Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.

—Lucretius, c. 58 BC

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

—Tom Robbins, 1976

Appearances often are deceiving.

—Aesop, c. 550 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

God is alive. Magic is afoot.

—Leonard Cohen, 1966

I shall curse you with book and bell and candle.

—Thomas Malory, c. 1470

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

—Emmanuel Lévinas, 1952

Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic.

—Derek Walcott, 1986

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear.

—William Shakespeare, 1592

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.

—Albert Einstein, 1930

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes.

—Edward Bellamy, 1888

The fear of the Lord is true wisdom, and he who hath it not can in no way penetrate the true secrets of magic.

—Abraham the Jew, c. 1400