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
Like witches they flew along rows,Keeping creation at ease;With a tendril for needleThey sewed up the air with a stem;They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, —All the coils, loops and whorls.They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves.theodore roethke
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
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.
Logic hasn't wholly dispelled the society of witches and prophets and sorcerers and soothsayers.
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.
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.
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.
Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.
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 .
In the past , men created witches: now they create mental patients.
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.
[witches] steal young children out of their cradles, ministerio dæmonum, and put deformed in their rooms, which we call changelings.robert burton
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.
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