Best Quotes About Magical

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Eden Phillpotts

When executing advertising, it's best to think of yourself as an uninvited guest in the living room of a prospect who has the magical power to make you disappear instantly. -John O'Toole

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. -Dale Carnegie

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. -Earl Nightingale

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. -Jim Rohn

There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam. -Eliza Cook

The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers. -Gail Godwin

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. -Plato

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? -J. B. Priestley

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God's finger on man's shoulder. -Charles Morgan

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. -Thomas Carlyle

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf. -Christopher Dodd

People don't understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them. -Bruce Schneier

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things. -bell hooks

I don't particularly have any magical ambitions, but then, I never did. I just enjoyed the game. -Paul Daniels

If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear? -Stevie Nicks

Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on. -David Lynch

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience. -Chuck Close

In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual. -William Robertson Smith

They were two halves that together formed a magical whole. -Dick Button

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. -Thomas Dekker

Good guy' or 'bad guy', hero or anti hero; doesn't matter to me, what role I play, only the character have something magical. -Rutger Hauer

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers, I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche. -George Crumb

That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is. -Lesley Garrett

When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you'd go, what did you just play… immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That's what we're going to miss. -Robin Gibb

I just love writing. It's magical, it's somewhere else to go, it's somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting. Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world. -Tanith Lee

There's something magical about putting yourself into life. You've got to stand up and take responsibility for your own life and you cannot abandon that. -Bill Kurtis

I began to believe the fairy tales: You know, how we're all out there looking for our magical missing half. -Michael Bergin

Second, there are so many magical places in books that you can't go to, like Hogwarts and Middle Earth, so I wanted to set a story in a place where children can actually go. -Cornelia Funke

Junk bonds prove there's nothing magical in a Aaa bond rating. -Merton Miller

'What's My Line' 1971 was a magical experience as I was still in my teens, and it was my first appearance. You know how they say you never forget 'your first'! -Randy West

Ensure that your script is watertight. If it's not on the page, it will never magically appear on the screen. -Richard E. Grant

He was a psychotic. He was a borderline psychotic. He was a terrific, sensational actor, with a magical screen presence, you couldn't keep your eyes off him, but he was paranoid. He was sure everybody was out to get him. -Mark Rydell

Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. -Lynn Abbey

Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured. -Lynn Abbey

The world that she lives in is just magical, one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. -Camilla Belle

Anyway, it fell through because they ran out of money. That was when I learned not to waste your time getting your hopes up or to believe something until it actually happens. We broke up for various reasons, but it was a good band. Jim and Don produced some magical music. -Jamie Muir

But we were really locked in to that kind of format, and as the '90s wore on, it became for me more solidified, in that sense that there weren't as many of those magical shows that were just magic all the way through as there had been in earlier years. -Phil Lesh

Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone. -Alicia Witt

If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

There was a moth in there, and it still had its wings crumpled up, and it was just starting to pump its wings up. Life continues in lots of places, and life is a magical thing. -Laurel Clark

It's not sometimes realistic to think that something magical can happen, but I think I look for the magic. -Sherilyn Fenn

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single 8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually was the general manager of this power cooperative. It was quite magical to me. -John Sexton

I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice. -Debi Thomas

I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night, and it made me see how much she really meant to me. -Rod Taylor

What I do is not some magical, mystical thing. I simply get up in the morning, get to work on time, say my lines, and do the best I can. -Parker Stevenson

If you have some magical chemistry that actually find the music you make compelling, that is a big bonus. -Geddy Lee

There is something magical in seeing what you can do, what texture and tone and colour you can produce merely with a pen point and a bottle of ink. -Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

I love Gibsons, and Nationals, too. There's something magical about them. -Mark Knopfler

I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see – you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location. -Bob Balaban

I tour with a piano, actually. Luckily I am able to hire people that deal with it completely and magically a piano appears on stage and then magically disappears when I leave. -Vanessa Carlton

We went to a small lake, Bass Lake. It was beautiful. It was perfectly still when we got there in the morning. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just magical. And we did catch some fish, 13 fish. -Jennifer Granholm

The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical. -Maya Lin

I ain't got no magical powers and mystical trips and all that kind of crap. It's kind of silly. -Charles Manson

But who cares? I can honestly look back and realize that everything happened for a reason. Everything that fell apart has fallen back into place beautifully and magically. -Edie Brickell

When you're young, you don't know what you don't know, so it's easier to get into that magical thing. -Greg Rusedski

Well, Rhoda was, I think, the last actress that we saw. There had been so many wonderful actresses who were close, really close. But there was no magical epiphany. -Mary Tyler Moore

After the magical act accomplished by Joyce with Ulysses, perhaps we are getting away from it. -Raymond Queneau

The site I landed on feels much more isolated than it really is; it's almost magical. Within its limited radius, there was a whole range of the local ecology. -Martin Puryear

I don't know that I believe in the supernatural, but I do believe in miracles, and our time together was filled with the events of magical unlikelihood. -John Perry Barlow

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -John Quincy Adams

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness. -Aleister Crowley

The theater is magical and addictive. -Angela Lansbury

Being a parent is too complicated and emotional a task for magical techniques and miracle cures. -Ron Taffel

Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement. -Willa Cather

The absolute dependence of a newborn infant inspired many things in me, but it did not activate any magical knowledge about what to do for the next twenty years. -Mary Kay Blakely

What the president announced yesterday, is that somehow magically, if we just continue to prime the pump of taxpayer dollars, we're going to see magically an economic recovery. -Eric Cantor

I've spent, I think, close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. -Charlie Sheen

Something magical happened when I turned 25 – I looked in the mirror and was like, 'You might not get carded for an R-rated movie anymore.' Like I didn't have a little stick figure anymore. -Kristen Bell

My career is like an artichoke. People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don't even know that there's something magical hidden at the base of it. There's a whole other side of me that people didn't know existed. -Katy Perry

It was really a magical moment, to see this idea that's in your head. -Michael Arad

There's a store in my neighborhood called Futon World. I like that name, 'Futon World.' Makes me think of a magical place that gets less and less comfortable over time. -Demetri Martin

There is something magical about that green coat. I mean that sincerely. It's a very special week, and being able to wear that green jacket. It's made my whole career. It's special. -Fuzzy Zoeller

What I take from writers I like is their economy – the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that's magical. -Mos Def

My daughter is in love with Adele. She listens to her every day. To see someone with that much passion and soul move a 9-year-old is amazing and it's magical. -Brandy Norwood

My kids are fanatical about 'Scooby-Doo', and I think that the creators of 'Scooby-Doo' somehow tripped across some kind of magical hypnotic formula that lures children. It's far more fascinating to them than anything else on the air. -Dave Willis

That's one of the magical things about the Olympics, Team GB will have someone challenging in a sport that we've never watched and all of a sudden it'll be the biggest thing ever. -Gary Lineker

There is something magical about three you know – a trio is tight and nicely economical. -Ian Williams

I've always loved Christmas and that's not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It's always a magical time and I'm unashamed in my love for Christmas. -Martin Freeman

New fathers, political prisoners, traumatised presidential aides, resolute schoolboys, MEPs addressing unfriendly chambers – we all find that Shakespeare has magically anticipated our precise circumstances. How he was possible, I still don't understand; but there isn't a day I'm not grateful that he speaks to me in my own language. -Daniel Hannan

You can make a good show, but you still need some magical alchemy to get people to watch. -Shawn Ryan

I am utterly in love with my son and my boyfriend and live in the most magical place on Earth. I've been in Norway for ten months now and I have loved every minute of it. -Rebecca Loos

I definitely believe that you are drawn to certain things for inexplicable reasons, but in a very powerful way. I don't know what it is exactly, but I know that things happen kind of miraculously sometimes, and so I'm willing to believe that there's something pretty magical out there. -Rachel McAdams

I'd love to do a modern-day musical that's full of original music. To get your contemporaries to sing and dance without looking foolish and for it to be transformational and magical and all those things a musical is supposed to be. -Danny Boyle

Somehow, magically, I've become an electronic musician, and I have a recording studio that looks like the bridge of the Enterprise. -Moby

Some people are born with a brain that has this weird, magical mathematical thing that makes them an amazing jazz musician. -Andy Richter

When something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical. -Jonathan Ive

My children are magical creatures and I love them to death. -Jack Black

There is no magical reason why I am where I am. And there is absolutely no reason why you can't be where you want to be. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you, too. And it would be a privilege for me to help you get there. -Robin Roberts

Soccer is a magical game. -David Beckham

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can't even comprehend it. It's such an illusion, it's such a strange thing. -Anthony Hopkins

I have always loved to read, and now that I have penned 10 novels and a few magazine articles, I have fallen seriously in love with writing stories and seeing them go out into the world. It's magical, you know? -Dorothea Benton Frank

Often the magical elements in my books are standing in for elements of the real world, the small and magical-in-their-own-right sorts of things that we take for granted and no longer pay attention to, like the bonds of friendship that entwine our own lives with those of other people and places. -Charles de Lint

When one of my characters becomes aware of a magical element, it might be because the world is wider than we assume it to be, but it might also be a reminder to pay attention to what is here already, hidden only because it's been forgotten. -Charles de Lint

I think I've really exhausted the magical. It was a lot of fun, but I've put it behind me for the time being. -J. K. Rowling

One of the magical things about Nashville is just how many incredibly talented people are here and the way they support each other. -Callie Khouri

Oh, I love making independent films, it's such a special, magical thing because you collaborate with a small group of people and everyone's pitching in. You'll see producers setting up the lunch table and the sound guy driving a van. We're all really there because we want to be. -Olivia Thirlby

Nothing is black or white, nothing's 'us or them.' But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. -Dave Matthews

Under the veneer of Westernization, the cultures of the Indian world – which have existed for 30,000 years! – continue to live. Sometimes in a magical way, sometimes in the shadows. -Carlos Fuentes

I'm lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there's something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they're educated. They go in ready and they're up for it, they're up for the party. It's a whole different atmosphere. -Hugh Jackman

My mother is the most supportive mother in the world, she's magical. -Vin Diesel

I'm a firm believer that lighting affects mood, and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I'm fond of using them as year-round home decor. There's a reason why they're sometimes called fairy lights. When the night is right, there aren't any strings at all. -Erin Morgenstern

I feel like something magical is going to happen, and I feel like all the stars have finally lined up perfectly for Angie Stone. -Angie Stone

My mother introduced me to many different things, and figure skating was one of them. I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice. -Debi Thomas

Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. -Melissa McCarthy

There's something magical about a woman who feels comfortable in her own skin. -Brooke Burke

I always thought it was strange when these artists like Kurt Cobain or whoever would get really famous and say, 'I don't understand why this is happening to me.' There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isn't some magical thing that just started happening. -Chad Kroeger

There's no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way – diet and exercise and stick to it – and be able to do it at your own pace. -Jordin Sparks

I love San Francisco so much. I call it the Emerald City and have been coming here since 1992. I have a few old friends that live here, and my aunt and uncle live in Oakland. I think it's a magical city – it's big, sexy and very 'cosmo' with a small-town feel. -Andy Cohen

