Magical Thinking Quotes

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Augusten Burroughs
“Although I was able to maintain a pleasant expression, I was mentally throwing up in her face.”
Augusten Burroughs

“Escape from reality. In some instances, dissociation induces people to imagine that they have some kind of mastery over intractable environmental difficulties. Dissociation is often implicated in magical thinking or self-induced trance states. This aspect of dissociation is frequently found in abuse survivors. It is not uncommon for abused children to engage in magical thinking to retain an illusion of control over the situation (e.g., believing that they "cause" the perpetrator to act out).”
Marlene Steinberg

Anthon St. Maarten
“There was no need for a term like ‘magical thinking’ in the Golden Age of Man...there was only genuine everyday magic and mysticism. Children were not mocked or scolded in those days for singing to the rain or talking to the wind.”
Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

Thomas Ligotti
“...ultimately, all diseases are magical diseases...

("Gas Station Carnival")”
Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory

Steven Pinker
“Enlightenment humanism, then, is far from being a crowd-pleaser. The idea that the ultimate good is to use knowledge to enhance human welfare leaves people cold. Deep explanations of the universe, the planet, life, the brain? Unless they use magic, we don't want to believe them! Saving the lives of billions, eradicating disease, feeding the hungry? Bo-ring. People extending their compassion to all of humankind? Not good enough—we want the laws of physics to care about us! Longevity, health, understanding, beauty, freedom, love? There's got to be more to life than that!”
Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Jacob Nordby
“Too many people confuse real magic with magical thinking. Real magic isn't a trick and it transforms our lives. Magical thinking is denial.
Real magic is what happens when we break old belief patterns and have the courage to employ the native laws of the Universe”
Jacob Nordby

Jamie Le Fay
“She believed in magic—the magic of places, the magic of people, the magic of coincidences, serendipity, and fortune. She enjoyed wandering through the world with the open mind and curiosity of a four-year-old child. In her world the mystical, mythical, and magical inhabited the same space and time as the ordinary and the practical. At Bethesda Terrace, she always felt close to a source of magic and creativity. It was as if she was tapping into the place where dragons, angels, gods, sorceresses, and demons came to life.”
Jamie Le Fay, Beginnings

“The world is entirely magical, the only illusion is that it isn't...”
Lydia Andal, Marilyn Monroe, Under the Veil; Autism, Numerology & Norma Jeane

“We should be cautiously open to the spiritual and non-rational, and skeptical of the more invisible magical thinking—what we might call “magical reason”—pervading secular thought and experience in modern society. Science and technology are for most people a new religion, and their orthodoxies are believed with the same fervor.”
David Watson, Against The Megamachine: Essays On Empire And Its Enemies

“It is possible to induce incorrect notions of cause and effect in most people in just a few minutes. All that is necessary is to expose them to rewards which they believe they are generating based on their actions when in fact the rewards are randomly awarded. People will latch onto any seeming success and repeat it, even when they have to explain repeated failures as well. It appears practically impossible, or at least very rare, for humans not to be influenced by immediate experiences of concrete results. This is true even if the experiences turn out to have limited theoretical validity. The moment of surprise is not when people repeat alchemical failures but when they begin to do something else.”
Naomi janowitz, Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

“If I shut everything else out and filled the room with memories, the past could become the present, and I could live there, with him. I would never leave.”
Suzanne Hayes, I'll Be Seeing You

Thomas Ligotti
“In supernatural horror stories, however, magical thinking is a completely different matter. Those characters contending with what seems to be the work of magic will deny till the very last moment that anything magical is going on. They will invoke reason and evidence and eek out corroborations for the cause of their problems. But readers of these stories are rarely, if ever, on the side of these characters. They desperately want to believe that there is indeed something magical going on and they are primed to accept it whenever it occurs. Some readers especially enjoy a story with bad magic, as it assures them that magic is confined to fiction and will not leak into their real lives. This is the most perverse form of magical thinking and the one least likely to be recognized as such.”
Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2

Marcel Proust
“Je me redisais en étouffant mes sanglots les mots où Gilberte avait laissé éclater sa joie de ne pas venir de longtemps aux Champs-Élysées. Mais déjà le charme dont, par son simple fonctionnement, se remplissait mon esprit dès qu'il songeait à elle, la position particulière, unique,—fût elle affligeante,—où me plaçait inévitablement par rapport à Gilberte, la contrainte interne d'un pli mental, avaient commencé à ajouter, même à cette marque d'indifférence, quelque chose de romanesque, et au milieu de mes larmes se formait un sourire qui n'était que l'ébauche timide d'un baiser. Et quand vint l'heure du courrier, je me dis ce soir-là comme tous les autres: Je vais recevoir une lettre de Gilberte, elle va me dire enfin qu'elle n'a jamais cessé de m'aimer, et m'expliquera la raison mystérieuse pour laquelle elle a été forcée de me le cacher jusqu'ici, de faire semblant de pouvoir être heureuse sans me voir, la raison pour laquelle elle a pris l'apparence de la Gilberte simple camarade.
Tous les soirs je me plaisais à imaginer cette lettre, je croyais la lire, je m'en récitais chaque phrase. Tout d'un coup je m'arrêtais effrayé. Je comprenais que si je devais recevoir une lettre de Gilberte, ce ne pourrait pas en tous cas être celle-là puisque c'était moi qui venais de la composer. Et dès lors, je m'efforçais de détourner ma pensée des mots que j'aurais aimé qu'elle m'écrivît, par peur en les énonçant, d'exclure justement ceux-là,—les plus chers, les plus désirés—, du champ des réalisations possibles. Même si par une invraisemblable coïncidence, c'eût été justement la lettre que j'avais inventée que de son côté m'eût adressée Gilberte, y reconnaissant mon œuvre je n'eusse pas eu l'impression de recevoir quelque chose qui ne vînt pas de moi, quelque chose de réel, de nouveau, un bonheur extérieur à mon esprit, indépendant de ma volonté, vraiment donné par l'amour.”
Marcel Proust

Jeanine Cummins
“The sky is scrubbed fresh and stark blue by the gone rain, but every trace of that water has evaporated from the earth around them. It feels like a dream, all that rainfall. 'This is a cycle,' she thinks. Every day a fresh horror, and when it's over, this feeling of surreal detachment. A disbelief, almost, in what they just endured. The mind is magical. Human beings are magical.”
Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt

Jacqueline Woodson
“Maybe this was the moment when I knew I was part of a long line of almost erased stories. A child of denial. Of magical thinking.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Red at the Bone

Anne Ursu
“Everything and everyone was so hungry. The monster. The Barrow folk, buying everything up when danger lurked. The City people, clutching at pretty little enchanted things. Substituting magic for people. The shining people’s ancestors, when the plague threatened, ignoring the warnings of the wizards, assuring themselves magic would keep them safe as they themselves brought death upon the entire island.”
Anne Ursu, The Real Boy

Anthon St. Maarten
“Transforming your life does not require extraordinary luck, magic or miracles. You can b begin to change your life at any moment by simply changing your attitude.”
Anthon St. Maarten

C. JoyBell C.
“We talk about magic as if it's something unnatural and awesome but that's only because we think ourselves basic and mundane. Meanwhile, we are well-formed dirt that's conscious and communicates with languages that can be whatever we want them to be. We fly in the skies on metal birds and discover deep seas inside of iron whales. Think of all the barren planets in our solar system: nothing but balls of different kinds of dirt and rock and ice; and yet, here we are! We are anomalies, we are magical. If we identified this in ourselves; all the magic in the world would be but an extension of our anomalous existence.”
C. JoyBell C.