quotations about magic
I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
EDEN PHILLPOTTS, A Shadow Passes
A police officer in Florida could lose her job after she tried to cast a spell on her boss. Yeah, when asked for comment, her boss was like, "Ribbit."
JIMMY FALLON, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, December 2, 2011
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE, Profiles of the Future
You can always find chains of coincidence to disprove magic. That's because it doesn't happen the way it does in books. It makes those chains of coincidence. That's what it is. It's like if you snapped your fingers and produced a rose but it was because someone on an aeroplane dropped a rose at just the right time for it to land in your hand. There was a real person and a real aeroplane and a real rose, but that doesn't mean the reason you have the rose in your hand isn't because you did the magic.
JO WALTON, Among Others
Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.
PETER S. BEAGLE, The Last Unicorn
Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.
TERRY PRATCHETT, Mort
When you're touched by magic, nothing's ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They're too busy, or they just don't hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.
CHARLES DE LINT, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
ROALD DAHL, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets
A little magic can take you a long way.
ROALD DAHL, James and the Giant Peach
Mystery is the basic appeal of magic. Once the secrets are known, the magician becomes a mere manipulator, an actor in a suspense drama which has little impact because the audience knows the ending in advance.
MILBOURNE CHRISTOPHER, Magic: A Picture History
I don't want realism. I want magic!
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, A Streetcar Named Desire
Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Essays
We can choose to function at a lower level of awareness and simply exist, caring for our possessions, eating, drinking, sleeping and managing in the world as pawns of the elements, or we can soar to new and higher levels of awareness allowing ourselves to transcend our environment and literally create a world of our own -- a world of real magic.
WAYNE W. DYER, Real Magic
Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
TOM ROBBINS, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
ROALD DAHL, The Minpins
Magic is not done, it's not performed. Like any performance art, it withers away to nothing if it's not presented in the grand style. Moving your feet around is not dancing, reading the lyrics is not singing, and pulling a rabbit out of a hat is not magic.
JOHN CASSIDY & MICHAEL STROUD, The Klutz Book of Magic
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
STEPHEN KING, On Writing
One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Sandra's seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself.
SHEL SILVERSTEIN, "Magic"