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

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

—Saint Augustine, c. 400

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

—Plotinus, c. 255

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

—Tom Robbins, 1976

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

—Aristophanes, 423 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 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

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.

—Thomas Szasz, 1970

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

—Roald Dahl, 1990

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

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

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939

In the society of men, the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled truth, and beauty is almost no longer possible if it is not a lie.

—R. D. Laing, 1967