The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
—Eden Phillpotts (1862–1960) English Author, Poet, Dramatist
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
—Walter Bagehot (1826–77) English Economist, Journalist
The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object.
—George Henry Lewes (1817–78) English Philosopher, Literary Critic, Art Critic
It’s been suggested that if the supernaturalists really had the powers they claim, they’d win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science. Either way, why are they wasting their talents doing party turns on television?
—Richard Dawkins (b.1941) British Evolutionary Biologist, Atheist
Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.
—Ben Okri (b.1959) Nigerian Novelist, Poet, Short-Story Writer
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
—Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) British Scientist, Science-fiction Writer
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
—Margot Fonteyn (1919–91) English Classical Ballet Dancer