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Magical Thinking Quotes


"One person's magical thinking is another person's cynicism." - Damon Lindelof

"In Hollywood, primitive magical thinking exists side by side with the most advanced technology." - Hortense Powdermaker

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

"I'm disturbed when people let superstition, magical thinking, extreme conspiracy theories and so on blur their minds." - John Shirley

"It's hard to resist the magical thinking that the work habits of great writers are the key to their greatness." - Zoe Heller

"There's a kind of magical thinking about these kinds of things. Throw away those bad photos before the "magic" attaches to them, so the good ones stand out." - Gretchen Rubin

"Luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods. Instead, it is a way of thinking and behaving." - Richard Wiseman

"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

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

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

"All bookshelves are magical." - Neil Gaiman

"Linear thinking is patriarchal." - Meridel Le Sueur

"Thinking the Unthinkable." - Herman Kahn

"I'm against fashionable thinking." - Herman Kahn

"My process is thinking, thinking and thinking - thinking about my stories for a long time." - Hayao Miyazaki

"The Christian take on Hellfire seems less dramatic than the Muslim vision, which I grew up with, but Christian magical thinking appeals to me no more than my mother's angels and djinns." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"The habits of craft, developed day in and day out over a working lifetime, create moments of astonishment, sublime and magical effects, precisely because the writer is not thinking overtly about making art." - Philip Gerard

"Certainly our cultural fallback position seems to be that our technologies will get us out of everything they have got us into. That looks like a magical thinking to me, but we don't really have a better idea." - Paul Kingsnorth

"The magical thinking encouraged by any belief in the supernatural, combined with the vilification of rationality and skepticism, is more conducive to conspiracy theories than it is to productive political debate." - Wendy Kaminer

"If anxiety is the major force of our contemporary condition, a lot of poetry - including my own, mostly - sort of tries to escape that, fly off into magical thinking or bewilderment or whatever." - Mike Young

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Dance is one of the most powerful forms of magical ritual...It is an outer expression of the inner spirit." - Ted Andrews

"When you let go of the need for any and all outcomes life becomes a creative magical adventure." - Deepak Chopra

"We are powerful magical beings." - Deepak Chopra

"The autodecrement is not magical." - Larry Wall

"Soccer is a magical game." - David Beckham

"Being a mother is magical." - Ellen Pompeo

"Stop thinking that meditation is anything special. Stop thinking altogether." - Surya Singer

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - George S Patton

"Everything hangs on one's thinking." - Seneca the Younger

"Design is thinking made visual." - Saul Bass

"Writing is thinking on paper." - William Zinsser

"We are not thinking machines..." - Peter Watts

"Big thinking precedes great achievement." - Wilferd Peterson

"Whatever you're thinking, think bigger." - Tony Hsieh

"Never stop thinking, improving, innovating." - Shu Uemura

"Your thinking creates your reality." - Robin S. Sharma

"[America] needs a certain thinking." - Donald Trump

"Horse sense, n.: Stable thinking." - Anonymous

"I am always thinking music." - Ted Leo

"I'm against sloppy, emotional thinking." - Herman Kahn

"Dualistic thinking is a sickness." - Laozi

"You can't think seriously about thinking without thinking about thinking about something." - Seymour Papert

"I'm not going to have a better day, a more magical moment than the first time I heard my daughter giggle." - Sean Penn

"I've always wanted to be a mom. Because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave me, such as love and friendship." - Jennifer Love Hewitt

"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

""Chaunt in his ear delusions magical, That he may fight the horses of the sea." The Druids took them to their mystery, And chaunted for three days." - William Butler Yeats

"Liberty and equality are magical words." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"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

"I believe every childhood should be magical." - Jo Dee Messina

"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

"A powerful tool in the early stages of developing scenarios is to pretend the interface is magic. If your persona has goals and the product has magical powers to meet them, how simple could the interaction be? This kind of thinking is useful to help designers look outside the box." - Alan Cooper

"And spare me the jokes about scoring." "Dammit, woman, you read my mind," he said. "Is there no filthy wordplay you can't forsee?" "It's my special magical power. I can read your mind when you're thinking dirty thoughts." "So, ninety-five percent of the time." - Cassandra Clare

"People have responded to the pictures I make as mystical things, and they somehow carry the illusion further thinking that the place is this mystical, magical place. The desert is also a very barren place, a very lonely place, a very boring, uneventful place." - Richard Misrach

