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"Books are not seldom talismans and spells." - William Cowper

"My desk is covered with talismans: pieces of rose quartz, wishing stones from a favorite beach." - Dani Shapiro

"A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans." - Italo Calvino

"Enter, my friend, enter. How goes your trade? In all candor, not too well, said Cugel. I am both perplexed and disappointed, for my talismans are not obviously useless." - Jack Vance

"Every childhood has its talismans, the sacred objects that look innocuous enough to the outside world, but that trigger an onslaught of vivid memories when the grown child confronts them." - Steven Johnson

"The plants that produce visions can function- for those of us who have inherited the New World Order of barren materialism, cut off from our spiritual heritage by a spiteful culture that gives us nothing but ashes- as the talismans of recognition that awaken our minds to reality." - Daniel Pinchbeck

"All art that is not mere storytelling, or mere portraiture, is symbolic, and has the purpose of those symbolic talismans which medieval magicians made with complex colours and forms, and bade their patients ponder over daily, and guard with holy secrecy; for it entangles, in complex colours and forms, a part of the Divine Essence." - William Butler Yeats

"There are two ways of avoiding fear: one is by persuading ourselves that we are immune from disaster, and the other is by the practice of sheer courage. The latter is difficult, and to everybody becomes impossible at a certain point. The former has therefore always been more popular. Primitive magic has the purpose of securing safety, either by injuring enemies, or by protecting oneself by talismans, spells, or incantations." - Bertrand Russell

"These are illusions of popular history which successful religion must promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumpths; a good deed is its own rewards; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness" - Frank Herbert

"It was actually books that started to make those pockets of freedom, which I hadn't otherwise experienced. I do see them as talismans, as sacred objects. I see them as something that will protect me, I suppose, that will save me from things that I feel are threatening. I still think that; it doesn't change. It doesn't change, having money, being successful. So from the very first, if I was hurt in some way, then I would take a book - which was very difficult for me to buy when I was little - and I would go up into the hills, and that is how I would assuage my hurt." - Jeanette Winterson



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