Quotes / Magic Versus Science

The serious magical endeavor and the serious scientific endeavor are twins: one was sickly and died, the other was strong and throve. But they are twins. They were born of the same impulse. ...

There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the "wisdom" of the earlier ages. For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique, are ready to do things hitherto regarded as disgusting and impious.
C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

"With magic, you can turn a frog into a prince. With science, you can turn a frog into a Ph.D and you still have the frog you started with."
-Terry Pratchett

Dr. Venture: Either way I'm just not impressed with your tricks.
Dr. Orpheus: Tricks?! How dare you! With just a thought I could rise into the air!
Dr. Venture: Or you could put on these anti-gravity boots.
Dr. Orpheus: I could incinerate this entire lab! Make you believe that you are a very special episode of Blossom! And shoot lightning from my hands!!
Dr. Venture: Ooohh. Laser ray, mind-control helmet, Tesla coil. Anything else?
Dr. Orpheus: (conjures fire in his hands)
Dr. Venture: (lights match)

"Magic must defeat magic!!"
Uncle Chan whenever Cap. Black suggests using his state-of-the-art military team to help defeat the magic-based villains.

"This one is machine and nerve
And has its mind concluded.
This one is but flesh and faith
And is the more deluded."
Gravemind, Halo

"Save legends for literature class, Llamaviva. In science class, we work with facts."
Leonardo Davín, 5 Elementos

"Magic is just the idiot's word for science. Science relies on tested facts, not prattling nonsense. Now stand over there while I power up my neural diatomic wavelength nullifier."

"How can you destroy scientific achievements with chanting?!"
Dr. Ichigaki, YuYu Hakusho

"Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible."

“Do you think it was our destiny?” Apple asked, after a long pause. “To always be enemies? At first it seemed like… maybe things would work out, even though we were from separate worlds but…”
“Magic and science never really agreed. One is creation and chaos, the other is exact and studious. Imagination versus knowledge.”

Our shared history with the Daedaleans goes back to the Reed and Cup, to Rome and Athens, Alexandria's Library and Solomon's Temple. We are, quite literally, two faces of the same card, seekers of enlightenment who refuse to be bound by convention. For millennia, we have worked beside one another in academies, laboratories, archives and battlefields. We even share a love for dominion through enlightenment. But whereas our Order favors personal mysticism, the Daedaleans prefer practical results. We seek the soul, while they seek the machine. Both sides demand perfection, but neither one agrees where it's found... or how it should be used.
At Mistridge, it was used to put cannons on the ground, followed swiftly by the ruins of our stronghold.
Mage: The Ascension - Tradition Book: Order Of Hermes (Revised)


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