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Many self-help books give you these neat, tidy formulas that are really illusions. They dupe people into thinking, 'Well if I can just do that, then everything's going to be okay.' My work differs in that I don't offer quick solutions and simple explanations.
Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.
I'm really trying hard not to do anything that has been done before. So knowing everything I can about the legacy of magic challenges my team and I to invent new illusions.
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.
Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
It is inadmissible that systems of ideas like religions, which have held so considerable a place in history, and to which, in all times, men have come to receive the energy which they must have to live, should be made up of a tissue of illusions.
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
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
This week you will nominate the most experienced executive to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn't confuse the presidency with celebrity, or loftiness with leadership.
Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions.
Henry R. Luce
I combine magic and science to create illusions. I work with new media and interactive technologies, things like artificial intelligence or computer vision, and integrate them in my magic.
The doctors who have examined me say I am healthy enough for a long life, so don't have any illusions that I'll soon leave this world.
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy. I have no illusions about that.
I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
My work is not great, but it's respectable. I have no false illusions.
Being a former theater student, of course, there is a part of me that is fascinated with stage crafts and what you can do with illusions and working within the confines of the studio.
Francis Ford Coppola
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.
By the time a second term rolls around, the illusions about a president have largely evaporated.
Desert Storm was seen by the military establishment and by some politicians as avenging Vietnam, but it left behind dangerous illusions. The victory was so decisive, and information about it so carefully managed, that the American public was never clearly informed that it was purchased at the price of approximately 100,000 Iraqi lives.
I'd always wanted to do these types of things - pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it.
I don't have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock 'n' roll could change anything - I don't believe that. I've changed.
Technologies evolve in the strangest ways. Computers were created to calculate ballistics equations, and now we use them to create amusing illusions. Creating amusing illusions is a big business if you play it right.
Because our generation has waited so long to have babies, we feel we've 'discovered' something that women have been doing for thousands of years. I have no illusions that I will be in the same situation as the average working mother. I'm not trying to prove anything - I just want to have kids.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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