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Magical Realism Quotes


"I'm into weird kind of, anything that resembles magical realism." - Daniel Radcliffe

"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

"I have a magical work in a magical way. I give magical service for magical pay." - Florence Scovel Shinn

"Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism." - Neil Gaiman

"For real human beings, the only realism is an embodied realism." - George Lakoff

"We are powerful magical beings." - Deepak Chopra

"Soccer is a magical game." - David Beckham

"The critics are like tourists who return from a trip saying they've "done" Machu Picchu: "Okay, we've done magical realism," so now we can throw it out." - Gore Vidal

"Magical realism as a declaration in the text is usually when someone can't speak and then they must be magically reinvigorated in some way." - Fred D'Aguiar

"Anyone who sees the realism in Lynch truly understand poetry!" - Armond White

"Realism is for pessimists. An optimist creates his own reality." - David Harley

"Theres something just magical about flight. Period." - Graham Hawkes

"Magical music never leaves the memory." - Thomas Beecham

"Literature is the magical meaning of life." - Ana Maria Matute

"Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power." - Deepak Chopra

"Mary Poppins is magical and fun." - Julie Andrews

"Every intentional act is a magical act." - Aleister Crowley

"The theater is magical and addictive." - Angela Lansbury

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

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

"Time had changed the magical to mundane" - Rohinton Mistry

"Film is a truly magical medium." - Tom Savini

"Soft silly music is meaningful, magical." - Jeff Mangum

"If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds." - Wayne Dyer

"Like Woody Allen actually does this a lot in his movies, its kind of called magical realism where he has just kind of an everyday, these kind of everyday experiences and all the sudden something magical or supernatural will come into to and I just, I love that and I think everybody can kind of - everybody wants that at some point in their life." - Tony Hale

"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

"The true impressionism is realism. So many people do not observe." - Childe Hassam

"Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason...that is its reason for existing." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"This business about graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all." - George W Bush

"We have here a question of difficulty, analogous to the question of nominalism and realism." - Charles Sanders Peirce

"The solemn pledge to abstain from telling the truth was called socialist realism." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"I move from realism to fantasy without the spectator ever noticing." - Jean-Pierre Melville

"I only understand realism." - Manuel Puig

"I am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk." - Vikas Swarup

"Any technology that does not appear magical is insufficiently advanced." - Gregory Benford

"Magic is real. And reality... it is magical." - Aleister Crowley

"Behind every success, there lies a magical word: Dare!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Night will always remain a cat's magical, fanciful time." - Jerry Climer

"Sanctuaries are magical places - dare I say holy?" - Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

"Psi and/or magical powers, if real, are nearly useless." - Larry Niven

"Brains are not magical; they are causal machines." - Patricia Churchland

"Knowing things is magical, if other people don't know them." - Terry Pratchett

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

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

"As you see, I bear some resentment and some scars from the years of anti-genre bigotry. My own fiction, which moves freely around among realism, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy of various kinds, historical fiction, young adult fiction, parable, and other subgenres, to the point where much of it is ungenrifiable, all got shoved into the Sci Fi wastebasket or labeled as kiddilit-subliterature." - Ursula K Le Guin

"I think that it's important to try to keep reality. I think that Gabriel Garcia Marquez speaks a lot about reality in his magical realism. So I don't think we have to be hyper-realistic. But we have to understand the pressures that undergird the lives of the characters within that novel." - Walter Mosley

"Obviously all religions get corrupted by man. The initial ideas are interesting but once they get organized they seem to become about politics and other things and they get misinterpreted. . . . Have faith but do the work. Live your life right. Dont expect things to happen. Thats why Im put off by magical realism." - Matt Dillon

"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

"Magical realism allows an artist like myself to inject layers of meaning without being obvious. In American culture, where there is freedom of expression, this approach may seem forced, unnecessary and misunderstood. But this system of communication has become very Iranian." - Shirin Neshat

"I wrote some weird magical realism stories that are probably on some hard drive somewhere, and if I ever uncover that hard drive, I'll burn it. I tried to do a little bit of writing while I was in Iraq, but it wasn't the really greatest space for creative production." - Phil Klay

"Idealism without realism is impotent. Realism without idealism is immoral." - Richard M. Nixon

"...theories should be judged by their ability to predict events rather than by the realism of their assumptions." - Milton Friedman

"Realism is to fiction what gravity is to walking: a confinement that allows dancing under the right circumstances." - George Saunders

"Realism is something we practice when we aren't feeling very well. When we don't feel up to the extra effort." - Robert Edmond Jones

"Lenin thought abstract art was a conspiracy by the bourgeois to demoralize the proletariat. Yeah, socialist realism!" - Carl Andre

"I often say after eight years in Washington, I longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." - Fred Thompson

"I think that the way of bringing realism into fantasy is to treat it as the commonplace." - Grant Bowler

"Things are not magical because they've been conjured for us by some outside force. They are magical because we create them." - David Levithan

"I pay attention as much as I can. I try to surround myself with other women with magical powers and a lot falls under the heading "magical powers."" - Wendy C. Ortiz

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

"It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places." - Paul Theroux

"The jazz trombone is a magical experience particularly to hear and listen too." - John Jensen

"The sending of a letter constitutes a magical grasp upon the future." - Iris Murdoch

"This is your here, this is your now, let it be magical!" - Ronnie James Dio

"Every basic act like eating and copulating becomes magical when you do it consciously." - Jaggi Vasudev

