41 Quotes About Smoke and Mirrors

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Following big ideas can lead to big results that give you something to look forward to. These quotes about smoke and mirrors will help you to see the truth.

“All political power is primarily an illusion. Illusion. Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the surface of highly polished mirrors, first a thin veil of blue smoke, then a thick cloud that suddenly dissolves into wisps of blue smoke, the mirrors catching it all, bouncing it back and forth.”

“Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.”

“Even in the pettiest, most unpromising material, she had discovered, you could find real treasures.”

“Having the right people around you all the time is important. I do take the acting seriously. But this is all fun. I look at it like smoke and mirrors. I still think it’s a dream, but I ain’t pinching myself yet.”

“He was the boy with the book. Always and forever.”

“Here in the United States, we’re consumed by our love of money and status. We think bigger is better, and if we can just get that promotion, all will be well with our souls.”

“How many times have you struggled with the interpretation of certain Biblical texts related to the time of Jesus’ return because they did not fit with a preconceived system of eschatology? ”

“I asked him if it were a mirage, and he said yes. I said it was a dream, and he agreed, But said it was the desert’s dream not his.”

“I cross two fingers, a binary precaution against hex, effective as superconductor or simple superstition.”

“I don’t dabble in politics too much. I’m really ignorant to the world of politics. I’m not that smart, I’m not that cunning, it’s just too much smoke and mirrors for me. I just don’t want to play that game.”

“I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us.”

“I know the music industry is based on a lot of smoke and mirrors in a lot of cases, such as making things look like one thing versus what it actually is. I feel like I’ve been here long enough that I’ve surpassed the need for any of that.”

“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.”

“I liked the idea of having actual magic performed as stage magic, so you could assume that it was just a trick, that something is all smoke and mirrors, but there’s that, like, feeling at the back of your mind: What if it’s not?”

“I personally think a fight scene is the most cinematic thing you can witness because all the elements of filmmaking come together, you know, with the camera speed changes, editing, make up effects and general smoke and mirrors of trying to make it look like you are hitting someone when you’re not. It’s filmmaking in it’s purest form, I think.”

“I saw her chewing gum, when I was thirteen, and I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.”

“I think good filmmaking is when you really hold the mirror up truthfully, and you don’t angle it and you don’t hide things with smoke and mirrors.”

“If everyone in the music business were brutally honest about what their intentions were then you could sort things out, but it’s all smoke and mirrors.”

“I’m not an amazing trumpet player. It’s mostly smoke and mirrors. You shake the trumpet and it starts to vibrate in a ridiculous drunken way, or you flop notes at the right time and you don’t have to play stuff that would take seven years to learn.”

“It is not that I was credulous, simply that I belived in all things dark and dangerous. It was part of my young creed that the night was full of ghosts and witches, hungry and flapping and dressed completely in black.”

“It is television; we’re making television at the end of the day. It’s all smoke and mirrors, and it’s all fake, but it’s not, because it makes people really feel things that are real.”

“It was love, I knew, and it tasted like champagne in my mind.”

“I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place.”

“Love will be an impulse that will inspire and ruin in equal measure.”

“Memory is the great deceiver. Perhaps there are some individuals whose memories act like tape recordings, daily records of their lives complete in every detail, but I am not one of them.”

“My only challenge is to entertain. And I accomplish my task better when I myself am entertained by what I am doing. I am very critical of myself, I constantly set the bar higher and higher.”

“Our show doesn’t rely on the typical whistles and bells, and smoke and mirrors. It relies mostly on the music.”

“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”

“She was my dream; and if you touch a dream it vanishes, like a soap bubble.”

“She wished she hadn’t succumbed to irritation. Because she wanted to know about his inner feelings. She always thought people were like pieces of art glass– strong enough to handle and use, delicate enough to shatter under a strong blow, and filled with swirls of color that fascinated the eye.”

“Sometimes you do things you regret, but there’s nothing you can do about them. Times change. Doors close behind you. You move on.”

“Stories are in one way or another mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work. Like mirrors stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the things in darkness.”

“The converse held reassuringly true: daylight was safe. Daylight was always safe.”

“The graphics elevator lurched upwards again. This time the new dimension is multimedia, which means adding sound and fury to the smoke and mirrors.”

“The more I’m committed to finding a way to genuinely be immersed in someone else’s life, the more enjoyment there is in it. I’ve never been interested in smoke and mirrors and cutting corners. I’d rather just do it for real.”

“The music industry is a world of smoke and mirrors: they tell you exactly what they think you want to hear. And they are bare-faced lying. I tend to stay away from that.”

“The true value of somebody in this town is very hard to determine. It’s all smoke and mirrors.”

“Ultimately, we’re not the avatars we create. We’re not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through it. All else is just smoke and mirrors. Distracting, but not truly compelling.”

“What sort of sap doesn’t know by now that picture-perfect beauty is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway?”

“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”

“When you learn how to trust your feelings then you’ll know how to recognize it – That part of you that needs no healing is like a swollen river rising.”

It takes effort to look behind the smoke and mirrors to find what really lies behind it all.