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127,933.  We live after all in a world where illusions are sacred and truth profane.  Tariq Ali

 

 

778.  We’re in a lot of trouble ... because you people and sixty-two million other Americans are listening to me right now.  Because less than 3% of you people read books.  Because less than 15% of you read newspapers.  Because the only truth you know is what you get over of this tube.  Right now there is a whole – an entire – generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube!  This tube is the gospel!  The ultimate revelation!  This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers.  This tube is the most awesome god-damned force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people ... And when the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome god-damned propaganda for us in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be paid to the truth on this network!  So you listen to me.  Listen to me.  Television is not the truth.  Television is a god-damned amusement park; television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troop of acrobats, story-tellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion-tamers and football players – we’re in the boredom-killing business.  So if you want the truth go to God.  Go to your gurus.  Go to yourselves!  Because that’s the only place you’re ever going to find any real truth.  But, man, you’re never going to get any truth from us.  We‘ll tell you anything you want to hear.  We’ll lie like hell ... We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear.  We deal in illusions, man!  None of it is true!  But you people sit there day after day night after night all ages, colors, creeds, where are you now?  You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here.  You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that you’re own lives are unreal.  You do whatever the tube tells you.  You dress like a tube.  You eat like a tube.  You raise your children like a tube.  You even think like the tube.  This is mass madness, you maniacs!  In God’s name: you people are the reality.  We are the illusion.  (Truth & Television & United States of America & Education & Illusion & Reality & Life’s Like That & Belief)  Network 1976 starring Faye Dunaway & Peter Finch & William Holden & Robert Duvall & Wesley Addy & Ned Beatty & Beatrice Straight & Jordan Charney & William Prince & Lane Smith & Marlene Warfield et al, director Sidney Lumet

 

 

1,098.  What is life?  A frenzy.  What is life?  An illusion, a shadow, a fiction.  And the greatest good is of slight worth, as all life is a dream, and dreams and dreams.  (Life’s Like That & Illusion & Dream)  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

 

 

1,160.  I’ve looked at life from both sides now,

From and win and lose and still somehow

It’s life illusions I recall;

I really don’t know life at all.  (Life’s Like That & Illusion)  Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now, 1967 song

 

 

2,243.  Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal.  (Meaning of Life & Illusion & Eternal)  Jean-Paul Sartre

 

 

2,428.  The external world of physics has thus become a world of shadows. In removing our illusions we have removed the substance, for indeed we have seen that substance is one of the greatest of our illusions.  (Science & Physics & Shadow & Illusion)  Arthur Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World 1928

 

 

2,656.  I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me.  I think I have no senses.  I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions.  What is there then that can be taken as true?  Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain.  (Science & Illusion & Exist & Nothing & Nihilism & Senses & Truth & Certain)  Rene Descartes

 

 

3,363.  You, me, and the world we live in may be nothing more than an illusion.  (Black Hole & Illusion)  Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: The Riddle of Black Holes

 

 

4,471.  There are moments when a kind of clarity comes over you, and suddenly you can see through walls to another dimension that you’d forgotten or chosen to ignore in order to continue living with the various illusions that make life, particularly life with other people, possible.  (People & Illusion & Life’s Like That)  Nicole Krauss, Great House
 

 

5,497.  We have been ruled by men who live by illusion.  The illusion that you can have freedom by government decree.  (Freedom & Illusion & Government)  Margaret Thatcher

 

 

6,695.  A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.  (Intelligence & Ignorance & Illusion)  Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

 

 

6,739.  The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.  (Knowledge & Ignorance & Illusion)  Professor Stephen Hawking

 

 

9,636.  But the fear will not last.  And just as the dreams that politicians once promised turned out to be illusions, so too will the nightmares.  (Fear & Politics & Illusion)  Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares

 

 

10,180.  All a self-portrait can ever be is an illusion.  (Art & Illusion)  Laura Cumming, Ego: The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits, BBC 2013

 

 

10,665.  Caravaggio gives us death twice over: The Death of John the Baptist, and the death of our most cherished illusion about art: that it can make us finer, more humane.  Dream on, says Caravaggio.  (Art & Illusion)  Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Caravaggio

 

 

24,506.  We have the ability to create the illusion of other places like the caves and your planet.  (Star Trek & Illusion)  Star Trek: The Next Generation: Homeward s7e13, Picard

 

 

24,845.  Because Raisa is an illusion.  Created by weather control systems, industrial replicators, seismic regulators.  If the Federation is going to survive we’re going to have to stop wasting our time with toys.  And get back to the essentials.  (Star Trek & Illusion)  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: He Who is Without Sin s5e7, Fullerton the fundamentalist

 

 

24,959.  I have begun to wonder: what if it wasn’t a dream?  What if this life we’re leading, all of this, you and me, everything, what if all of this is the illusion?  (Star Trek & Meaning of Life & Illusion)  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars s6e13, Sisko to Dad

 

 

42,391.  The illusion has become real – and the more real it becomes the more desperate they want it.  Capitalism at its finest.  (Capitalism & Illusion)  Wall Street 1987 starring Michael Douglas & Charlie Sheen & Dary Hannah & Martin Sheen & John C McGinley & Terence Stamp & James Karen & Hal Holbrook & Sean Young & James Spader et al, director Oliver Stone

 

 

45,359.  The illusion would be that our politicians are out there really seeking to do good for us.  Not for themselves but do good for us.  A kind of optimistic illusion that he is doing good for the public.  (Politics & Illusion)  Professor James Buchanan, televised interview

 

 

58,801.  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.  (Fault & Evil & Illusion)  Blaise Pascal

 

 

59,069.  It offers the chance of living without illusion.  (Atheism & Illusion)  Christopher Hitchens v Rabbi David Wolpe, Boston 2010

 

 

651.  He [Sigmund Freud] saw religion as an illusion.  (Atheism & Disbelief & Religion & Illusion)   Dr Jonathan Miller: A Rough History of Unbelief III: The Final Hour

 

 

62,378. Action is consolatory.  It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.  (Action & Thought & Illusion)  Joseph Conrad

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