Nothing is so easy as to deceive one’s self; for what we wish, that we readily believe.

—Demosthenes, 349 BC

Many are the wonders of the world, and none so wonderful as man.

—Sophocles, c. 441 BC

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.

—Robertson Davies, 1985

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

Egypt was the mother of magicians.

—Clement of Alexandria, c. 200

Men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, c. 50 BC

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

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

—Tom Robbins, 1976

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

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

—Robert Wilson, 1991

The fact is certain because it is impossible.

—Tertullian, c. 200

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC