The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.
I damned myself for my earlier romanticism. That Croaker who had come north, so thoroughly bemused by the mysterious Lady, was another man. A stripling, filled with the foolish ignorances of youth. Yeah. Sometimes you lie to yourself just to keep going.
Sometimes for the spectators a great magic effect is worth a life’s experience.
Nos-tal-gic,’ Akira said, as though it were a word he had been struggling to find. Then he said a word in Japanese, perhaps the Japanese for ‘nostalgic.’ ‘Nos-tal-gic. It is good to be nos-tal-gic. Very important.’‘Really, old fellow?’‘Important. Very important. Nostalgic. When we nostalgic, we remember. A world better than this world we discover when...
Good and bad are illusions. What exists is either the presence of empathy or the lack of it. I think this should become the new, clear definition of how we see people. No more “good” and no more “bad”. Those terms are highly subjective.
Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?
Some people center the universe around themselves; while making other people nothing but decorations to their existence. “I will do this and then I will do that and then people will think this about me and then people will think that about me, and then I will add that person to my life when the...
Adulthood brings with it the pernicious illusion of control, perhaps even depends on it. I mean that mirage of dominion over our own life that allows us to feel like adults, for we associate maturity with autonomy, the sovereign right to determine what is going to happen to us next.
To understand yourself: Is that a discovery or a creation?
That’s the beauty of it. Have you seen the contraptions these magicians build to accomplish the most mundane feats? They are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, I am simply a bird in their midst.
We are all united by both pain and love. Both a smile and a wound. We are all united by these very basic yet very influential things, because we all recognize them, we all know what they feel like to have or to give. Everything else, all the other things that do not unite us—...
Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.
My power is everywhere propping up illusions, but I’m taking it back by letting go of them & just riding the stallion into wonderland. Let’s see what you’ve got to say about the darkness in the mountains, I wonder if you know you can just turn it all to light. As we ride through the...
It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually feeds it and keeps it going. Not consciously, of course—for consciously he is engaged in bewailing and cursing...
Death is but a dream and life is merely the daydream of death.
There is absolutely a big difference between getting a date and getting a husband. Being overly materialistic can get a lady some dates, but an impeccable character will surely get her a husband of a lifetime. Men that know what they truly want in life, as well as how to treat a lady like a...
A magician with decreasing practice sessions will give defective performances.
I have no illusions about having another ‘Seinfeld’ in my life.
The main trouble with being an honest man was that it lost you all your illusions.
Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.
God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with.