Best Quotes About Illusion

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -Albert Einstein

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion. -Javan

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. -Saul Bellow

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch. -J. B. Priestley

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. -Kenneth Clark

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball. -James Patrick Murray

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion. -Miguel de Unamuno

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. -Ludwig Borne

Tradition is the illusion of permanance. -Woody Allen

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said, 'We are born alone. We live alone. We die alone. And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not, we cling to.' -Gabriel Byrne

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. -Douglas Adams

I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth. -Charlie Chaplin

Law not served by power is an illusion; but power not ruled by law is a menace which our nuclear age cannot afford. -Arthur Goldberg

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true. -John Steinbeck

Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions. -Henry R. Luce

You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems. -Pope John Paul II

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. -Cyril Connolly

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. -George Santayana

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. -Robert Burton

The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. -Sydney Smith

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared. -Henri Nouwen

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. -Stanley Kubrick

How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child. -Judy Garland

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. -Mark Twain

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. -Woody Allen

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. -Robert Wilson Lynd

I'm an idealist without illusions. -John F. Kennedy

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams. -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. -Horace Greeley

Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is. -Charles M. Schulz

The secret to film is that it's an illusion. -George Lucas

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it. -W. Somerset Maugham

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. -Thomas Moore

Everything's fine today, that is our illusion. -Voltaire

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread. -Georges Bernanos

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. -Sigmund Freud

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. -Noam Chomsky

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. -Arnold Newman

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. -Orson Welles

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. -Simone Weil

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. -Albert Einstein

Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion. -Arthur Koestler

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation. -Marguerite Duras

Prosperity or egalitarianism – you have to choose. I favor freedom – you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion. -Mario Vargas Llosa

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal. -Francoise Sagan

I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. -Sydney Smith

It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull. -Joseph Conrad

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death. -Alexander Chase

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion. -David Cronenberg

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion. -Derek Jarman

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be – like the reality of yesterday – an illusion tomorrow. -Luigi Pirandello

Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions. -Joseph Conrad

Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother. -Friedrich Nietzsche

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality. -Judy Garland

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos. -Manly Hall

Who knows what true loneliness is – not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. -Joseph Conrad

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. -Bob Dylan

They're not even within 100 miles of Baghdad. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion… they are trying to sell to the others an illusion. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired. -Joseph Roux

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human. -Desiderius Erasmus

Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth. -Publilius Syrus

The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe – responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. -Tom Stoppard

The idea that the world can unite without being regulated is clearly an illusion. -Guy Verhofstadt

I even had the illusion, for a very short time, that I could become a medium pace bowler. -Perry Christie

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment. -Bryant H. McGill

Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life. -Johnny Depp

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

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. -Daniel J. Boorstin

We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. Never glimpse the truth – then it's far too late when they pass away. -George Harrison

Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can't create it if you don't have one. -Brad Bird

I have no illusions about my art. I am what the public made me and, consequently, I am not likely to forget my debt to them. -Conrad Veidt

A woman should be an illusion. -Ian Fleming

I have no illusions at all about being a sex symbol. None of my former girlfriends ever thought of me that way, and I don't have any packs of women chasing me down the street like a Brad Pitt or someone like that. -Tobey Maguire

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. -Richard Chamberlain

For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion. -Emil Cioran

What is called a sincere work is one that is endowed with enough strength to give reality to an illusion. -Max Jacob

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion. -Sai Baba

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world. -Sai Baba

You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values. -Peter Abrahams

Ultimately, it's an illusion that you can understand yourself. -Paul Schrader

The passage of time is simply an illusion created by our brains. -Julian Barbour

Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion. -Margaret Cho

The world is real. Consciousness is the illusion. -Craig Bruce

Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant and chased by the foolish. -Timothy Zahn

In this life struggle, here I am among you fully cognizant that a true believer has no fear of what God has ordained for him. Those who are visited by fear live only for their present, under the illusion that the world began with them and will end with their departure. -Hussein of Jordan

Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy. -Grace Jones

If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss. -Marguerite Young

I do feel part of that generation of people who were rather idealistic in the '70s and became disillusioned in the '80s. Not just about social services issues, but the world. -Kazuo Ishiguro

The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again! -Michael Flanders

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. -Bill Conti

Official truths are often powerful illusions. -John Pilger

God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with. -Luis Palau

Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life. -Cat Stevens

Seeing how those companies operate, it didn't amount to a massive vote of confidence in their artists. There was talk of me going to Columbia after that, but nothing happened. I got disillusioned, and I pulled back. -Madeleine Peyroux

The belief may be too often mistaken, but the illusion of coming into direct contact with the past is intoxicating and persuasive, and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction. Sometimes confidence is all that's needed. -Charles Rosen

No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start. -Larry McMurtry

We're living under the illusion that we have the power to determine what to do with it. -Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

What is a movie star? It is an illusion. It was everything I ever wanted to be, but it became a kind of shell, non? It was what made me famous and got me women. But it wasn't real. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

Friendship has its illusions no less than love. -Stendhal

I think people are just really disappointed, disappointed with Blair as well, who's just like Bush's lapdog. I think everyone's just disillusioned with politics in our country, and it must be the same in your country. -Paul Weller

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning. -Giotto di Bondone

It takes a lot to wound a man without illusions. -Ellis Peters

We're nondenominational. I come from Northern Ireland, and we've had religious wars for years. I didn't want to create an illusion that my God is better than your God. So our show is a spiritual show, not a religious show. -Roma Downey

It is necessary to expose the false propaganda of the imperialists and thoroughly dispel the illusion that the imperialists will give up their positions in the colonies and dependent countries with good will. -Kim Il-sung

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not. I am only concerned with the expectation, from a flat surface, of an illusion. -William Scott

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do. -Sydney Pollack

He didn't maintain my illusion of myself, he gave me an illusion of myself. Before I met him, I never thought of myself as an actress. Boy, he sidetracked me in a great way! -Judy Holliday

Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions. -John Langdon

Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions. -Muhammad Iqbal

Just as the 99% of Soviet citizens who supported the Soviet regime in 1985 was no indication of what the people inside the USSR really thought, the army of true believers that we think we see in the Arab world is an illusion. -Natan Sharansky

Man, like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated that he may easily forget, whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action, and that it is the cells which achieve, through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself. -Albert Claude

There's also something of an illusion in that, you can perhaps record a TV thing one month and complete a book the next and then be in a play. Then, if they all come out at once, it looks as if you're actually juggling a million things. -Jane Asher

As in The Lime Twig dream and illusion are right at the center of Charivari. -John C. Hawkes

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding. -Kathryn Bigelow

The misconception that a victory can be worth its price, has in the nuclear age become a total illusion. -Alva Myrdal

You are traveling and see these people shooting the entire experience of going through a city, and maybe in the back of their minds they sustain the illusion that they will edit it all, but I don't think that's it. -Atom Egoyan

Saying you have a political solution is like saying you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever. I don't have many illusions about this, but I'm not cynical about it. -Bruce Sterling

People say I play real loud. I don't, actually. I'm recorded loud and a lot of that is because we have good engineers. Mick knows what a good drum sound is as well, so that's part of the illusion really. I can't play loud. -Charlie Watts

Words are illusions. -Bodhidharma

There is the illusion of the world and the reality of the Torah. -Meir Kahane

I'm of course disillusioned with what has happened to World cinema. Now cinemas in both Eastern and Western Europe are filled with the same blockbusters from Hollywood. -Alexander Walker

I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished. -Hugh Leonard

I mean, I had probably an illusion of being the wife that, you know, I wanted to create a home. I wanted to have children. I wanted him to be a husband. It was never going to be that way. It couldn't be that way. -Priscilla Presley

That time is important. It gives a comforting illusion of permanence not found in running by the mile. -Joe Henderson

I am disillusioned enough to know that no man's opinion on any subject is worth a damn unless backed up with enough genuine information to make him really know what he's talking about. -H. P. Lovecraft

I don't have any illusions that what we are doing is sticking the the bottle. I don't think that's what we are doing. We are trying to make sure that the genie has friends, has food to eat, a way to grow. -Hilary Rosen

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work, and speaking openly about one's life, to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity. -Joyce Maynard

The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away. -Duncan Sheik

So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents. -Jewel

I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there. -David Knopfler

We all need illusions. That's why we love movies. -Monica Bellucci

Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing. -James Broughton

So our problem is not Labour, it is us, is making us attractive enough to gain disillusioned Labour support and to compete effectively with the Lib Dems for those loose votes. -Francis Maude

Do you think I am standing here, making this up as I go? I am sorry to disillusion you. I am not Robin Williams. I am the king of the pen. -Mitch Hedberg

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion. -Talib Kweli

We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of. -Talib Kweli

Realizing this, I knew that the actual space of a room could be broken down and played with by planting illusions of real light (electric light) at crucial junctures in the room's composition. -Dan Flavin

It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. -Edward Sapir

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can. -Lafcadio Hearn

A logical analysis of reflexive usages in French shows, however, that this simplicity is an illusion and that, so far from helping the foreigner, it is more calculated to bother him. -Edward Sapir

The Great War was a progressive revelation and disillusionment. -Ralph Adams Cram

My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business. -Harry Houdini

I very much enjoyed my career in science. I didn't leave science because I was disillusioned, but felt I'd done my bit for it after about twenty-five years. -John Polkinghorne

One travels to escape from it all, but that is the great illusion: It cannot be done, since one travels with one's mind. -Ella Maillart

I don't care if you're gay, black, Chinese, straight. That means nothing to me. It's all an illusion. -Joe Rogan

When she was younger, my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life. -Ralph Fiennes

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

I believe there should be no arbitrary date set for withdrawal and yet no permanent, unending deployment. No cut and run, yet measured progress in helping a people who want to be free without an illusion of overnight success. -Rick Renzi

Only here, because of the illusion of intellectualism, our society separates the validity of human expression. -Joseph Jarman

I can imagine that the Iraqis undertake the destruction out of fear. If they had denied it, if they had said no, that certainly would have played into the hands of those that would like to take armed action immediately. I have no illusions in that regard. -Hans Blix

People live with the illusion that we have a democratic system, but it's only the outward form of one. In reality we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich. -Jose Saramago

I don't have any illusion that The Creeper is as popular or will ever be as popular as any of the classic movie monsters, but I think in the heart of every young horror fan is his desire to create his own creature. -Victor Salva

Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion. -David Icke

Because you know, down deep in my heart, when all is said and done, I still live under the illusion that basically people think of me as an up-and-coming young actor. -Jack Nicholson

Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion. -Juliette Binoche

I never was disillusioned with acting because I love acting. -Woody Harrelson

I related to his disillusionment. Thinking that he was going for this big dream. Then he kind of saw through it all at one point and went back home. Then he started a bender, which I can relate to of course. -Woody Harrelson

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. -Howard Nemerov

I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me. -Paul Cezanne

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. -Philip Guston

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see. -Philip Guston

Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny. -Barbara Jordan

And, hey, I'm not under the illusion that everything's just going to be hunky-dory work wise forever. I've never been under that illusion. Things could go away tomorrow. -Mel Gibson

I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of literacy through reading and writing. I wrote a book of short stories. -Tom T. Hall

I have had four happy days in my life, and three of them turned out to be illusions. -Taylor Caldwell

Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart. -George Jean Nathan

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -George Bernard Shaw

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. -Scott Adams

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality. -Iris Murdoch

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. -Lewis H. Lapham

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. -Rebecca West

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair. -Jose Bergamin

Since fame is an illusion and death is in our future all we have is the next moment before we are swallowed into oblivion. -Al Goldstein

Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion. -Allan Bloom

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity. -Mikhail Bakunin

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned. -Antonio Gramsci

You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow. -Luigi Pirandello

The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds. -Charles Horton Cooley

The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one. -Brooks Atkinson

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false. -Pierre Bayle

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. -George Washington

There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

There is an optical illusion about every person we meet. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary. -Mario Vargas Llosa

If on the one side we do not harbor the illusion that the entire proletariat must be enlightened before it can be called into battle, so on the other we do not doubt that as much enlightenment as possible must be produced with oral and printed agitation. -Johann Most

Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything. -Gertrude Stein

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. -Aldous Huxley

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. -Patrick Henry

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. -Victor Hugo

Allowing children to spew forth whatever is on their minds in the name of openness only creates an illusion of family closeness. -Neil Kurshan

Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. -George Orwell

Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten. -Andre Breton

People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening. -David Brinkley

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. -Blaise Pascal

It's really easy to get colors right. It's really hard to get black – and neutrals – right. Black is certainly a color but it's also an illusion. -Donna Karan

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. -Socrates

In our natural state, we are glorious beings. In the world of illusion, we are lost and imprisoned, slaves to our appetites and our will to false power. -Marianne Williamson

Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody. -Angela Carter

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion. -Hermann Hesse

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming. -John Coleman

I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip to the whole theatre thing, and they are. I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot. It's been a learning experience for me too. -Christopher Meloni

To me, Batman is definately Bruce Wayne's darker side. The challenge is playing it as two separate aspects of the same person. I have to create the illusion of a Dark Knight, who's mysterious and strong. -Kevin Conroy

We have an illusion of security, we don't have security. -Isaac Yeffet

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. -John Lennon

I'm not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork. -Guy Ritchie

Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light. -Jeff Bridges

When playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you're given a prescribed way of behaving. So, both Facebook and theatre provide contrived settings that provide the illusion of social interaction. -Jesse Eisenberg

For awhile, I got stupid about only wanting a leading-man role, but I have no illusions. I know I'm not Brad Pitt. -Breckin Meyer

Film is an illusion. Fame is ephemeral. Faith and family are what endure. -Emilio Estevez

I don't want to give the illusion that one day God came down and I was healed. -Cheryl James

Like when you go to a magic show and you know how they do the illusions. That's how I am when I watch any movies where they have people flying through the air. -Renee O'Connor

My work is not great, but it's respectable. I have no false illusions. -Maurice Sendak

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection. We suffer more from our fictitious illusion and expectations of reality. -Jacque Fresco

I'd always wanted to do these types of things – pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it. -David Blaine

Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea. -David Blaine

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. -David Copperfield

I am fortunate to have the resources to have many methods to do each of my illusions. -David Copperfield

I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions. -Alexander McQueen

If you're an actor, there's going to be a sense of fantasy about yourself, especially in the celebrity world we live in today. You give the illusion of being in control, sexy, at ease, with never a difficult moment. Those are the basic lies that all celebrities tell. For me, they're the more dangerous lies to come to terms with. -Rupert Everett

When I was knowingly misled but only learned that much later, that's really when I started to become disillusioned at the White House. -Scott McClellan

I mean, it's pretty disillusioning for all of us right now, and we feel pretty helpless when Congress, their approval rating is thirteen percent, and across the board, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you sort of want to walk in and fire everybody. -Christopher Cross

In magic, it takes two or three years for me to create a 5-minute illusion for me to get it to the level I want. -David Copperfield

Dreams are illusions, and we can't let go of them because we would be dead. -David Copperfield

The key is for the audience never to know, so I have a plan B for every illusion. -David Copperfield

You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches. -Rafael Nadal

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. -Michael Jordan

As a playwright, you can cover a lot of waterfront without being able to hold your own against an expert in any of those areas. I have no illusions about that. -Tom Stoppard

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. -Artur Davis

We have that illusion that we are 'deciding' what to make a character do, in order to 'convey our message' or something like that. But, at least in my experience, you are often more like a river-rafting guide who's been paid a bonus to purposely steer your clients into the roughest possible water. -George Saunders

We have a country to turn around. 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. -Artur Davis

I don't have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock 'n' roll could change anything – I don't believe that. I've changed. -Roger Daltrey

I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it's easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin' man and the loner. -Steve Martin

I never worry about people not taking my work seriously as a result of the humor. In the end, the comic's best trick is the illusion that comedy is effortless. That people imagine what he's doing is easy is an occupational hazard. -Richard Russo

I can't really criticize the Tea Party people, because I came into the White House pretty much on the same basis that they have become popular. That is dissatisfaction with the way things are going in Washington and disillusionment and disencouragement about the government. -Jimmy Carter

The average GOP presidential vote in these last five elections was 44.5 percent. In the last three, it was 48.1 percent. Give Romney an extra point for voter disillusionment with Obama, and a half-point for being better financed than his predecessors. It still strikes me as a path to narrow defeat. -Bill Kristol

Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions. -Carlos Santana

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. -Stephen Fry

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can't even comprehend it. It's such an illusion, it's such a strange thing. -Anthony Hopkins

I've always said that I benefit, as an actor, from not having the illusion of security. -Hal Sparks

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

Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are. -Anne Lamott

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. -James Hillman

I'm an actor. I hate to blow everyone's illusions. -Stephen Colbert

You know the illusion of the cheap money is over and now Britain has to go out there and graft and earn its way and create wealth and prosperity in a very competitive world. -George Osborne

The sight of allegedly sophisticated politicians parroting complete tripe trivialises and demeans government and it has to be stopped. It's played a significant part in public disillusionment with politics and has led to the absurd situation where more people vote for 'Strictly Come Dancing' than voted in the general election. -John Major

What will growth policy have to look like in a fiscally compacted Europe? Clearly any illusion of budget stimulated growth policy will have to go away. -Mario Monti

Part of the way the work world works is not so much creating a separation between your work and your free time, but creating the illusion of a separation between your work and your free time. Every day is the weekend for me, which means I'm always busy. -Ian MacKaye

In government you carry each hope; each disillusion. And in politics it's always about the next challenge. -Tony Blair

The source of all the material comes from nothingness, illusion is working more on things you can prove. That's the principle, the essence of life, it is actually an illusion, not immaterial. That's worth pursuing. So illusion is not nothing. In a way, that is the truth. -Ang Lee

It's all kind of a big illusion: the white picket fence and the perfect marriage and the kids. Check that box off, check that box off, and move forward. -Sarah McLachlan

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. -Sarah McLachlan

It's impossible, I think, however much I'd become disillusioned politically or evolve into a post-political person, I don't think I'd ever change my view that socialism is the best political moment humans have ever come up with. -Christopher Hitchens

