50+ Quotes About Magic For The Believer In All Of Us

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Do you believe in magic? That’s the age-old question. For some, bunnies out of a hat or a vanishing deck of cards is enough to turn them into believers. Others see magic in their loved ones, in nature, and even in themselves. Whatever your outlook on life, poets, writers, comedians, scientists, and songwriters have spent millennia trying to capture magic into word and song. As author Kate DiCamillo once wrote, “I think hope and magic are probably connected.” To give you a taste of both, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the most poignant quotes and sayings about magic — from Disney, to Harry Potter, to Practical Magic. So, hopefully, you find some when you need it most.

Magic is one of those things that never ceases to amaze people. Whether you’re two or 62, the wonder of what seems impossible never disappears. Believing in the impracticable or unattainable is the foundation of fantasy and dreams. So if you have a soft spot for wonder and all things amazing, you’ve come to the right place.

Looking for more quotes that will fill you with wonder and warmth? Check out our quotes pages on friendship, love, self-care, and more.

1. “Do you believe in magic in a young girl’s heart

How the music can free her, whenever it starts And it’s magic, if the music is groovy It makes you feel happy, like an old-time movie I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul But it’s like trying to tell a stranger ’bout rock-and-roll.” — The Lovin’ Spoonful

2. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” — J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — Roald Dahl

4. “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” — W.B. Yeats

5. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

6. “I think hope and magic are probably connected.” — Kate DiCamillo

7. “I always write ‘Magic Potion’ on my perfume bottles, so when I use them, it feels magical. I make spells in the morning when I put them on.” — Alexa Chung

8. “Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated… Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible.” — Paulo Coelho

9. “Part of show business is magic. You don’t know how it happens.” — Sammy Davis, Jr.

10. “But remember. Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean it isn’t real.” — Katherine Howe

11. “’Magic doesn’t require beauty,’ she said. ‘Easy magic is pretty. Great magic asks that you trouble the waters. It requires a disruption, something new.” — Leigh Bardugo

12. “But all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself.” — Shel Silverstein

13. “Magic is at the core of myths.” — Colin Farrell

14. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” — J.K. Rowling

15. “Some people are magic, and others are just the illusion of it.” — Beau Taplin

16. “That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” — Charles de Lint

17. “M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them, and dreams, and, I hope, even a few surprises…” — Neil Gaiman

18. “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind, and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” — Nora Roberts

19. “Children see magic because they look for it.” — Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

20. “It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” — Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

21. “She’s mad, but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” — Charles Bukowski

22. “The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

23. “Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.” — Arthur C. Clarke

24. “Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can’t weave together a spell that you don’t believe in.” — Jim Butcher

25. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible

26. “Words can have the same kind of magic as riffs can.” — Stone Gossard

27. “And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning.” — Dar Williams

28. “You can live your dreams, and you can believe in magic. You can live your dreams, and you can be yourself.” — Keiynan Lonsdale

29. “It’s not sometimes realistic to think that something magical can happen, but I think I look for the magic.” — Sherilyn Fenn

30. “Magic touches people in the way great art does. It lets them see the world with new eyes.” — Drummond Money-Coutts

31. “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” — Walt Disney

32. “People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.” — Paul Simon

33. “Music is the strongest form of magic.” — Marilyn Manson

34. “The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box.” — Marc Andreessen

35. “Nature is a petrified magic city.” — Novalis

36. “If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.” — Danielle Steel

37. “The world is its own magic.” — Shunryu Suzuki

38. “Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with.” — Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

39. “There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” — Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

40. “It doesn’t matter what people tell you. It doesn’t matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.” — Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

41. “The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.” — Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

42. “Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic, and miracles.” — Roy T. Bennett

43. “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

44. “I am sure there is magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett

45. “Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost.” — Morgan Rhodes

46. “The only thing was, she didn’t really want to see the future. What she wanted was to see something no one else could see or would see, and maybe that was asking for more magic that was in the world.” — Maggie Stiefvater

47. “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” — J.K. Rowling

48. “If by your art, my dearest father, you have

Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.” — William Shakespeare

49. “For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.” — Margery William

50. “Powerful magic holds the knots in place. When released, Muriel can channel that magic into granting the favor.” — Brandon Mull

51. “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

52. “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

53. “It’s so dark right now, I can’t see any light around me. That’s because the light is coming from you. You can’t see it but everyone else can.” — Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

54. “Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works?” — Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

55. “’Can a magician kill a man by magic?’ Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question.

‘I suppose a magician might,’ he admitted, ‘but a gentleman never could.'” — Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

56. “She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’

‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.’” — Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

57. Never ever doubt in magic. The purest honest thoughts come from children — ask any child if they believe in magic, and they will tell you the truth. Scott Dixon

58. “Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.” — Ben Okri

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