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

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

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

All things are filled full of signs, and it is a wise man who can learn about one thing from another.

—Plotinus, c. 255

The fact is certain because it is impossible.

—Tertullian, c. 200

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

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

—John Locke, 1689

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

—Robert Wilson, 1991

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

I shall curse you with book and bell and candle.

—Thomas Malory, c. 1470

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

—Emmanuel Lévinas, 1952

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

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