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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.
He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
I'm an actor. I hate to blow everyone's illusions.
Official truths are often powerful illusions.
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.
While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for me.
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.
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.
I am determined to live without illusions. I want to look at reality straight. Without hiding.
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'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 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.
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.
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.
Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions.
Henry R. Luce
There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy. I have no illusions about that.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
By the time a second term rolls around, the illusions about a president have largely evaporated.
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
My work is not great, but it's respectable. I have no false 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.
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.
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.
I don't have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock 'n' roll could change anything - I don't believe that. I've changed.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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