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    illusion Quotes

    One illusion is as good as another.
    — Zelda Fitzgerald
    tags: illusion 
    She felt the essence of herself pulled finer and smaller like those streams of spun glass that pull and stretch till there remains but a glimmering illusion. Neither falling nor breaking, the stream spins finer. She felt herself very small and ecstatic. Alabama was in love.
    — Zelda Fitzgerald
    tags: illusion 
    The problem is, when you're making an animated movie, the studio has an illusion in their minds - and it's really not true - that because it's a drawing, it can be changed at any time.
    — Zack Snyder
    tags: time  true  problem  illusion  movie  mind 
    The lack of insight to reality, life and history as well as into God's ways, or sunan in His creation, some people will continue to seek or demand the impossible. They will imagine what does not or cannot happen, misunderstand occurrences and events, and interpret them on the basis of cherished illusions which in no way reflect God's sunan or the essence of Islamic law.
    — Yusuf al-Qaradawi
    We tend to suffer from the illusion that we are capable of dying for a belief or theory. What Hagakure is insisting is that even in merciless death, a futile death that knows neither flower nor fruit has dignity as the death of a human being. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile.
    — Yukio Mishima
    There are limits to how much sound a cello can make. That's part of the framing of acoustical instruments. Finding what those limits might be, and then trying to suggest perhaps even the illusion of going beyond is part of that kind of effort.
    — Yo-Yo Ma
    tags: illusion 
    Many of us rely on our own illusion of control. But when God makes it known to you that you're not the one steering the ship, be thankful. He has removed the illusion, and forced you to rely only on Him.
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    tags: control  illusion  god 
    We will be asked, "what did you love most in this world? What did you spend life doing? What did you run after? Will it last? The things that you chased, will they last? Will they help you, or will they hurt you when the illusion of this life has passed?"
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    tags: hurt  help  illusion 
    Like Musa you too will be saved from the Sea. Just look through it and see Him. Then the illusion will crumble and you'll be left with the only Reality: Him.
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    tags: illusion 
    Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: reality  illusion 
    Stupidity is falling pray to your own illusions.
    — Wojciech Kurtyka
    tags: stupidity  illusion  pray 
    Transformation without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss is just an illusion of true change.
    — William P. Young
    Wisdom is not having illusions, especially anything in your own mind that elevates you above others.
    — William Monahan
    tags: illusion  wisdom  mind 
    The only cure for loss of illusions is fresh illusions, more illusions, and always illusions.
    — William John Locke
    tags: loss  illusion 
    It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined.
    — William J. Brennan
    tags: death  fate  illusion  die  shares 
    When self-important people and powerful institutions are governed by illusion, history has a way of biting back.
    — William Greider
    We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement.
    — William Golding
    tags: illusion  confusion  race 
    He became absorbed beyond mere happiness as he felt himself exercising control over living things. He talked to them, urging them, ordering them. Driven back by the tide, his footprints became bays in which they were trapped and gave him the illusion of mastery.
    — William Golding
    Fiction is an illusion wrought with many small, conventionally symbolic marks, triggering visions in the minds of others
    — William Gibson
    tags: illusion  mind  fiction  vision 
    To me, the art of movies is to take a two-dimensional image and give the illusion of depth.
    — William Friedkin
    tags: illusion  movie 
    To me, the art of cinema is the same as the art of painting. The artist takes a 2D medium and gives you the illusion of depth. If you look at any of the great paintings, you have the illusion of depth. Which is part of the art. The same with the great movies.
    — William Friedkin
    Your illusions are a part of you like your bones and flesh and memory.
    — William Faulkner
    tags: memory  illusion 
    No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
    — William Faulkner
    An aphorism is an extreme synthesis of thesis and antithesis, theory and practice, it's a mixture of intuition and observation, hypothesis and illusions of certainty and probability, history and stupidity.
    — William C. Brown
    The idea of you is a part of my mind; you influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don't realize it. You really are a part of me. In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions... I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen again.
    — Willa Cather
    So long as a novelist works selfishly for the pleasure of creating character and situation corresponding to his own illusions, ideals and intuitions, he will always produce something worth while and natural. Directly he takes himself too seriously and begins for the alleged benefit of humanity an elaborate dissection of complexes, he evolves a book that is more ridiculous and tiresome than the most conventional cold cream girl novel of yesterday.
    — Willa Cather
    Anything can go away. There's no such thing as safety and security. You can do things that give you the illusion of safety and security, but there's really no such thing.
    — Will Smith
    tags: illusion 
    Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.
    — Wilhelm von Humboldt
    tags: power  true  illusion  charm 
    The mere reality of life would be inconceivably poor without the charm of fancy, which brings in its bosom, no doubt, as many vain fears as idle hopes, but lends much oftener to the illusions it calls up a gay flattering hue than one which inspires terror.
    — Wilhelm von Humboldt
    tags: fear  reality  doubt  illusion  poor  gay  hope  inspire  charm 
    A real stunner. Want to get swept up on a journey you will never forget and never quite escape? Open THE RITUAL OF ILLUSION and let its magic leap out, grab you, take you places unlike you have ever known.
    — Whitley Strieber
    tags: magic  journey  illusion  real 
    The ontology of materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct "actuality" of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic range. This extrapolation is impossible, however.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    You can't really get the full joy out of life unless you really go for it. You just have to go into it and stay under some kind of hope or illusion that it's going to work. But as you get older, or the more experiences you have, or whatever it is that tells you how this stuff works, you also know that if you go all the way into it, there's the risk of losing everything but you don't have a choice.
    — Wayne Coyne
    tags: work  joy  experience  choice  illusion  risk  hope 
    "Fun to drive" is a pleasant illusion in most places robustly inhabited where "safe to drive" makes much more sense.
    — Warren Brown
    tags: illusion 
    When our knowing exceeds our sensing, we will no longer be deceived by the illusions of our senses.
    — Walter Russell
    tags: knowing  illusion 
    The time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race.
    — Walter Lippmann
    tags: time  human  illusion  race 
    When you are painting a landscape, assume the painting is real and the landscape is an illusion.
    — Walter Darby Bannard
    tags: illusion  real  painting 
    Experience is real. Painting, which comes out of experience, is real. The world is an illusion.
    — Walter Darby Bannard
    We pray because our life comes from God and we yield it back in prayer. Prayer is a great antidote to the illusion that we are self-made.
    — Walter Brueggemann
    tags: illusion  god  prayer  pray 
    Disillusion is the last illusion.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: illusion 
    Obviously invidious and prejudicial stereotypes need to be deconstructed and overcome, but it's not that they can be destroyed. I think that would be an illusion to think that we can somehow get rid of these basic search templates that allow us to sort out our social lives and to sort out the material world as well.
    — W. J. T. Mitchell
    tags: live  world  illusion 
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