I'm a firm believer that lighting affects mood, and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I'm fond of using them as year-round home decor. -Erin Morgenstern

I love my family and I had a very wonderful, magical childhood. But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness. -Ezra Miller

Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall. -Jerry Saltz

There's something magical about spending a Sunday night watching real people at a deli, then watching fake people pretending to be real on TV, then engaging in (arguably) false interaction with (arguably) real people on the Internet. Never at any prior point in time has this been possible. -Diablo Cody

Being a mother is magical. -Ellen Pompeo

Cobras are magical. They can stand up on just energy alone. -Paz de la Huerta

Movies are magical. Sometimes it just works, it catalyzes, and everything falls into place, and no one knows exactly how or why. -Roman Coppola

I grew up backstage and on movie sets, and I thought they were the most magical places on Earth. -Zosia Mamet

People always say a script will be 'brought to life in a magical way,' but for me that has been proven wrong time and time again. -Ginnifer Goodwin

My sister Kim is like Lucille Ball. She's magical in terms of her performance and her writing. -Marlon Wayans

At the end of the day, it's about the reader's attachment to and belief in the magical elements that make or break magical realism. -Tea Obreht

As a person, I do ascribe to a lot of magical thinking myself. -Lauren Groff

I think movies have much more magic than the theater. Theater can be a magical experience, but movies thrust their subjectivity on you in a more profound way. -Zoe Kazan

If everyone invested in the neighborhood they lived in, the United States would be a magical place. -Anthony Mackie

Music has that ability to be a magical thing, and I was like, maybe music is the vehicle that transports us to that other world. -Zack Snyder

In Sweden, we've moved away from the notion that mothers have some magical, special bond with children. -Camilla Lackberg

I just play intuitively and work the same way in the studio. I don't have any magical effects or anything that helps me to get my particular sound. -David Gilmour

I'm not a writer who looks for the fantastic and the sensational. I like the world we've got. If there is anything special and magical, I have to find it in the ordinary stuff. -Graham Swift

Something I didn't even know was on my bucket list has been achieved. I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Martha Stewart. I vow to follow the gospel of her teachings and do my very best in the remarkably less glamorous kitchen of my own home… without the luxury of magically appearing prep bowls filled by a staff of sous chefs. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Los Angeles is a very magical place when you take the entertainment industry out of it. You have beautiful beaches and amazing mountains here. I'm a big rock climber. I head out into the mountains whenever I have free time. It's amazing. -Alex Pettyfer

I was born in Swindon… a place that always looked west. I found that wherever I go I love to have a room with a view of the western sky. My late brother and I, when we were small, had a room at the back of the house that overlooked the sunset; and both for he and I it was kind of magical. -Justin Hayward

Horses have really distinct personalities, and they're magical in many ways. -Michael Mann

Kids delight in 'magical thinking', whether in the form of the Tooth Fairy or the saints: whether you see these as comforting lies or eternal verities, they are part of how we help kids make sense of the world. -Emma Donoghue

There's something magical about Oaxaca and the vibe of the people. -Mike White

When I sit here and see that the eight brothers from the neighborhood that I grew up with still have success, it had to be magical. I doubt if you get another 'Wu-Tang Clan.' That might be harder than getting the new 'Jackson Five.' Certain groups you only get one time, and we just happened to be that group. -Raekwon

I kind of blossomed backwards. I got cancer, fell in love and have a magical life. I never imagined it would happen that way, but you just go with the flow, right? -Kris Carr

I wish that the circuses that were around now felt like they did then. They're not quite as elegant or as magical as they used to be. There was something about the old tent shows, the Big Top, the canvas, the lights, the sawdust, the hay and the animals that's just missing now. Now, it's all urbanized and maybe a little garish. -Francis Lawrence

What interests me about clocks is that everything is hand-made, and yet to the person looking at the clock, something magical is happening that cannot be explained unless you are the clockmaker. -Brian Selznick

As in, I think 'Badlands' is one of the funniest films of all time: 'Every day I wish I was carried off to a magical land, but that never happened' is one of the funniest lines in any film. -Richard Ayoade

My earliest memory is aged three, seeing sunlight on water and feeling it was really magical. -Miranda July

For a lot of kids, reading is not magical. It's really hard work. -Jon Scieszka

Why does the past seem so magical, so fraught, so luminous? At the time it was just, ugh, another boring bloody day. But, to look back on, it's a day full of miracles and light and extraordinary events. Why is this? What process do we apply to the past, to give it this vividness? I don't know. -John Banville

You don't just leave Los Angeles. Such a departure requires magical intervention. You can't simply purchase a ticket to another destination. You must disappear. -Kate Braverman

Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. -Kevin McCloud

There is a widespread assumption that simply because my generation of women has the good fortune to live in a world touched by the feminist movement, that means everything we do is magically imbued with its agenda, but it doesn't work that way. -Ariel Levy

Meditation is not the construction of something foreign, it is not an effort to attain and then hold on to a particular experience. We may have a secret desire that through meditation we will accumulate a stockpile of magical experiences, or at least a mystical trophy or two, and then we will be able to proudly display them for others to see. -Sharon Salzberg

Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations. -Sam Harris

To me, NASA is kind of the magical kingdom. I was sort of a geek, and you go there, and there are just these wondrously strange things and people. -Mary Roach

What is magical and mystifying to me about style is not that by seeing we can believe. It is that eventually, we can believe, because we can see… we can embrace change the more we can make it tangible. -Stacy London

My mother was working on her college degree throughout my childhood, and being the youngest in the family, that meant being dragged to a lot of her classes. She majored in playwriting, so I was exposed to theatre from a very young age, and it was just the most magical world to me. -Valorie Curry

Fantasy appeals to me and can be very much reflected in my dress – but then, each day is different. Not every day is a magical day. -Daphne Guinness

Whatever life lesson I'm going through at any point in my life, projects just somehow magically appear that help me work through it. -Victoria Clark

I really love middle-grade. Middle-grade books have a little more of a magical, light-hearted feel. You can be a little bit more quirky, you can have a little more humor. It doesn't get so dark and deep. -James Dashner

I'm an incurable romantic, and Casablanca's one of the most romantic pictures I've ever seen – the combination of Bogart and Bergman is just magical. -Ken Adam

I miss aspects of being in the Arab world – the language – and there is a tranquility in these cities with great rivers. Whether it's Cairo or Baghdad, you sit there and you think, 'This river has flown here for thousands of years.' There are magical moments in these places. -Zaha Hadid

I have the utmost admiration for makeup artists. It's truly magical what they can accomplish with their materials. The face and the body are really their canvas. -Richard Phillips

Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time. -Peter Zumthor

Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical. -Roger Ebert

What stop-motion does best is present real objects magically brought to life in a very imperfect situation; the hand of the artist is there, the electricity of someone touching, massaging and torturing themselves to get life out of an inanimate object. -Henry Selick

When I saw the Penderecki concert in London, in '92 or '93, I thought there were speakers in the room. It was just strings. But I could hear these kind of buzzings and rumblings, and I was like, 'Where is this all coming from?' And that was just better, to my ears. Odder, stranger, more magical. -Jonny Greenwood

I think what makes Narnia a magical place is that it offers escapism – escapism from a world that is so different from the reality known by the characters and the reality known by the fans. -Will Poulter

My little self-analysis is that consumer technology is the closest thing we have to magic. You push a button and something happens at your command. The things that get me fired up the most have always been the things that seem the most magical. -David Pogue

I've had years of bizarre hallucinogenic magical experiences in which I believed I had communicated with entities that may well have been disassociated parts of my own personality or conceivably some independent entity of a metaphysical nature. Both would seem equally interesting. -Alan Moore

To be a mother is a magical experience. The whole body is transformed by this. -Gisele Bundchen

Greece is the most magical place on Earth. -Kylie Bax

Go out and collect data and, instead of having the answer, just look at the data and see if the data tells you anything. When we're allowed to do this with companies, it's almost magical. -Steven Levitt

Phrases that have historical significance or become headlines don't just magically appear in the moment. They are mindfully planned. -Nancy Duarte

Let's dare to release our immature fantasies of a magically faultless U.S. system and a magically protected election process. We have been lucky as a nation, but sometimes continued luck depends on action. -Naomi Wolf

There's something magical about film, it's the ultimate for me, because it's kind of permanent – inasmuch as anything is. When I went to see Buster Keaton when I was about 14 and I came out of the cinema having really laughed at this film which had been made 50 years before, I thought: That's immortality. It's fantastic. -Paul Merton

I've always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

I listen to a lot of Chicago blues, I suppose. It reminds me of growing up, I guess. But I'm also obsessed by close-harmony groups. Actually, I'm fascinated particularly by brother duos, how they blend together. The Everly Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, The McQuarrys. There's something inherently magical about harmony. -John C. Reilly

There's something just magical about flight. Period. -Graham Hawkes

I'm not a fan of simulations. Where, 'Oh, we'll go play a simulation of world peace and figure out how to make peace' and then somehow magically that will get translated into the real world. No, that's not the kind of games that I make. -Jane McGonigal

There's something really magical about having a child – it's like permission to begin again, start over, reevaluate some things, check yourself. Recognize yourself. And that's kind of what happened with me – I realized, in a few places, I was going down the wrong path. -Jill Scott

At culinary school, none of the things we use to define ourselves outside that world – actor, producer, student – none of that matters. It's a magical art form. -Eric Christian Olsen

There's something magical about theater. You can live the character every single day to the point where you become that person. -Grace Gummer

'Deadwood' was a magical experience. It was an absolute culmination of everything I've ever wanted to do as an actor as an artist, and I was enormously proud to have been involved with it. -Jim Beaver

I've love the challenge of doing something new. Bollywood is magical. -Indira Varma

With Yale, my world got so big all of a sudden. At school, if you could dream it, someone would make it so that you could do it. It was magical. I had a lot going on, as you do when you're 17, and didn't necessarily capitalize on all of it, but it made me see possibility in a way that I hadn't before. -Bellamy Young

Film is a truly magical medium. -Tom Savini

I would like to go back and spend a Christmas with my family and myself when I was five years old and just see what that dynamic would be like. Observe it. I think it would be a magical gift. -Sharon Lawrence

It's been an amazing life. It's really just been the most magical thing for me – and I have these musical friends from all walks of life. -Mavis Staples

For me, my taste isn't limited to magical films. Whatever I read and I like, I go up for, and a lot of the time it's an American accent which can be quite trying, but I'm working on it as much as I can. -William Moseley

I want to walk the red carpet at the Oscars. I am in awe of the ceremony, and winning an Oscar would be the most magical moment of my life. I want to make that speech and hold that trophy and say, 'This is for you, India.' That's the line I have rehearsed for God knows how long. But that has to be for a Hindi language film. -Karan Johar

As a child, as a cinemagoer, I think there is nothing better than being in a cinema or watching a film. I think it's just a while magical… it almost feels like you're at a big party in India, where you're singing, you're dancing, you're laughing, you're crying, you feel like you're at a wedding because our films invariably cover all emotions. -Karan Johar

