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delusion

Cynical Definitions

n. The natural state of the human mind, set to deny the harsh realities of life and thus suffer them numbly. Greatly enhanced by Hollywood.

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n. The father of a family comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity, and many other bastards.

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Cynical Quotations

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

— Dame Rose Macaulay

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Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

— Robert Heinlein

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