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These passages are self-contained and very well written. Though some of them reference Magic’s broader world, no additional context is necessary to appreciate these quotes.

  1. Final Judgment

    The clashing warriors turned to face O-Kagachi, the greatest kami, and their sigh of awe was their last breath.

    Final Judgment

  2. Archangel of Thune

    Even the wicked have nightmares.

    Archangel of Thune

  3. Death’s Shadow

    The shadow of the candle looms tall even as its light grows dim.

    Death's Shadow

  4. Alloy Myr

    With or without witnesses, the suns continued their prismatic dance.

    Alloy Myr

  5. Gilded Lotus

    Over such beauty, wars are fought. With such power, wars are won.

    Gilded Lotus

  6. Last Word

    Someday, someone will best me. But it won’t be today, and it won’t be you.

    Last Word

  7. Phyrexian Hulk (Ninth Edition)

    It doesn’t think. It doesn’t feel. It doesn’t laugh or cry. All it does from dusk till dawn Is make the soldiers die. —Onean children’s rhyme

    Phyrexian Hulk (Ninth Edition)

  8. Near Death Experience

    Lands ravaged, cities in ruins, so many lives sacrificed, and yet there was no other word for it but victory.

    Near Death Experience

  9. Blazing Archon

    Through the haze of battle I saw the glint of sun on golden mane, the sheen of glory clad in mail, and I dropped my sword and wept at the idiocy of war. —Dravin, Gruul deserter

    Blazing Archon

  10. Squandered Resources

    He traded sand for skins, skins for gold, gold for life. In the end, he traded life for sand. —Afari, Tales

    Squandered Resources

  11. Nova Cleric

    Our noblest thoughts are our very first and our very last.

    Nova Cleric

  12. Selfless Savior

    She raised him from an orphaned pup and gave him a life of love. With his last act, he thanked her.

    Selfless Savior

  13. Zombify

    The first birth celebrates life. The second birth mocks it. —Mystic Elder


  14. Duskmantle, House of Shadow

    In a space where there is no room, in a structure that was never built, meets the guild that doesn’t exist.

    Duskmantle, House of Shadow

  15. Blood of the Martyr

    The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.

    Blood of the Martyr

  16. Rancor

    Hatred outlives the hateful.


  17. Fractured Sanity

    The body grows stronger under stress. The mind does not.

    Fractured Sanity

  18. Hovermyr

    Originally created to harvest blinkmoths, the hovermyr are now the silent observers of a dying world.


  19. Monastery Mentor (Fate Reforged)

    Speak little. Do much.

    Monastery Mentor (Fate Reforged)

  20. Descent into Madness

    The stairs lead down in both directions.

    Descent into Madness

  21. Extinguish the Light

    Jaya did not want to die, but of all the things to die for, Dominaria felt right.

    Extinguish the Light

  22. Abyssal Horror

    I dreamt of it once. Now I fear it dreams of me. —Tolarian scholar

    Abyssal Horror

  23. Fraying Sanity (Hour of Devastation)

    Those wound tightest are first to unravel.

    Fraying Sanity (Hour of Devastation)

  24. Phyrexian Hulk (M13)

    An invasion weapon of ages past, the glistening oil contained the blueprints of countless atrocities.

    Phyrexian Hulk (M13)

  25. Royal Assassin (M12)

    An assassin is a king’s most trusted courier, ensuring his messages are heard by even the most unwilling recipients.

    Royal Assassin (M12)

Best Flavor

This kind of flavor text is also great, but is harder to appreciate out of the context of the card title, art, effect, or Magic’s worldbuilding.

  1. Phyrexian Rebirth

    As long as one drop of the oil exists, the joyous work continues.

    Phyrexian Rebirth

  2. Killing Wave

    I come looking for demons and I find a plane full of angels. I hate angels. —Liliana Vess

    Killing Wave

  3. Feldon of the Third Path

    She will come back to me.

    Feldon of the Third Path

  4. Nemesis of Reason (Alara Reborn)

    Words describing it fail. Pages relating it shrivel. Tales recounting it end.

    Nemesis of Reason (Alara Reborn)

  5. Traumatize

    He was left with just enough memory to understand what was lost.


  6. Hand of Emrakul

    I believed in a beautiful god. But this is the true face of the divine. —Ayli, Kamsa cleric

    Hand of Emrakul

Funniest Flavor Text

  1. Goblin Offensive

    They certainly are.

    Goblin Offensive

  2. Goblin Balloon Brigade (9th Edition)

    They patched the holes, loaded their sharpest rocks, spanked their children one last time, and lurched off into the sunset.

    Goblin Balloon Brigade (9th Edition)

  3. Ancient Grudge (Secret Lair Drop)

    Shelby locked eyes with the ferocious creature as the glass began to crack. With one more lunge, she would break through and confront her nemesis at last.

    Ancient Grudge (Secret Lair Drop)

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