My point was that it's hard to make good films, but I'm not under any illusion that you do all the time. -John Cusack

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. -Jane Pauley

I probably complicate things unnecessarily now just to give the illusion of professionalism. -Henry Thomas

I've spent a lot of time in the United States and I'm not under any illusions that it's a crime-free nirvana. I'm well aware it has plenty of problems, though they seem to be associated with particular areas. -Gary Numan

If people knew what made hits they'd make more of them, so to have the illusion of control over one's career isn't something I can even pretend to have. -Diane Lane

I think that the Oscar gives you some kind of guts or something, it gives you the illusion that you can do it. It's good for business. -Benicio Del Toro

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. -Tomas Borge

I'm a character actor and I get lost in these characters, so I think it's only recently that people have begun to connect dots and go, 'Oh, that's the same person that did this, this, this, this and this!' which I take as a compliment. One time somebody called me an illusionist, and that was the nicest thing anyone has ever said. -Carrie Preston

I love the idea I can go off with a single camera and a few rolls of film unencumbered… I was not interested in the illusion of reality, I wanted to get close to what was happening. -Eve Arnold

We go on dates thinking that person is our future husband or wife, without getting to know them, as we live in a fantasy and an illusion of romance. -Patti Stanger

When I am writing a story it feels as real as the life I am experiencing off the page. It's an emotional illusion, I guess. -Tayari Jones

Frankly, to be honest, I hadn't worked for two years before 'Murphy Brown.' It's a nice illusion now to think of all of us as terribly successful and talented people at the top of our profession, but that's hindsight. I had to pray for a job like this. -Charles Kimbrough

I am what is known as a benched Catholic and disillusioned by the church doctrine. I believe in things the Catholic Church does not believe in: divorce being one, and a women's right to choose being another. -Kitty Kelley

I don't really believe that documentary is objective reality and fiction is all illusion. -Mike Mills

It's what is strange about doing a job that is also the thing you love, the thing you feel passionate about. People get to the point where they're burned out and disillusioned by the whole thing because when things aren't going well at work it also means they aren't going well in your heart, in your soul. They're all wrapped up together. -Teddy Thompson

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

There is no 'I.' That's an illusion we've got to get beyond. -Tom Shadyac

Let's make a deal with the Serbs. Neither history nor emotion in the Balkans will permit multinationalism. We have to give up on the illusion of the last eight years… Dayton isn't working. Nobody – except diplomats and petty officials – believes in a sovereign Bosnia and the Dayton accords. -Franjo Tudjman

For a found-footage-style movie, there's a definite advantage in using unknowns, because it helps sell the illusion that it's real. A known actor would get in the way of the suspension of disbelief. -Oren Peli

Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art. -Anselm Kiefer

I don't think people would climb mountains or jump off bridges with parachutes or kayak Class V rapids if those things didn't offer the brief and horrible illusion of imminent death. They would just be complicated, time-consuming endeavors that we'd steer well clear of because they got in the way of real life. -Sebastian Junger

Men should never marry their muse. It ruins the illusion. -Stana Katic

I love Jonathan Adler but more importantly I love throws. To clarify, a throw is not to be confused with a blanket. A blanket is to be slept under, a throw is to accent a chair or sofa and give the illusion that in some scenario someone might rest underneath it. In reality, this scenario does not exist and I never want it to. -Max Greenfield

Sometimes my art is just an illusion – or is it? -Criss Angel

A lot of the demonstrations that I do, when I get inside people's minds, is understanding human behavior and understanding how people think and getting their patterns down so I know how to create the illusion that I get inside their brain. -Criss Angel

If people are fans of 'Mindfreak,' they are going to be so excited with 'Believe.' They are actually going to see those illusions that people think can only happen with trick photography. -Criss Angel

I wish what I do was all real. Some of it's real, some of it's an illusion and I try to blur the line between both, but unfortunately I've got to be honest with you. Taking a $1 bill and turning it into a $100 – unfortunately it's not real. -Criss Angel

Human freedom is not an illusion; it is an objective phenomenon, distinct from all other biological conditions and found in only one species – us. -Daniel Dennett

Before 9/11, I was playing a wide range of characters. I would play a lover, a cop, a father. As long as I could create the illusion of the character, the part was given to me. But after 9/11, something changed. We became the villains, the bad guys. I don't mind to play the bad guy as long as the bad guy has a base. -Navid Negahban

Clinton impressed Assad: a young man who appeared to want to be neutral in the Arab-Israeli dispute – an illusion of course, but that's what Assad thought. -Robert Fisk

I'm under no illusion that there are things about me that I'd like to change. I just accept who I am, and I'm proud of it. -Paloma Faith

There are some great actors I don't want to meet because I don't want to know how they did it. I don't want to know anything about their personal life, and the illusion, or whatever it is, the shape-shiftery magic stuff that they do, which is my joy. -Rupert Friend

In antihistory, time is an illusion. -Jill Lepore

I am always coming up with architectural metaphors when I think about writing. But I think one of the things that draw us to literature is that it gives us this very attractive illusion that there is meaning in the world – things connect. -Nicole Krauss

Guilt is a poisonous illusion. Many languages don't even have a word for guilt. Sure, we all feel it. But we also get to decide if we're going to let guilt bring us down or not. Acknowledge the feelings, and then give yourself permission to let them go. -Kris Carr

If you are under the illusion that you can start a business and run it at your life's schedule, you are mistaken. The business is like a starving puppy – when it needs to eat, then it needs to eat regardless of what you have going on personally. -Robert Herjavec

I'm an actress, and that's why I'm still here. Anybody who has the illusion that you can have a career as long as I have and be a star is kidding themselves. -Suzanne Pleshette

I'm just trying to write a good story, strictly from imagination. People just think it's random, they don't see the rewriting, phrasing of characters, choosing the words, bringing the world to light in which the characters live in. That creates an illusion that this is real. -Eric Jerome Dickey

I think the greatest illusion we have is that denial protects us. It's actually the biggest distortion and lie. In fact, staying asleep is what's killing us. -Eve Ensler

When all is said and done, cheap gas is an illusion, because our reliance on gas creates a whole series of costs that aren't factored in to the pump price – among them congestion, pollution, and increased risk of accidents. -James Surowiecki

I'm intrigued by fanatics – people who are seduced by the promise, or the illusion, of the absolute. -Jon Krakauer

The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis. -Lawrence M. Krauss

There are Eastern religions that deny the reality of pain and suffering. They just try to wipe it away by saying it's all an illusion. -Lee Strobel

Oh, the illusion of choice in the modern world – don't get me started. But don't you agree that the Internet has softened our brains and made us forget that 'choice' used to mean something different from selecting options from menus? -Lynne Truss

Religion provides the only story that is fundamentally consoling in the face of the worst possible experiences – the death of a parent, for instance. In fact, many religions take away the problem entirely, because their adherents ostensibly believe that they're going to be reunited with everyone they love, and death is an illusion. -Sam Harris

Belief demands that you dispense with illusion after illusion, while contemporary common sense requires continual, fluffy pretending – pretending that might as well be systematic, it's so thoroughly incentivised by our culture. -Francis Spufford

I am determined to live without illusions. I want to look at reality straight. Without hiding. -Hanif Kureishi

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

Time is an illusion. Time only exists when we think about the past and the future. Time doesn't exist in the present here and now. -Marina Abramovic

In any city with lots of skyscrapers, lots of skyline, the moon seems bigger than it is. It's called the moon illusion. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think there's a lot of anesthesia being – that's been pumped into American culture, the mass media television, various forms of entertainment, and the illusion of wealth that we now understand to be an illusion as well as the illusion that America is a world power. -Parker Palmer

I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy. -Parker Palmer

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. -Tariq Ramadan

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. -Tariq Ramadan

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. -Daniel Gilbert

We don't believe other people's experiences can tell us all that much about our own. I think this is an illusion of uniqueness. -Daniel Gilbert

Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There's all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion. -Fredric March

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. -Haile Selassie

Sharing with just your friends doesn't protect your privacy. I know the people at Facebook will disagree and argue that users can control what is shared with whom. But this is simply an illusion that makes us feel better about all the sharing we have done and are about to do. -Ben Parr

Well, I also love magic, which is, you know, different than showmanship. Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. -David Blaine

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations. -David Icke

I am under no illusion that I will ever be the greatest opera composer in the world, with Wagner and Verdi and Strauss before me. I think my work could fit very nicely into musicals, though. -Rufus Wainwright

Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics. -Steven Pinker

Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world. -Steven Pinker

I became disillusioned with dance when I was 16 and started focusing on acting. -Teri Polo

I was heavily into Nirvana and I still am, but when I was 23 I got disillusioned by music. Then I just focused more on myself and gave up music for a while. -James McCartney

Disillusionment can come as fast as a gust, but building faith that the government won't inflate again is like building a new sailboat, a project of years. -Amity Shlaes

I had no illusions that my career would be any longer than three years tops. -Linda Evangelista

As far as I can see, it's not important that we have free will, just as long as we have the illusion of free will to stop us going mad. -Alan Moore

A picture story just doesn't run like a film. It doesn't have 24 frames per second. It doesn't deal with this illusion of movement. -Ben Katchor