There is a mystique about psychiatry that people think that you have some kind of a magical lens, you know, Superman's X-ray vision into the soul. One of the reasons I left psychiatry is that I didn't believe that. -Charles Krauthammer

In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average. -Charles Krauthammer

Now that I'm in 'Nashville,' the thing that I'm loving the most is co-writing. You walk into the room and you shake hands with someone you've never met before and you walk out four hours later and you've got this thing… sharing ideas and everything, it's almost magical, like a miracle. -Chip Esten

The only genre of movie that I could see making that doesn't have anything magical or otherworldly about it would be a war film. I'm very interested in history, and a war film could be something that would lure me in. -Neill Blomkamp

The household I grew up in… was rather like an Ovaltine advert. There was a huge fire, a kettle on the fire, the oven with the bread being baked every day, and there was the radio; it was very magical to hear all these wonderful programmes. -Brian Blessed

There's something magical still about it when I get in a darkroom, and you've shot a roll of film and you develop it and you look at your negatives, and there's, like, imagery there. That always stuns me. -Jessica Lange

I had the most magical childhood, running free and going anywhere I wanted to in my head. -Taylor Swift

I haven't made anything I don't believe in. I've always started a movie with a song in my heart, and even when I'm a little unclear about it, something magical happens and it comes into focus in a way that I'm feeling good about. -Nicolas Cage

Often you hear stories about never working with children. I disagree because children still have that residual magical thinking. They haven't had their imagination knocked out of them by turning into adults and life experiences. -Nicolas Cage

The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We're here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it. -Yoko Ono

Remember travel agents? Remember how they just kind of vanished one day? Well, that's where all the other jobs that once made us middle class are going, to that same magical, class-killing, job-sucking wormhole into which travel agency jobs vanished, never to return. -Douglas Coupland

Music deals with time and timing. It's so magical, but when you get into it, every little sound and every little space between the sounds, it's critical, so critical. And if it's not there, it not only feels wrong, but it ruins things. -David Lynch

Reading with my children is incredibly important to me and a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, exploring magical worlds through books and stories. -Frank Lampard

'Friends' was a magical thing, and no one's going to ever have anything like that again. -Matthew Perry

I guess people assume I have some sort of totally magical life, but I'm a working musician, fortunately. I've worked on my craft, and I'm very fortunate I've been able to survive in a very competitive industry and enjoy my success. It's not easy. -Debbie Harry

Studying whether there's life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That's something that is almost part of being human, and I'm certain that will continue. -Sally Ride

The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for – to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension. -Mos Def

I believe people are inherently magical and good. -Sophia Bush

There's something really magical about having a child – it's like permission to begin again, start over, reevaluate some things, check yourself. Recognize yourself. -Jill Scott

Once your body is in workout-mode, a few days off won't hurt. Muscle memory is magical. If you work out consistently, you can afford to miss a few sessions and your body will gladly pick up where you left off. -Rachel Nichols

The natural inclination in all humans is to posit a force, a spirit, outside of us. That tendency toward superstitious magical thinking is just built into our nature. -Michael Shermer

I love Ireland. I feel very at peace there. It's just magical and beautiful. -Eva Green

'Elixir' means magical potion, so I wanted to depict the kind of bottle that was used in ancient times, but that looked modern and chic as well. I also wanted it to have a golden tint to evoke the memories of sands and sunsets. -Shakira

Movable type seemed magical to the monks who were illuminating manuscripts and copying texts. Certainly e-books seem magical to me. -Paul Theroux

I'm not really interested in music. Music is just a means of creating a magical state. -Robert Fripp

There is something about acting that's mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through. -Lupita Nyong'o

I feel, as an adult, I'm very similar to how I was as a pre-teen. Maybe it's a case of arrested development, but I feel like it's easy to slip back into those shoes, and I feel like if we were all magically transported back to our middle school years, we'd all act like we did in middle school. -Jeff Kinney

I have always found photography magical, and became more taken with it whilst modeling. -Hanneli Mustaparta

Orange blossom water would make a magical addition to your store cupboard. -Yotam Ottolenghi

Good-quality nuts, toasted in a little butter and salt, make a magical addition to many salads. -Yotam Ottolenghi

I don't only like rap music. There's everything from R&B to crazy gangster rap, hip hop… everything! But it all blends together nicely. It's like a magical music rainbow. -Kreayshawn

I don't think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it. -Betty Who

My first workshop was in Rome, and that was the start of House of Waris. In a little magical atelier, a goldsmith, his apprentice, his stone setter – and that was where it began. -Waris Ahluwalia

What is chic is just to be perfect, like magical, no? -Carine Roitfeld

Having kids sets a bomb off in your life. It really makes you examine who you are, what you believe in and what you want to be. And that is magical for creativity. -Jamie Cullum

At 11, I went to live with my maternal nan and granddad temporarily, after my parents separated, and Nan would let me have a go on her piano. My grandparents were like something out of the Noel Coward play, 'This Happy Breed,' and it was magical to hear them sing music-hall songs. -Jools Holland

As I've gotten older, I've wanted to represent Las Vegas more. Represent the Southwest. It's a magical place. The desert. I do understand people's criticisms, but it's a magical place and a beautiful city, even though there are a lot of things that are wrong with it. -Brandon Flowers

Generally, I think most of my writing tends to have some kind of magical element to it. That's the way I can access the emotional life of the character. -Aimee Bender

For me, even in my first book, the pleasures of writing anything magical is that it has to be physical. It has to be grounded and very much in this world. Then, I get to play with all the consequences of this new thing. -Aimee Bender

Just think for how long humanity was controlled by mystical, magical thinking – the diseases and suffering that led to. We managed to survive, but just barely. It wasn't pretty. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Everyone has this notion of the Middle Ages – certainly the early Middle Ages – as being this very superstitious era. I think that all eras are superstitious. We all have our magical thinking. -Nicola Griffith

The pretentiousness of literature really annoys me; the way a writer is held as this sort of magical person to be revered on the stage. Everything I do on tour is to try and destroy that pretense. -Chuck Palahniuk

If we could magically transport ourselves back to the young Earth, when it was only a billion years old or two billion years old or three billion years old or four billion years old, we wouldn't be able to survive. We would have a hard time surviving if we were transported to the time when dinosaurs were around. -Sylvia Earle

The magical tapestry that 'Midnight's Children' unfolded became a part of a journey of self-discovery as I spent time close to my roots during the shooting. -Satya Bhabha

My fantasy life was very full. Certainly when I was a kid, I probably wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be a princess, or something magical, and get to dress up magically, and have the kind of life that I hadn't been born into, with magic powers or whatever, and live this wonderful idealised life. -Raquel Cassidy

I feel that when Chad is in the room, I can tap into this other thing where music comes from. I don't know. It's just this really magical, special connection and relationship. -Ian Axel

Dropbox looks really simple to the end user and is extremely magical and just works. But under the hood, the complexity of the technology is huge. The amount of work it requires to store, scale and move this data is pretty intense. -Ruchi Sanghvi

Generally, there are no lightning bolts or magical signs that tell you when it is time to get divorced. When the bad starts outweighing the good on a consistent basis, you may feel that taking the next step is appropriate. It is a very personal decision and most likely should be arrived upon with the help of some kind of counseling or support. -Laura Wasser

There's something magical about a home run. It almost violates the space of the stadium. It's a game of the imagination in some ways. Baseball. -Alex Gibney

Cancer is too real, and too awful, and I can't make it good or magical. I couldn't even read a book where a character had cancer, for a while… But now I've reached a point where I don't think about cancer nonstop anymore, and sometimes I worry about that – I'm going to forget what I went through; I'm going to forget how horrible it was. -Sarah Addison Allen

Magical realism is a blending of the unusual or supernatural into an otherwise ordinary setting. And, to me, this perfectly describes the South. 'The Sugar Queen' involves a lot of magical happenings, but in a very down-home Southern setting. It's full of things that could almost be true. -Sarah Addison Allen

I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don't need to make anything up; they just write down what's around them. -Mark Barrowcliffe

Movies have these transcendent moments where everything is just right, from the dialogue to the music to the lighting to the narrative context; everything is just perfect, and something magical happens – the film breaks through the screen and does something to you. -Jason Silva

Consciousness, when it's unburdened by the body, is something that's ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that's the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that's such a delicious feeling, but when it's unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical. -Jason Silva

I enjoy sports movies that don't sugarcoat. One thing that irritates me about sports movies is that they're like, 'The magic of the ball,' and 'The magic of the stadium.' It ain't that magical. When you get hit coming across the middle at 25 miles per hour, the magic's over. -Terry Crews

I think everything about my life is magical. I've struggled, and against most odds, I'm truly having the experience of living my dreams. -Bella Thorne

Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also. -Alice Walker

The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it. -Vik Muniz

'The Magician's Apprentice' was about someone from the low end of society manifesting magical power and how that completely messes up the balance of the whole system. -Trudi Canavan

Love and hate have a magical transforming power. They are the great soul changers. We grow through their exercise into the likeness of what we contemplate. -George William Russell

I feel that every day, all of us now are being blasted by information design. It's being poured into our eyes through the Web, and we're all visualizers now; we're all demanding a visual aspect to our information. There's something almost quite magical about visual information. It's effortless; it literally pours in. -David McCandless

Although I don't live there anymore, Scotland is a great place for the people coming over to visit and to tour around the Highlands, because it is a very magical place. -James Cosmo

I grew up listening to Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Angela Lansbury, so I grew up wanting to sound like Patti and Bernadette. What I realized, though, is that I can't sound like that, and what makes their performances magical is their uniqueness. -Susan Egan

Soccer presented no challenge to me. Playing felt like breathing: I always had a magical connection to the ball. But it didn't feel like an adventure. Music was more of a challenge and, in the end, felt more interesting. -Pete Wentz

This is why fashion is such a magical part of our lives, for it inspires our decisions without dictating them; it sets the theme but not the limits of our aesthetic. -Simon Van Booy

Perhaps we believe that everything travels by air, or magically and instantaneously like information (which is actually anchored by cables on the seabed), not by hefty ships that travel more slowly than senior citizens drive. -Rose George

The thing is I have no ACL. So unless I get surgery, there's nothing really magical that I can do that's going to make it better. I just can get my leg stronger, my muscle stronger and try and support it a little more. But that has a small impact. My knee is loose, and it's not stable, and that's the way it's going to be from here on out. -Lindsey Vonn

There's just something that is kind of magical that happens when we sing live. -Liz Callaway

These are stories you hear… of people sitting in a mall and being spotted, and you think it will happen to you. And when you're fresh off the boat, and new in Bombay, you want those kind of things! They are magical fables. You want to, somewhere, be a part of it, something people will read about. But reality is different. -Nimrat Kaur

A suit is just a suit: a practical garment, not a ceremonial robe; it can be worn out to dinner with friends or for a visit to an art gallery. Its beauty and craftsmanship are utterly wasted if you think of it as something magical and symbolic. -Russell Smith

