Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.
I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.
~ CHARLES DE LINT, attributed, Creatureton High
“Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.”
~ NEIL GAIMAN, The Books of Magic: The Invisible Labyrinth
Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.
~ SHEL SILVERSTEIN, “Magic”
When you’re touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They’re too busy, or they just don’t hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.
~ CHARLES DE LINT, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories
I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
~ R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
~ ROALD DAHL, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets
“True Magic is the greatest of all natural sciences, because it includes a knowledge of visible and invisible nature. It is not only a science but an art, because it cannot be learned out of books and must be acquired by practical experience.”
~ L. W. DE LAURENCE, Great Book of Magical Art