"There aren't any magical words, really. Words just hold the magic." - Jim Butcher

"Everything Iniesta does impresses me. He could even play as goalkeeper. He's magical." - Zinedine Zidane

"When you get to sing with someone you care about, it's magical." - Vanessa Hudgens

"When you trust the universe, you get to play in the magical world of God's plan." - Debbie Ford

"...She's understood the power of stories. Their magical ability to refill the wounded part of people." - Kate Morton

"There's a magical layer of love that's laced, designed to take us to a higher place." - Bootsy Collins

"Incidentally, the world is magical. Magic is simply what's off our human scale... at the moment." - Vera Nazarian

"Yech," said Simon. "Don't 'yech' me. You're the one with the magical spit." - Cassandra Clare

"All bookshelves are magical." - Neil Gaiman

"Words have a magical power. They can either bring the greatest happiness or the deepest despair." - Sigmund Freud

"Life doesn't need magic to be magical. (But a little bit sure doesn't hurt.)" - Laini Taylor

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

"It's the most maddening, beautiful, magical, horrible, painful, wonderful joyous thing in the world, love" - Taylor Swift

"The first time I called myself a 'Witch' was the most magical moment of my life." - Margot Adler

"Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way." - Dale Chihuly

"All mirrors are magical mirrors, and we never see our faces in them." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"When you live in Texas, every single time you see snow it?s magical." - Pamela Ribon

"...a magical CO2 knob for controlling weather and climate simply does not exist!" - Willie Soon

"People make a lot of effort not to remember, not to accept their immense magical potential." - Paulo Coelho

"Life continues in lots of places, and life is a magical thing." - Laurel Clark

"If you don't think there is magic in writing, you probably won't write anything magical." - Terry Brooks

"My tribute to mystical, magical trees that the Cherokee called "standing people. . . ."" - Wallace Stevens

"Life is magical and I guess my thing is I wish that people wanted that magic." - Billy Bob Thornton

"Keep your eyes out for ? magical moments, they're everywhere! Live with passion today and everyday!" - Tony Robbins

"Talking about creativity is useless if you don't do anything magical with yours." - Ernie J Zelinski

"The world is not magic - and that's the most magical thing about it." - Sean M Carroll

"Man is always a wizard to man, and the social world is at first magical." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Sisterhood is magical and medicinal - use it as a lifelong resource." - Claudia Black

"Some people like to say serendipitous. I like to say magical." - Devendra Banhart

"Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks." - Dr. SunWolf

"Skipping by the flowers, Skipping around for hours, Skipping in rain showers - Skipping has magical powers!" - Jessi Lane Adams

"Life does' need magic to be magical. (But a little bit sure does' hurt.)" - Laini Taylor

"Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical." - Francis Bacon

"That's a depressing and practical thought," Sam said. "I'd rather it was something magical." - Maggie Stiefvater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Cobras are magical. They can stand up on just energy alone." - Paz De La Huerta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"If you give a scene enough room to breathe, actors will hopefully find those magical moments." - Greg Bryk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Scientific realism in classical (i.e. pre-quantum) physics has remained compatible with the naive realism of everyday thinking on the whole; whereas it has proven impossible to find any consistent way to visualize the world underlying quantum theory in terms of our pictures in the everyday world. The general conclusion is that in quantum theory naive realism, although necessary at the level of observations, fails at the microscopic level." - Ravi Gomatam

"Let us replace sentimentalism by realism and dare to uncover those simple and terrible laws which, be they seen or unseen, pervade and govern." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Realism is punishing. Probabilistic skepticism is worse." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Realism and art cannot live together." - Jeanette Lee

"Idealism and realism meet in the actual." - Mary Parker Follett

"Realism can break a writer's heart." - Salman Rushdie

"What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Realism is a corruption of reality." - Wallace Stevens

"I think a sense of humor is the emotional equivalent of a sense of realism. One should not take everything seriously, and everybody takes some things seriously." - Michael Maccoby

"I don't want realism. I want magic!" - Tennessee Williams

"Realism has always been called cynicism." - Gore Vidal

"Art is realistic when it strives to express an ethical ideal. Realism is striving for truth, and truth is always beautiful. Here the aesthetic coincides with the ethical" - Andrei Tarkovsky

"Realism was the death of art." - Arthur Wesley Dow

"Magic realism - somebody used that phrase the other day that is familiar with South American literature. That rang a bell. It resonates with me." - Sam Neill

"Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverend realism, says that they are all fools." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Abstraction and realism work best together." - Ken Danby

"Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular." - Jonathan Franzen

"For me, fiscal realism is not a betrayal of Labour values; it is the foundation by which we win the trust of the public." - Douglas Alexander

"Realism is not a matter of any fidelity to an empirical reality, but of the discursive conventions by which and for which a sense of reality is constructed." - John Fiske

"I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests." - Gustave Flaubert

"Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America." - Ron Fournier

"Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism." - Claude Mckay

"I can never fathom it when people say things like "I can't understand abstract art!" Or: "Abstract art is junk!" Or: "Abstract art isn't as valid as realism!"" - Derek R. Audette

"We need realism to deal with reality." - Slick Rick

"America is exceptional in combining standard great-power realism with extravagant idealism about the country's redemptive role in creating international order." - Michael Ignatieff

"As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note." - Seamus Heaney



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