, and next moment, as if to taunt him with his impotence, she had sunk into one of those dreamy states which took no account whatever of his existence.
If this golden rim were quenched, if life were no longer circled by an illusion (but was it an illusion after all?
Still, she felt her pulse, and finding it throb violently she remembered that the best method of dispelling such illusions
was to drink, for a draught of the beverage prepared by the doctor to allay her fever seemed to cause a reaction of the brain, and for a short time she suffered less.
perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions
all one's life.
In fact, he twice hypnotized the entire audience (reporters alone exempted), making all entertain the most extraordinary illusions
In France the Communists ally themselves with the Social-Democrats, against the conservative and radical bourgeoisie, reserving, however, the right to take up a critical position in regard to phrases and illusions
traditionally handed down from the great Revolution.
To keep ships afloat is his business; it is his trust; it is the effective formula of the bottom of all these vague impulses, dreams, and illusions
that go to the making up of a boy's vocation.
Only, he imagined, for he was at the age when illusions
are as yet replaced only by illusions
, that the affections of blood and family were the sole ones necessary, and that a little brother to love sufficed to fill an entire existence.
The minds of poets sought refuge in the ideal world from the illusions
of the senses.
Accordingly, seeing that our senses sometimes deceive us, I was willing to suppose that there existed nothing really such as they presented to us; and because some men err in reasoning, and fall into paralogisms, even on the simplest matters of geometry, I, convinced that I was as open to error as any other, rejected as false all the reasonings I had hitherto taken for demonstrations; and finally, when I considered that the very same thoughts(presentations) which we experience when awake may also be experienced when we are asleep, while there is at that time not one of them true, I supposed that all the objects (presentations) that had ever entered into my mind when awake, had in them no more truth than the illusions
of my dreams.