Quotations About / On:
Sex pleasure in woman ... is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
(Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Second Sex, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1953).)
Magic lives in curves, not angles.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Henrieta Temple, pt. 4, ch. 1 (1837).)
... [photographs] trade simultaneously on the prestige of art and the magic of the real.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 3 (1977).)
Only the groups which exclude us have magic.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The New York Times Book Review, interview (1972).
on being asked "What kinds of power do you favor, and which do you oppose?")
Only an idiot would ask Wolfie to work on that stufftwelve foot snakes, magic flutes.
(Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Constanze Mozart (Elizabeth Berridge), Amadeus, to Emmanuel Schikaneder (Simon Callow), regarding his libretto for The Magic Flute (1984).)
Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word?
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Freud and the Future," originally published as "Freud und die Zukunft" in Imago, vol. 22, Vienna, Austria (1936). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 313, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).
Thomas Mann in his speech delivered in Vienna on Freud's 80th birthday.)
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 3 (1987).)