Quotations on Illusion

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You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: History, People, Values, Culture, Illusion, Man)

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.
- Scott Adams
(Keywords: People, Free will, Illusion, Pleasure)

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world.
- Sai Baba
(Keywords: Values, Ideals, Illusion, World)

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca
(Keywords: Dreams, Life, Illusion, Madness, Shadow)

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
- Georges Bernanos
(Keywords: Hope, Illusion, Man, Needs, Nothing, Poor)

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Keywords: Civilization, Country, Illusion, Now, Order, Right, Tension)

Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion.
- Juliette Binoche
(Keywords: Being, Famous, Illusion, May, Sense)

Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Belief, Values, Illusion, Reason)

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
- Ludwig Borne
(Keywords: Truth, Illusion, Losing)

Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light.
- Jeff Bridges
(Keywords: Clothes, Illusion, Light, Magic, Want)

People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening.
- David Brinkley
(Keywords: Time, People, Fact, Illusion, Nothing, World)

Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Being, Illusion, Nothing, Silence, Song)

The world is real. Consciousness is the illusion.
- Craig Bruce
(Keywords: Consciousness, Illusion, World)

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
- Robert Burton
(Keywords: Faith, Feelings, Error, Illusion, Will)

Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Fools, Illusion, World)

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.
- Alexander Chase
(Keywords: Death, Travel, Fact, Immortality, Illusion, Lovers)

Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.
- Margaret Cho
(Keywords: Crime, Illusion, Insult, Ugly, Woman)

Man, like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated that he may easily forget, whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action, and that it is the cells which achieve, through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself.
- Albert Claude
(Keywords: Action, Forget, Illusion, Man, May)

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.
- John Coleman
(Keywords: Environmental, History, Global warming, Illusion, Motives, Scientists)

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Hugs, Illusion, Loneliness, Lonely, Memory, Terror, Word)

To me, Batman is definately Bruce Wayne's darker side. The challenge is playing it as two separate aspects of the same person. I have to create the illusion of a Dark Knight, who's mysterious and strong.
- Kevin Conroy
(Keywords: Challenge, Illusion, Knight)

The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds.
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Illusion, Obvious, Variety)

Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.
- Johnny Depp
(Keywords: Life, Daughter, Illusion, Living, May)

We're nondenominational. I come from Northern Ireland, and we've had religious wars for years. I didn't want to create an illusion that my God is better than your God. So our show is a spiritual show, not a religious show.
- Roma Downey
(Keywords: God, Illusion, Ireland, Religious, Spiritual, Want, Years)

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: Power, Music, Alcohol, Being, Creation, Illusion, Man, Painting, Woman)

You are traveling and see these people shooting the entire experience of going through a city, and maybe in the back of their minds they sustain the illusion that they will edit it all, but I don't think that's it.
- Atom Egoyan
(Keywords: Experience, People, Illusion, Traveling, Will)

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Future, Illusion, Past, Present)

There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Dream, Illusion, Snow)

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Keywords: Deception, Folly, Ignorance, Illusion, Misery, Now)

The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again!
- Michael Flanders
(Keywords: Truth, Purpose, Illusion, Job, Satire)

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
- Judy Garland
(Keywords: Death, Time, Dreams, Imagination, Illusion, Reality)

And, hey, I'm not under the illusion that everything's just going to be hunky-dory work wise forever. I've never been under that illusion. Things could go away tomorrow.
- Mel Gibson
(Keywords: Work, Illusion, Tomorrow)

Law not served by power is an illusion; but power not ruled by law is a menace which our nuclear age cannot afford.
- Arthur J. Goldberg
(Keywords: Age, Power, Illusion, Law)

We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. Never glimpse the truth - then it's far too late when they pass away.
- George Harrison
(Keywords: Truth, People, Illusion, Space, Talking)

As in The Lime Twig dream and illusion are right at the center of Charivari.
- John C. Hawkes
(Keywords: Dream, Illusion, Right)

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Keywords: Time, Romance, Illusion, Passion, Writer, Zone)

That time is important. It gives a comforting illusion of permanence not found in running by the mile.
- Joe Henderson
(Keywords: Time, Illusion, Running)

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion.
- Herman Hesse
(Keywords: Time, Eternity, Evil, Illusion, Suffering, World)

In this life struggle, here I am among you fully cognizant that a true believer has no fear of what God has ordained for him. Those who are visited by fear live only for their present, under the illusion that the world began with them and will end with their departure.
- King Hussein I
(Keywords: Life, God, Fear, Departure, End, Illusion, Present, Struggle, Will, World)

Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion.
- David Icke
(Keywords: Love, Truth, Illusion, Infinite)

What is called a sincere work is one that is endowed with enough strength to give reality to an illusion.
- Max Jacob
(Keywords: Work, Strength, Illusion, Reality)

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.
- Derek Jarman
(Keywords: Ambition, Delusion, Folly, Illusion, Pursuit)

Only here, because of the illusion of intellectualism, our society separates the validity of human expression.
- Joseph Jarman
(Keywords: Society, Expression, Illusion, Validity)

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion.
- Javan
(Keywords: Love, Illusion, Magic)

We're living under the illusion that we have the power to determine what to do with it.
- Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
(Keywords: Power, Illusion, Living)

It's really easy to get colors right. It's really hard to get black - and neutrals - right. Black is certainly a color but it's also an illusion.
- Donna Karan
(Keywords: Colors, Illusion, Right)

I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there.
- David Knopfler
(Keywords: Poetry, Feeling, Illusion, Magic, Now, Poets)

Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
- Arthur Koestler
(Keywords: Death, Illusion, Nothing)

Allowing children to spew forth whatever is on their minds in the name of openness only creates an illusion of family closeness.
- Neil Kurshan
(Keywords: Family, Children, Illusion, Name)

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion.
- Talib Kweli
(Keywords: Americans, Illusion, World)



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