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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.
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
About myself I have no great illusions. I know what I am. I know what I'm good at. I know what I ain't. I'm always hoping to surprise myself. But I do have a love of music and I do love to communicate it, and that's the best I can do, really. And I can raise a good family, too.
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
Dreams are illusions, and we can't let go of them because we would be dead.
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.
The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.
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.
Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
I have lived too long to cherish many illusions about the essential high-mindedness of men when brought into stark confrontation with the issue of control over their security, and their property interests.
Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.
Giotto di Bondone
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
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.
I like the idea that we build up these walls or rules or laws to maintain our reality, and when they fall away, you're left with a whole bunch of illusions. Smoke and mirrors.
I have an audio stigmatism whereby I hear things wrong - I have audio illusions.
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.
I have my dark side. You have your dark side. From the second that we have a brain, there are things that are not right - we are human beings with all these illusions and complexes and everything. That's attractive to me.
I won't hold any illusions of changing the world or any such nonsense. But maybe, just maybe, I'm helping someone else change his or her life a little bit for the better, even if it just means giving someone a magical place in which to hide.
R. A. Salvatore
I'm under no illusions about the importance of my work. But if it has any worth, it is that it truly reflects the Brazilian people.
The capacity for people to kid themselves is huge. Living on illusions or delusions, and the re-establishing of these illusions or delusions requires a big effort to keep them from being seen through. But a very old idea is at work behind our current state of affairs: enantiodromia, or the Greek notion of things turning into their opposite.
I'm an idealist without illusions.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Big results require big ambitions.
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