Even as a kid, I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. -Nikki Sixx

The '60s was a magical time in the music business. So much creativity and talent. I think a lot of it came from the fact that we had grown up before rock n' roll. We listened to all the great songwriters and big bands, songs with great lyrics and melodies. I think that really influenced everybody. -Frankie Valli

A colleague once nicknamed me – half mocking – the 'magical stranger' because I get people to tell me things. -Stephen Rodrick

Films can be entertaining without shying away from exploring something. They can be magical and have fantasy, but also can have enough reality that you can be really emotionally invested. -Paul Dano

Google Now supplants the need to open an app by surfacing cards – cards that magically turn into just the information you need, when you need it – without having to go to an app to get it. -John Battelle

For me, the amazing thing was entering into this amazing world of 'Sesame Street.' We'd be in the kids' room, and there was a door into the soundstage that said '1-2-3 Open Sesame.' I remember pushing that door open and going into this incredible magical world of make-believe. In one episode, I was playing football with Joe Namath. -Kim Raver

Success begins at that magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different. -Natalie Massenet

By the 1950s The Novel had become a nationwide tournament. There was a magical assumption that the end of World War II in 1945 was the dawn of a new golden age of the American Novel, like the Hemingway-Dos Passos-Fitzgerald era after World War I. -Tom Wolfe

The modern notion of art is an essentially religious or magical one in which the artist is viewed as a holy beast who in some way, big or small, receives flashes from the godhead, which is known as creativity. -Tom Wolfe

When you are in depression, almost magically, nothing motivates you. -Ji-Hae Park

I was born in the city's general hospital on November 15, 1930, and we lived at 31 Amherst Avenue in the western suburbs. It was a magical place. There were receptions at the French Club, race meetings at the Shanghai Racecourse, and various patriotic gatherings at the British Embassy on the Bund, the city's glamorous waterfront area. -J. G. Ballard

I've always thought there was something very marvelous and magical about mirrors, and that they are connected to memory as well. -Nicolas Roeg

It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative – whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it. -Sylvia Plath

There was a 'magic rock' my mom would lift up, and under the rock was a bunch of bugs. Roly-poly bugs and worms. Somehow I thought that it was a magical world of insects, and I wanted to go there. It was the same impulse as 'Pikmin' – I wanted to go into that world. -Tim Schafer

My mother was working on her college degree throughout my childhood, and being the youngest in the family, that meant being dragged to a lot of her classes. She majored in playwriting, so I was exposed to theatre from a very young age, and it was just the most magical world to me. I never really wanted to do anything else. -Valorie Curry

'Modelland' has always been a part of my mind and my heart. I'm excited that you'll be able to read about this magical world that's been living in my dreams for so many years. -Tyra Banks

What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the sleeping human – the human who never looks more truthful or pitiful or benign; the curled-up, childlike dreaming soul who has for a few hours become an angel adrift. -Michael Leunig

'Party Down' was one of the most magical, special experiences of my professional career. Also special in my personal life, too. I made really good friends, and I had just a great time, and it was a great part. -Ken Marino

Exmoor and Dartmoor are sacred, magical places. You find a truer side of yourself there. -Dave Davies

One of the most magical places on Earth is a small island in the Caribbean called Mustique. With brilliant beaches, warm water, and lush vegetation, this tiny green swath of land is my idea of paradise. -Nina Garcia

I won't hold any illusions of changing the world or any such nonsense. But maybe, just maybe, I'm helping someone else change his or her life a little bit for the better, even if it just means giving someone a magical place in which to hide. -R. A. Salvatore

You don't just magically flip some evolutionary switch somewhere and transmute a quadruped into an upright-walking bipedal human. -Donald Johanson

I have been definitely influenced more by Latin American writers than by any other type of writer. They are very close in terms of voice – their humor, their fatalism, their… well, that over-used term 'magical realism.' It's a wonderful term that's just been used so much, we don't know what it means anymore. -Jessica Hagedorn

Truman Capote was a magical, beautiful writer. -Lisa Unger

If you take the hard facts of a failed relationship, it's pretty grim. But if you make an album out of it, and if the violins represent all the tears, you create something magical out of something very normal. -Lykke Li

Vaudeville was characterized by sunny optimism, acts that were uplifting, cheerful, and clean. It provided a fanciful, magical escape, but after Black Friday, the tone of American entertainment changed almost overnight. -Karen Abbott

I love to live in a magical place. -Reem Acra

Life is magically beautiful. And it brings you what is perfect. -Evangeline Lilly

I've just written a very gritty, non-magical take on the King Arthur legend, 'Here Lies Arthur,' and I'm currently toying with some other historical ideas, as well as working with the illustrator David Wyatt on some sequels to my Victorian space opera 'Larklight.' -Philip Reeve

The Metropole Orchestra is like Count Basie or Duke Ellington with strings… it's strings that swing. Strings that swing like Dizzy Gillespie… keep swinging, baby. And when you have all of that special excellence of the Metropole Orchestra, then your music just flies – it soars in a way that's really magical. -Al Jarreau

America is a living idea. It isn't only the tenets of its founding, but also the terms of its future. Every day, we make America. Seeking to preserve and enshrine one vision of this country from one period of its past robs it of what makes it magical: its infinite possibility for adjustment. -Charles M. Blow

It started when I was eight years old. I first heard the cello on the radio, and I loved the sound. It was such a magical, beautiful sound. I dedicated my entire childhood to cello, practising like crazy. -Stjepan Hauser

I love music. I think it's a higher art form, in a way, than movies. You know, a film you see once, maybe twice. A song will follow you forever. It's a magical thing. -Malik Bendjelloul

There's a magical energy and power from the ocean. I was born in a room overlooking the sea, in the middle of a storm. Perhaps, then, it's not surprising that shores touch my soul. Science might disagree, but I think there's a difference in the air on a coast – the positive ions, perhaps. -Jo Beverley

Venice is truly magical. The Devon-Dorset coast in England is so beautiful, and its sandstone cliffs are full of fossils, which can make for some very exciting walks. And I love Halifax, a great place with all the modern things you could want, plus a wonderful sense of history, and, of course, the sea. -Jo Beverley

It would be great if companies could just magically know what I'm looking for on their website or what I'm coming to the website for. -Alfred Lin

We can no more tolerate neutrality and benevolence toward every conceivable form of discourse, including that of magical thinking, than we can lump together executioner and victim, good and evil. -Michel Onfray

I have my Lucky Charms in the morning, and I feel magical. -Tracy Morgan

Quite often, intent on conveying how things can go wrong for a culture (science fiction) or an individual (horror) or all of magical creation (fantasy), works of fantastika often preclude comedy, because humor gets in the way of messages of doom or struggle. -Paul Di Filippo

There was a singer-songwriter who slept on our couch for a year when I was about 7 or 8. She used to sing these songs for us, and I loved it. It was magical to watch her. -Vonda Shepard

I lived the first five years of my life on a farm in Union City, Michigan, with my mom and grandparents. It was the most magical time of my life. -Patricia Polacco

I went to the studio of Fischli Weiss, and it was magical. I thought: 'This is what I want to do with my life; I want to work with artists and be useful to them.' I was magnetically attracted. -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Being in a band is a really magical thing because you've got a family and you operate as this one entity. It's very democratic; everyone is involved in the output. But within that, there can be a lot of disagreements and strife. -Jenny Lewis

'Breaking Bad' was a magical, amazing experience. I'm honored to have been a part of it. -Michelle MacLaren

I can hold a cup of sake on a full moon in Japan, and the reflection of the moon in that little cup can make me feel so enthusiastic about beauty. That one good, magical moment can give me enough to create other things like the teardrop earring or necklace. -Elsa Peretti

There is no magical formula for winning a Nobel Prize. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

I always imagined that magically, at some point, I would settle into this very easy and refined sophistication, but it turns out that who you are at eleven is pretty much who you are at 27, so I don't know how much I've learned over the years. -Mackenzie Davis

A TV touchstone for me is 'The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.' That series was whimsical and smart and had the mix of comedy and drama that I now trade in – but with a dash of magical realism. I wanted to be Molly Dodd, but more than that, I wanted to be Jay Tarses, who created the show. -Jenji Kohan

We don't consider the Wizard of Oz or Father Christmas to be too old. They're still magical characters, and the fact they've been around the block only adds to their magic. -Peter Capaldi

A pub can be a magical place. -Rhys Ifans

The magical and fantastical isn't something I'm uncomfortable with in books, and I chafe slightly at the idea that a purely realist novel somehow has more value. -Patrick Ness

I'm not searching for that magical Daddy, but I would like to find a partner in life, because I feel like finally I know what love is and what love isn't. -Alana Stewart

There's something magical about the idea that you can write something down and someone else can read it. I'm still mildly agog about that. -Kerry Greenwood

Technically a memoir, 'The Woman Warrior' becomes almost magical through its inclusion of folk tales, dreams, and revisions. -Karen Joy Fowler

I'm not into things that feel like a sequel. There's just something magical about when something happens for the first time. -Nathan Fielder

Inside, I've got a real purist desire and dream about the music. I like the idea of being able to carve out a kind of magical, colourful, artistic, inspirational life. And the reality just turns out to be quite different, working with the business to bring this thing you have created into the world. -Damien Rice

I write best late at night, when everyone in the house has gone to bed. There's something magical about that late night silence that appeals to me. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sometimes what is 'real' because it takes place in the physical world, like 9/11, is so unreal on the level of the soul. Then other things, which in terms of the physical world seem so magical and unbelievable, on the level of the soul seem very real. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Just try the effect of putting beauty into your life, a little every day. You will find it magical. It will broaden and light up your outlook upon the world as the acquisition of money or fame never can. -Orison Swett Marden

Littlenecks and cherrystones are chewy and sweet on the half shell with mignonette, served raw. But a well-cooked clam is a toothsome, tender thing, full of that magical stuff known as clam liquor. -Kate Christensen

I see the world as a magical place. Therefore, it was only natural that magic wafted from my fiction like smoke. -Nnedi Okorafor

In grammar school I read 'Act One' by Moss Hart, and being a playwright struck me as the most magical and romantic career anyone could have… But I never did write a play. -Alice McDermott

I believed then – in a deep, easy way that is impossible for me as an adult – that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Trees had spirits; the wind spoke. If you followed a toad or a raven deep into the heart of the forest, they were sure to lead you to something magical. -Jennifer McMahon

Honestly, I feel pretty awed anytime I meet just about any writer. I get how hard it is to write and make a living from it, but there's also this almost magical force you need to tap into, and I'm amazed by anyone who can do it. -Jennifer McMahon

The first play I ever saw – I was in junior high school – was a high school production of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit,' which seemed to me absolutely magical. -Terry Teachout

I could spend my whole life photographing circuses. They combine everything I'm interested in – they're ironic, poetic, and corny at the same time. There's also something about a circus that's magical, sentimental, and almost tragic, like a Fellini film. -Mary Ellen Mark

