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Quotes of the Day for 7 April 2003 – Delusion

A reader opened the question of what the "real" time really is, and whether both he and I were deluded in having an opinion. There are those who argue that what we know as reality is simply a shared delusion, Einstein maintained that it was a "persistent illusion," although I don't find it productive to try to figure that out one way or the other.

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The quotes:

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
     - Ambrose Bierce

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

You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.
     - John Dryden, 1631 - 1700

If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.
     - Lin Chi

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
     - Woody Allen


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