I've been trying to find the answer to a question i have online but haven't had much luck. Where did Stable or Pertinent magnets get their energy from? I've read plenty of people saying "magnets don't acquire or release energy" but that doesn't make sense to me. Let's use this scenario to explain why: Take 2 magnets. Glue them to individual corks and float them in water. Aim their North Poles at each other and give them a push toward each other. One of two things happen: 1 - the corks get so close and push each other apart - thus receiving energy from the magnets to change the direction of the cork and make it float in a different direction. 2 - the corks get so close and get caught in each others magnetic field causing one of the corks to spin around so that the polls will line up. An object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest. This is true until an outside force changes the object's rest, direction, speed, etc... Simple newton physics. So... if those corks with magnets do not continue on course until they simply bump off each other or the water friction slows them down, then an outside force (energy) is acting on them. The mere fact that the corks will suddenly change course to repel each other or spin on their axis suddenly is proof that a force (energy) is acting upon them. if these (stable? permanent?) magnets hold energy then where did the energy come from? The atoms that compose them? if all the energy is released (for example - as one magnet pushes another away it is exerting energy. Therefore it is releasing energy to perform the task and holding less within the magnet itself) If all of the energy is released, and the energy comes from the atoms, then what happens to the atoms when all magnetic energy is expelled?