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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.
There is an interesting scientific dispute about realism and optimism. Some find that very optimistic people have benign illusions about themselves. These people may think they have more control, or more skill, than they actually do. Others have found that optimistic people have a good handle on reality. The jury is still out.
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.
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.
We all need illusions. That's why we love movies.
Illusions of grandeur are not the same as visions of greatness.
Edwin Louis Cole
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.
Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
I have had four happy days in my life, and three of them turned out to be illusions.
That's the whole spiritual life. It's learning how to die. And as you learn how to die, you start losing all your illusions, and you start being capable now of true intimacy and love.
Eugene H. Peterson
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.
The mistakes we make when we try to imagine our personal futures are also lawful, regular, and systematic. They, too, have a pattern that tells us about the powers and limits of foresight in much the same way that optical illusions tell us about the powers and limits of eyesight.
I'm an idealist without illusions.
John F. Kennedy
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.
Every night of our lives, we dream, and our brain concocts visions which are, at least until we wake up, highly convincing. Most of us have had experiences which are verging on hallucination. It shows the power of the brain to knock up illusions.
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
I've known Dennis Kucinich for a long time, and I don't think I have illusions about him. Sometimes I find him pompous, male chauvinistic, intellectually unbending. But he is a good man, and a serious one.
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.
I was fascinated with optical illusions.
Words are illusions.
Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.
God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with.
You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don't see where they get the pigeons from, you don't really know how they're doing it.
I've never had any illusions about being a lead actor in films, because lead actors have to be of a certain kind. Apart from the beauty of looks and figure, which I cannot claim to have, there's just a particular kind of ordinary-Joe quality that a film star needs to have.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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