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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 believer in magic and miracles reflects on how to impose a law on nature—and, in brief, the religious cult is the outcome of this reflection.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1878

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.

—Gaston Bachelard, 1960

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

—Italo Calvino, 1967

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

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

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

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

—John Locke, 1689

Men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, c. 50 BC

God is alive. Magic is afoot.

—Leonard Cohen, 1966

Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.

—Lucretius, c. 58 BC

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

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

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC