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

—Aristophanes, 423 BC

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

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.

—Robertson Davies, 1985

Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.

—Woody Allen, 1979

Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost.

—Robert Southey, 1809

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

—John Locke, 1689

Egypt was the mother of magicians.

—Clement of Alexandria, c. 200

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

—Saint Augustine, c. 400

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC

On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes.

—Edward Bellamy, 1888

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

—Gaston Bachelard, 1960

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