The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I enjoyed mathematics from a very young age. At the beginning of college, I had this illusion, which was kind of silly in retrospect, that if I just understood math and physics and philosophy, I could figure out everything else from first principles. -Erez Lieberman Aiden

Everybody needs to show respect to each others' ways and the cultural life that you get on this planet. Don't get caught up on 'I'm brown, black, white, red, blue, whatever.' You gotta ask, what were you called before 1492? All these names we're using now are just an illusion made to keep us fighting each other. -Afrika Bambaataa

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. -Marco Tempest

I have my dark side. You have your dark side. From the second that we have a brain, there are things that are not right – we are human beings with all these illusions and complexes and everything. That's attractive to me. -Marjane Satrapi

Even if I have already peaked, I have to believe I can improve. I wake up every morning, and go to practice, with the illusion that I'm going to get better that day. -Rafael Nadal

Hollywood is an illusion. These intense workplaces, with very close relationships, a few months at a time – and then it ends. -John C. Reilly

Many people leave government disillusioned about its ability to achieve change and cynical about politicians. I left with rather opposite lessons. -Geoff Mulgan

I think e-mail petitions are an illusion. It gives people the illusion that they're participating in some meaningful political action. -Howard Rheingold

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. -Howard Rheingold

The crisis of democracy in the West is not the result of falling in love with another system. In Europe and America people who are disillusioned with democracy do not dream about the Chinese model or any other form of authoritarian rule. They do not dream about government that controls Internet and puts in prison those daring to disagree. -Ivan Krastev

Television shows, especially hour-longs, are hard, tiring work. Those people are very tired and very rich. But they're working really hard, and to create the illusion of having the time of your life like that, you really got to give it up to the people who do it. -Craig Bierko

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. -Martin Seligman

I think it's mainly when I need inspiration I look at the old pictures. I don't find it as much in the new stuff. I love Carole Lombard. I think she's wonderful. Gloria Grahame was really great. Garbo. Dietrich. People knew how to create an illusion. Now everything is very realistic and straightforward. Everyone's grunge. -Kelly Rutherford

After a crisis we tell ourselves we understand why it happened and maintain the illusion that the world is understandable. In fact, we should accept the world is incomprehensible much of the time. -Daniel Kahneman

I'm not religious. I was as a child, and like lots of people, I suppose, rapidly became very disillusioned with the whole thing. I also feel that organised religion has caused far more problems than it has solved. -Natascha McElhone

I have an amazing spouse; we're a team. He works, and I work, and we sort of do this dance with each other so that we can be present to our kids. But I think the whole 'balance' thing is an illusion; we just embrace the imbalance. -Sarah Rafferty

I'm happy to feed the illusion that I'm a lazy recluse. -Julian Casablancas

People may think I'm trying something new by telling stories, but they're just jokes connected to give the illusion of stories. But really, I just continue using my imagination and creating. That's what I do. -Steven Wright

Mindfulness is a quality that's always there. It's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not. -Richard Gere

I'm not under the illusion that everything's just going to be hunky-dory work wise forever. I've never been under that illusion. Things could go away tomorrow. -Mel Gibson

A lot of people do that kind of nostalgia stuff believing that they were very happy in their teenage years, but that's probably just an illusion. -Jo Brand

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake. -Lewis Black

My parents made certain I had no illusions about acting. To them, it was always just a job. -Sam Robards

I went to Cal Arts and AFI, and I worked on 'Bonfire Of The Vanities.' I got this grant from the Academy to be Brian De Palma's apprentice director. And it was such a harrowing, disillusioning, awful experience. -Douglas Rushkoff

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'm not even aware of my success. Success is such an illusion. -Juliette Binoche

Real leaders have to live a paradoxical life, where they must break the rules in order to maintain them. If your expectations are high, you're setting yourself up for disillusionment. The land of governance is paved with gray streets, not black or white ones. -Beau Willimon

If we look at the life cycle of technologies, we see an early period of over-enthusiasm, then a 'bust' when disillusionment sets in, followed by the real revolution. -Ray Kurzweil

Growing up in the Boroughs, I thought I must be the cleverest boy in the world, an illusion that I was able to maintain until I got to the grammar school. -Alan Moore

They're very harsh people, the British: hard to impress, very tough on each other, but I rather like that. It's not that the British are more honest – you're just under no illusion with them. -Hugh Laurie

In the '90s, I think I rediscovered my guitar. The Jam was obviously very guitar-based, but in the Style Council I just got really disillusioned with playing the guitar. The further it went on, the less and less I played, to a point where I couldn't pick it up any more. -Paul Weller

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. -Alan Alda

I have an audio stigmatism whereby I hear things wrong – I have audio illusions. -Tom Waits

The thought of someone spending $20 to come and see me and saying, 'Oh, I prefer the record and she's completely shattered the illusion' really upsets me. It's such a big deal that people come give me their time. -Adele

I was fascinated with optical illusions. -Temple Grandin

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. -Keith Richards

Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted. -Al Pacino

Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia. We will never allow this to happen. -Vladimir Putin

I'm an atheist, and the concept of god for me is all part of what I call 'the last illusion.' The last illusion is someone knows what is going on. Nearly everyone has that illusion somewhere, and it manifests not only in the terms of the idea that there is a god but that it knows what's going on but that the planets know what's going on. -Brian Eno

So much of our mythology around money centers on the illusion that if we had 'more,' we would be more comfortable and more able to access our creativity. But creativity and prosperity are spiritual matters, not fiscal ones. -Julia Cameron

The apparent ease of California life is an illusion, and those who believe the illusion real live here in only the most temporary way. -Joan Didion

New York musicians rarely have the time for idle chat and conversation after a gig. Despite popular assumption of our scintillating after-hours, that illusion is overtaken by the constant hustle to juggle a part-time or full-time job, a myriad of errands, a second or third gig of the day, and perhaps a child or two somewhere. -Kat Edmonson

Fashion is an illusion. It's a multibillion-pound industry that has to appear frivolous. Designers work and work and work, all night sometimes. -Philip Treacy

Gaga is an entertainer, so a hat for her is part of the illusion of entertaining. -Philip Treacy

Some people think the Nobel Prize makes you bullet-proof. I never had that illusion. -Wole Soyinka

Men mess up. Women create this big illusion in their head that the man they're going to be with is going to be perfect. Nobody's going to be perfect, and people are going to let you down. The only thing that you can hope for is someone that's going to be honest with you. -Jessica White

My generation of director has no illusions that we are going to be fed and cared for by subsidized theater in America. -Diane Paulus

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. -Emile Durkheim

At the end of the 1960s, I was part of the downtown theatrical movement in New York that was making work in alleyways, garages, gyms, churches, non-traditional spaces. The idea was to get away from the illusion of the conventional theatre. But then I thought, what's wrong with illusion? -Robert Wilson

I've never really had a waist. Even when I was at my slimmest, my silhouette was very straight up, straight down. But I have learnt how to give myself a bit of waist by optical illusion. For this, bring on the belts. -Twiggy

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. -Sarah McLachlan

It is hard to go back into a world that has already been explored, so to speak. And the fans are very passionate about it, and you don't want to burst that bubble; you don't want to break that illusion. You want to get it right. You want it to feel familiar, but also surprising. -Philippa Boyens

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. -John Bradshaw

Way up high in the Shenandoah Mountains where I live, it is difficult to maintain illusions about the natural world. It is dying. -Wil S. Hylton

What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen, he's become a different person. -Edith Head

I have no illusions that my work can rouse the masses to create change, because literature simply doesn't have that power anymore in my country, if it does anywhere. But I do hope that it can be read by those who are in positions to create change, or that it can at least be part of that dialogue. -Miguel Syjuco

While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for me. -Yayoi Kusama

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. -Richard Dawkins

I don't do formal debates, because formal debates where you have two people up on a stage in equal status, and each of them is given 20 minutes to give their point of view, and then 10 minutes for a rebuttal, or whatever, that creates the illusion that you really do have here two equal points of view of equal scientific standing. -Richard Dawkins

I would consider myself to be a moderate Republican, but more important than that, I believe our system of government is the best system there is… and while I have no illusions of changing the world, I've had good opportunities in life, and I believe there's an obligation to give something back by participating. -Pat Meehan

The history of Buenos Aires is written in its telephone directory. Pompey Romanov, Emilio Rommel, Crespina D. Z. de Rose, Ladislao Radziwil, and Elizabeta Marta Callman de Rothschild – five names taken at random from among the R's – told a story of exile, desolation, disillusion, and anxiety behind lace curtains. -Bruce Chatwin

In the early '90s, I was disillusioned after the blasts and riots in Mumbai. I was in college and started thinking that religion was the root cause of all these evils. While my father told me not to blame religion because of a few bad people, I wasn't convinced. The faith was restored after I started writing my first book. -Amish Tripathi

I see a sense of unity in the universe. Spirituality is not limited to only one religion. One can experience it across different religions. I am fascinated by philosophy of Advaita and philosophy of unity. We have to get over the illusion that God is different from us. -Amish Tripathi

Adults are tempted to produce and perform Christmas for their kids and their families, and they arrive at Christmas Day weary and disillusioned. -Ann Voskamp

