„Perhaps he'd want me to conjure up an illusion. That might be fun: there was bound to be a way of misinterpreting his request and upsetting him†.
†One magician demanded I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror.“
„I never considered disobeying an order or even a request from Daddy. I loved and admired him, and one of my preeminent goals in life was to earn his approbation. I learned to expect his criticisms, always constructive, but his accolades were rare. My“
— Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
„The notion that I might have been able to court friends, win attention, conjure it, would have spoiled it for me. Unbidden love was what I wanted.“
— Edmund White American novelist and LGBT essayist 1940
Chapter Five (p. 110).
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
„You can't blame me sure the killer was my son
but I didn't teach him to pull the trigger of the gun
It's the killing on this tv screen
you can't blame me it's those images he's seen.
Well you can't blame me says the media man
Well I wasn't the one who came up with the plan
And I just point my camera at what the people want to see
Man it's a two way mirror and you can't blame me.“
— Jack Johnson (musician) American musician 1975
„If one perpetually thinks of me, and makes me his sole refuge, I become his debtor and will give my life to save him.“
— Sai Baba of Shirdi Hindu and muslim saint 1838 - 1918
„Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.“
— Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories
Context: The years that are gone seem like dreams -if one might go on sleeping and dreaming- but to wake up and find -oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all ones life.