Quotations on Myth

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To try to write a grand cosmical drama leads necessarily to myth. To try to let knowledge substitute ignorance in increasingly larger regions of space and time is science.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: Science, Time, Knowledge, Drama, Ignorance, Myth, Space)

There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: Time, Doubt, Infinite, Myth, Reason, Universe, Years)

A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Lie, Man, Myth, Name)

In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.
- Brooks Atkinson
(Keywords: Age, Time, Thought, People, Myth, Old)

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline, and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Time, Myth, Research, Years)

Taste is more to do with manners than appearances. Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
- Stephen Bayley
(Keywords: Manners, Myth, Reality, Style, Taste)

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis
(Keywords: Leadership, People, Fact, Myth, Nonsense)

I look at the story, I look at the idea and just try to think of it in terms of that whole body of myth and see where the characters fit in and what they ought to be doing-all those archetypes are there to play with.
- John Boorman
(Keywords: Idea, Body, Myth, Play)

It's another myth that dancing distorts or destroys your feet. If you have the right shaped foot to start and a good, strong technique, your feet should be fine.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Dancing, Feet, Myth, Right)

The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: War, Clouds, Myth, Production)

The myth of black women profiting at the expense of black men is the oldest rap around.
- Johnnetta Betsch Cole
(Keywords: Men, Women, Myth, Rap)

It reflects a prevailing myth that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure or biological inheritance.
- Barry Commoner
(Keywords: Technology, Inheritance, Judgment, Laws, Myth, Production)

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
- Cyril Connolly
(Keywords: Imagination, Science, Artist, Myth, Today)

But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself in much of popular media.
- Stanley Crouch
(Keywords: Media, Myth, Popular)

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
- E. L. Doctorow
(Keywords: History, People, End, Myth, Present)

Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party, if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Keywords: Communism, Myth, Party, Today)

It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
- Irwin Edman
(Keywords: Men, Logic, Myth, Reason, Symbol)

I believe that global warming is a myth. And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at all and I'm going to buy a Suburban next time.
- Jerry Falwell
(Keywords: Time, Conscience, Global warming, Myth, Problems)

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.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Age, Greatness, Being, Lies, Myth, World)

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth, but it's a matter of dealing with reality. It's purely peripheral and, in many cases, it's just a facade.
- Norman Granz
(Keywords: Development, Civil rights, Myth, Reality)

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin
(Keywords: Science, Technology, Fiction, Myth, Mythology)

What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes.
- Tom Hanks
(Keywords: Men, Brothers, Heroes, Myth, Trying, Want)

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.
- Robert Heller
(Keywords: Success, Management, First, Myth, Skill)

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.
- James Hillman
(Keywords: Soul, Body, Circumstances, Myth, Necessity, Parents)

Postmodernists believe that truth is myth, and myth, truth. This equation has its roots in pop psychology. The same people also believe that emotions are a form of reality. There used to be another name for this state of mind. It used to be called psychosis.
- Brad Holland
(Keywords: Truth, People, Emotions, Mind, Myth, Name, Psychology, Reality, State)

I was warned not to do it. Actors who play Jesus are supposed to have a hard time getting other roles to follow, but I felt this was a myth. After all, how can you be typecast as Christ?
- Jeffrey Hunter
(Keywords: Time, Actors, Christ, Myth, Play)

In the most important sense a creationist is a person who believes in creation, and that includes people who believe that Genesis is a myth and that creation involved a process called evolution and consumed billions of years.
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Keywords: People, Creation, Evolution, Myth, Sense, Years)

Nothing will see us through the age we're entering but high consciousness, and that comes hard. We don't have a good, modern myth yet, and we need one.
- Robert Johnson
(Keywords: Age, Consciousness, Myth, Nothing, Will)

Successful model? That's a myth. The year I modeled was the most painful year of my life. Editors would always talk to you in the third person as though you were merely a piece of merchandise.
- Jessica Lange
(Keywords: Life, Successful, Editors, Myth, Talk)

I like songs and film because you can turn your life into a sort of myth or dream.
- Sean Lennon
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Film, Myth, Songs)

In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness which I think can destroy us.
- Audre Lorde
(Keywords: Giving, Myth, Words)

For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.
- Thomas Mann
(Keywords: Life, Formula, Myth, Unconscious)

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels.
- Willard Van Orman Quine
(Keywords: Change, Myth, Semantics, Words)

But myth is something else than an explanation of the world, of history, and of destiny.
- Paul Ricoeur
(Keywords: History, Destiny, Myth, World)

Myth expresses in terms of the world - that is, of the other world or the second world - the understanding that man has of himself in relation to the foundation and the limit of his existence.
- Paul Ricoeur
(Keywords: Existence, Man, Myth, Understanding, World)

Today a new faith is stirring: the myth of blood, the faith that along with blood we are defending the divine nature of man as a whole.
- Alfred Rosenberg
(Keywords: Faith, Nature, Blood, Man, Myth, Today)

It seems like a totally gratuitous myth to tell people a giant rabbit comes round at night leaving candy in a haphazard way around the house... and the cover shows the bunny caught in the act.
- Todd Rundgren
(Keywords: People, Act, Myth, Night)

Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger
(Keywords: Science, Technology, Memory, Myth, Tradition)

But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained, and every principle of philosophy and common sense demand that the explanation be sought, not in arbitrary allegorical categories, but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom to which the myth attaches.
- William Robertson Smith
(Keywords: Common sense, Custom, Facts, Myth, Philosophy, Religious, Ritual)

It's become like an urban myth. I don't know her. I don't know anybody she knows. I was standing there at the party by myself for an hour and then I left. Once I got those auditions, I worked really hard. Nobody did me any favors.
- Shannyn Sossamon
(Keywords: Favors, Myth, Party)

The point of mythology or myth is to point to the horizon and to point back to ourselves: This is who we are; this is where we came from; and this is where we're going. And a lot of Western society over the last hundred years - the last 50 years really - has lost that. We have become rather aimless and wandering.
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Keywords: Society, Myth, Mythology, Years)

From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.
- Leon Trotsky
(Keywords: People, Being, Myth, Reality)

The myth that John Locke was the philosopher behind the American Republic, is easily refuted by examining how Locke's philosophy steered Thomas Jefferson, for example.
- Robert Trout
(Keywords: American, Example, Myth, Philosophy)

The myth that the founding of American Republic was based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained, because the history of Leibniz's influence was suppressed.
- Robert Trout
(Keywords: History, American, Founding, Influence, Myth, Philosophy)

It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement that holds that only hope and promise lie beyond the halls of academe. Don't worry, be happy. Everything is fine.
- Paul Tsongas
(Keywords: Lie, Hope, Myth, Promise, Worry)

Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.
- Joan D. Vinge
(Keywords: Time, Body, Meaning, Myth, Traditions)

Let us embrace Science and the new technologies unfettered, for it is these which will liberate mankind from the myth of god, and free us from our age old fears, from disease, death and the sweat of labor.
- Claude Vorilhon
(Keywords: Age, Death, Science, God, Disease, Labor, Mankind, Myth, Old, Will)

From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
- Diane Wakoski
(Keywords: Poetry, American, Myth, Reading)

We each have a personal myth, a vision of who we really are and what we want. Health means that part of what you want is to give to others.
- George Weinberg
(Keywords: Health, Vision, Myth, Want)

There have been a number of us working very, very hard to bring myth and fairy tales into public consciousness, through fantasy literature and other media. I hope we're succeeding in some small way.
- Terri Windling
(Keywords: Hope, Consciousness, Fantasy, Literature, Media, Myth, Public)



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