Not knowing whom to fall in love with is like not knowing which film to make next. Life is pretty chaotic; it's just an illusion that one has control over one's life. -Shekhar Kapur

Now, I know it's a widespread assumption in the West that as countries modernize, they also westernize. This is an illusion. It's an assumption that modernity is a product simply of competition, markets and technology. It is not. It is also shaped equally by history and culture. China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West. -Martin Jacques

The fact that television and tourism have made the whole world accessible has created the illusion that we enjoy intimate knowledge of other places, when we barely scratch their surface. For the vast majority, the knowledge of Thailand or Sri Lanka acquired through tourism consists of little more than the whereabouts of the beach. -Martin Jacques

Globalisation has obliterated distance, not just physically but also, most dangerously, mentally. It creates the illusion of intimacy when, in fact, the mental distances have changed little. It has concertinaed the world without engendering the necessary respect, recognition and tolerance that must accompany it. -Martin Jacques

Personal, inner change without a change in circumstances and structures is an idealist illusion, as though man were only a soul and not a body as well. -Jurgen Moltmann

A change in external circumstances without inner renewal is a materialist's illusion, as though man were only a product of his social circumstance and nothing else. -Jurgen Moltmann

People are starting to wake up to the fact that a media/political party-complex basically decide our candidate, then create the illusion for the rest of us that in fact we're the ones who did the deciding. -Marianne Williamson

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. -Marianne Williamson

In Latin America, specialists and polling organisations have, for some time, observed that the extension of formal democracy was accompanied by an increasing disillusionment about democracy and a lack of faith in democratic institutions. -Noam Chomsky

Glamour is a beautiful illusion – the word 'glamour' originally meant a literal magic spell – that promises to transcend ordinary life and make the ideal real. It depends on a special combination of mystery and grace. Too much information breaks the spell. -Virginia Postrel

Clothing creates the illusion that bodies fit an aesthetically pleasing norm. And that illusion depends on getting the fit right. Garments that bunch, pull, or sag call attention to figure flaws and often make people look worse than they would without clothes. -Virginia Postrel

European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion. -Virginia Postrel

I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas – the oldest Hindu philosophy – and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future – it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future. -Alan Arkin

When I write fiction, I have the illusion of being able to control these fictional worlds and these characters, and to make them say what I want them to say. Of course, the problem is that it is an illusion, and by the end of it you realize that you're not in control of it at all; the characters have taken over, and they're driving the vehicle. -Ruth Ozeki

When we make purchases on credit, they give us only an illusion of prosperity. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

'TMZ' took the illusion of privacy away. Now the paranoid star just assumes someone is always there. Decoy cars and false itineraries are floated to throw 'TMZ' off the scent. -Stephen Rodrick

I'm just disillusioned with the hip-hop sound right now. It's too materialistic. You know, I'm the kind of guy … I can't do that. If you track my movement, you'll never see a picture of me with any girl that wasn't mine, or my own car. My jewelry, my clothes. What kind of gangsta rapper has a stylist? A stylist?! -Ice T

Comedy, when it works, is light on its feet and has the illusion of complete spontaneity: as if there is no film, no camera. You are standing there experiencing it all in real time. This illusion, I believe, is why so many people think comedy is easy. -David Dobkin

By the time a second term rolls around, the illusions about a president have largely evaporated. -Robert Dallek

No one ought to be under any illusion that Cheney privately thinks himself a failure. -Barton Gellman

To become a villain, you had to have become disillusioned, and in order to become disillusioned you had to have been passionate about something you believed in that was shaken and ripped from your grasp as a protagonist in that stage of your life, leaving you disillusioned with God, if you will. -Matthew Davis

I'm not a big believer in the power of more regulation to fix things. I think it can almost be more dangerous because it provides the illusion that things have been fixed without the substance. -Bethany McLean

We romanticize the past with an illusion that we'd know how we'd fit. -Robin Weigert

There is an important idea in psychology: The 'just world theory,' which says that it is very important for us to convince ourselves that the world is just and things happen for a reason. That there is some elemental fairness in everything, which creates the illusion of justice. -Malcolm Gladwell

I believe in illusion – I don't believe in magic. -Estelle

I just think, as a model, it's taught me to be a master of deception and illusion. -Tyra Banks

If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear – such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with. -Michael Leunig

If you're becoming weary and disillusioned with Australian values, Judeo-Christian values or Western civilisation, I recommend strangers – they're such a glorious, redeeming wilderness to wander into. -Michael Leunig

Performance-enhancing drugs are an illusion. I wish I had never gotten involved with steroids. It was wrong. It was stupid. -Mark McGwire

Once I go on stage, the atmosphere is totally theatrical. The greater the illusion, the greater the intensity of the excitement it creates. -Todd Rundgren

I don't – you know, I'm very disillusioned with our political system. If we don't wake up in America and realize that we have to vote out of our courage and integrity for candidates who reflect our own beatitudes, and not the beatitudes of the war machine and the corporations, we are – we're doomed. -Cindy Sheehan

When people get disillusioned and get insecure and content about the future, they tend to brood about what might have been. -Dave Davies

No two notes are ever the same volume. With the guitar, you really have to model in your mind this wider thing; you're trying to create the illusion of a bigger dynamic range. -Pat Metheny

I have no illusions about having another 'Seinfeld' in my life. -Jason Alexander

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. -Michael Ignatieff

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

There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy. I have no illusions about that. -Hillary Clinton

I've never been under the illusion that everybody on death row is innocent – far from it. My own guess is upwards of 90 percent are guilty. But a ten percent error rate if that's what it is, or even five percent, is really way too high. -Scott Turow

I'm under no illusions about the importance of my work. But if it has any worth, it is that it truly reflects the Brazilian people. -Jorge Amado

I began illustrating children's books because of a growing disillusionment with the sort of work I was doing in the advertising industry. Book publishing offered me the chance to be far more creative. -Graeme Base

As a young man, causes of one kind or another engaged me, and I thought the media is where you express yourself in that. I lived with the illusion, for quite a long time, that if you described something accurately, something would be done about it. -Jonathan Dimbleby

We think we're saving time with microwaves, cell phones, beepers, computers and voice mail, but often these things help us create the illusion of getting somewhere – and they foster a chain of constant activity. We're really just squeezing extra activity into every minute that we gain. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Whenever I see a forecast written out to two decimal places, I cannot help but wonder if there is a misunderstanding of the limitations of the data, and an illusion of precision. -Barry Ritholtz

I have to admit that the empty prestige and the stupid glory – yes, the horrible rush, the deadly sense of importance that war brings to life – are hard illusions to shake off. Look at me, a war correspondent. -Michael Hastings

I'm so deeply interested in what it feels like to be other people that I get to operate under the illusion when I'm writing fiction that I'm not really revealing that much about myself. But, of course, I am, and I know that I am. And yet there's this sort of membrane that I get to work behind as I write my fiction, and I love it. -Elizabeth Strout

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. -Martin Seligman

He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana. -Buddha

Magic is something that happens that appears to be impossible. What I call 'illusion magic' uses laws of science and nature that are already known. Real magic uses laws that haven't yet been discovered. -Doug Henning

When I did my first few television specials, my illusions were so advanced that it took a couple of years before the other illusionists could even figure out what I was doing, let alone try to imitate me. -Doug Henning

I don't put a girl in a box and clap my hands three times, and she's gone. I get in the box, and I vanish, and I reappear at the other side of the stage. That way, people don't think, 'That's a great illusion.' They think, 'Doug's a great magician.' -Doug Henning

Now there was no wonder in the Statue of Liberty illusion because he, Copperfield, attempted to do something so large that it stretched the credibility of the audience to the point where most people didn't believe any of it anymore. -Doug Henning

People have become disillusioned with Parliament, and that threatens democracy. -John Rhys-Davies

In school, I had a tough time fitting in, and dancing was my way of being in my own element. As a teenager, I became a bit disillusioned with it. Even with competitions, I'd win, but still there would be tears. -FKA twigs

Young people all over the world are very frustrated. They are very disillusioned. Many of them are turning their backs on religion. They are walking away from the faith of their parents, and most of this is because religion has failed them. -Myles Munroe

Nothing pleases me more than when somebody who was awe-inspired to be working with me realizes I'm just another schmuck that they're bored of hanging out with on a set. I love that moment. I like it when that persistent illusion is smashed. -Robert Downey, Jr.

