Quotes / Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane

"A ghost doesn't need to be real to haunt you."
Rentaro, Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge

"For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not—and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events. In their consequences, these events have terrified— have tortured—have destroyed me. Yet I will not attempt to expound them. To me, they have presented little but Horror—to many they will seem less terrible than barroques. Hereafter, perhaps, some intellect may be found which will reduce my phantasm to the common-place—some intellect more calm, more logical, and far less excitable than my own, which will perceive, in the circumstances I detail with awe, nothing more than an ordinary succession of very natural causes and effects."
Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

"“I hope this sci-fi show does a story about the conflict between rationalism and superstition,” said no one ever, and yet the wish is still granted for the umpteenth time in The Eternity Trap."

"Don't mistake coincidence for fate."
Mr. Eko and John Locke, Lost

"Now, if something supernatural were to actually occur to someone in real life, anyone normal would just run a mile. They wouldn't have the author and reader's interest in unravelling the mystery and getting to the story's end. They'd simply flee ... I suppose the only way to handle it realistically is to rely on people's tendency not to believe that anything out of the ordinary is going on, even if evidence is mounting to the contrary."
Robert Black, Providence

I guess we'll never know what this thing was! Magic — or the relic of some forgotten science — or how it took musical talent from Timos Achens and super-powers from me! A pity... such a device could have been a great good!

Buddy still did not know for sure if the black worm really existed in the form he imagined, sleek and black in its plated carapace, vestigial eyes buried at either side of its pointed head, its mouth little more than a ridged wound; or if it was merely his mind's way of picturing the corruption within himself, the foulness that had always been intrinsic to him.

"It's not clear if I'm hallucinated
Or actually magic.
Let's leave it vague, it's more interesting that way."
Dream Ghosts, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend