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Which philosopher has stated "This is not the beginning of a crisis. This is the end of an illusion"? (approximate quote)

And if you remember the philosopher: from which context or book comes this quote?

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Not sure that is the original source of the quote, but every reference points to Gerald Weinberg.

The exact quote is: "It may look like a crisis, but it’s only the end of an illusion." It's from Weinberg's Book The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully.

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I was looking for the original source of the quote. – Philippe Blayo Nov 17 '12 at 19:52
@PhilippeBlayo I found no indices that this isn't the original. Why do you think there was another source? This could actually help searching. – iphigenie Nov 17 '12 at 20:18
a friend of mine read of this idea of crisis and illusion in the context of ancient Greek philosophy, but was not able to find this original source again. – Philippe Blayo Nov 18 '12 at 11:36
perhaps my question should have been on the origin of the idea of linking crisis and illusion rather than on a specific quote. – Philippe Blayo Nov 18 '12 at 11:41
@PhilippeBlayo Then maybe you should start with editing your question (: – iphigenie Nov 18 '12 at 11:48

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