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)

They're not even within 100 miles of Baghdad. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion... they are trying to sell to the others an illusion.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
(Keywords: Illusion, Iraq, Trying)

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
- Woody Allen
(Keywords: Illusion, Nothing)

Tradition is the illusion of permanance.
- Woody Allen
(Keywords: Illusion, Tradition)

There's also something of an illusion in that, you can perhaps record a TV thing one month and complete a book the next and then be in a play. Then, if they all come out at once, it looks as if you're actually juggling a million things.
- Jane Asher
(Keywords: Illusion, Play)

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)

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.
- Sai Baba
(Keywords: Illusion, Man, Will, 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)

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
- Pierre Bayle
(Keywords: Illusion, May, Opinion)

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)

Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Illusion, Learning)

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)

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Illusion, World)

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)

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
- Cyril Connolly
(Keywords: Illusion, Passion, Temperament, Want)

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)

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.
- David Cronenberg
(Keywords: Illusion, Reality)

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)

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Illusion, Reality)

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

When playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you're given a prescribed way of behaving. So, both Facebook and theatre provide contrived settings that provide the illusion of social interaction.
- Jesse Eisenberg
(Keywords: Illusion, Theatre)

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)

A woman should be an illusion.
- Ian Fleming
(Keywords: Illusion, Woman)

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)

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston
(Keywords: Illusion, Magic, Painting)

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston
(Keywords: Illusion, Magic, Mind, Painting)

I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of literacy through reading and writing. I wrote a book of short stories.
- Tom T. Hall
(Keywords: Illusion, Reading, Writing)

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)



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