To me, dance is so ethereal and elusive, so much of an illusion. After a performance, that's it. With vocals and music, you have good recordings. -Jamie Wyeth

Something I've learned being in this industry for so long is that if you want to work with somebody, call them up. Very few musicians have any illusions about genre boundaries. They are useful descriptive terms, but they don't really bind musicians. -John Darnielle

It's almost like an optical illusion, 'The Hobbit.' You look at the book, and it is really thin, and you could make a relatively thin film as well. What I mean by that is that you could race through the story at the speed that Tolkien does. -Peter Jackson

I have no illusions of being the big box office draw. But I would like to have some choices. -Tim Daly

I started out years ago as a theater major and got disillusioned with it. It's a rough business. -Frank Silva

There have always been arguments showing that free will is an illusion: some based on hard physics, others based on pure logic. -Ted Chiang

You and the character just become the same person in a way. There isn't really a character; it's just you creating this illusion. -Andrew J. West

The illusion is that most of my work is simply about past events: a point in history and nothing else. -Kara Walker

Maybe it's stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy. -David Horsey

I don't think that trauma is an illusion; there is no question in my mind that circumstances beyond our control can shape and define us. But ultimately, we make choices about letting ourselves be defined by our pasts. -Christina Baker Kline

When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you. -Ernest Hemingway

The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life. -Wayne Dyer

The demise of Constellation is not the death of a dream. It's just the end of an illusion. -Henry Spencer

Everyone comes with dreams and illusions and promises. Everyone wants quick deals. They don't want to invest. -Dan Gertler

It's human nature to take the easy route and leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, and the room once again overflows with things. -Marie Kondo

Through my studies, I became increasingly disillusioned with the international aid system. I think we systematically deny poor people the chance to engage as equals in the global economic order. At best, we give them handouts or tiny loans and hope they will suffer a bit less from extreme poverty. We don't view them as equals. -Leila Janah

There is no cure for ugly, but you can make yourself into a human optical illusion. -Jenna Marbles

It's expected of novels that they should explain the world and create the illusion that things are ultimately logical and coherent. But that's not what I see around me. Often, events remain mysterious and unresolved, and our emotions reach no catharsis. -Damon Galgut

To show men that crimes can be pardoned, and that punishment is not their inevitable consequence, encourages the illusion of impunity and induces the belief that, since there are pardons, those sentences which are not pardoned are violent acts of force rather than the products of justice. -Cesare Beccaria

The Matrix itself is not some external evil, but rather an outcome of our own error, our karmic payoff of past actions. Not merely illusion, it is an allusion to a founding myth of our culture. -Gregory Benford

When you talk to an author – to any artist, really – you learn something about how they do what they do. I've never come away from that kind of experience feeling disillusioned, as if the magician had explained his tricks. I always find a greater appreciation for the form. -Rebecca Makkai

Comics are about the illusion of movement, and movies are about movement itself. -Jason Henderson

To my mind, 'Dear Brutus' stands halfway between Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 'Into the Woods'. Like them, it is a play about enchantment and disillusion, dreams and reality. -Michael Dirda

One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don't laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. -Michael Jordan

Indians are usually seen as capsulized: limited to one environment, with the illusion of stability in that environment. But Indians have been engaged all over the world for centuries, in Europe, even in Asia. -Gerald Vizenor

We are born in the world because we have to learn something through whatever we're born into. Although it might be awful. That's why it's an illusion to think that we really run our lives. We don't. -Betty Parsons

The main influence on a child's palate may no longer be a parent but a series of food manufacturers whose products – despite their illusion of infinite choice – deliver a monotonous flavour hit, quite unlike the more varied flavours of traditional cuisine. -Bee Wilson

Meta-fiction doesn't depend on the illusion that you're reading about real people. -Paul Park

All politics to me – Indian or white – is an illusion preventing us from being authentic because we're communicating through something that isn't real to us. -John Trudell

For fifteen years, I was a teacher of youth. They were years out of the fullness and bloom of my younger manhood. They were years mingled of half breathless work, of anxious self-questionings, of planning and replanning, of disillusion, or mounting wonder. -W. E. B. Du Bois

It is easy to remove the mind from harping on the lost illusion of immortality. The disciplined intellect fears nothing and craves no sugar-plum at the day's end, but is content to accept life and serve society as best it may. -H. P. Lovecraft

I have no illusions concerning the precarious status of my tales and do not expect to become a serious competitor of my favorite weird authors. -H. P. Lovecraft

Fear is our deepest and strongest emotion, and the one which best lends itself to the creation of nature-defying illusions. -H. P. Lovecraft

There is no disillusionment about India as far as I am concerned. There could never come a time when I would get disillusioned with my own country. -Dilip Kumar

The Keynesian prescription for unemployment rests on the persistence of a 'money illusion' among workers, i.e., on the belief that while, through unions and government, they will keep money wage rates from falling, they will also accept a fall in real wage rates via higher prices. -Murray Rothbard

The greatest enemy of progress is the illusion of knowledge. -John Young

The environment that we call society is created by past generations; we accept it, as it helps us to maintain our greed, possessiveness, illusion. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nothing can resist the person who smiles at life – I don't mean the ironic and disillusioned smile of my grandfather, but the triumphant smile of the person who knows that he will survive, or that at least he will be saved by what seems to be destroying him. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

There is no doubt whatsoever that the universe is the merest illusion. -Ramana Maharshi

What I want to say is that nobody is unbeatable. There's a kid out there who probably wants to beat me. I train hard and try to be the best that I can be, but I don't disrespect my opponents. I am not disillusioned, either. -Chad le Clos

These false barriers that we've erected of space and race, all these illusions that we've allowed to infect us like toxins, we've got to rid ourselves of that. We are a better nation when we are ultimately united in a common purpose and a common cause. -Cory Booker

I've never been a six-foot-tall, skinny model, so therefore, I want to create an illusion. People always think I'm taller than I am – not just because of the shoes I wear but because of the way I dress. It's all relatively streamlined. -Victoria Beckham

If people want to follow an illusion that you don't have to pay your way, you don't have to measure up, then there are serious consequences for any country. -Enda Kenny

I don't live under the illusion we don't need a military to protect this country. -Ron White

While my friends were outside practising to be Tony Hawk or Michael Jordan, I was inside playing Mozart, increasingly disillusioned and bored. -Jason Moran

I am an illusionist. That's why I create art. -Marilyn Minter

With photography, you've captured a moment time – it's that moment only – and in painting, you play with it; you manipulate how time is presented. It's about fantasy and illusion and the creation of desire. -Mickalene Thomas

With Tinder and all these other things, there's always this kind of illusion with infinite choices. There's something very cool about saying, 'Oh, I actually really care about this person, and I want to commit to loving this person and being loyal to this person.' You can't get that from the kind of infinite multiple choices that are out there. -John Legend

The Oriental thinks everything in the sense-perceptible world is 'maya'; everything perceived by our senses and all thinking connected with sense perceptions is 'maya,' the great illusion. The only reality is the reality of the soul. What a human being achieves in his or her soul is reality. -Rudolf Steiner

Anyone who believes that it is possible to educate the will without cultivating the insight that enlivens it is succumbing to illusion. Clear-sightedness on this point is a task for present-day pedagogy, but it can come only from a life-filled understanding of the whole human being. -Rudolf Steiner

That mystic clasp of love lies not on the threshold but at the end of spiritual life, and can be reached for the most part only after much spiritual exercising, many denials, self-denials, watchings, and, it may be, the Cross of pain and disillusionment. -Vincent McNabb

The end of the First World War had thrown Germany's youth into great turmoil. The reins of power had fallen from the hands of a deeply disillusioned older generation, and the younger ones drew together in larger and smaller groups to blaze new paths or, at least, to discover a new star to steer by. -Werner Heisenberg

I believe that all is illusion and vanity outside the treasure of truths slowly accumulated, and which will never again be lost. I believe that the sum of these truths, always increasing, will at last confer on man incalculable power and peace, if not happiness. Yes, I believe in the final triumph of life. -Emile Zola

I tend to curve my back or pop my hip on the side. I always like to turn a little bit profile, and if you put one of your knees in, it also gives the illusion of more curves. There are a lot of tricks – you learn on the job sometimes. -Sara Sampaio

One of the illusions that we live by is that we can really know anybody else, and we're often surprised by traits in people that we thought we knew very well. The struggle to overcome loneliness, which is sort of our universal burden, leads us to leap to conclusions about who other people are. -Thomas McGuane

I think one of the saving illusions of the film business is everything seems like it's about to happen. It's always about to happen. It's only looking back that you see the wasteland. -Whit Stillman

Making movies is about creating illusions, and they can be subtle illusions, but it's all a cumulative effect as you make these little tweaks. It kinda adds up to something, hopefully. -Jeff Bridges

I used to have this illusion that time and remote areas prepare you for the world. Our moms used to think that kind of thing. Well, it doesn't prepare you for the world at all! -Jim Harrison

I find that if I interact more, the crowd gets way more into the music. We also have a full live show happening, and I have lighting crew that travels around with me. We've got this Infinity Prism thing, which is lots of fun. It's an optical illusion device that we carry around. -Flume

Fantasies can be great, but we shouldn't make the wedding a fantasy, because the wedding is the gateway to married life. It shouldn't be a moment of illusion; it should be a moment of preparation. -Alain de Botton

I was talking recently with a friend of mine who's determined to never meet her heroes, and I have another friend who's been horribly disillusioned a couple of times. But I've had a wonderful ride with meeting people who have been my North Stars, and Bowie's definitely one of them. He feels like my cousin; like the cousin I never had. -Tilda Swinton

Beyond self-driving cars, I think all airplanes should go pilotless. Get the pilots out of there. Even better, have no cockpit at all, and turn it into a nice lounge with a bar. Why give people the illusion of control with a steering wheel? -Steve Jurvetson

