Sorcery Quotes

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T.F. Hodge
“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician's karmic calamity.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

“Then...there was no sorcery?" Lannister snorted. "Sorcery is the sauce fools spoon over failure to hide the flavor of their own incompetence.”
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Marion Zimmer Bradley
“There are ignorant priests and ignorant people, who are all too ready to cry sorcery if a woman is only a little wiser than they are!”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Rod Serling
“If in any quest for magic, in any search for sorcery, witchery, legerdemain, first check the human spirit.”
Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories

Jess C. Scott
“Follow your heart, Ithilnin," Albirich repeated. "Time is precious. Don't waste it living someone else's life.”
Jess C. Scott, The Darker Side of Life

Carlos Castaneda
“We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The Predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so... I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! "This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico ... They took us over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them." "No, no, no, no," [Carlos replies] "This is absurd don Juan. What you're saying is something monstrous. It simply can't be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or for anyone." "Why not?" don Juan asked calmly. "Why not? Because it infuriates you? ... You haven't heard all the claims yet. I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behaviour. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal." "'But how can they do this, don Juan? [Carlos] asked, somehow angered further by what [don Juan] was saying. "'Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?" "'No, they don't do it that way. That's idiotic!" don Juan said, smiling. "They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous manoeuvre stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous manoeuvre from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators' mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now." "I know that even though you have never suffered hunger... you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its manoeuvre is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear." "The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when [the predator] made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then, everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man. What I'm saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He's an average piece of meat." "There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.”
Carlos Castaneda, The Active Side of Infinity

Katherine Arden
“I did not know I was to be outdone by a little magic boy and his tricks,” he said. “I salute you, magician.” He swept her a bow from horseback.

Vasya did not return the bow. “To small minds,” she told him, spine very straight, “any skill must look like sorcery.”
Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower

Zeena Schreck
“The core practice of magic is: The execution of a willed intent to create change in the material world, which either defies, hastens or purifies the consequences of natural cause and effect.”
Zeena Schreck

Cormac McCarthy
“If a dream can tell the future it can also thwart that future. For God will not permit that we shall know what is to come. He is bound to no one that the world unfold just so upon its course and those who by some sorcery or by some dream might come to pierce the veil that lies so darkly over all that is before them may serve by just that vision to cause that God should wrench the world from its heading and set it upon another course altogether and then where stands the sorcerer? Where the dreamer and his dream?”
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

“I'm not interested in whether I'm better than you; only whether I'm better than yesterday.”
Mike Ormsby, Child Witch Kinshasa

Franz Rottensteiner
“Nevertheless, the potential and actual importance of fantastic literature lies in such psychic links: what appears to be the result of an overweening imagination, boldly and arbitrarily defying the laws of time, space and ordered causality, is closely connected with, and structured by, the categories of the subconscious, the inner impulses of man's nature. At first glance the scope of fantastic literature, free as it is from the restrictions of natural law, appears to be unlimited. A closer look, however, will show that a few dominant themes and motifs constantly recur: deals with the Devil; returns from the grave for revenge or atonement; invisible creatures; vampires; werewolves; golems; animated puppets or automatons; witchcraft and sorcery; human organs operating as separate entities, and so on. Fantastic literature is a kind of fiction that always leads us back to ourselves, however exotic the presentation; and the objects and events, however bizarre they seem, are simply externalizations of inner psychic states. This may often be mere mummery, but on occasion it seems to touch the heart in its inmost depths and become great literature.”
Franz Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book: An Illustrated History From Dracula To Tolkien

Ursula K. Le Guin
“They have no gods. They work magic, and think they are gods themselves. But they are not. And when they die, they (...) become dust and bone, and their ghosts whine on the wind a little while till the wind blows them away. They do not have immortal souls.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Tombs of Atuan

Carlos Castaneda
“It isn't that as time goes by you're learning sorcery; rather, what you're learning is to save energy. And this energy will enable you to handle some of the energy fields that are not employed in perceiving the ordinary world we know. Sorcery is a state of awareness.”
Carlos Castaneda, Power of Silence

Naomi Novik
“I thought I could smell the sorcery in him, a sharp pungent mix of cinnamon and pepper and resin of pine, and deep below it burning woodsmoke.”
Naomi Novik, Spinning Silver

Renée Ahdieh
“Real love may be a choice, but I plan to choose someone who steals the breath from my body and haunts my very dreams. That is the only kind of love worth having.”
Renée Ahdieh, The Damned

“Sorcery was a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Carlos Castaneda
“Every warrior on the path of knowledge thinks, at one time or another, that he's learning sorcery, but all he's doing is allowing himself to be convinced of the power hidden in his being, and that he can reach it.”
Carlos Castaneda

“The stone itself bled the malice of ancient things that had languished in darkness for centuries – consciousnesses that did not slumber, minds that did not dream.”
Margaret Rogerson, Sorcery of Thorns

Stephen King
“Free, free, free... necromancer, I love you.”
Stephen King, Firestarter

H.M. Forester
“Now, sorcery rules the world. Of course, most don't call it sorcery; indeed, many would be horrified by such a notion. Instead, they use words like ideology, politics, defence, security, patriotism, commerce, industry, marketing, consumerism and belief. But where there is power-seeking, especially power over others or for oneself, though also over oneself, and be it wittingly or unwittingly conjured up, make no mistake: there is sorcery afoot. It just comes in different shades and colours, that's all.”
H.M. Forester, Game of Aeons

Bec McMaster
“I will give you my days... but, my dear sorceress, your nights are mine.”
Bec McMaster, Shadowbound

“Violence always leads to pain" Trendal Malian- Ishtaria: Prince of Blades”
Keith Collier

“The world the Citadel is building has no place in it for sorcery or prophecy or glass candles, much less for dragons.”
George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“She was sorceress on paper, a goddess in her mind but a mere peasant to everyone living in her present times.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Petter Dass
“Men allermeest er det forundringer værd,
En Ganne indsætter, en anden har lærd,
Den samme med Konst at udtage.
Nu maatte man spørge, hvor giøres det got,
At Satan mot Satanem øver sin Spot,
Kand Diævel en Diævel uddrive;”
Petter Dass, The Trumpet of Nordland

Aleister Crowley
“Thus each step in sorcery is also a step in slavery; and that any man should put such power in the hands of another, no matter for what hope of gain, is one of the mysteries of perverse psychology.”
Aleister Crowley, Moonchild

J.B.  Richards
“For me, romance shouldn't be based on gender... It's about the love and relationship between two people who see past the corporeal and into each other's souls.”
J.B. Richards, The Curse of the Dragon Stone

Paul   Krueger
“But healing is not a process enacted by sorcery alone. The patient must fight at least as hard as the physician, if not much harder.”
Paul Krueger, Steel Crow Saga

Sharif Khan
“Break the spell of the Word and you break the spell of the world.”
Sharif Khan, Brave Fortune

Neel Burton
“Drinking wine is like using magic: there's always a price to pay.”
Neel Burton, The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting

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