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Illusions Quotes

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I'm an idealist without illusions.
- John F. Kennedy

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Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience comprises illusions lost,
rather than wisdom gained.
- Joseph Roux

 

Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It takes a lot to wound a man without illusions.
- Ellis Peters

Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show
you a man with illusions.
- Henry R. Luce

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Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate
fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.
- Muhammed Iqbal

Words are illusions.
- Bodhidharma

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions,
and the city of yearning.
- Giotto di Bondone

It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
- Gertrude Stein

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war
appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words,
which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.
- John Langdon

I actually feel sorry for people who have a lot of
illusions in their head about what gay is.
I mean, I know some gay people who are really wonderful people.
- Richard Chamberlain

Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
- Stendhal

There's a higher place that I have no illusions about reaching.
There's a sophistication and aesthetic about composers
who only write only for the music's sake.
- Bill Conti

Illusions are art, for the feeling person,
and it is by art that we live, if we do.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Official truths are often powerful illusions.
- John Pilger

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is
important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves
of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.
- Cat Stevens

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
- Alan Watts

God is not disillusioned with us.
He never had any illusions to begin with.
- Luis Palau

We all need illusions.
That's why we love movies.
- Monica Bellucci

It is respectable to have no illusions,
and safe, and profitable and dull.
- Joseph Conrad

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses,
but from our illusions.
We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images
we have put in their place.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

I have had four happy days in my life,
and three of them turned out to be illusions.
- Taylor Caldwell

Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
- Joseph Roux

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions;
reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
- Simone Weil

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions
and without becoming disillusioned.
- Antonio Gramsci

These critics with the illusions they've created about artists -
it's like idol worship.
They only like people when they're on their way up...
I cannot be on the way up again.
- John Lennon

I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future.
They are both just illusions that can manipulate you
into thinking theres some kind of change.
- Bob Dylan

Action is consolatory.
It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
- Joseph Conrad

Illusions of grandeur are not the same as visions of greatness.
- Edwin Louis Cole

I have no illusions about my art.
I am what the public made me and, consequently,
I am not likely to forget my debt to them.
- Conrad Veidt

I must be more sensible and realize that at my age,
illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
- Paul Cezanne

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics
and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be
greater than mortal in some way,
and that's led them into creating illusions,
sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do.
- Sydney Pollack

I have no illusions at all about being a sex symbol.
None of my former girlfriends ever thought of me that way,
and I don't have any packs of women chasing me down
the street like a Brad Pitt or someone like that.
- Tobey Maguire

I can imagine that the Iraqis undertake the destruction out of fear.
If they had denied it, if they had said no,
that certainly would have played into the hands of
those that would like to take armed action immediately.
I have no illusions in that regard.
- Hans Blix

I don't have any illusions that what we are doing is sticking the the bottle.
I don't think that's what we are doing.
We are trying to make sure that the genie has friends,
has food to eat, a way to grow.
- Hilary Rosen

Realizing this, I knew that the actual space of a room
could be broken down and played with by planting illusions
of real light (electric light) at crucial junctures
in the room's composition.
- Dan Flavin

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save
us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.
We must therefore accept it without complaint when
they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against
which they are dashed to pieces.
- Sigmund Freud

May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur;
quite to the contrary,
I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty
years of my life my life has been an open book of service
to my fellow architects and for the public good.
- Ralph Thomas Walker

I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip
to the whole theatre thing,
and they are.
I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot.
It's been a learning experience for me too.
- Christopher Meloni

History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with.
It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with
impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
- Howard Nemerov

Saying you have a political solution is like saying
you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever.
I don't have many illusions about this,
but I'm not cynical about it.
- Bruce Sterling

Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming
this kind of a national community.
It's tough, difficult, not easy.
But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only
if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.
- Barbara Jordan

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
- Ludwig Boerne

Nothing is missing - Lack is an illusion.
We always have everything we truly need.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that
great success and huge money buy you immunity from
the common ills of mankind,
such as cars that won't start.
- Larry McMurtry

Love can sometimes be magic.
But magic can sometimes...
just be an illusion.
- Javan

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

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

Decorate your home.
It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.
- Charles M. Schulz

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.
- Miguel de Unamuno

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -
it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Romantic love is an illusion.
Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love
affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead
us into marriage and then turn down their flames.
- Thomas Moore

Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
- Arthur Koestler

The world is real.
Consciousness is the illusion.
- Craig Bruce

If you understand hallucination and illusion,
you don't blindly follow any leader.
You must know if the person is sane or insane,
over the abyss.
- Marguerite Young

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe
that great literature is very close to life,
but exactly the opposite is true.
Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
- Francoise Sagan

The occupation and robbery of a nation occurs under
the illusion of freeing its citizens from brutal oppression.
- Ramman Kenoun


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