Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth.

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.
If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself . . . that a tiger is an optical illusion - well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complain when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces
Everything's fine today, that is our illusion
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live
Illusion is the first of all pleasures


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."