65 Disillusion Quotes On Success In Life

These disillusion quotes will inspire you. Disillusion is the condition of being disenchanted or disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging disillusion quotes, disillusion sayings, and disillusion proverbs.

Best Disillusion Quotes

  1. “Disillusions all come from within … from the failure of some dear and secret hope. The world makes no promises; we only dream it does; and when we wake, we cry!” ~ Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie
  2. “Disillusion can become itself an illusion If we rest in it.” ~ T. S. Eliot
  3. “The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.” ~ Antonio Gramsci
  4. “We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.” ~ Kenneth Clark
  5. “How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child.” ~ Judy Garland

  6. “It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.” ~ Manly Hall
  7. “Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.” ~ Gertrude Stein
  8. “It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
  9. “The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.” ~ Stanley Baldwin
  10. “Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.” ~ J. B. Priestley

  11. “No article of faith is proof against the disintegrating effects of increasing information; one might almost describe the acquirement of knowledge as a process of disillusion.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  12. “Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks.” ~ Paulo Coelho
  13. “Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.” ~ Aldous Huxley
  14. “The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.” ~ Naomi Wolf
  15. “My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the everyday commonplaces of my business.” ~ Harry Houdini

  16. “Melanctha Herbert was always losing what she had in all the things she saw. Melanctha was always being left when she was not leaving others. Melanctha Herbert always loved too hard and much too often. She was always full with mystery and subtle movements and denials and vague distrusts and complicated disillusions. Then Melanctha would be sudden and impulsive and unbounded in some faith, and then she would suffer and be strong in her repression. Melanctha Herbert was always seeking rest and quiet and always she could only find new ways to be in trouble.” ~ Gertrude Stein
  17. “predilection, n. The preparatory stage of disillusion.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
  18. “I never was disillusioned with acting because I love acting.” ~ Woody Harrelson
  19. “Do you think I am standing here, making this up as I go? I am sorry to disillusion you. I am not Robin Williams. I am the king of the pen.” ~ Mitch Hedberg
  20. “My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion.” ~ Harry Houdini

  21. “God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with.” ~ Luis Palau
  22. “Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.” ~ Miguel de Unamuno , Love disillusion quotes
  23. “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another – physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.” ~ Toni Morrison
  24. “I am disillusioned enough to know that no man’s opinion on any subject is worth a damn unless backed up with enough genuine information to make him really know what he’s talking about.” ~ H. P. Lovecraft
  25. “Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.” ~ J. B. Priestley

  26. “He had one illusion – France; and one disillusion – mankind, including Frenchmen.” ~ John Maynard Keynes
  27. “I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.” ~ Charlie Chaplin
  28. “When she was younger, my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life.” ~ Ralph Fiennes
  29. “Seeing how those companies operate, it didn’t amount to a massive vote of confidence in their artists. There was talk of me going to Columbia after that, but nothing happened. I got disillusioned, and I pulled back.” ~ Madeleine Peyroux
  30. “So our problem is not Labour, it is us, is making us attractive enough to gain disillusioned Labour support and to compete effectively with the Lib Dems for those loose votes.” ~ Francis Maude

  31. “I am what is known as a benched Catholic and disillusioned by the church doctrine. I believe in things the Catholic Church does not believe in: divorce being one, and a women’s right to choose being another.” ~ Kitty Kelley
  32. “I became disillusioned with dance when I was 16 and started focusing on acting.” ~ Teri Polo
  33. “The Great War was a progressive revelation and disillusionment.” ~ Ralph Adams Cram
  34. “I know myself,” he cried, “but that is all-” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  35. “I very much enjoyed my career in science. I didn’t leave science because I was disillusioned, but felt I’d done my bit for it after about twenty-five years.” ~ John Polkinghorne

  36. “Personal history must be constantly renewed by telling parents, relatives, and friends everything one does. On the other hand, for the warrior who has no personal history, no explanations are needed; nobody is angry or disillusioned with his acts. And above all, no one pins him down with their thoughts and their expectations.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
  37. “For radical white writers wishing to forge interracial movements of poor and working people, whiteness has also long been a problem, with Alexander Saxton and Ted Allen making especially full efforts to understand whiteness in order to disillusion whites unable to see past the value of their own skins.” ~ David Roediger
  38. “And he could not tell why the struggle was worthwhile, why he had determined to use the utmost himself and his heritage from the personalities he had passed… He stretched out his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. I know myself,” he cried, “But that is all.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  39. “If you imagine that you will be able to achieve your ideal by ingeniously planning out a timetable with a pen on a piece of paper, you had better give up hope at once.If you are not prepared for discouragements and disillusions;
    if you will not be content with a small result for a big effort, then do not begin. Lie down again and resume the uneasy doze which you call your existence.” ~ Arnold Bennett
  40. “I think people are just really disappointed, disappointed with Blair as well, who’s just like Bush’s lapdog. I think everyone’s just disillusioned with politics in our country, and it must be the same in your country.” ~ Paul Weller

