80+ Practical Magic Quotes by Alice Hoffman

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“Practical Magic” is a movie released in 1998, based on the novel by Alice Hoffman. The film follows the lives of two sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens, who come from a long line of witches. It’s a story of family, love, and magic, with elements of romance and drama.

There are some things I know for certain: always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can.

All I want is a normal life. — Sally Owens

There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.

Sometimes the right thing feels all wrong until it is over and done with. ― Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic Quotes

You can’t practice witchcraft when you look down your nose at it.

There’s a little witch in all of us. — Aunt Jet Owens

Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. – Aunt Frances.

Curses only have power when you believe in them, and I don’t.

Sally Owens: We have to go to the police. It was self-defense.

Gilly Owens: What, the old slowly-poisoning-him-to-death self-defense?

Did you or your sister kill James Angelov? — Gary Hallet

People want to ignore what they can’t understand. They’re looking for logic at any cost.

It doesn’t matter what people tell you. It doesn’t matter what they might say. Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.

The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.

Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you’ve had a chance to reconsider, or even to think.

Since when is being a slut a crime in this family? — Sally Owens

Gillian Owens: Is he cute?Sally Owens: Yeah, he’s… nice… in a very penal code sort of way, yeah

Real love was dangerous, it got you from the inside and held on tight, and if you didn’t let go fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake.

Do you ever just put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that’s what love is like; everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but for some reason, you just keep going.

I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for.

My blood, your blood, our blood

Gillian – Age 10: Thought you never wanted to fall in love.

Sally – Age 11: That’s the point. The guy I dreamed of doesn’t exist. And if he doesn’t exist, I’ll never die of a broken heart.

Flip the switch and let the cauldron bubble. — Aunt Francis Owens

If there’s one thing Sally is now certain of, it’s how you can amaze yourself with the things you’re willing to do. Those are her daughters, the girls she wanted to lead normal lives, and she’s allowing them to stand over a pile of bones with a spaghetti pot filled mostly with lye. What has happened to her?

Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.

Unrequited love is so boring. Weeping under a blue-black sky is for suckers or maniacs.

And I don’t want them dancing naked under the full moon! — Sally Owens

Sally Owens: You really should stop smoking so much.

Gillian Owens: Why? I’ll probably get a life. I should smoke two at once. It’ll shorten the sentence.

You can’t fall apart,’ Gillian would insist in her rich, urgent voice. ‘That’s my job,’ she’d say.

Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who’ve been in love with the wrong man too often.

Of course, you’re going to see me again. We’ll grow old together. It’s going to be you and me living in a big house… these two old biddies with all these cats. I bet we even die on the same day.

Do you see that couple here? Well, he’s having an affair with the babysitter and she can eat a pound cake in under a minute.

What was that, Sally? That was him, wasn’t it? Is he gone or what? — Gary Hallet

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town. If a damp spring arrived, if cows in the pasture gave milk that was runny with blood, if a colt died of colic, or a baby was born with a red birthmark stamped onto his cheek, everyone believed that fate must have been twisted, at least a little, by those women over on Magnolia Street.

No one knows you like a person with whom you’ve shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way.

Avoid men who call you Baby, women who have no friends, and dogs that scratch at their bellies and refuse to lie down at your feet. Wear dark glasses; bathe with lavender oil and cool fresh water. Seek shelter from the sun at noon.

Gary Hallet: Some people also use it as a poison.Sally Owens: Which people?Gary Hallet: Witch people.

Is that why they wanted to hang her? Because she was a witch? — Young Gillian Owens

I don’t want to believe it but there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon. — Sally Owens

Life is for the living,’ Gillian told her. ‘Life is what you make of it. Come on. Just listen to what I’m saying. Please.

Young Sally Owens: He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. He can ride a pony backward.

Holding a tear back makes them drain upward, higher and higher, until one day your head just explodes and you’re left with a stub of a neck and nothing more.

In this house, we have chocolate cake for breakfast and never bother with silly little things like bedtimes or brushing our teeth.

Sally Owens: I feel like I’m never going to see you again Gillian Owens: Of course, you’re going to see me again! We’ll grow old together. It’s going to be you and me living in a big house… these two old biddies with all these cats. I bet we even die on the same day.

Sometimes the most dangerous thing of all in matters of love was to be granted your heart’s desire.

Young Sally Owens: Summoning up a true love spell called Amas Veritas. He can flip pancakes in the air. He’ll be marvelously kind. And his favorite shape will be a star. And he’ll have one green eye and one blue.

Love is worth the sum of itself, and nothing more.

