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What is an Illusion? Voltaire knows.

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Voltaire once said:

“Illusion is the first of all Pleasures.”

What is she thinking about, it makes you wonder if her disillusion – as depicted in this painting – could actually be an illusion in itself. A trick of the mind that causes this emotion inside, a feeling of sadness and disappointment. I so wish it could be true…

The large painting above dates back to around 1640 and is titled “The Disillusioned Medea”  (also known as The Enchantress)

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GALILEO ~ ON TRUTHS

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“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
Galileo Galilei
Astronomer

Galileo Galilei, was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance. (Wikipedia)
(February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642)

ALAIN DE BOTTON ~ A BLEND OF JOY AND MELANCHOLY

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“Our sadness won’t be of the searing kind but more like a blend of joy and melancholy: joy at the perfection we see before us, melancholy at an awareness of how seldom we are sufficiently blessed to encounter anything of its kind. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. We are reminded of the way we would wish things always to be and of how incomplete our lives remain.”
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

Isaac Levitan (Lithuanian-Russian, 1860–1900)

Fog over Water, c. 1895.

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER ~ PAIN CAUSED BY DEATH

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“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Jacques-Augustin Pajou (Jacques Augustin Pajou) (1730-1809)
Bacchante tenant un tambour de basque, avec deux enfants [detail #2]
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Louvre (France)

VOLTAIRE ~ READING AND DANCING

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“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Voltaire

ALBERT EINSTEIN ~ ON IMAGINATION

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“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein

BERTRAND RUSSELL ~ THE POINT OF PHILOSOPHY

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The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell

SCHOPENHAUER ~ ROYAL ART

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Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.

Arthur Schopenhauer

PLATO ~ MUSIC AS A MORAL LAW

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ”
Plato

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER ~ ON INTELLIGENCE

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The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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