I think most writers will say that at the start of each book they think, 'I'm not sure I can do this.' But eventually, you reach a magical point where the story suddenly becomes real to you, and you become totally invested in it. -K. A. Applegate

I love fairy tales because of their haunting beauty and magical strangeness. They are set in worlds where anything can happen. Frogs can be kings, a thicket of brambles can hide a castle where a royal court has lain asleep for a hundred years, a boy can outwit a giant, and a girl can break a curse with nothing but her courage and steadfastness. -Kate Forsyth

I love Massachusetts for a number of reasons. I once loved a magical girl who lived in a magnificently converted barn, a half-hour or so from Boston. I love your winters. I love the snow. -J. D. Souther

I am undependable. You might get gritty contemporary with one book, science fiction, magical realism, or high fantasy with another. -Mary E. Pearson

Almost every single commercial on television for shampoo, sports shoes, drinks, food, clothes, perfume, cars, etc., is a short fairy tale, for they are given magical qualities. -Jack Zipes

There are few places in my life that I've found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical – it's so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you've left this world and gone to another. -Julia London

Traveling is magical, inspiring, and life – changing. -Rory Freedman

Teaching in the upper elementary grades had given me a deep appreciation of the gifts and graces that are specific to individuals with ten or eleven years of experience as human beings. It is, I think, a magical time – when so much has been learned, but not yet enough to entirely extinguish the magical reach and freedom of early childhood. -Zilpha Keatley Snyder

When a story is flying along, and I'm so into it that my 'real' world goes away, it can feel magical. I cease to be, my desk and computer ceases to be, and I am my character in his world. Psychologists call this a 'flow state,' and it's better than publication, money, awards, fame. -Nancy Kress

I feel that recording a song already compromises the magical music one can create in the mind, so the fewer people watering down this process the better. -Jason Falkner

The past is open to all sorts of magical possibilities because it can't be verified. It's as we make it, so it seems to be entirely free. It seems to be completely up for grabs. But of course it's not. -Samantha Harvey

The loneliest, most down-on-his-luck person can have a dog who adores him. The most bitter, sour person can light up with joy when he sees his dog. It is magical, and as 'The Dog Master' reveals, it is biological – we evolved together. -W. Bruce Cameron

The human-made world is mostly beyond our comprehension. Our daily survival depends on seemingly magical gizmos that provide our food, water, clothing, comfort, transportation, education, well-being, and amusement. -Mark Frauenfelder

I realize that, to many readers, Hard Fantasy may seem to be a contradiction in terms. Fantasy, according to most generally recognized definitions, differs from both 'real world' fiction and 'science fiction' in that magic or magical creatures are active elements. -Jane Lindskold

Not all of E. Nesbit's children's books are fantasies, but even the most realistic somehow seem magical. In her holiday world, nobody ever goes to school, though all the kids know their English history, Greek myths, and classic tales of derring-do. -Michael Dirda

There's something about light field photography that's just magical. -Ren Ng

There's something really magical about trying to see things in new ways that go beyond, in some sense, the biological human experience. Light-field photography, too, goes beyond the human experience because our eyes work like conventional cameras. -Ren Ng

Science trumps magical thinking: there was a reason the Incas called their mercury mine 'la mina de los muertos,' the mine of the dead. Building a life and a community upon principles that ignore such realities is doomed to fail. -Floyd Skloot

It was magical growing up in New Jersey. My sister and I would go nuts in the basement and do full theater productions. We used a humidifier as a fog machine. It was over the top. -Brandon Uranowitz

Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, 'Street Fight.' I have a fond memory of pacing around outside the theater, nervously trying to keep from throwing up. It's a magical festival, well curated, with a warm and generous spirit. -Marshall Curry

There's magic all around us: Our smartphones are magical, 3-D printers are magical. So I feel that as a magician, if I can pull off something that seems real and convincing enough that I can explain why it's happening and have people believe it, it really is fascinating. And funny. -Michael Carbonaro

My goal is to get people to really believe that the impossible is real, and not that I'm responsible for it. I want them to believe that they're having the most unusual, magical and bizarre days of their lives. -Michael Carbonaro

I don't want to be 'the magician'; I want to be an innocent bystander along with the magical moment. -Michael Carbonaro

The Wall on Shabbat was one of the coolest experiences, full of joy and energy. I left Israel overflowing with pride. It's a magical, welcoming place. -Sarah J. Maas

Have you ever had that moment when you looked back on something and said, 'Well, gosh, that seems obvious now… why didn't I see it then?' I like to call this the Face Palm Epiphany. Oh, hindsight, you magical, humbling thing. -Alethea Kontis

'Enchanted' illustrates how impractical fairy-tale ideals are in the World As We Know It, and yet, Giselle's unabashed optimism always seems to magically find its time and place. -Alethea Kontis

I don't think there is anything magical about the language of flowers in real life or in my book. -Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Anyone can wear glitter, even a woman in her 60s. It's all about techniques. Instead of applying glitter all over the face, you can just add a little to the inner corner of your eyes or on your brow bone, or even on your Cupid's bow. It just adds this magical element to your makeup. -Michelle Phan

I love Fredorator and what they produce and the storytelling of 'Adventure Time'… There's such a dark, adult underlying theme underneath the whimsical, magical children's aspect of their storytelling element. -Michelle Phan

As a young girl, I loved having stories read to me. There is something magical about narration and voiceovers. Recording a voiceover is an art form in itself. -Michelle Phan

I love to perform not only music, but to make performances extremely visual, and create almost a magical fantasy. It's really an uplifting style of art that combines visuals and music in very dreamlike ways. -Lindsey Stirling

I think a lot of times our culture has an attitude toward art and the production of art that separates artists from the rest of us, like making art or music or painting or whatever is some magical thing that you have to be inspired to do, and special people do it. -Ann Leckie

The Disney animators' rules on adult females: mothers are perfect but imperiled; stepmothers are wicked and occasionally homicidal; godmothers are sweet things with magical powers. -Richard Corliss

Sardinia is beautiful. The people were so friendly, and the food was incredible! I also loved Florence. I spent two months there as part of a school study-abroad program. On the weekends, we would get to travel wherever we wanted, so I would explore. That was a magical time. -Tia Mowry

When you're young, you think that clothes are almost magical, and that if you wear the right thing – to school, to the prom, on the date, etc. – something's going to happen. Black, it's the anti-magical thing. It comes from the recognition that it is not going to be 'the' dress. -Nora Ephron

The thing about 'Game of Thrones' is it doesn't pin too much of a focus on magic. It kind of paints it in the same way that mystical things are portrayed in our world, because you don't walk about Westeros and see wizards with staffs or magical wands. All the characters don't really believe in it. It's this mysterious hidden vein to Westeros. -Isaac Hempstead Wright

The Oscars is always the most special event of Awards Season and is the grand finale – there's just something about the atmosphere that makes it magical. -Carly Steel

The sound of a mother's voice expresses a feeling of intimacy, which has a truly magical effect on the listener. -Montserrat Caballe

Something happens when you feel that energy and excitement from the audience. And you do, I don't know, four pirouettes. You jump higher than you ever have. And it's just this really magical thing that happens in those moments. -Misty Copeland

The space station here is a magical place and an incredible science facility. -Scott Kelly

In real life, I go to the North Shore with my kids for two weeks each summer, and it's a magical place for us. I feel restored there and connected to the ancient, pre – human world in a way that no place else on Earth does for me. -Dean Bakopoulos

It's a magical thing, the guitar. It allows you to be the whole band in one, to play rhythm and melody, sing over the top. And as an instrument for solos, you can bend notes, draw emotional content out of tiny movements, vibratos and tonal things which even a piano can't do. -David Gilmour

You give anybody a billion dollars, and of course they are passionate. Passion is one of those things like willpower in that there's 'magical thinking' about it. You've got to be careful about 'magical thinking.' -Scott Adams

Whether it's his beloved game of polo or his magical success in business, Norman Brinker simply does not know how to lose. -Newt Gingrich

I seem to be quite drawn to the medieval, magical fantasies, as it were. -Sean Bean

I had some friends that went to this hypnotist to stop smoking, and I kind of love things that seem magical. And I liked that it was in Santa Monica, and I had to go near the ocean to get my brain washed out or whatever. So I went there. And I went on a Thursday, and I got hypnotized. -Jenny Slate

Surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do. -Jhumpa Lahiri

The thing that ultimately pushed me more towards 'Aquaman' is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I've always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. -James Wan

When I started acting, I didn't think of it as a career. I always thought Hollywood was this magical world where a fairy came down and said, 'Come live with the Munchkins; you are now one of us.' I didn't understand the concept of it as a career. I thought I would save up enough money to go to college. -Leonardo DiCaprio

From the time I was a kid, I was crazy about anything having to do with the West. I'd look at all of these photos of Montana, and they all seemed so magical and majestic. I just wanted to go west, and I finally did it when I was barely 21. I went off to volunteer at a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. -Michael Keaton

When you're playing music through the streets of London at 2 o'clock in the morning, there's something so cool and magical about that. It takes you to a special place very quickly. -Rachel McAdams

I'm afraid there are no magical tips. There is no secret. Writing is all about telling stories as well as you can. -Debi Gliori

I've always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. -James Wan

You can't just magically create subsides through executive fiat. -Ron DeSantis

I love to run. I feel free and complete. The feeling of moving fast is just magical; it's wonderful. -Terezinha Guilhermina

One of the magical things about these anthropomorphic animal movies is that we can take things that are so common in our own world that we deal with, like the DMV, or moving to a new city, or our family, and show you a mirror image of those things, reflected in a whole new way. That's why animals are great. -Byron Howard

I don't think that books are wondrous, magical things that come from nowhere. It's important that a book has clues about where and how it was written. -Alvaro Enrigue

I love when stories have something a little magical in them, and there's wonder and curiosity. Somewhere there are people living these improbable stories, and our job is to go out and find them and bring them to the page. And so, the more surprising, the more uplifting, the more sort of even inspiring a story is, I find myself gripped by those. -Michael Paterniti

As a father and now a grandfather to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child's life is but also how much hard work it takes. Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on. -Richard Branson

I don't think you can cry if the script is rubbish. I have to feel it; it's as simple as that. It's just like if you're watching something moving, and you feel yourself welling up. It's the same thing. You're just being carried along with the story. There's nothing magical about it. I think I'm in touch with my emotions, and I can't help it. -Olivia Colman

If you're not religious, like me, how do you explain the transformational power that certain places have? They bring an incredible degree of attention to where you are and the passage of time. You're looking at every flower twitching, wondering if it's just the breeze or some magical pulse. -Geoff Dyer

Making the ordinary potentially magical is what film should be all about. -Geoff Dyer

India. From Goa to Kerala and Mumbai, it gets me every time. It's the food, the people, and the colours. The magical atmosphere and the accepting nature of the locals. -Anouska Hempel

