- No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
- Christian Nestell Bovee, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862), Volume I, p. 143.
- Delusions, like dreams, are dispelled by our awaking to the stern realities of life.
- We are always living under some delusion, and instead of taking things as they are, and making the best of them, we follow an ignis fatuus, and lose, in its pursuit, the joy we might attain.