Carnival Of Illusion - Magic, Mystery & Ooh La La

Creative Truths


I’ve had this idea bubbling in my head for years for a card trick with a strong leaning of fortune telling or the I Ching. However I wanted the cards to be specially printed with sayings by artists on the front, instead of the normal values and pips. The comments would be a mix of topics on creativity, magic, humor, and common sense. You’d mix the cards and “predict”  your future. I’ve never completed the piece, however I’ve been saving and still adding quotes for the faces of the cards and thought this would be a good place to share them. These are just a small sampling of the quotes I’ve been keeping. If you have more, PLEASE share them below by adding a comment.

“Let others praise ancient times, I am glad I was born in these.” -Ovio

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dali

“Creativity is a drug. I cannot live without it.” -Cecil B. DeMille

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” -Albert Einstein

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Jules de Gaultier

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” -Oscar Wilde

“Some people believe they are winners, others believe they are losers. And they are both right.” -Henry Ford

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

“You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand, because those are the only good things.” -Andy Warhol

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.” -Abbie Hoffman

“We cannot learn without pain.” -Aristotle

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” -Richard Bach

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ ” -The Talmud

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

“Life is not a ‘brief candle’. It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” -George Bernard Shaw

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” -Shira Tehrani

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” -Stephen Covey

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it, infinite.” -William Blake

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” -Picasso

“This is the stuff of which life is made.” -Thoreau

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” -William Jennings Bryan

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” -Teddy Roosevelt

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” -Oscar Wilde

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” -Winston Churchill

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

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” -Thomas Jefferson

“You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us.” -Sappho

‘There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” -Aldous Huxley

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Believe in Magic, Not magicians. There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” -Victor Hugo

“Words are things; and a small drop of ink Falling like dew upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” -Lord Byron

“The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.” -William Faulkner


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