42+ Best Delusional Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A delusion is a fixed belief that is not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence. As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or some other misleading effects of perception. Profoundly inspirational delusional quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Delusional Quotes

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

The delusional is no longer marginal. – Bill Moyers

The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fair. – Steve Maraboli

Reality is a hallucination shared by most sane men. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We live and we die and anything else is just a delusion. – Chuck Palahniuk

How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster’; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different. – Noam Chomsky

Sin is the delusion of our feelings; while crime is the delusion of our actions. – M.F. Moonzajer

There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself — and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water’s fault. – John Gower

The possibility of truth has become a delusion to those who made their own disguise the truth. – Nema Al-Araby

Perhaps we all lose our sense of reality to the precise degree to which we are engrossed in our own work, and perhaps that is why we see in the increasing complexity of our mental constructs a means for greater understanding, even while intuitively we know that we shall never be able to fathom the imponderables that govern our course through life. – W.G. Sebald

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

If the reality of our life has become an unsettling arabesque puzzle and we still want to add more filigree embroidery to it, we might, some day, expect to stray from the point of recognition, lose the final thread, be expelled to the edge of delusion and forced to dance on the brim of chaos. (Alert. High noon. ) – Erik Pevernagie

Delusional people tend to believe in what they’re doing. – Brent Weeks

In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. – Charles MacKay

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. – Christian Nestell Bovee

The first time he had taken the massa to one of thesehigh-falutin’ to-dos, as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn’t believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn’t live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it’s possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother’s milk made possible the life of privilege they led. – Alex Haley

There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. – Will Smith

We live, I suppose, in the unconfessed hope that the rules will at some point be broken, along with the normal course of things and custom and history, and that this will happen to us, that we will experience it, that we — that is, I alone — will be the ones to see it. We always aspire, I suppose, to being the chosen ones, and it is unlikely otherwise that we would be prepared to live out the entire course of an entire life, which, however short or long, gradually gets the better of us. – Javier Marías

Delusion detests focus and romance provides the veil. – Suzanne Finnamore

The last time that I consciously wrote anything to ‘save the honor of the Left’, as I rather pompously put it, was my little book on the crookedness and cowardice and corruption (to put it no higher) of Clinton. I used leftist categories to measure him, in other words, and to show how idiotic was the belief that he was a liberal’s champion. Again, more leftists than you might think were on my side or in my corner, and the book was published by Verso, which is the publishing arm of the New Left Review. However, if a near-majority of leftists and liberals choose to think that Clinton was the target of a witch-hunt and the victim of ‘sexual McCarthyism’, an Arkansan Alger Hiss in other words, you become weary of debating on their terms and leave them to make the best of it. – Christopher Hitchens

The end of an delusion is invariably sadness or tears – Pop Samuel

Today’s truth will be tomorrow’s lie and you will be left questioning your own sanity. – Michael R. Fletcher

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

It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them. – Rose Macaulay

No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life. – Thomas Huxley

The worst deluded are the self-deluded. – Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there – Yasutani Roshi

Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed. – Bhagavad Gita

Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales – Paul Sweeney

A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence. – Richard Dawkins

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. – Edmund Burke

The great thing about a culture of givers is that’s not a delusion – it’s reality. – Adam Grant

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation. – Arthur Erickson

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

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 disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth. – Benjamin Disraeli

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in. – A. E. Housman

A dream with courage is innovation…A dream without courage is a delusion – Anonymous

Delusions, carefully implanted, are difficult to correct. – Joost A.M. Meerloo

No one who shares a delusion ever recognizes it as such. – Sigmund Freud

Artists are not in delusion, they only recreate the hidden side – Farid F. Ibrahim

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