Myth Quotes

 A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is ''sensitive;'' or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes. 
Author: James Feibleman
Nationality: American   
 Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Horatio Alger's books conveyed a powerful message to me and many of my young friends - that if you worked hard at your trade, the big chance would eventually come. As a child I didn't regard it as a myth, and as an old man I think of it as the story of my life. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 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. 
Author: Claude LÚvi-Strauss
Nationality: French
b. 28 November 1908
  
 Love, love, love - all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, binding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 Myth is someone else's religion. 
Author: Caroline Llewellyn
Nationality: Australian   
 Myths which are believed in tend to become true. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Religion without myth not only fails to work, it also fails to offer man the promise of unity with the transpersonal and eternal. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The existence of any pure race with special endowments is a myth, as is the belief that there are races all of whose members are foredoomed to eternal inferiority. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The same type of myths have grown up around democracy that long propped up monarchs. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone. 
Author: Marion Woodman
Nationality: Canadian
b. 15 August 1928
  
 As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 You have that scale, that big, heroic epic. Epic really is the story of man on man, history or myth and their circumstances. 
Author: Peter O'toole
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 August 1932
  
 In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 First of all, I think there's a myth most college students are selfishly inclined to earning money quickly or so determined to make their way in the corporate world that they don't have any time or inclination to go out and do the decent things that are needed to change the world.  
Author: Jonathan Kozol
Nationality: American
b. 05 September 1936
  
 Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race. 
Author: James Earl Jones
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1931
  
 I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene. 
Author: Harold Bloom
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1930
  
 The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn. In the history of the human mind, these glowing and ruddy fables precede the noonday thoughts of men, as Aurora the sun's rays. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 And if I have any self-mythologizing idea of myself, it's that I'm this sort of homeless, Graham Greene kind of character. Which is not so far from the truth. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I loved all the world's mythologies. 
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1924  - d. 17 May 2007
  
 Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time. 
Author: Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1939
  
 Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 Other people's beliefs may be myths, but not mine. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body, the parents, the place, and the circumstances that suited the soul and that, as the myth says, belongs to its necessity. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world. 
Author: Erich Fromm
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1900  - d. 18 March 1980
  
 It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion. 
Author: Roland Barthes
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1915  - d. 25 March 1980
  
 Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula. 
Author: Roland Barthes
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1915  - d. 25 March 1980
  
 I am not a myth. 
Author: Marlene Dietrich
Nationality: German
b. 27 December 1901  - d. 6 May 1992
  
 Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live. 
Author: Marilyn Monroe
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1926  - d. 5 August 1962
  
 For the first time, I felt I was getting close to the West of my deepest imaginings, the place where the tangible and the mythical became the same. 
Author: Edward Abbey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1927  - d. 14 March 1989
  
 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. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 I'm usually working on my own mythology, my own realm of created characters. Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 The journalist's job is not to achieve some mythical state of equilibrium between two opposing opinions out of some misshapen respect - sometimes, alas, reverence - for the prevailing consensus among the powers-that-be. The journalist's job is to seek out and offer the public the best thinking on an issue, event, or story. 
Author: Bill Moyers
Nationality: American
b. 5 June 1934
  
 The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind. 
Author: Mary Ritter Beard
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1876  - d. 14 August 1958
  
 A fact which is not denied but whose truths are rationalized loses its objective base. It ceases to be concrete and becomes a myth created in defense of the class of the perceiver. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Scientific and humanist revolutionary leaders, on the other hand, cannot believe in the myth of the ignorance of the people. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The task of revolutionary leaders is to pose as problems not only this myth, but all the other myths used by the oppressor elites to oppress. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 It is accomplished by the oppressors depositing myths indispensable to the preservation of the status quo. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The participants begin to realize that if their analysis of the situation goes any deeper they will either have to divest themselves of their myths, or reaffirm them. Divesting themselves of and renouncing their myths represents, at that moment, an act of self-violence. On the other hand, to reaffirm those myths is to reveal themselves. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The object of a dialogical-liberterian action is not to 'dislodge' the oppressed from a mythological reality in order to 'bind' them to another reality. On the contrary, the object of dialogical action is to make it possible for the oppressed, by perceiving their adhesion, to opt to transform an unjust reality. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 In order for the oppressed to unite they must first cut the umbilical cord of magic and myth which binds them to the world of oppression; the unity which links them to each other must be of a different nature. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. Psychiatrists have told me that they give The Second Sex to their women patients to read, and not merely to intellectual women but to lower-middle-class women, to office workers and women working in factories. 'Your book was a great help to me. Your book saved me,' are the words I have read in letters from women of all ages and all walks of life. If my book has helped women, it is because it expressed them, and they in their turn gave it its truth. Thanks to them, it is no longer a matter for scandal and concern. During these last ten years the myths that men created have crumbled, and many women writers have gone beyond me and have been far more daring than I. Too many of them for my taste take sexuality as their only theme; but at least when they write about it they now present themselves as the eye-that-looks, as subject, consciousness, freedom. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 If we confuse dissent with disloyalty - if we deny the right of the individual to be wrong, unpopular, eccentric or unorthodox - if we deny the essence of racial equality, then hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who are shopping about for a new allegiance will conclude that we are concerned to defend a myth and our present privileged status. Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country costs us the, confidence of men and women who aspire to that freedom and independence of which we speak and for which our ancestors fought. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 Religions always have some intellectual or ideological framework, whether myth or theological doctrine; some morality or code of behaviour, whether barbaric or ethically rationalized; and some mode of ritualized or symbolic expression, in the form of ceremonial or celebration, collective devotion or thanksgiving, or religious art. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 On the one hand it would seem that in the course of a myth anything is likely to happen. But on the other hand, this apparent arbitrariness is belied by the astounding similarity between myths collected in widely different regions. Therefore the problem: If the content of myth is contingent - i.e., arbitrary -, how are we to explain the fact that myths throughout the world are so similar? 
Author: Claude LÚvi-Strauss
Nationality: French
b. 28 November 1908
  
 You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Gay brothers and sisters - you must come out. Come out...to your parents...I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. ..come out to your friends...if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors...to your fellow workers...to the people who work where you eat and shop...come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene. 
Author: Harvey Milk
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1930  - d. 27 November 1978
  
 Particularly in the case of all professional of press-images which testify of the real events. In making reality, even the most violent, emerge to the visible, it makes the real substance disappear. It is like the Myth of Eurydice : when Orpheus turns around to look at her, she vanishes and returns to hell. That is why, the more exponential the marketing of images is growing the more fantastically grows the indifference towards the real world. Finally, the real world becomes a useless function, a collection of phantom shapes and ghost events. We are not far from the silhouettes on the walls of the cave of Plato. 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 It's to me this evening something has to happen, to my body as in myth and metamorphosis, this old body to which nothing ever happened, or so little, which never met with anything, wished for anything, in its tarnished universe, except for the mirrors to shatter, the plane, the curved, the magnifying, the minifying, and to vanish in the havoc of its images. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  




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