Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.

—Lucretius, c. 58 BC

Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic.

—Derek Walcott, 1986

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

Men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, c. 50 BC

The fact is certain because it is impossible.

—Tertullian, c. 200

God is alive. Magic is afoot.

—Leonard Cohen, 1966

Egypt was the mother of magicians.

—Clement of Alexandria, c. 200

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.

—Pablo Picasso, 1929

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

—Emmanuel Lévinas, 1952

Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a centaur, a leopard, a wolf, or a bull?

—Aristophanes, 423 BC

One thing alone not even God can do: to make undone whatever has been done.

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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