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Magic

  • Belief in magic is older than writing. So nobody knows how it started.

  • We were not for underestimating magic — a life-conductor like the sap between the tree-stem and the bark. We know that it keeps dullness out of religion and poetry. It is probable that without it we might die.

  • The desire for magic cannot be eradicated. Even the most supposedly rational people attempt to practice magic in love and war. We simultaneously possess the most primitive of brain stems and the most sophisticated of cortices. The imperatives of each coexist uneasily.

    • Erica Jong,
    • "Why I Want to Be a Witch," What Do Women Want? ()
  • I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us ...

  • ... children robbed of love will dwell on magic.

  • Magic is the craft of shaping, the craft of the wise, exhilarating, dangerous — the ultimate adventure. The power of magic should not be underestimated. It works, often in ways that are unexpected and difficult to control.

  • Faced with unmeasurables, people steer their way by magic.

    • Denise Scott Brown,
    • "Room at the Top" (1975), in Ellen Perry Berkeley and Matilda McQuaid, eds., Architecture: A Place for Women ()
  • The exercise of magical power is the exercise of natural powers, but superior to the ordinary functions of Nature. A miracle is not a violation of the laws of Nature, except for ignorant people. Magic is but a science, a profound knowledge of the Occult forces in Nature, and of the laws governing the visible or the invisible world. Spiritualism in the hands of an adept becomes Magic, for he is learned in the art of blending together the laws of the Universe, without breaking any of them and thereby violating Nature.

  • Half magic is no magic at all.

  • The loss of magic is the denial of unlimited possibility.

  • Once in a while, when everything is just right, there is a moment of magic. People can live on moments of magic.

  • He turned over in his mind all he had read of that curious expression of human credulity called magic.

  • The power of magic has no known limits. A person knows, in a fair way, his own physical capacities, the weight of the blows he can deal, the furthest range of his arrows, the strength of his voice, the speed and endurance of his running; but the reaches of his mind are indefinite and, to his feeling, infinite.