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The world is a complex place, and the influence of the media in its representation and its power of communication and interpretation is a remarkable amplifier of emotions, and of illusions.
Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions.
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.
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.
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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.
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.
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.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
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.
He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
I have an audio stigmatism whereby I hear things wrong - I have audio illusions.
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.
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.
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
Dreams are illusions, and we can't let go of them because we would be dead.
Our democratic societies are in danger. In allowing ourselves to be infiltrated by fear, to be blinded by the passion of identity, we are entertaining the most serious illusions about our freedom.
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.
Official truths are often powerful illusions.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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