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"So, Stanley and the kids sail through a world of magic, literally done just through the power of dreaming. THAT'S the only explanation. What are you trying to teach our kids, movie? That if you just dream, your dog will come back to life, or your parents will get back together? Dammit, you need logistics, and a system in place to execute that vision! This isn't pandering to your kids, it's simple logic! Dreams don't happen by just dreaming, you make it happen! The phrase is "Follow your dreams" not "Dream" alone! That makes no sense!"

"If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear - whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I've seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me."
The Nameless One, Planescape: Torment

"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it's only intangibles, ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die."
Chuck Palahniuk

"No army is big enough to conquer the galaxy. But faith alone can overturn the universe."
Ecclesiarch Deacis IX, Warhammer 40,000

"We have created our myth. The myth is a faith, it is passion. It is not necessary that it shall be a reality. It is a reality by the fact that it is a good, a hope, a faith, that it is courage. Our myth is the Nation, our myth is the greatness of the Nation! And to this myth, to this grandeur, that we wish to translate into a complete reality, we subordinate all the rest."

"We believe in Santa Christ!"

"If the rights to your favorite character haven't entered the public domain, it's because you didn't believe hard enough."

"A god's power comes directly from belief in it...Religion sounds a lot like politics."
Atsuro, reviewing over the real plans of the Shomonkai.

"Belief matters more than truth. Every moment, belief in imaginary things alters lives while truth sits unnoticed and waits." -— Hakim, Loreweaver
Magic: The Gathering, Gossamer Phantom

"I asked him, 'Do you believe it's real?' He almost started crying and said, 'Yes, I do think it's real' and I said, 'Then that's all that matters.'"

Nerd: (after witnessing the ninja's impressive playthrough) That's unbelievable!
Ninja: With that attitude, you will never succeed!

"Please let magic be real, please let magic be real, please let magic be real. I believe that magic is real right now. I believe so hard in its reality that it is becoming slightly less fake before our very eyes. I believe its fakeness was just a lie coughed up from a dark magician's spurious asshole. I believe in fairies. I believe dragons aren't bullshit. I believe heartily in the giggles of all the cherubs in heaven and the metric tonnes of special stardust they consume each day to fuel their laughter. I believe with the conviction of a million frothing zealots in the combined pranks of a billion leprechauns strong, and in the tiny erections they get from playing them. But most of all, I believe in YOU, Rufio.
Aw fuck who am I kidding magic is fake as shit."
Andrew Hussie (the fictional one), Homestuck

"It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you."
Tim Keller speaking against this trope.

Luke: I can't believe it!
Yoda: That is why you fail.

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
The Minpins by Roald Dahl

At its core, magic is about faith: the more you can engender, the more you can accomplish. With enough faith, the magus is no different than God. Magic requires unswerving belief, does it not, Mr Hillbilly? You are able to do what you do because you don't just think you can, like the little engine, you know you can. Doubt cannot be in the lexicon of the wizard. The earliest miracle workers, the earliest of our kind, shared these characteristics with the most fervent priests and worshipers. They knew the gods were real, they knew they were watching, acting upon the universe in tangible ways, and that belief, that faith, gave the gods as much power as us. Faith can and did move mountains, did it not? The difference between the gods on high and us was, and still is, that our power comes from within us, while the gods have to go cap in hand, trolling for believers. We believe in ourselves, our abilities, supremely. We have no other option. The best of us are egotistical, because we must be.
Giles Harmon, Nightwise

Oogway: My old friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours, until you let go of the illusion of control.
Shifu: Illusion?
Oogway: Yes. Look at this tree, Shifu. I cannot make it blossom when it suits me, nor make it bear fruit before its time.
Shifu: But there are things we can control. (kicks the tree to bring down the peaches) I can control when the fruit will fall! And I can control... (breaks open a peach) where to plant the seed! (digs a small hole in the ground) That is no illusion, master! (puts the seed in the hole)
Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!
Oogway: Maybe it can. (buries the seed) If you are willing to guide it, to nurture it, to believe in it.
Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.
Oogway: No. You just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu. Promise me you will believe.
Shifu: I...I will...try.


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