Men willingly believe what they wish.

—Julius Caesar, c. 50 BC

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

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

—Sophocles, c. 441 BC

Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.

—Plato, c. 375 BC

Egypt was the mother of magicians.

—Clement of Alexandria, c. 200

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

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

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

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

—Saint Augustine, c. 400

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

—Robert Southey, 1809

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

—Tom Robbins, 1976

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear.

—William Shakespeare, 1592