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Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC

The Mughal’s nature is such that they demand miracles, but if a miracle were to be performed by some upright follower of our religion, they would say that it had been brought about by magic and sorcery. They would strike him down with spears or would stone him to death.

—Fr. Antonio Monserrate, 1590

Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.

—Lucretius, c. 58 BC

Man is always a wizard to man, and the social world is at first magical.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

In the society of men, the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled truth, and beauty is almost no longer possible if it is not a lie.

—R. D. Laing, 1967

There is not so contemptible a plant or animal that does not confound the most enlarged understanding.

—John Locke, 1689

The fact is certain because it is impossible.

—Tertullian, c. 200

Appearances often are deceiving.

—Aesop, c. 550 BC

Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it.

—Robert Wilson, 1991

Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic.

—Derek Walcott, 1986

To ensure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.

—Albert Camus, 1951

God is alive. Magic is afoot.

—Leonard Cohen, 1966

There are times when reality becomes too complex for oral communication. But legend gives it a form by which it pervades the whole world.

—Jean-Luc Godard, 1965