Even the things we are certain about are only an illusion. We are born with a female side and a male side, and these two sides are always fighting and challenging each other. This is why anything we want to do, we have the other side of telling us not to do it, to be careful about it. -Asghar Farhadi

There are times when I love the world and love everyone, and I want to talk to everyone, and other times when I feel really disillusioned, and like none of this is real, nothing is real around me. -Tali Lennox

I continue with the illusion of serving Colombia. Only God knows if it were to be from the presidency. -Ingrid Betancourt

I like illusion when it is so convincing that we might as well see reality this way – I like to present to our belief system something that is convincing, that 'we know not to be.' -James Turrell

Even though I grew up in L.A., no one in my family was in the movie industry. I've always felt whatever the opposite of disillusioned is. I guess illusioned with movies and with people in movies and things like that. It's all exciting to me. -Alden Ehrenreich

Blacks have had to learn to protect themselves by being cynical but not cynical enough to slam the door on potential opportunities. We go through life walking a tightrope to prevent too much disillusionment. -Jackie Robinson

I have really been disillusioned with soccer in England. -George Best

I believed that the husband takes care of the family, and the wife takes care of him, and they are true to each other. I know that sounds a romantic illusion, but it can be true. -Debbie Reynolds

I have no illusions of being an icon to young girls or anybody. -Anushka Sharma

No Christians I know who are supporting Trump are under the illusion that The Donald is a seasoned student of Scripture. -Robert Jeffress

I think we are all insecure, and there is nothing wrong in accepting that. But the problem arises when we try to counter this insecurity by cultivating this illusion of control, and we start taking ourselves and everything we know too seriously. -Sushant Singh Rajput

Drag is there to remind culture not to take itself too seriously. All of this is illusion. -RuPaul

It is not unusual for the eye or ear to play tricks with one, but when such illusions and delusions are taken for the Spirit forms of the departed and voices of the dead instead of being recognized as some subjective phenomena brought about by a physical cause, the situation takes on a grave aspect. -Harry Houdini

Since my life has been wayward and impulsive, always a search for something that is not there, and then disillusionment, I believe I need all the excuses I can make. -Lana Turner

Workplace romances – or even the illusion of a workplace romance – can carry many ramifications and consequences. -Judy Smith

Let's just shatter the illusion. I am not wealthy. I've lived in the same house for the past 30 years. -Liam Cunningham

Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to illusion. But seeing the folly in markets provides no clear advantage in forecasting outcomes, because changes in the force of the illusion are difficult to predict. -Robert J. Shiller

Once people enjoy what I do, I don't mind if they call me a magician or an illusionist or a hypnotist, entertainer, comedian, whatever people want to call me. I'm comfortable with all of the above, so I don't really mind at all what people want to call me. -Keith Barry

It's nice to sort of walk in and at least create the illusion that you are, or your character is, a well-rounded human being, a complete person. Especially when you're playing these impressive, high-functioning professionals. You feel like you have to come in sort of guns blazing. -Luke Roberts

I went through a period of being disillusioned with touring. -Patty Smyth

Maybe in the future, you'll be able to understand what I'm saying. I'm going more for an atmospheric vibe in my songs. And I really don't want to ruin the illusions people may create for themselves. -Washed Out

We're still talking about women's rights. We can't be the greatest country in the world. I think once we lose that illusionary veil of thinking that we are, we can face the problems and really try to fix them. -Aldis Hodge

We have this perceived illusion of what the fashion designer does. As an industry, we make it out that this one individual changes the entire face of the earth. I have never said 'me'; it's always 'we.' I am just the big salesman. -Jonathan Anderson

As I look back and connect the dots, all I want to do is go back and hug my scared young self, who took a lot of steps out of impulse not knowing what will happen. So many nights of disappointment, so many others of being disillusioned where I would have just gone ahead and quit it all – I still do not know what kept me hanging in there. -Arfi Lamba

The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion. -Watkin Tudor Jones

I tried to go to college in the U.K. a couple of times, but at that point, I think I was a little disillusioned with education. It wasn't giving me what I wanted it to. I needed freedom to create and do the things that I wanted to explore, and it wasn't really doing that: it was still very prescriptive. -Billy Howle

What I immediately recognized about Wall Street in 1983 was that it was a continuation of my career in theater. Wall Street is a big theater, and it's all illusions. -Max Keiser

In general, a writer would like to think that the best book that he has written is the book that he is writing, and the next book will be even better. Maybe if this is not true, it is very useful to keep the illusion alive. -Mario Vargas Llosa

The soul is an illusion. -Harry Dean Stanton

The reality is that we can no longer sleep soundly at night thinking that if we keep the terrorists 'out there,' we are safe inside our homes and offices. That illusion is gone. -Tom Tancredo

We're all living in some state of illusion, even if modestly. -Claire Messud

Social media is incredible: it creates a community that I'm really proud to be a part of, but it also creates illusions and a false reality, and it's difficult to grow up with that. -Ella Woodward

There is no 'us' and 'them'; it's an illusion. We are all human beings, and we all have a responsibility to support one another and to discover ways of wresting the power from the very, very few people who control all the cash and all the property. -Roger Waters

I'll beat a bunch of good guys, and then I'll get a ton of fans come up to me and go, 'Do you think you can beat Conor McGregor?' And I'm like, 'Oh my God. You guys are disillusioned.' They think because this man's popular he's good. -Eddie Alvarez

My fans love me; they've made me this sex symbol. I don't feel I am, but they feel that way. They find me attractive, like I'm a sexy dude. I try my best to make them believe the illusion. -Romeo Santos

I like graceful and elegant partnering that gives an illusion of ease instead of emphasizing difficulty. I don't want to make something 'contemporary' or 'trendy,' because ballet doesn't progress on one track: it can branch out in many directions, and as Balanchine showed, there's always room for pure classicism and more subtle alterations of it. -Justin Peck

The top end are still making bucket loads while maintaining the illusion of the American dream: that if you work hard enough, you can make a fortune. Meanwhile, the working and middle classes have been hollowed out of the system. -Anohni

This illusion that a lower class has less intelligence than a higher class is a complete fake-out. -Anohni

At the end of the day, the sovereignty of maleness is an illusion. In essence and in origin, we are all entirely female. -Anohni

The secret to gaining the upper hand in a negotiation is to give the other side the illusion of control. Don't try to force your opponent to admit that you are right. Ask questions, that begin with 'How?' or 'What?' so your opponent uses mental energy to figure out the answer. -Christopher Voss

Many times, illusions or magic sets are designed as an exposition for the audience to watch, but the the style I do with the pickpocketing is directly interactive. -Apollo Robbins

When the Bible and the Gospels say that the victims should have been spared, they do not merely 'take pity' on them. They puncture the illusion of the unanimous victimization that foundational myths use as a crisis-solving and reordering device of human communities. -Rene Girard

History is delusional. Not just an illusion, it's a delusion. America is this giant country, so it has these big delusions, and history is where delusions play out. -David Means

Fashion is the most beautiful illusion you can have. -Alessandro Michele

What it turns out is that we think we're multitasking, but we're not. The brain is sequential tasking: we flit from one thought to the next very, very rapidly, giving us the illusion that what we're doing is doing all these things at once. -Daniel Levitin

Music can be thought of as a type of perceptual illusion in which our brain imposes structure and order on a sequence of sounds. Just how this structure leads us to experience emotional reactions is part of the mystery of music. -Daniel Levitin

Because people don't understand what computing is about, they think they have it in the iPhone, and that illusion is as bad as the illusion that 'Guitar Hero' is the same as a real guitar. -Alan Kay

We must not let ourselves be seen as rushing around the world looking for arguments… Nor should we let ourselves be seen as ignoring allies, disillusioning friends, thinking only of ourselves in the most narrow terms. That is not how we survived the 20th century. Nor will it serve in the 21st. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The science-denial machinery is a serious adversary, and it has a big advantage over real science: it does not need to win its dispute with real science; it just needs to create a public illusion that there is a dispute. -Sheldon Whitehouse

The trust of the mass population can no longer be taken for granted, and any continuation of the 'grand illusion' is dangerous for leaders in today's world. -Richard Edelman

Modern, effective leadership means moving beyond the 'grand illusion' to engage the mass population and to align business with societal goals. -Richard Edelman

Magazines airbrush everything. If you think it's an illusion, then it probably is. -Valerie Harper

I am under no illusion that amending the Voting Rights Act in Congress will be easy, but with bipartisan calls for legislation to address it, I'm confident we are moving in the right direction. -Amy Klobuchar

We need a romantic illusion to embark on relationships in the first place. After that, they survive or fail for other, more practical reasons. -Nick Hornby

Love is not blind. Romance is. Romance is the most dangerous thing. Romance is like an illusion. It shows you things, and you hear things that don't exist. -Hrithik Roshan

Perhaps scientists will eventually discover that we are all clockwork bunnies, and our experience of volition is an electro-chemical illusion. -Lionel Shriver

The ICRC did not see Nazi Germany for what it was. Instead, the organization maintained the illusion that the Third Reich was a 'regular partner,' a state that occasionally violates laws, not unlike any army during World War II, occasionally using illegal means and methods of warfare. -Peter Maurer

