Witches have no wit, said the magician who was weak. Hula, hula, said the witches.
But in the Middle Ages people were convinced there were witches. They looked for them and they certainly found them.Hans Blix
I clearly see you a tapeworm, but not a cobra, not a cobra at all...no good at the flute! (…) I’ll go applaud you when you finally become a true monster, when you’ll have paid them, the witches, what you have to, their price, so they transmute you, blossom you, into a true phenomenon. Into a tapeworm that plays the flute. (To the Fidgeting Lunatic)louis-ferdinand céline
Women. You tell me they're not all witches, and I'll tell you you haven't been paying attention.charlie huston
Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.mark twain
Do you believe then that the sciences would have arisen and grown up if the sorcerers, alchemists, astrologers and witches had not been their forerunners; those who, with their promisings and foreshadowings, had first to create a thirst, a hunger, and a taste for hidden and forbidden powers?friedrich nietzsche
In the past, men created witches: now they create mental patients.thomas szasz
Religion IS a force for good when you take out the murder, mass genocide (committed by God as documented in the Bible), religious wars, burning witches at the stake, Ted Haggard, shooting abortion doctors, the Bible's promotion of slavery, pedophile priests, serial killing Christians gone wild, the churches' systematic oppression of women and minorities, aversion to protection against STDs and the spread of AIDS in 3rd world countries, creative and inconsistent interpretation of 'thou shalt not kill', take it all out and religion is a force for good.-Brian Sapient, ABC's Nightline "Atheism vs. Christianity" Debate
Logic hasn't wholly dispelled the society of witches and prophets and sorcerers and soothsayers.Raymond F. Jones (2012), The Non-Statistical Man
There is a mental fear, which provokes others of us to see the images of witches in a neighbor's yard and stampedes us to burn down this house. And there is a creeping fear of doubt, doubt of what we have been taught, of the validity of so many things we had long since taken for granted to be durable and unchanging. It has become more difficult than ever to distinguish black from white, good from evil, right from wrong.Edward R. Murrow, This I Believe (1951).
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.Friedrich Nietzsche, in Walter Kaufmann, translator, The Portable Nietzsche (1954), p. 96-97.
Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women . It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.Louis Brandeis, concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 376 (1927).
Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990)
A little patience , and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people , recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles .Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor (June 1798), after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in The Portable Nietzsche (1954) translated by Walter Kaufmann, p. 96.
When have I last looked on The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies Of the dark leopards of the moon ? All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, For all their broom-sticks and their tears, Their angry tears, are gone.William Butler Yeats, in "Lines Written In Dejection" in The Wild Swans at Coole (1919)
It were better that Ten Suspected witches should escape, than that one Innocent Person should be Condemned.increase mather
When I consider the Question, Whether there are such Persons in the World as those we call witches? my Mind is divided between the two opposite Opinions; or rather (to speak my Thoughts freely) I believe in general that there is, and has been such a thing as Witchcraft; but at the same time can give no Credit to any Particular Instance of it.joseph addison
When I consider the Question, Whether there are such Persons in the World as those we call witches? my Mind is divided between the two opposite Opinions; or rather (to speak my Thoughts freely) I believe in general that there is, and has been such a thing as Witchcraft; but at the same time can give no Credit to any Particular Instance of it.Joseph Addison ,The Spectator, No. 117
Will moved on grimly, screwing up his eyes against the glare, ignoring the worsening pain from his hand, and finally reaching a state in which movement alone was good and stillness bad, so that he suffered more from resting than from toiling on. And since the failure of the witches' spell to stop his bleeding, he thought they were regarding him with fear, too, as if he was marked by some curse greater than their own powers.philip pullman
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