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Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.
Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.
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.
Some people think the Nobel Prize makes you bullet-proof. I never had that illusion.
Because you know, down deep in my heart, when all is said and done, I still live under the illusion that basically people think of me as an up-and-coming young actor.
Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion.
Religion provides the only story that is fundamentally consoling in the face of the worst possible experiences - the death of a parent, for instance. In fact, many religions take away the problem entirely, because their adherents ostensibly believe that they're going to be reunited with everyone they love, and death is an illusion.
As far as I can see, it's not important that we have free will, just as long as we have the illusion of free will to stop us going mad.
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.
Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant and chased by the foolish.
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.
I don't care if you're gay, black, Chinese, straight. That means nothing to me. It's all an illusion.
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow.
We go on dates thinking that person is our future husband or wife, without getting to know them, as we live in a fantasy and an illusion of romance.
I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished.
Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea.
Mindfulness is a quality that's always there. It's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not.
Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
There is the illusion of the world and the reality of the Torah.
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.
Time is an illusion. Time only exists when we think about the past and the future. Time doesn't exist in the present here and now.
You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches.
Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.
They're very harsh people, the British: hard to impress, very tough on each other, but I rather like that. It's not that the British are more honest - you're just under no illusion with them.
Even if I have already peaked, I have to believe I can improve. I wake up every morning, and go to practice, with the illusion that I'm going to get better that day.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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