It makes your heart race. It turns the world upside down. But if you’re not careful, if you don’t keep your eyes on something still, you can lose your balance. You can’t see what’s happening to the people around you. You can’t see that you’re about to fall.

You should come around here on Halloween. You’d really see something then. — Sally Owens

This insect, which marks off time, clicking like a clock, issues the sound no one ever wants to hear beside her beloved. A man’s tenure on earth is limited enough, but once the beetle’s ticking begins there’s no way to stop it; there’s no plug to pull, no pendulum to stop, no switch that will restore the time you once thought you had.

Yes, you killed his spirit, but I know I took his life. — Sally Owens

Always keep mint on your windowsill in August, to ensure that buzzing flies will stay outside, where they belong. Don’t think the summer is over, even when roses droop and turn brown and the stars shift position in the sky. Never presume August is a safe or reliable time of the year.

Some fates are guaranteed, no matter who tries to intervene.

Sally – Age 11: I hope I never fall in love, I hope I never fall in love, I hope I never fall in love. Gillian – Age 10: I can’t wait to fall in love.

If a woman is in trouble, she should always wear blue for protection.

You can never tell about a person by guessing…that’s why language was invented. Otherwise, we’d all be like dogs, sniffing each other to find out where we stood.

Gary Hallet: Where is James Angelov?Sally Owens: I think he’s in the spirit world.Gary Hallet: You think he’s dead?Sally Owens: No, I think he’s haunting us.

Yeah. We all jump off the roof and fly. We kill our husbands too. — Sally Owens

All the same, he’s been making a mess of things. Every time he breathes, horrible things come out of his mouth: Little green frogs. Drops of blood. Chocolates wrapped in pretty foil, but with poisonous centers that give off a foul odor each time he breaks one in half. He’s wrecking things just by snapping his fingers. He’s making things fall apart.

He knew exactly how to hit a woman so that the marks hardly showed. He knew how to kiss her, too, so that her heart began to race and she’d start to think forgiveness with every breath. It’s amazing the places that love will carry you. It’s astounding to discover just how far you’re willing to go.

All this kissing was making her crazy; it was reminding her of what she could feel, and how it could be when you wanted someone as much as he wanted you.

There’s one factor she forgot to figure into her anxiety equation and that’s jealousy

Gary Hallet: I got people telling me that you’re up here cooking up placenta bars, that you’re into devil worship.Sally Owens: [cuts him off] No. No, there’s no devil in the craft.

No, of course. The nudity is entirely optional. As you well remember. — Aunt Jet Owens

Everything I do is wrong. Do you think I don’t know that? I’ve screwed up my entire existence, and everyone who’s close to me gets screwed right along with me.

I never even believed in happiness. I didn’t think it existed. Now look at me. I’m ready to believe in just about anything.

Sometimes I feel like there’s a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean.

He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. — Young Sally Owens

For her whole life, she has been measuring herself against her sister, and she’s not going to do that anymore. That is the gift Gillian has given her tonight, and for that, she will always be grateful.

Helplessness and anger make for predictable behavior: Children are certain to shove each other and pull hair, teenagers will call each other names and cry, and grown women who are sisters will say words so cruel that each syllable will take on the form of a snake, although such a snake often circles in on itself to eat its own tail once the words are said aloud.

I’m worried about Antonia. Did you know that she put on her mouse ears and drives around town, all liquored up, naked?

Sometimes I feel like there’s a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. — Sally Owens

You watch teenage girls and feel shivers up and down your arms — those poor creatures don’t know the first thing about time or agony or the price they’re going to have to pay for just about everything.

As they were falling asleep, Gillian could have sworn she heard Ben say Fate–as if they were meant to be together from the start and every single thing they’d ever done in their lives had been leading to this moment. If you thought that way, you could fall asleep without regret. You could put your whole life in place, with all the sadness and the sorrow, and still feel that at last, you had everything you ever wanted. In spite of the lousy odds and all the wrong turns, you might actually discover that you were the one who’d won.

Today is our third anniversary and all I have to show for it are two beautiful little girls and a husband I just can’t stop kissing.

On some nights it’s best to stop thinking about the past, and all that’s been won and lost. On nights like this, just getting into bed, crawling between the clean white sheets, is a great relief. — Alice Hoffman

His grandfather told him once that witches caught you in this way- they knew how much most men love themselves and how deeply they’ll let themselves be drawn in, just for a glimpse of their own image. If you ever come face to face with a woman like this, his grandfather told him, turn and run… But of course, Gary has no intention of doing anything like that. He intends to go on drowning for a very long time.

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