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I have a little theory that I'd like to air here, if I may. What is it that you think makes you magicians?" More silence. Fogg was well into rhetorical-question territory now anyway. He spoke more softly. "Is it because you are intelligent? Is it because you are brave and good? Is is because you're special? Maybe. Who knows. But I'll tell you something: I think you're magicians because you're unhappy. A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength. Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you. Lev Grossman, The Magicians

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I

have

a

little

theory

that

I

d

like

to

air

here



if

I

may



What

is

it

that

you

think

makes

you

magicians

"

More

silence



Fogg

was

well

into

rhetorical

question

territory

now

anyway



He

spoke

more

softly



"Is

it

because

you

are

intelligent



Is

it

because

you

are

brave

and

good



Is

is

because

you

re

special



Maybe



Who

knows



But

I

ll

tell

you

something:

I

think

you

re

magicians

because

you

re

unhappy



A

magician

is

strong

because

he

feels

pain



He

feels

the

difference

between

what

the

world

is

and

what

he

would

make

of

it



Or

what

did

you

think

that

stuff

in

your

chest

was



A

magician

is

strong

because

he

hurts

more

than

others



His

wound

is

his

strength



Most

people

carry

that

pain

around

inside

them

their

whole

lives



until

they

kill

the

pain

by

other

means



or

until

it

kills

them



But

you



my

friends



you

found

another

way:

a

way

to

use

the

pain



To

burn

it

as

fuel



for

light

and

warmth



You

have

learned

to

break

the

world

that

has

tried

to

break

you



Lev

Grossman



The

Magicians



 Good Luck!