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A miracle entails a degree of irrationality—not because it shocks reason, but because it makes no appeal to it.

—Emmanuel Lévinas, 1952

Appearances often are deceiving.

—Aesop, c. 550 BC

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear.

—William Shakespeare, 1592

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

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

—Italo Calvino, 1967

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC

Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.

—Lucretius, c. 58 BC

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

—Saint Augustine, c. 400

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

—Robert Wilson, 1991

There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching toward him and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.

—Elias Canetti, 1960

Egypt was the mother of magicians.

—Clement of Alexandria, c. 200

Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic.

—Derek Walcott, 1986

In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.

—Thomas Szasz, 1970