As I read 'The Infinities', with its magical, playful richness, its sensuous delight in the power of language to convey the strangeness and beauty of being human, I wondered if J. M. Coetzee, with his bleak, pared-down, elemental view of the world, had ever read a Banville and, if he had, whether he had envied him his astonishing powers. -Justin Cartwright

Obviously, virtual reality is where I've placed my bet about the future and where the excitement is going. At this point, I could say it's almost a lock. It's going to be magical – it is magical – and great things are coming from that. Along the way, I was focused on the first-person shooters. I said we should go do something on mobile. -John Carmack

Seeing my two kids together is a magical feeling. -Jillian Michaels

It confuses me and disappoints me when somebody says, 'What does he do? What does he do?' My records are some of the biggest anthems ever. What do you think, they magically just appear? Obama walked out to my record. -DJ Khaled

Art gives us an opportunity to not have to leave or go somewhere or do something to experience the magic in our lives. It actually gets us to sit back and be where we are and recognize we're already magical. -Irvin Mayfield

Stardom is a magical yet freakish situation at times. It's a cliche but very true that at times, you feel so alone, even when you're surrounded by so many people. -Mariah Carey

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. -Phyllis Schlafly

I think Mozart's operas 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Don Giovanni' are the two most perfect ever written. The music is magical. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I had moments with my father that were exquisite – the stories he told me about Cuchulain, the mythological Irish warrior, are still magical to me. -Frank McCourt

I would love for there to be a 'Voodoo Dreams' movie, especially after seeing the glorious 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' I so admired how the filmmakers captured Louisiana and the magical atmosphere. I cried. -Jewell Parker Rhodes

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

The city – as the theater of experience, the refuge, the hiding place – has, in turn, been replaced by an abstraction, the fast lane. In the fast lane, the passive observer reduces everything – streets, people, rock lyrics, headlines – to landscape. Every night holds magical promises of renewal. But burnout is inevitable, like some law of physics. -Darryl Pinckney

Whatever you want, you have the power to attain it. The man or woman who calmly and matter-of-factly accepts this pronouncement at face value will soon find himself working magical accomplishments far beyond that which he previously dreamed possible. -Vernon Howard

The first view of the Earth is magical. It is a very overpowering realization that the Earth is so small. It affected me. I could not get over the notion that in such a small planet, with such a small ribbon of life, so much goes on. It is as if the whole place is sacred. -Kalpana Chawla

Starbucks did this magical thing where it took a product that people didn't really care that much about and made it this treat. It makes you feel better about your day and gives you a chance to reflect, makes you feel a little special. -Aileen Lee

I was born in Seoul, South Korea; then I moved to New York City at the age of seventeen. In New York, I studied art and photography. I thought I would be a painter; then I saw Walker Evans when I was in college, and that had a great impact on me. Being in the darkroom making B&W prints was such a magical experience. -Sung Jin Park

I love the 'Percy Jackson' movies. That was my big break. I love the people I worked with. It was a really magical experience for me. -Alexandra Daddario

It's infrequent that that happens – great performances and magical cinematography and great direction. -Christopher Guest

I talked a bunch of crap for years and then went out and worked hard. That's the extent of it. There's no magical genius to it, as much as I'd like to think there is. I'm just a guy who works hard – and I hope guys are challenged by that. -Shawn Michaels

I try out all the latest beauty products and participate in all the shows. It's pretty magical. -Poppy Delevingne

When I was around 12 or so, I saw 'The Shining.' I just remember that being a turning point for me, where I started to think about the fact that there was a hand behind the film. That it wasn't just this magical story being told – there were actual people crafting these films, and they were works of art. -Lee Unkrich

When I was a kid, getting on Lake Shore Drive from the south side to go downtown was magical. -Jamila Woods

House music is like going to church – it touches you. There's something really magical about it that pulls you in, and you just want to keep learning more about it. -Little Louie Vega

Some movies are simply magical. You can't really put your finger on any particular reason behind its success. -Nivin Pauly

I am a little old fashioned, and I love to have my scripts printed out. There is something magical about feeling the paper, making notes and page marks. -Olga Fonda

Thor is magical, yes, but it is the magic of reality. His hammer was crafted 'in the heart of a dying star,' but so were you! Most of the atoms that make you up are in fact the innards of a ball of gas in space that got so heavy that it exploded. Stars died so that you could live, as physicist Lawrence Krauss would say. -Kyle Hill

'Studio 60' was a magical experience, as I directed six episodes, was a series regular and a producer… Dream job. -Timothy Busfield

I did go to one of the chocolate factories in the U.K. It was disappointing. Not at all magical! And I thought, 'What a dull place to work.' -Julie Dawn Cole

I was basically the person at Disney World that was in charge of clearing the park when it was closed… I was the guy… telling them to 'get the hell out and have a magical day.' -Zach Anner

I've not done badly for a boy from Stockwell, where I used to gaze at the silver screen in wonderment, little realising I'd be a part of this magical world. -Roger Moore

For Christmas 1999, my husband surprised me with a trip to Disney World. Along with our boys, we were standing on the roof of the Contemporary Hotel at midnight on New Year's Eve 2000 watching fireworks explode over every amusement park in Orlando. It was a magical way to celebrate the millennial, and a never-to-be-forgotten Christmas present. -Karen Robards

It's so liberating to play a song in front of 50,000 people that you've never played before. Not something you played a long time ago and have forgotten: Never. Played. Before. There's something magical about it. -Steven Van Zandt

Keep the team as small as possible. Having been on several of these mega-projects, they seem to grow magically. People are attracted to the project like moths to a flame. -Bruce Pittman

When I wrote my first book, I was too scared to find out how people got books published. I was convinced that you needed some sort of magical potion that I didn't have. -Taylor Jenkins Reid

'Zorn' goes to some pretty ridiculous places, but the real comedy is coming from these little observations about life that are not as outlandish as some of the bigger moves in the story. This is a guy who has magical relics and fights weird monsters and is also dealing with very basic work and family things. -Phil Lord

I think our election proved to us that 'billionaire' is an incredibly magical word in our language in that people just defer to it. Donald Trump is not a billionaire, but he knew it was vital for him to be perceived as one. -Chris Sacca

I often use the word 'magical' to talk about what it feels like on set. -Gaby Hoffmann

Really, laughing is such a strange reaction to something. The idea of it is so bizarre, so instinctual, and kind of magical. -Jessica Williams

When you're filming, if you can't capture the relationships and interplay, that magical thing that transpires between musicians during a performance, then you're not going to have a deeply interesting film. It's vital. -Jonathan Demme

The excitement does not change. After 40 years in the business, I still find the show to be a magical moment – the performance anxiety, the litmus test. -Giorgio Armani

I used to love Andre The Giant. I could sit around all day and listen to Andre stories. He was such a wonderful, unique guy who everyone loved being around. The thing about Andre, he just had this magical mystique about him. -Stone Cold Steve Austin

It's an incredible thing when you are creating something in a moment with the other people on stage and with an audience, and you are all experiencing it together as it exists in that one night. It's a magical feeling. -Ari Graynor

My dad was a stickler for teaching me the pratfall. There is something magical about taking a good fall, and when it works, when you get that laugh, there's no better feeling in the world. -Jerry Lewis

That was the magical thing about the Seventies: artists ruled. Because films were relatively low-budget, nobody cared. We could just go off and work. -Sissy Spacek

I believe I'm a unicorn. Unicorns are very magical and powerful and strong. -Justine Skye

I remember how my world expanded in amazing fashion by that magical operation of translating words into images, and images into stories. -Mario Vargas Llosa

I've had an absolutely magical run. -Judy Sheindlin

I gotta tell you, Rickey Medlocke lived in some of the most magical years in this world's history. I lived in the '60s. I lived in the '70s, right into the '80s, and man, it was bad to the bone. -Rickey Medlocke

You have these magical moments in these live events that are never captured on film and that only live on in your memory. Those are always my favorite. -Dean Ambrose

I'm so grateful for St. Jude. It's warm and welcoming and magical, and kids can be kids. -Lily Aldridge

If you crave further confirmation that Silicon Valley is a magical place where magical thinking reigns, consider the tale of Roku, the video streaming company that filed to go public Friday, when alert people everywhere were headed out for a long weekend. -Adam Lashinsky

Nepal is a magical country and one of the only places in the world where they are winning the fight against illegal poaching. -Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

In Olympia, Washington, many of us were writing songs that were the equivalent of bloodletting: This is the sound a wound makes; this is the screech of a scar. But Mary Timony was always more kaleidoscope than microscope, creating magical worlds replete with weaponry or sorcery. -Carrie Brownstein

We are among the handful of countries that has difficulty distinguishing juveniles from adults where crime is concerned. We are convinced that if a child commits an adult crime, that kid is magically transformed into an adult. Consequently, we try juveniles as adults. -Greg Boyle

Rituals are magical. -Andre Aciman

Hubspot's leaders were not heroes but rather a pack of sales and marketing charlatans who spun a good story about magical transformation technology and got rich by selling shares in a company that still has never turned a profit. -Daniel Lyons

Getting to be in Chicago when the Cubs won the World Series was one of the most magical experiences I think I've ever had in a city. -Miranda Rae Mayo

I believe that there is a universal presence that is the kind of magical undercurrent in life that we all feel and is connected in, through, and as everything. That's what I think God is. -Miranda Rae Mayo

I personally have a hard time with a lot of the creation stories that revolve around the creator being a white man. It seems very limiting to me. So God to me is… so limitless and magical and loving and beautiful. -Miranda Rae Mayo

Ideally, Facebook would take all our clicks and information and would magically give us everything we want, without us even knowing we want it. -Om Malik

Anyone who has trouble imagining causality as magical and uncanny need only consider the existence of children. -Timothy Morton

When I became a teen, I ran into a friend at a magic shop who took me under his wing. I started reading up on magical theory and immediately blended that with what my brothers had shown me. -Apollo Robbins

I like ambiguity because you may be the villain in someone else's story and the hero in your own, and I think very often, African-American characters are either one thing or the other. You shouldn't have to be perfectly good or perfectly bad. You don't even have to be magical. -Chadwick Boseman

When the script is finished, and you're sitting around at a table read, and all the actors are reading the words that you've written, and you're hearing it out loud for the first time, that is always, every single time, no matter what, a magical process. -Shonda Rhimes

I love the paddle board. It's just a really good way to recenter. Being on the water is really peaceful, and you have to focus on your balance and holding yourself up. Doing a little bit of yoga under the sun on the water is really, really magical. -Jamie Anderson

Tahoe is a magical place full of positive energy, beautiful mountains, and lakes all around. It's home for me and feels so good to be there. -Jamie Anderson

If I had to read only one author, it would be Gabriel Garcia Marquez because I love the mystical, magical quality of his writing. -Tory Burch

Those of us who thought Jorge Luis Borges was a pioneer of magical realism were mistaken; he was a pioneer of science fiction. -Mohsin Hamid

I want to create a world where all the rules are different. It should be magical to enter. -Julian Barratt

New York, to me, even though I grew up here, there's something magical about it. I remember, every time I used to go to L.A. for work, when I'd come back and get off the plane and be driving towards the landscape of the city, I'd be beside myself with joy. It doesn't matter how many times! -Carol Kane

