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Engrave this Quote Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
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-Roland Barthes
Engrave this Quote Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.
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-Italo Calvino
Engrave this Quote He said myths and mythology wasn't to give meaning to life but to give us an experience of life, an experience of vitality in being alive.
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-Joseph Campbell
Engrave this Quote Mythologies, in other words, mythologies and religions are great poems and, when recognized as such, point infallibly through things and events to the ubiquity of a
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-Joseph Campbell
Engrave this Quote Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
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-Joseph Campbell
Engrave this Quote It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
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-Irwin Edman
Engrave this Quote A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
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-James Feibleman
Engrave this Quote There is nothing truer than myth: history, in its attempt to realize myth, distorts it, stops halfway; when history claims to have succeeded, this is nothing but humbug and mystification. Everything we dream is realizable. Reality does not have to be: it is simply what it is.
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-Eugene Ionesco
Engrave this Quote Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.
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-D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Engrave this Quote I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact.
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-Claude Levi-Strauss
Engrave this Quote It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.
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-Greil Marcus
Engrave this Quote The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values. Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.
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-Ann Oakley
Engrave this Quote Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
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-George Orwell
Engrave this Quote Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
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-Salman Rushdie
Engrave this Quote Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life - birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. They meet a need in the psychological or spiritual nature of humans that has absolutely nothing to do with science. To try to turn a myth into a science, or a science into a myth, is an insult to myths, an insult to religion, and an insult to science. In attempting to do this, creationists have missed the significance, meaning, and sublime nature of myths. They took a beautiful story of creation and re-creation and ruined it.
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-Michael Shermer
Why People Believe Weird Things, p 130
Engrave this Quote All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.
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-Wallace Stevens
Engrave this Quote The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
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-Mikhail Strabo
Engrave this Quote Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final.
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-Hunter S. Thompson
Engrave this Quote It is interesting to observe with what singular unanimity the farthest sundered nations and generations consent to give completeness and roundness to an ancient fable, of which they indistinctly appreciate the beauty or the truth. By a faint and dream-like effort, though it be only by the vote of a scientific body, the dullest posterity slowly add some trait to the mythus. As when astronomers call the lately discovered planet Neptune; or the asteroid Astr
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-Henry David Thoreau
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1849
Engrave this Quote One may as well preach a respectable mythology as anything else.
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-Mrs. Humphrey Ward

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