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13 Magical Quotes For National Magic Day

Whether you plan to take on the night or hang at home with some horrifyingly good reads, here are 13 magically inspired quotes to put you in the best of spirits for this wicked holiday.

 

 

 

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.

― Caroline Gordon, American Novelist and Literary Critic

 

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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

― W.B. Yeats, Irish Poet

 

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

― John Anster, The First Part of Goethe’s Faust

 

 

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.

 

― J.K. Rowling, known for Harry Potter

 

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Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

 

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…disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business….

― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

 

 

He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.

― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

 

 

Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

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Sometimes its necessary to embrace the magic, to find out what’s real in life, and in one’s own heart.

― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

 

 

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

― Nora Roberts, American Romance Author

 

 

I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.

― Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

 

 

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

― Roald Dahl, known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

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Happy Halloween and National Magic Day!

 

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Ten Powerful Quotes About Juneteenth

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The proclamation was declared by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, but the news did not reach Texas until two-and-a-half years later. Since then, generations have celebrated the day as Juneteenth and forty-five states recognize it as a state holiday.

As we remember this historic day in United States history, below are ten powerful quotes by central figures about the ugly history of slavery and this holiday’s meaning.

 

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1. “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglas.

 

2. “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” – Harriet Tubman.

 

3. “We’re in denial of the African holocaust. Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don’t want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to.” – Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.

 

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4. “If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

5. “Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.” – Malcolm X.

 

6. “My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose… Africa… but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race… in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.” – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer and activist.

 

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7. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.

 

8. “Where annual elections end where slavery begins.” – John Quincy Adams.

 

9. “…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former slave.

 

10. “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” – Texas Rep. Al Edwards.

 

 

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Father's Day

11 Book-Related Gifts For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so what better way to show the bookish fathers in your life some love than by giving them one of these great literary-themed gifts? Read on for some gifts that every book-loving dad will enjoy.

 

 

1. A book sculpture – $50

 

 

 

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Show Dad that you love him with this sculpture, carved from the pages of a book, that literally tells him exactly that.

 

 

2. Great Gatsby cufflinks – $24.95

 

 

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Cufflinks always seem like a very refined gift, and if he doesn’t like The Great Gatsby, there are also several other books to choose from.

 

 

3. This flask book box – $56

 

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Here’s a slightly cheeky gift. Let you dad channel his inner Hemingway with this book that secretly holds a flask inside.

 

 

4. Literary rocks glasses – $15 each

 

 

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Continuing with the drinking theme, why not buy him rocks glasses with passages from famous literature on them?

 

 

5. This banned books mug – $12

 

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If coffee or tea is more his thing, then buy this mug with banned books that appear whenever a hot beverage is added.

 

 

6. This magnifier for reading – $12.99

 

 

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Help dad out by buying him this magnifier, which includes a light, so that he can read even the smallest texts.

 

 

 

7. A literary tie – $36

 

 

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Here’s another gift that will make him look refined. This tie is high-quality, stylish, and literary!

 

 

8. This Bookworm iPhone case – $24.99

 

 

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Why not give Dad a stylish iPhone case and wallet that lets everyone know he’s a bookworm?

 

 

9. A bookmark – $17

 

 

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If he reads a lot, then he’ll be sure to love this bookmark. It’ll remind him of how much he’s loved every time he opens that latest book he’s working through.

 

 

10. A bookish watch – $39.95

 

 

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This watch is both practical and will remind him of his favorite pastime!

 

 

11. A bookish t-shirt – $28

 

 

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Let him express his love of reading and show his support for libraries with this library stamp t-shirt.

 

 

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