We need to encourage black women to know that they are authors of their own destiny, that they have important stories to tell, and that they are capable, so magically capable, of writing them and creating important pieces of work that will live forever in history. -Michaela Coel

All around us right now, tucked into the valleys and along the coasts, bookshops glow in the winter light. Think of them like singular, magical, and multi-dimensional recipe boxes. They wait for us to pluck out a card, to stand over the stove, to start cooking. -Anthony Doerr

The band can't exist without the crowd, and the crowd wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the band, and it really is something magical that people need. -Jim James

As kids, we lived in this magical world and roamed free in the gardens. I was obsessed with 'Alice in Wonderland.' My dad cut the hedges so that they started shorter and grew taller, so I could run up and down and feel like I was shrinking. -Juno Temple

R&D has been an obsession in Europe for many, many years. There is this magical number which many governments aspire to do, and that is to invest at least three percent of GDP in research and development. When you look at the number, it's a composite of private and public investment in R&D. -Jean-Philippe Courtois

Marriage is not a magical potion that serves to amplify adoration, reduce deep-seated feelings of resentment, erase fears of commitment, or answer questions about whether or not this is the right move. Marriage is a ceremony that cements your current bond to another human being, and while that's a huge thing, that's all it does. -Emily V. Gordon

My sister bought me the Koran in 1990. I always thought the stories in it were magical. -Ian Brown

It's not a panacea: there are problems in the world that technology can't fix. You can't fix water shortages. You can't storm a Ministry of the Interior with a cell phone. You can't magically create leaders and institutions overnight. You can't eat it. You can't shield a bullet. -Jared Cohen

It's a trippy and really magical experience when people like Michelle Obama are looking at you saying, 'Great job,' when all you want to do is say, 'Great job,' to the First Lady of our country. -Renee Elise Goldsberry

The Olympics are a completely different beast. It's the most magical moment of your career. -Hilary Knight

The songs that are on my playlist find themselves there because I can identify with the lyrics, or they have some magical transformative power in the beat. -Hilary Knight

A lot of skaters hole themselves up in hotels and focus – and that's great, and that may work for them. But for me, having the Olympic experience was as great as winning the medal. I have so many memories of living in the village and meeting other athletes, seeing other sports, and feeling the energy. It's so magical. -Tara Lipinski

I love film very much. It's very special to me, and seeing how it all turns out is always just a magical moment for me. -Lauren Ashley Carter

The first time I really had an influence on a show was during 'Ragtime.' It's still the most magical show that I've ever done. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

'Ragtime' was the most magical show that I've done. I had an incredible experience with that, with the show itself, with the cast, with the audience. The response to that show – my God, it really blew me away, the reactions to that show, the way it changed their lives and altered their thinking, their own self-discovery. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

Too many people on the Left think that, when you move a chunk of money away from people for entitlements, that the money magically reappears and that discretionary spending will be unaffected. -Dana Loesch

Basically, if you work hard and practice an instrument every day, you'll learn how to play like a professional. You'll get better and better each day. And that's how it works for me. I wasn't magically inclined to play. I had to keep practicing and practicing to train my fingers. -Adrian Younge

I'm just grateful. I'm grateful for my family, my wife, and our health. I'm grateful to be in a band of brothers that I love so, so, so much. I'm grateful that this magical combination of dudes makes music that people like and moves them. -Coy Bowles

Ultimately, what we're trying to do for our customers or our guests is create magical travel experiences. -Nathan Blecharczyk

When trust works out right, it can be absolutely magical. -Joe Gebbia

I gravitate much more toward realism, realism in the work that I do, but magical realism got me hooked on film. I think it was my first time realizing that there was something besides popcorn movies. -Rachel Morrison

I saw 'The War Wagon' with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, but it was dubbed into German. And it had Japanese subtitles and then this little strip with some Spanish words, and I've never forgotten that weird image. It was so magical and funky. -Luis Alberto Urrea

It's almost easy for me to write about a magnificent tropical village with orchids and dragonflies. That's intoxicating, but the United States is magical, too. We just forget this. -Luis Alberto Urrea

Music spoke to me when I was young in such an intimate, empowering, magical way, and I think that music is already doing that for young queer kids. -Justin Tranter

You can't share your magic with everyone. Your job is to live within your magic. And if other magical people find you, then let's go and make a brew. -Brian Tyree Henry

I remember I took an editorial, and I was so excited. I got the pictures back, and I looked in the magazine, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' My arms were half their size, and I had a thigh gap magically, and all these crazy things. My family went out and tried to find my pictures in the magazines, but no one could recognize me. -Iskra Lawrence

I want a little black girl to pick up my book one day and see herself as the star. I want her to know that she's beautiful, and she matters, and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger. -Tomi Adeyemi

I spent 12 years of my life writing stories without black people. That's insane to me. It's insane that I could have believed in magical portals and dragons and all that stuff, but to believe a black person could be experiencing those things was unimaginable. -Tomi Adeyemi

Coding, it's an endless process of trial and error, of trying to get the right command in the right place, with sometimes just a semicolon making the difference between success and failure. Code breaks and then it falls apart, and it often takes many, many tries until that magical moment when what you're trying to build comes to life. -Reshma Saujani

I think working with the primal elements of fire and earth appealed greatly to my father because of the almost magical results. -Claude Picasso

Once you let go of the idea of waiting for a magical lightning bolt of genius to hit, you can really get to work. -Mary Pilon

There is something magical about sharing meals. -Patrick Pichette

'I'm sorry, honey. I was wrong.' Are there six more magical words you can say to your wife? -Andy Dunn

The prescience of the founding fathers continues to astonish me. They were freedom fighters. They made America. They gave us this magical country. They also were slaveowners – which is confusing to their legacy. How could such brilliant men have only secured freedom for themselves, but not their wives or their slaves? -Andy Dunn

A founder plays a magical role at the company: they invented or, as in my case, co-invented it. If and when a founder walks out the door, there is something spiritual that walks out the door, too. -Andy Dunn

Africa is the one place on earth where Prince Harry can be truly himself. He describes Botswana as his 'second home,' but this magical country is even more than that – it is his haven, his safe harbour. -Penny Junor

When I first started snowboarding, it was something that was only really done in the winter. Mount Hood in Oregon was the magical exception. -Gretchen Bleiler

Meditation isn't necessarily this magical experience where we don't ever have thoughts. -Gretchen Bleiler

I remember being glued to the TV as I watched the Olympics as a kid. There was something so magical, almost otherworldly, about the Olympics. My favorite part was that moment right before it all started. The moment where the athlete would stand up ready to face whatever lay ahead. -Gretchen Bleiler

After 'A Love Extreme,' I thought I must do something that stands up to that – at least. I can't top it. You should never attempt to top something that is magical, because that's just bad magic. -Benji Hughes

Teens are strange and magical. -Mary H.K. Choi

Listing and counting have a spooky, magical power, and the holiday season is a spooky, magical time. -Elif Batuman

Every time a meteor comes close to the earth, we all think about the end of the world – but our internal soundtrack doesn't turn off. We're also thinking about pizza or passing a slow tractor or making a turn, and for a magical instant, our lives seem to be in conversation with the stars. -Elif Batuman

Instagram is a blessing – I love to post about everything I'm doing. The explore page is magical. -Bozoma Saint John

So many of my friends and family will go to Palm Springs as their weekend getaway destination, but when I need a break from Los Angeles, I'll head to Joshua Tree instead. There's something so magical about the energy of the Mojave Desert. -Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

It seems to me obviously axiomatic that markets are not magical, that they're organised in a range of regulated entities created by men. We decide in what we will have markets, and we decide how the rules work and how they'll conduct themselves. -John Lanchester

I surely don't think ignorance is bliss. But like everything else that has survived thousands of years of human evolution, ignorance – like denial, self-delusion, and magical thinking – seems to have its uses. -Scott Spencer

Authors make stuff up. Let's not pretend it's any more magical than that. -Kameron Hurley

What history taught me is that societies are not static and that the straight line of progressive ideals – this thinking we have that a society will just magically become more egalitarian over time – is patently false. -Kameron Hurley

When I get lost in a book, it's just, like, magical! -Marley Dias

Actors are magical people. They can take words you wrote and say them in a way that, although you thought the line was good when you wrote it, it's fantastic when it comes out of their mouth. -Kenya Barris

One of the magical things about kindness is that it's what we nerds call a 'happiness aggregator.' People confuse kindness with being nice. And they're very different. You can be nice and be passive. But kindness requires action. -Daniel Lubetzky

Edward Eager wrote a series of children's books that are in danger of being forgotten. But they're divine: stories about ordinary kids who stumble on magical things – a coin, a lake, a book, a thyme garden, a well. The magic changes them, they try to change the magic, the magic moves on. -Laura Lippman

My dad was an actor, and he made it all seem quite magical. It felt like a slightly subversive thing, telling stories, when all of my other friends' parents were builders or bank clerks. It's always seemed quite magical to me. -Johnny Flynn

Computers are the most powerful tools that humanity has ever created. Yet, we treat them largely as a black box; as if it were an alien artifact that magically appeared on desks, in homes, and in our pockets. -Tobias Lutke

When I was in my 20s, I started frequenting record stores, and there was one in particular called Tropicalia in Furs in New York City. It's closed now, but it was one of those magical places where you would walk in, and the owner would start playing you records and not let you leave. It was such an education. -Elijah Wood

I just always felt whole when I was writing. I felt this kind of beautiful privacy that I never felt in any other way. I feel like there's this great fullness to being alone, and writing is a really vivid way and a really magical way of being alone. -Sheila Heti

I first got caught up in this marvelous feeling of being spoken to in that very direct, private, magical way by a poem when I was really young. I was in grade school and had found an Emily Dickinson poem in a textbook. -Tracy K. Smith

Reading 'Search Sweet Country' is like reading a dream, and indeed, at times, it feels like the magical landscapes of writers like the Nigerian Ben Okri or the Mozambican Mia Couto. -Uzodinma Iweala

I believed that I could age people with my mind. If I looked at them, wrinkles would form, and if I looked away, they would suddenly, magically get younger. -Susannah Cahalan

Hormones get no respect. We think of them as the elusive chemicals that make us a bit moody, but these magical little molecules do so much more. -Susannah Cahalan

I dream of a not-so-distant future in which every woman can wake up, decide what she'll wear from the millions of styles in her digital dream closet, and have her outfit magically delivered to her before she finishes her coffee. -Jennifer Hyman

If what needs to get done is going to get done, then I can't screw around with the luxury of writing rituals or waiting for pristine writing conditions to magically materialize. -Paul G. Tremblay

For years, in the wake of Rushdie, I had imagined magical realism to be the last refuge of the non-resident Indian. -Amitava Kumar

A postcolonial writer who has often been credited with mixing the mundane with the magical, and history with fiction, is Salman Rushdie. -Amitava Kumar

I was always into film, but theater was my entry point. I always felt like film didn't make sense to me as a kid. It was just so magical that I was like, 'There's something going on back there that I don't know.' But, when I watched theater, it was something that was happening in front of me. -Patrick J. Adams

Finding out about Bjork was like finding out about some rare and magical thing that I had never encountered living where I was living at the time, being surrounded by the people I was surrounded by. -Kerli

I love it when people come from all over the place in separate vehicles, and they all come to this venue and become one energy. When that happens, it's a very magical thing. I think that helps the world go around, and it's what we do as performers – bring people together. -Paul Rodgers

That childhood passion and involvement and being really submerged in something, that's the kind of state I'm looking for all the time – and preserving that sense of magical possibility and wonder that children have. I think, for artists, if you can stay connected to that, then you are in a good place. -Max Richter

Paintings don't just happen. I am not a proponent of the idea of an artist as someone who kind of magically makes things and has no real control or isn't willfully producing a certain kind of thing. It is labor-intensive, and it is research-intensive. You are making one decision after another, trying to get at something you think is important. -Kerry James Marshall

A close friend of mine described me as a radical pragmatist. I embrace this no-nonsense distinction wholeheartedly. It is a character trait that matches the sense of myself I've had from as far back as I can remember. I am not one who goes in much for magical thinking. I don't believe in destiny, fate, or things like divine guidance, either. -Kerry James Marshall

I'm probably the most successful Celtic bard of my generation, who projected this style and this image and this casketful of magical songs all around the world. -Donovan

The motivation to do anything – like change your entire life around – doesn't just come from some magical, mystical place within you. Action is both the effect of motivation and the cause of it. -Mark Manson

Pregnancy is magical, I've never felt more connected to my body. -Mary Helen Bowers

There's no feeling like performing. It's magical, it's so rewarding, and it just feeds this special little part of your soul. -Mary Helen Bowers

Since ballet has such a solid classical framework, everything is supposed to be a very specific way, so you learn to look at things with an eye towards perfection. But in acting, it isn't always necessarily good to be like that – really magical things can happen when it's unexpected and messy. -Sonoya Mizuno

Movies are magical. It transcends a lot of hate or human faults in real life because of the fantasy of it all. -John David Washington

The Wyatt Family was a very special thing. The 3 of us came together at a perfect time. It was a perfect storm, and that rivalry with The Shield in 2014-2015 was a magical time. -Luke Harper

Somewhere along the line, positive thinking seems to have been confused with magical thinking. There's a notion that if you think positively enough, you can make anything happen by using the power of your mind. All the positive thinking in the world won't deliver good fortune or prevent tragedy from striking. -Amy Morin

Not every magical moment in your career is going to happen on the biggest stage of the year. -Sami Zayn

I'm terrified of the ocean. I think it's beautiful and magical, but I never go in. That deep, dark water, with no understanding of what goes on behind it – I think that's a metaphor for a lot of things. -David Harbour

Coming to Australia, it was just really magical for me. It just had the wow factor of a different sort of place and, more so, just being with a family that wanted to love me and to have me, because I knew back then, before coming to Australia, there was no way of getting back home or finding my real family. -Saroo Brierley

My mom is not religious, but she's a very spiritual, magical kind of lady. One time, when I was younger, my mom said she was a witch and that my grandmother was also a witch. It was late at night, and she was really sleepy, but I took it very seriously because I always wanted to go to Hogwarts. -Perfume Genius

We live in a world where we think the mysterious is retreating farther and farther from our lives and eventually we will know all there is to know. I love the idea that somehow, there are still things that can be magical. -Deborah Harkness

Growing up as a little, introverted boy, dance was the only way I could communicate. For me, it's the greatest language – no words. Sharing people's stories through the art of movement is magical. -Alyssa Edwards

Growing up so close to New York City, I always loved going to the city, but I'd be disappointed because songs about New York always made it seem so magical and perfect, and when I was younger, I just thought it was busy and dirty. -Grace VanderWaal

Knut Hamsun's writing is magical. His sentences are glowing; he could write about anything and make it alive. Of contemporary writers, Thure Erik Lund is my definite favorite. -Karl Ove Knausgard

It just gives us that adrenaline charge when we go on. We know we're gonna come off two hours later, but we're pushing it all the way; we build it right through. It's amazing how it happens. It's sort of magical, because you couldn't do it in a rehearsal like that; you need that audience in front, and that's really what gets us going. -Malcolm Young

Greece was a muse. It inspired creativity in magical ways that I can't even begin to understand or explain. -Joe Bonamassa

I don't have any magical ability. I look at a problem, play with it, work out a strategy. -Terence Tao

Poppy's world is a magical place, and it's the most free part of the entire universe. -Poppy

It is a magical feeling to perform for 50,000 people. You decide when they cheer and when they are quiet. It's like you have them under your control. -The Great Khali

I just like magical, fantastical stuff. I don't really see it as surreal when I'm writing. It's just, I write, and then I have an idea, and usually, they're quite odd. -Noel Fielding

When you have lived through something as magical as the 2014 World Cup final, you want to relive that experience as many times as possible. -Toni Kroos

In my own life, I found that whenever I wasn't sure what to do next, I would go and learn a lot, read a lot, talk to experts. I don't know how the human brain works, but it's almost magical: when you read enough or talk to enough experts, when you have enough inputs, new ideas start appearing. This seems to happen for a lot of people that I know. -Andrew Ng

It was a very magical upbringing, the quality of feeling special, and people treated us special. You tried real hard to remember all the normal things so you didn't get twisted. -Edward Albert

Air Max is from when we were running the streets. It was comfortable to wear in London, whether you were going out to a club or kicking a ball in the streets. Those kinds of things stick in my mind from the young, magical, fantasy years of my life. -Skepta

Seeing lights being put up along the street and these colored lanterns called parols being put up at people's houses makes Christmas in Philippines magical. -Catriona Gray

It's not like the computer magically does it for you. Animation just takes forever. -Stephen Hillenburg

For me, music is a magical life force that has the ability to make me cry, pick me up, and take me back in time. -Ashley Roberts

I love being in a small club where everybody has a good seat, and we don't look like ants. And you can feel the audience, which makes it kind of magical, and I miss that. I guess I have the best of both worlds. -Joe Walsh

I never wanted to take off the pink gown I wore to the 'Gypsy' premiere. It was a magical dress for a magical moment. -Lucy Boynton

I have been a fan of movies from a very young age, and somehow, the magic of that – every single time I hear something or read something that could be made into a wonderful film or something somebody is asking me to be a part of – that connects. It just makes me feel like I'm going to be part of something magical again. -Farhan Akhtar

You just never know what is going to happen in WWE. That is why it is so magical. -Rusev

OMG, I have my 'Mamma Mia!' playbill framed in my bedroom. It was magical! I totally cried… a lot! I remember collecting playbills my entire life, and then to be in one… I have no words. -Frankie Grande

With the right vibes and the right people, it's easy to create something magical. -Dinah Jane

You can magically alter your life if you believe hard enough and then take actual physical action in the world outside your brain to make it happen. -Andrew W.K.

Music is a mysterious phenomenon – it seems both to magically overwhelm and sublimate our suffering, but also to starkly dignify the struggles of our daily life. -Andrew W.K.

I'm familiar with that magical mindset during sporting competition where one feels completely zoned in on what's happening. There are occasional nights in poker when the mists have cleared, and I just know what my opponents' cards are. Everything at the table is slow, loud, and easy. The rest of the world is silent. -Victoria Coren Mitchell

Being pregnant is a conundrum. You have this freedom, because it's a wonderful time that a human being is growing inside of you, and it is truly magical. On the other hand, your body changes. -Anna Gunn

Unfortunately, being a woman in society means that sometimes you have to sort of quell what is instinctually broad and magnificent and magical about you. -Gina Torres

People want to see a magical fairytale story, but the reality is that I spent a lot of time making music alone in my bedroom. -Maggie Rogers

I was on the wheelchair for six months and lost all hope of returning to the field. I thought my career was over, but my brother kept on encouraging me. 'All that you need to do is to be resolute to return to the field,' he said. These words turned out to be magical. -Sandeep Singh

2010 was a magical year and was unforgettable. -Diego Forlan

The best strikers make you sit up and take notice because every time they get the ball, you think that something amazing could happen. Of course they'll score goals, but they'll have something in their game which makes you think, 'Wow, he can win this game by doing something magical.' -Diego Forlan

Love means being happy, and it is that magical feeling which you get around people you love. Be it friends, family. It could mean different to different people, but to me, it is just being kind and happy with each other. -Jennifer Winget

Earlier, I would never focus on how I looked because I thought I was just 'OK.' So my focus was on being well-read, good in studies, school captain. My personality depended on what I read, not on some magical genetic thing. -Sobhita Dhulipala

They call me the Magic Man because I'm a classy fighter, a master of my craft, a good-looking Italian kid from Brooklyn who came through a dark and gritty life to find something magical. -Paulie Malignaggi

Barcelona players know how to summon up Messi into the game, letting him rest in periods of the match and then using his services at vital moments when he shows up in the middle of the pitch to create his magical plays. -Rivaldo

Motherhood is filled with magical little moments that bring you immense joy. -Namrata Shirodkar

When I married Munna, people didn't give our marriage even two months to survive. But we lasted for 12 years. The first 10 were magical. He's a fair man, a wise man. -Pooja Bhatt

The goal of any worthwhile and effective journal of opinion analysis in navigating what is an increasingly tribal and divisive period in American history should be to promote real debate. That does not mean retreating to our corners and pretending that, if we ignore the perspectives we don't like, they will magically go away. -Ben Domenech

I ate huge bowls of fresh papaya all day in Fiji when I was filming a movie, which was one of the most magical experiences in my entire life, so the fruit actually really changes my mood and how my body feels. -Kiersey Clemons

It has been magical. I can't think of a better word to describe my journey than magical. -Arnel Pineda

'Grease Live!' was… it was a chore! It was interesting: one of, if not the most, magical television experience I've had in my career, where the people are concerned. -Jordan Fisher

I don't ever have any bass in my monitors at all; I instead like to lock in with the guitar. I know the bass player has got to be locked in with the drummer, but to me, metal music is about the guitar and drums locking in and operating like a machine together. I played with my brother forever, and we were magically locked in together. -Vinnie Paul

I've shot in Hawaii a few times, and it's always magical. -Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Through these years, I have attempted to create magical moments between my characters because, be it television or films, life is about the moments we create while living through it. -Ekta Kapoor

In my experience, durable progress must be fashioned out of more than obscured truth, slogans, and empty promises. You do it through hard work. By going everywhere. Listening to everyone. Being honest with people. Being ambitious without indulging in magical thinking. -Michael Bennet

I can make something magical and wonderful out of nothing. -Abby Lee Miller

I think all people who've been on 'Strictly' like to talk to others who've been on the show and share their experience. And it's always exactly the same. You go through the same emotions. It never quite leaves you. It's always just here somewhere. It's a real magical thing to have taken part in. It's not so much a job – it's more of an experience. -Caroline Flack

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