„The truth is more magical - in the best and most exciting sense of the word - than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality.“

—  Richard Dawkins, buch The Magic of Reality

Duke University, 01/03/2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcOoqxuroI&t=54m51s
The Magic Of Reality (2012)
Quelle: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
Kontext: Don’t ever be lazy enough, defeatist enough, cowardly enough to say “I don't understand it so it must be a miracle - it must be supernatural - God did it”. Say instead, that it’s a puzzle, it’s strange, it’s a challenge that we should rise to. Whether we rise to the challenge by questioning the truth of the observation, or by expanding our science in new and exciting directions - the proper and brave response to any such challenge is to tackle it head-on. And until we've found a proper answer to the mystery, it's perfectly ok simply to say “this is something we don't yet understand - but we're working on it”. It's the only honest thing to do. Miracles, magic and myths, they can be fun. Everybody likes a good story. Myths are fun, as long as you don't confuse them with the truth. The real truth has a magic of its own. The truth is more magical, in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic - the magic of reality.

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Britischer Zoologe, Biologe und Autor 1941

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„Magic words and incantations are as fatal to our science as they are to any other.“

—  Benjamin N. Cardozo United States federal judge 1870 - 1938

Pages 66 http://books.google.com/books?id=LGLuAAAAMAAJ&q=%22We+seek+to+find+peace+of+mind+in+the+word+the%22&pg=PA66#v=onepage – 67 http://books.google.com/books?id=LGLuAAAAMAAJ&q=%22formula+the+ritual+The+hope+is+an+illusion%22&pg=PA67#v=onepage
Other writings, The Growth of the Law (1924)
Kontext: Magic words and incantations are as fatal to our science as they are to any other. Methods, when classified and separated, acquire their true bearing and perspective as a means to an end, not as ends in themselves. We seek to find peace of mind in the word, the formula, the ritual. The hope is an illusion.

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„There aren't any magical words, really. Words just hold the magic.“

—  Jim Butcher, buch Grave Peril

Quelle: Grave Peril

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„Time is both a mystery and a miracle. A marvel and magic! We live in time and time lives in us.“

—  Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957

Quelle: The Wisest of All Times is Now! p. 7. (2021)

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„The old idea that words possess magical powers is false; but its falsity is the distortion of a very important truth. Words do have a magical effect — but not in the way that magicians supposed, and not on the objects they were trying to influence. Words are magical in the way they affect the minds of those who use them.“

—  Aldous Huxley English writer 1894 - 1963

Quoted as the opening passage of "BOOK ONE: The Functions of Language" in Language in Thought and Action (1949) by S. I. Hayakawa, p. 3
Words and Their Meanings (1940)
Kontext: A great deal of attention has been paid … to the technical languages in which men of science do their specialized thinking … But the colloquial usages of everyday speech, the literary and philosophical dialects in which men do their thinking about the problems of morals, politics, religion and psychology — these have been strangely neglected. We talk about "mere matters of words" in a tone which implies that we regard words as things beneath the notice of a serious-minded person.
This is a most unfortunate attitude. For the fact is that words play an enormous part in our lives and are therefore deserving of the closest study. The old idea that words possess magical powers is false; but its falsity is the distortion of a very important truth. Words do have a magical effect — but not in the way that magicians supposed, and not on the objects they were trying to influence. Words are magical in the way they affect the minds of those who use them. "A mere matter of words," we say contemptuously, forgetting that words have power to mould men's thinking, to canalize their feeling, to direct their willing and acting. Conduct and character are largely determined by the nature of the words we currently use to discuss ourselves and the world around us.

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„The only antidote to the magic of images is the magic of words.“

—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947

Break, Blow, Burn (2005)

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„If there was any magic in this world that was not magic, it was wine.“

—  Lev Grossman, buch The Magician's Land

Quelle: The Magician's Land

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„Black magic is not a myth. It is a totally unscientific and emotional form of magic, but it does get results — of an extremely temporary nature.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Article "The Worst Man in the World" in The Sunday Dispatch (2 July 1933); quoted in The Magical Revival (1972) by Kenneth Grant.
Kontext: Black magic is not a myth. It is a totally unscientific and emotional form of magic, but it does get results — of an extremely temporary nature. The recoil upon those who practice it is terrific.
It is like looking for an escape of gas with a lighted candle. As far as the search goes, there is little fear of failure!
To practice black magic you have to violate every principle of science, decency, and intelligence. You must be obsessed with an insane idea of the importance of the petty object of your wretched and selfish desires.
I have been accused of being a "black magician." No more foolish statement was ever made about me. I despise the thing to such an extent that I can hardly believe in the existence of people so debased and idiotic as to practice it.

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„There is no magic, only mysteries explained, and mysteries unexplained.“

—  John C. Wright American novelist and technical writer 1961

Quelle: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 8, “Pallid Hounds A-Hunting” Section 1 (p. 106)

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„Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.“

—  Margot Fonteyn English ballerina 1919 - 1991

As quoted in Thoughts from Earth (2004) by James Randall Miller

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„The law of similarity made any map a magical instrument.“

—  Rick Cook American writer 1944

The Wizardry Compiled (1989)

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„Magic, or rather magical power, comprehends two things, a science and a force: without the force the science is nothing, or rather it is a danger.“

—  Eliphas Levi French writer 1810 - 1875

Miscellaneous Quotes On the Subjects of Magic and Magicians
Quelle: Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, Introduction p. 11

„Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951

hence all the old tales of elfin Kingdoms moving further and further away from our world, or that magical beings require our faith, our belief in their existence, to survive. … That is a lie. All they require is our recognition.
Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 337
The Little Country (1991)

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„There is no magic in words.“

—  Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon British Baron 1732 - 1802

King v. Inhabitants of North Nibley (1792), 5 T. R. 24; Lord Romilly, Lord v. Jeffkins (1865), 35 Beav. 16.

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