"People often say that you should never work with child actors. I think that's all wrong. Children have not had the imagination kicked out of them by life experience and adulthood. So, they still are very much alive with that kind of magical thinking which enables an actor to believe they're in these circumstances and make them real to you." - Nicolas Cage

"We have to recognize that spirituality is a legitimate dimension in the psyche. It's a legitimate dimension in the universal scheme of things. It doesn't mean that you are superstitious, that you are in to magical, primitive thinking, if you take spirituality seriously." - Stanislav Grof

"People who are slavish to a fantasy ideology become very lonely in the world. It's very alienating and sometimes reality is very threatening to this magical way of thinking. On the other hand, if it is a politician or leader that chooses for whatever reason to remain" - Mark Ruffalo

"Training is doing your homework. It's not exciting. More often than not it's tedious. There is certainly no glory in it. But you stick with it, over time, and incrementally through no specific session, your body changes. Your mind becomes calloused to effort. You stop thinking of running as difficult or interesting or magical. It just becomes what you do. It becomes a habit." - Jack Edmonds

"The notion that somehow through a trade war or protectionism or magical thinking that we're going to return to a romanticized economic past is, in the end, going to be an illusion. And a severe disappointment to millions of decent, hard-working people." - David Remnick

"That said, a lot of people buy products with "green" in the brand name, but make no attempt to understand what it would really take to live sustainably. I think one of the most pernicious examples of magical environmental thinking is the anti-GMO movement." - Annalee Newitz

"In reality, genuine epiphanies are extremely rare. In contemporary adult life maturation & acquiescence to reality are gradual processes. Modern usage usually deploys epiphany as a metaphor. It is usually only in dramatic representations, religious iconography, and the 'magical thinking' of children that insight is compressed to a sudden blinding flash." - David Foster Wallace

"Play, Incorporating Animistic and Magical Thinking Is Important Because It: Fosters the healthy, creative and emotional growth of a child; Forms the best foundation for later intellectual growth. Provides a way in which children get to know the world and creates possibilities for different ways of responding to it. Fosters empathy and wonder." - Rachel Carson

"Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking." - Clifton Paul Fadiman

"No,you're officially banned from listening to us. Or thinking about this. Or even thinking about thinking about this, understand?" - Kiersten White

"We need both information and thinking. Information is no substitute for thinking and thinking is no substitute for information." - Edward De Bono

"Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking." - Clifton Fadiman

"Positive thinking is hard. Worth it, though." - Seth Godin

"When thinking won't cure fear, action will." - W Clement Stone

"Try to practice the things you're thinking." - Onew

"Writing is a concentrated form of thinking." - Don Delillo

"Stop thinking for once in your life!" - William Wordsworth

"Literature is the thought of thinking souls." - Thomas Carlyle

"You should never wish for wishful thinking." - Rachel Cohn

"Writing is thinking in slow motion." - Walter Kaufmann

"When I start thinking, all is lost." - Paul Cezanne

"Stop thinking, and end your problems." - Laozi

"Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing." - Anonymous

"Thinking is harder work than hard work." - Leo Rosten

"Animals are thinking, feeling creatures. They're sensitive" - Loretta Swit

"You've been thinking and I've been drinking." - Huey Lewis

"Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself." - Albert Camus

"Were you thinking about eating me?" - Cassandra Clare

"Using cliches is a substitute for thinking" - George Orwell

"Unplanned process improvement is wishful thinking." - Watts Humphrey

"It seemed better to delay thinking." - Charles Bukowski

"There's nothing more debauched than thinking." - Wislawa Szymborska

"What's drinking? A mere pause from thinking!" - Lord Byron

"She's been thinking of the old 'un!" - Charles Dickens

"Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." - Malcolm Forbes

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change." - Barbara Januszkiewicz

"What you're thinking is what you're becoming." - Muhammad Ali

"Thinking you're a genius is death." - John Jeremiah Sullivan

"Animals are thinking, feeling creatures. They're sensitive." - Loretta Swit

"Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence." - Thomas Szasz

"Let your performance do the thinking." - Charlotte Bronte

"I can no longer live by thinking." - William Shakespeare

"I have been guilty of wrong thinking." - Anne Hutchinson

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

"Thinking nurseth thinking." - Philip Sidney

"Because you're not thinking about existence and being, you're not really thinking at all." - Michael Tsarion

"I'd rather know what you're thinking - even if what you're thinking is insane." - Stephenie Meyer

"Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking." - Bhagat Singh

"Learning gives creativity Creativity leads to thinking Thinking provides knowledge Knowledge makes you great." - Abdul Kalam

"Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous." - Ralph Caplan

"... writing letters is thinking, just as talking to you is thinking." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all." - Edward Abbey

"Thinking can really be the enemy of action, and thinking can be the enemy of reality." - Merlin Mann

"You cannot solve current problems with current thinking. Current problems are the result of current thinking." - Albert Einstein

"There are two obstacles to enlightenment: 1. Thinking you know. 2 Thinking you don't know." - Gautama Buddha

"Granted, religion is wishful thinking, but there is no other kind of thinking." - John Leonard

"Thinking too little about things or thinking too much both make us obstinate and fanatical." - Blaise Pascal

"Originality consists in thinking for yourself, not in thinking differently from other people." - James Fitzjames Stephen

"Finally, a guy who says what people who aren't thinking are thinking." - Jon Stewart

"I'm contemplating thinking about thinking...'s overrated - just get another drink in!" - Robbie Williams

"Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities." - Terry Josephson

"When I'm performing, I'm not even thinking about the song. I'm thinking about the audience." - Sam Smith

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." - C S Lewis

"From a magical point of view, the term 'nonviolence' doesn't work well. Every beginning Witch learns that you can't cast a spell for what you don't want - that the deep aspects of our minds are unclear on the concept of 'no.' If you tell your dog, 'Rover, I can't take you for a walk,' Rover hears 'Walk!' and runs for the door. If we say 'nonviolence,' we are still thinking in terms of violence." - Starhawk

"The earth is for joy, and dancing is a big part of that. And you dance with nature. Nature is always dancing. If you're not harassing it and killing it and mutilating it, nature is dancing. That's what the leaves are doing when the wind blows through them. We live in a magical wonderful universe. And just spoil it while thinking we can at some point go to heaven or some other planet." - Alice Walker

"It's my special magical power. I can read your mind when you're thinking dirty thoughts." "So, ninety-five percent of the time." She craned her head back to look up at him. "Ninety-five percent? What's the other five percent?" "Oh, you know, the usual-demons I might kill, runes I need to learn, people who've annoyed me recently, people who've annoyed me not so recently, ducks." "Ducks?" - Cassandra Clare

"It's magical thinking to imagine that the reason unspeakable things are being perpetrated by younger and younger people is that they've fallen under the influence of seductive, lascivious, prurient, and violent material in books, films, television. A great deal of this type of censorship has to do with absolving parents of responsibility - parents who just plop their kids in front of the television and leave them there hour upon hour." - John Irving

"Atlantis: Fabled. Mystical. Golden. Mysterious. Glorious and magical. There are those who claim that it never was. But then there are also those who think they are safe in this modern world of technology and weapons. Safe from all the ancient evils. They even believe that wizards, warriors, and dragons are long dead. They are fools clinging to their science and logic while thinking it will save them. (Thrylos)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"The store of fairy tales, that blue chamber where stories lie waiting to be rediscovered, holds out the promise of just those creative enchantments, not only for its own characters caught in its own plotlines; it offers magical metamorphoses to the one who opens the door, who passes on what was found there, and to those who hear what the storyteller brings. The faculty of wonder, like curiosity can make things happen; it is time for wishful thinking to have its due." - Marina Warner

"Alchemy and Kabbalah are later developments in my thinking. I think the primary interest has been the relationship of magic and mystery to logic and understanding. Those are the primary driving forces of my life. I have this ability, for some reason, to be able to hold both the Magical MysteryTour we're on in conjunction with the logical rigor of understanding theoretical physics, which makes me kind of a rare bird, because usually you're one or the other." - Fred Alan Wolf

"I'm not against thinking; I'm only against thinking that thinking on its own will get you out of a hole. Shovel also needed." - Scott Westerfeld

"The whole thing of being in music is not to control it but to be swept away by it. If you're swept away by it you can't wait to do it again and the same magical moments always come." - Bobby Hutcherson

""Music, for me, has always been a place where anything is possible-a refuge, a magical world where anyone can go, where all kinds of people can come together, and anything can happen. We are limited only by our imaginations." - Bill Frisell

"In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

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

"it is midnight no magical bewitching hour for me" - Sonia Sanchez

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

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

"If we believe in magic, we'll live a magical life." - Tony Robbins

"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!" - Bill Watterson



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