Reality is NOT merely an illusion, (albeit the quote is a very persistent one).

Einstein never said 'Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.' Instead, one could say that The perception of reality not being real is an illusion, albeit a persistent one. Reality is as real as it gets in this life time.  Go out in nature and you will find that reality is the ultimate manifestation of Love. Reality is you and all of nature's kind. It is very real. It is true Love. Because all of nature is a manifestation of Love. And that includes You.
~ Wald Wassermann, Love from Cosmos.