Magicians Quotes

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Deb Caletti
“If you look up "charming" in the dictionary, you'll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Lev Grossman
“I have a little theory that I'd like to air here, if I may. What is it that you think makes you magicians?" More silence. Fogg was well into rhetorical-question territory now anyway. He spoke more softly. "Is it because you are intelligent? Is it because you are brave and good? Is is because you're special?

Maybe. Who knows. But I'll tell you something: I think you're magicians because you're unhappy. A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength.

Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.”
Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Jonathan Stroud
“He was transfixed at the sight of the lords and ladies of his realm running about like demented chickens.”
Jonathan Stroud, The Amulet of Samarkand

Sherman Alexie
“That's how I do this life sometimes by making the ordinary just like magic and just like a card trick and just like a mirror and just like the disappearing. Every Indian learns how to be a magician and learns how to misdirect attention and the dark hand is always quicker than the white eye and no matter how close you get to my heart you will never find out my secrets and I'll never tell you and I'll never show you the same trick twice.
I'm traveling heavy with illusions.”
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Rainbow Rowell
“He smiles, and he's made of trouble. We should have dropped him in the Thames in a bag of stones. We should have left him out for the fairies.”
Rainbow Rowell, Carry On

“Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does.”
Karl Germain

Susanna Clarke
“But the other Ministers considered that to employ a magician was one thing, novelists were quite another and they would not stoop to it.”
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Deepak Chopra
“Wizards? Do you mean they do things a different way?"
"No, just the way we do,"Merlin replied.With a flick of his finger he lit the soggy heap of kindling that Arthur had gathered (...) A blaze leapt up on the instant. Merlin then opened his hands and produced some food out of thin air.”
Deepak Chopra, The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want

Patricia C. Wrede
“Thank God!" he said, and kissed her.
Kissing Mairelon was much nicer than anything she had ever dared to imagine, despite the headache.”
Patricia C. Wrede, A Matter of Magic

Susanna Clarke
“I was told once by some country people that a magician should never tell his dreams because the telling will make them come true. But I say that is great nonsense.”
Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

Amit Kalantri
“Magic is the stunning art of surprising your audience, so that nothing else surprises them.”
Amit Kalantri

Matt Posner
“Just having a certain kind of attitude can be magic.”
Matt Posner, The Ghost in the Crystal

Larry David
“The one thing about Hitler that I admire is that he wouldn't take any shit from magicians.”
Larry David

Lita Burke
“An Enforcer’s style is to destroy all magicians in sight and lap up their essence like a starved cur.”
Lita Burke, Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane

Grady Hendrix
“Hating clowns is a waste of time because you’ll never loathe a clown as much as he loathes himself, but a magician? Magicians think they’re wise and witty, full of patter and panache, walking around like they didn’t deserve to be shot in the back of the head and dumped in a lake. For all the grandeur of its self-regard, magic consists of nothing more than making a total stranger feel stupid. Worse, the magician usually dresses like a jackass.”
Grady Hendrix, Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

Amit Kalantri
“Sleight comes with exercise, subtlety comes with experience.”
Amit Kalantri

Ilse V. Rensburg
“The air is thick with the nauseating rot of discarded hot dogs and sweat. It’s insufferable. Everything. She can barely walk a few feet without knocking into a screaming child, or tripping over the rickety soap box of a barker, who roars over the crowds about bearded women, mer-babies and horned geriatrics.”
Ilse V. Rensburg, Sleight of Hand

Ilse V. Rensburg
“Perhaps her parents are still with her, even after all these years. Carving a celestial path for her which she follows blindly. Whispering encouragement in her ears and reminding her why she chose the life she now leads. Avenge us.”
Ilse V. Rensburg, Sleight of Hand

Ilse V. Rensburg
“I know I make you uneasy. I don’t need to be psychic to notice that,” Madame Luna says. “Being around magic is never comfortable for those who don’t dabble in it.”

“And rightfully so,” Gwen says as she drops the cigarette into an empty bottle. “It’s unnatural. No two ways about it.”
Ilse V. Rensburg, Sleight of Hand

Ilse V. Rensburg
“Gwen knows it will take their breath away. What Demento plans to tantalize them with next is no sleight of hand, especially with its charming pet name - The Devil’s Coil.”
Ilse V. Rensburg, Sleight of Hand

“I told Ginny I’d turn her into a rabbit,” I explained, still dazed. “To get back at her for ruining all my magic shows. And now she is a rabbit!”
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Amit Kalantri
“Magic is a lie, but magician need not be a liar.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Those who failed in the art of magic thought they lacked good props, what they really lacked was good practice.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“A skilled magician cannot fool other skilled magicians with moves, but he can certainly fool them with mathematics.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Asher Sharol
“Mr. Bode piped, “Just to reiterate the specifics. We want the magical essence of the Quintet to reveal themselves through their spirit keys. So, Helloise, you can do half now and complete it at the height of the Taurunox so it has maximum effect. That should be just shy of ten when the students are enjoying their last dance.”

Mrs. Vee nodded, closed her eyes, and proffered her arm with the blue Obiscule in her palm.


Mr. Bode spoke again. 'Oh, and before you proceed, Helloise. I apologize for the inconvenience, but when we do identify the Blood Quintet, we will all be on bodyguard duty for the night at their homes just to ensure they're fine throughout the duration of the meteor shower."


Mrs. Vee huffed. “Rather annoying. But I guess I see the sense in it. I’ll be using my alternative form, however. Surely, that’s permitted in these…special circumstances.”

Mr. Bode glanced at Mr. Bruce, who nodded.

"Yes, you may morph,” Bode said. “But I warn… you may be subject to fierce attacks from the enemy. I say that to say that it is not my prerogative to tell you not to use forbidden spells."


Each of them nodded in agreement.

Mr. Bruce added. “Kat. You’re the most inexperienced here. If there’s anything you will need before the vigil then I’m sure you can approach any of us here. Yes?”

"Got it." Ms. Nash nodded, her fingers trembling under the table.


“Please proceed, Helloise,” Mr. Bruce ordered.


Mrs.Vee inhaled deeply before enunciating a melodious five-lined incantation that could pass for a nursery rhyme. Seconds later, her blue orb emitted five strands of flaccid, spaghettified blue light which fell down over her palm like a quintet of luminescent shoe-laces. Without warning, the light laces stiffened and shot off in different directions. The room glowed momentarily as the light inside the orb flickered like a flame in the wind. Finally, Mrs. Vee uttered a single word, pitching the room once more into semi-darkness.


“Done,” she said, sitting.

Mr. Bruce gave her a half-hearted clap. “Brilliant.”
Asher Sharol, Bonds Of Chrome Magic

“Magic is the most philosophical performing art, because — like philosophy — it replaces the illusion of knowledge with the knowledge of illusion.”
Nikolas Jintri

Lev Grossman
“She was their witch queen, and they adored her.”
Lev Grossman, The Magician King

Molly Ringle
“Zaya set his fingertips atop a book and looked at Col. “One of the commanders turned a whole field of soldiers into potatoes. Then had them crushed underfoot by horses.”

“They couldn’t feel much when they were potatoes. It was less cruel, really.”
Molly Ringle, Sage and King

V.E. Schwab
“We may share an ability, you and I, but that does not make us equals.”
V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

Amit Kalantri
“A professional magician thinks of magic only twice a day, when he is alone and when he is with someone else.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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