When citizens believe that the elite care more about those across the ocean than those across the train tracks, insurance has broken down, we divide into factions, and those who are left behind become angry and disillusioned with a politics that no longer serves them. -Angus Deaton

I have no illusions about our elected politicians. Pakistani democracy is anything but perfect. -Asma Jahangir

Workers' disillusionment is deepened by the knowledge that, as their average wages grow slowly or stagnate, the very wealthy are growing significantly wealthier. -Guy Ryder

TV shows and movies are a rare form of atemporality, and in an ever-changing, always-on world, spoilers feel irrefutable – sheer access to them gives the illusion of control. -Jenna Wortham

I have no illusions about running. I hate running. If I could feel as good as I felt at 30 without running, I wouldn't do it, but that's not the way it works! So – no pain, no gain. -Melvin Van Peebles

In my reporting, I've found that real change escapes many change-makers because powerful illusions guide their projects. -Anand Giridharadas

'Three Billboards,' which is not based on a true story but does have some reality flavoring, must appear worthy of elected office in some way. This was, at first, the illusion presented by the people running the campaigns and, in turn, over the years, has become the custom for lots of us. -Wesley Morris

I am under no illusion that yoga is the solution to all issues! That's why I am a very open-minded yogi. -Mandy Ingber

My father was a veteran. He fought in World War II. He was a patriot. On the other hand, he had no illusions whatsoever about how Uncle Sam had mistreated him and other black soldiers. -John Edgar Wideman

I love the way painting is so full of illusionistic possibilities. -Jessica Stockholder

The illusion when things are going your way is that it's gonna just keep going. But it never does. -Andy Dunn

The world in the '90s had seemed somewhat stable. There was talk of the end of history, a calm consensus around where we were all going. Consumer capitalism with some sort of social conscience. Then 9/11 happened, and that illusion was blown out of the water. -David Farr

The N.R.A.'s blessing of restrictions on bump stocks – devices that make semiautomatic weapons fire faster – is designed to pre-empt anything more serious by giving the illusion of action. It substitutes accessory control for actual gun control. -Charlie Sykes

If, for a moment, it seemed that September 11th could be identified with Iraq, the illusion was short-lived. -Elif Batuman

The novel is like a melancholy form. It's about some kind of disillusionment with the way things are versus the idea of how they could be or how they used to be. -Elif Batuman

What fame does is there is an illusion of familiarity that is cast into the world. So it's about negotiating with that illusion because, oftentimes, you encounter people who have encountered you, but you haven't encountered them. It's a little weird to find your footing. -Lupita Nyong'o

When doing a fantasy show – or a show with fantasy elements – the more you can anchor an effect to reality, the stronger the illusion is. -Jeremy Podeswa

I don't really think I am the most beautiful woman in the world at all. If I can create some illusion to that effect – and it seems I have – then that is what spells success to me. -Jayne Mansfield

I like creating the illusion that suddenly I've just done five things at once. -Stephen Karam

Part of my reason for 'Session 9' was to break out, to destroy the illusion of me as 'Mr. Romantic Comedy Guy.' -Brad Anderson

There's eco-pragmatism, where you recognize, 'Yeah, we live on a planet that's permanently altered by humanity, and rather than seek to return to or preserve pure wilderness, we recognize that's an illusion, and we proceed under the new knowledge that we live, in fact, in a human-dominated planet.' -David Grinspoon

I always try to manipulate the eye when I'm dressing myself or someone else. I don't have an hourglass figure, so I'm always trying to give the illusion that I have one; bringing the eye to the waistline by adding a belt or having a heavier print at the bottom or at the top helps define your shape. -Ashley Nell Tipton

I don't think there's any danger of me playing Indian music. However, I did a song of George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness' that was kind of like that. That was an illusion. I was playing that on a thumbtack piano, and Jim Gordon was playing tablas. He's an amazing player. That was as close to India as I ever got. -Leon Russell

Europeans must shed their illusions about what they can accomplish in the world on their own. Loose talk about resurrecting a multi-polar world is just that – loose talk. -Richard N. Haass

And as a mother of three with a full-time job, podcasts gave me the illusion of having a vibrant social life. I was constantly 'meeting' new people. My favorite hosts started to seem like friends: I could detect small shifts in their moods and tell when they were flirting with guests. -Pamela Druckerman

As an actor, you know every job you have is going to end someday. That's not so much different than the rest of the world; we just don't have illusions about it. -Jason Winston George

I harbor no illusion that government and elected office is a panacea for all of society's ills. -Michael Tubbs

One of the key emotions a lot of people seem to be feeling is disillusionment, and what I try to do as a lyricist is touch on these emotions. -Myles Kennedy

The sprinkling of people of color through elite institutions in the United States, due to affirmative action policies and the limited progress of middle-class and upper-middle-class African Americans, creates the illusion of great progress. -Michelle Alexander

Cinema connects people: they respond as a group, you feel you are not alone, and you see you are not alone. Capitalism is destroying this social aspect of films, and even empathy, by creating the illusion that you are more important than the next person: 'You will buy this because you are special.' That is horrible. -Jasmila Zbanic

Trump tapped into a lot of middle-class and working-class disillusion with the political establishment and into economic worries and resentments that ballooned in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. -Michiko Kakutani

Safety is an illusion, and trying to protect ourselves does nothing more than protect us from experiencing a full, evolved, and juicy life. -Jen Sincero

Often, I feel like a cheap imitation aesthetically looks better to me than the real, out-of-reach thing. It's amazing that brands create a whole illusion of exclusivity and luxury, and then you can go get the $5 version of a $30,000 thing and feel the same way but have a cool little secret. -Hunx

The gulf between imperial ideals and empire on the ground has customarily proved disillusioning not only for colonial peoples but also for some in the occupying power. -Linda Colley

I think what makes me different is that… I am comfortable with expressing my vulnerability. I think designers often want to just put the loveable ideas out there. Ones that are imaginative but not very introspective. It is more rare for a designer to explore his or her disappointments and moments of disillusion and doubt. -Marcel Wanders

Economic growth driven by large-scale infrastructure investments without equitable provision of education will leave hundreds of millions of people behind, exacerbating inequality, disillusion, and instability. -Julia Gillard

I was kind of burned out, a little jaded, and just sort of disillusioned by all the 'Mighty Duck' movies and everything just being about making money and not really caring about scripts anymore. -Elden Henson

Music, for me, was something I did because I was disillusioned after the Cold War's end and did not know what I wanted in life. -Varg Vikernes

Without the confidence to know our democracy is functioning properly, we risk more disillusionment, more cynicism, and even more public apathy toward the entire system. -Alan K. Simpson

From the time I was five years old, theater was all I knew. I did community theater; I went to theater school. It's like going to the gym as an actor: every single night, you have to recreate the illusion of the first time, so you really have to listen and connect and stay in the moment for an hour and a half – with no breaks. -Beth Behrs

The magic of theatre is how much can you stimulate the mind of the audience, not how many illusions you can create. -Naseeruddin Shah

I believe in everything. I believe that everything is an illusion, and everything is there to be believed in. -Sushmita Sen

I think technology gives the illusion that you are connecting with people, social media particularly. -Sam Esmail

The idea that time is an illusion is an old one, predating any Times Square ball drop or champagne celebrations. It reaches back to the days of Heraclitus and Parmenides, pre-Socratic thinkers who are staples of introductory philosophy courses. -Sean M. Carroll

Let's be under no illusions: There are attacks on, for example, transgender Americans from the Oval Office, picking on troops – people willing to lay down their lives for this country – not to mention teenagers in our high schools. So we've got to end the war on trans Americans. -Pete Buttigieg

I'm under no illusion. There are lots of male singers out there with raspy voices. -Lewis Capaldi

I'm a huge John Hughes fan, and I grew up in the '80s, when his films came out. So, my introduction to what you'd call 'cinema love,' that illusion of love, was 'Sixteen Candles' and Molly Ringwald. -Nicolas Winding Refn

The last person who was brave enough to cast me was Rahul Bose in 'Everybody Says I'm Fine.' He gave me no choice. He is my dearest friend. I confided in him about how disillusioned I was by the business of cinema and stardom. He offered me a role. -Pooja Bhatt

In film, you can create the illusion of time and space. People speak; characters reveal their feelings. You can use music, which informs how you should be feeling, and it carries you to the right emotional space. -Edward Burtynsky

I am a Sufi guy, so fame is maya for me, a worldly illusion. -Pankaj Tripathi

I think of makeup as more like a design, decoration, or jewelry. I mean, it's literally paint; it's art. I don't prefer to use it as concealing anything because it influences the illusion of standardized perfection. -Indya Moore

The whole 'anniversary of punk' thing really compounded what I thought was wrong. I was so disillusioned. I remember thinking, 'I don't want anything to do with this.' -Siouxsie Sioux

The pin-up thing took us completely by surprise. I found it hard because I got singled out, and I didn't like it. There was a lot of disillusionment. -Morten Harket

People say that Andrea Pirlo is the main player and that everything goes through him, but that's an illusion. Pirlo is a brilliant player but doesn't dominate Italy's play as much as people say. -Peter Schmeichel

As men, we have the illusion that we run the world. -Fabio Lanzoni

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