  41. “My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.” ~ William Carlos Williams
  42. “Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.” ~ Karl Marx
  43. “There was no God in his heart, he knew; his ideas were still in riot; there was ever the pain of memory; the regret for his lost youth-yet the waters of disillusion had left a deposit on his soul, responsibility and a love of life, the faint stirring of old ambitions and unrealized dreams…… And he could not tell why the struggle was worth while, why he had determined to use to the utmost himself and his heritage from the personalities he had passed… He stretched out his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. I know myself,” he cried, “but that is all.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. “Someone who does not draw strength from himself and who is incapable of finding the meaning of his life within himself will…seek the map to his own orientation somewhere outside himself-in some ideology, organization, or society, and then, however active he may appear to be, he is merely waiting, depending. He waits to see what others will do, or what roles they will assign to him, and he depends on them and if they don’t do anything or if they botch things, he succumbs to disillusion, despair, and ultimately, resignation.” ~ Vaclav Havel , Life disillusion quotes 
  45. “Our greatest illusion is disillusion. We imagine that we are disillusioned with life, when the truth is that we have not even begun to live.” ~ Paul Brunton

  46. “The hope you feel when you are in love is not necessarily for anything in particular. Love brings something inside you to life. Perhaps it is just the full dimensionality of your own capacity to feel that returns. In this state you think no impediment can be large enough to interrupt your passion. The feeling spills beyond the object of your love to color the whole world. The mood is not unlike the mood of revolutionaries in the first blush of victory, at the dawn of hope. Anything seems possible. And in the event of failure, it will be this taste of possibility that makes disillusion bitter.” ~ Susan Griffin
  47. “At a period when Literature was wont to attribute the grief of living exclusively to the mischances of disappointed love or the jealousy of adulterous deceptions, he had said not a word of these childish maladies, but had sounded those more incurable, more poignant and more profound: wounds that are inflicted by satiety, disillusion and contempt in ruined souls tortured by the present, disgusted with the past, terrified and desperate of the future.” ~ Joris-Karl Huysmans
  48. “For sex to be wholly satisfying, we must have at least as much concern for a partner as for self – a requirement that doesn’t live comfortably alongside the exhortation to ‘do your own thing.’ In the end, we are left with an extraordinarily heightened set of expectations about the possibilities in human relationships that lives side by side with disillusion that, for many, borders on despair.” ~ Lillian B. Rubin
  49. “Illusions are hazardous, and so are disillusions.” ~ Mason Cooley
  50. “Disillusion is the last illusion.” ~ Wallace Stevens

  51. “The danger of any new party at a time of disillusion with the old parties is that it becomes all things to all men.” ~ Shirley Williams
  52. “The perception of the West as mostly a “knight of democracy” has been replaced with the disappointed belief that pragmatism, often cynical and selfish, lies at the core of Western policies. For many Russians, it was a grave disillusion, a crushing of ideals.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  53. “This is the real thing of disillusion that no one, not anyone really is believing, seeing, understanding, thinking anything as you are thinking, believing, seeing, understanding such a thing.” ~ Gertrude Stein
  54. “Youth is the season of tragedy and despair. Youth is the time when one’s whole life is entangled in a web of identity, in a perpetual maze of seeking and of finding, of passion and of disillusion, of vague longings and of nameless griefs, of pity that is a blade in the heart, and of ‘all the little emptiness of love.” ~ Ellen Glasgow
  55. “Life is a lie, and Love a cheat.” ~ Adah Isaacs Menken

  56. “But the true evil of drink lies in the disillusion: that the initial pleasure very soon evaporates, leaving a demoralizing craving for more, which is not even temporarily pleasurable. Which then leads to deterioration of the faculties of both body and mind; plus a bewildering lack of co-operation between the two.” ~ Caitlin Thomas
  57. “Instant intimacy was too often followed by disillusion.” ~ May Sarton
  58. “Perhaps this is an area where every generation starts from scratch. Although the crisis of the First World War inaugurated an especially strong period of disillusion with regard to the optimism of the previous age, the pattern has repeated itself in many ways in more recent times, e.g., the loss of faith in politics as a means of advancing human well-being. And perhaps this also has to do with basic elements in growing up.” ~ George Pattison
  59. “Young people…have more compassion and tenderness toward the elderly than most middle-aged adults. Nothing–not avarice, not pride, not scrupulousness, not impulsiveness–so disillusions a youth about her parents as the seemingly inhumane way they treat her grandparents.” ~ Louise J. Kaplan
  60. “Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement.” ~ John Maynard Keynes

  61. “Success – To rise from the illusion of pursuit to the disillusion of possession.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  62. “It’s all right to be disillusioned, but you can’t be disillusioning.” ~ Leslie Ford
  63. “Death from disillusion is not instantaneous, and there are no mercy killers for the disillusioned.” ~ Anais Nin

  64. “Who has passed by the fates of disillusion has died twice.” ~ Ouida
  65. “Marriage and fatherhood heighten the disillusion that we all think we are born handy. We confidently believe that we can fix things around the house as if it’s part of the collective brain that was further enhanced by eighth-grade shop class.” ~ Bob Newhart

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