René Magritte on enchantment

“Experience of conflict and a load of suffering has taught me that what matters above all is to celebrate joy for the eyes and the mind. It is much easier to terrorize than to charm… I live in a very unpleasant world because of its routine ugliness. That’s why my painting is a battle, or rather a counter-offensive.

Life is wasted when we make it more terrifying, precisely because it is so easy to do so… Creating enchantment is an effective means of counteracting this depressing, banal habit.

We must go in search of enchantment.”

— René Magritte