A student brought the following "quote" up in class : " A human being is part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection of only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living things and all of nature." by Albert Einstein - see : http://lucymacdonald.typepad.com/in_spirit_quotes/2011/11/being-separate-is-an-illusion.html However, another student opined that the "quote" as they had read it - had the word "delusion" instead of "illusion"... - see : http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/01/einstein-on-the-meaning-of-life/ - see : http://www.tmgnow.com/repository/cosmology/relationship.html - see : http://www.spiritualwisdom.org.uk/being-part-whole.htm Further research has not positively identified the 'original' source of the "quote", hence not being able to "Cite" the 'original' as being either "illusion" or "delusion"... ...so.... 1.) Can any member "cite" the 'original' source of the "quote" ? ...and... 2.) What insight into Albert Einstein's Philosophy does this "quote" (if actually stated by A.E. !!) provide ? 3.) Would the aforementioned "insight" change depending on the use of either word - "illusion" or "delusion" ?