"I consider illusions to be in a certain sense real, since they are essential ingredients in the system of human nature, and given by nature to all men, so that it is not right to scorn them as being the dreams of a single man, but better to regard them as a real part of man and willed by nature, without which our life would be the most miserable and barbarous thing, etc. Hence they are necessary and form a substantial part of the composition and order of things."
Giacomo Leopardi: "Zibaldone". Edited by Micahel Caesar and Franco D'Intino. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013.( Z51). sid. 58.