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Myths Quotes

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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
- Joseph Campbell

Related topics: Wisdom Dream Myth

Myths are a waste of time.
They prevent progression.
- Barbra Streisand

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

The logical man must either deny all miracles or none,
and our American Indian myths and hero stories are perhaps,
in themselves, quite as credible as those of the Hebrews of old.
- Charles Eastman

 

The ancient Greeks have a knack of wrapping truths in myths.
- George Lloyd

I decided to write about the myths of divorce.
- Mary Garden

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.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

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One of the most widespread myths about the deal is
that the Administration is outsourcing the security
of our ports to a company from the United Arab Emirates.
- Kit Bond

Our invisibility is the essence of our oppression.
And until we eliminate that invisibility,
people are going to be able to perpetuate the lies
and myths about gay people.
- Jean O'Leary

Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died.
They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind,
waiting for our call.
We have need for them.
They represent the wisdom of our race.
- Stanley Kunitz

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.
- Mary Ritter Beard

Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
- Karl Popper

I intend to explode the myths about myself and get
down to the real truth about the legend that is Batman.
- Bob Kane

We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs.
- Harold S. Geneen

Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles,
whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection
or casting out demons from an epileptic.
- Lionel Blue

It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead
end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.
- Greil Marcus

All myths that are something more than fancies gain
rather than lose in value with time,
by reason of the accretions of human experience.
- Richard Le Gallienne

If our titles recall the known myths of antiquity,
we have used them again because they are the eternal
symbols upon which we must fall back to express basic psychological ideas.
- Mark Rothko

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

The myths that are created about the South,
about the way we grew up, about black people,
are wrong.
- Clarence Thomas

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities.
- Robert Anton Wilson

But because we live in an age of science,
we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.
- Michael Shermer

They do not depend upon mere legends and myths.
They are not predicated on the false conception that
the Emperor is divine and that the Japanese people
are superior to other races.
- Emperor Hirohito

I believe in everything until it's disproved.
So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.
It all exists, even if it's in your mind.
Who's to say that dreams and nightmares
aren't as real as the here and now?
- John Lennon

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

I've always believed that the facts about dancing are
more interesting than the myths,
and this was a great chance for me to explore how the
human body does such incredible things.
- Deborah Bull

Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
- Ansel Adams

The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots;
its business was to express the heroic saga,
the myths.
- Gilbert Murray

There is something feeble and a little contemptible
about a man who cannot face the perils of life without
the help of comfortable myths.
- Bertrand Russell

So certainly, if we can tell evil stories to make people sick,
we can also tell good myths that make them well.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

The more real things get, the more like myths they become.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

I am attracted to myths.
- Tina Turner

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our
common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe,
but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it -
aliens.
- Alan Watts

If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people,
they will want to grow up to be like you.
- Ray Bradbury

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil.
We can only find our own meaning in our own time.
- Margaret Atwood

I think there are a lot of myths about MS,
and it may have affected my career.
- Teri Garr

True friendships don't fade in Hollywood,
as so many myths about show business would have you insist.
- Kent McCord

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
- George Orwell

I don't care what people's myths are about me.
- Kelly Lynch

I liked Latin, I like languages, I liked all the myths,
and the Roman tales that we were required to translate in Latin,
and all these interesting people who were never quite
what they thought they would be or seemed to be.
- Suzanne Farrell

On The Practice, I get to do what I love to do,
and I am making a contribution that will,
in the end, help raise social consciousness,
dispel some of the myths about being large,
and change the way that people view and interact with large people.
- Camryn Manheim

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths,
and miracles as poetic fantasies.
To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.
The child mind accepts and believes them,
and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can
he be in after years relieved of them.
- Hypatia

The myths connected with individual sanctuaries and
ceremonies were merely part of the apparatus of the worship;
they served to excite the fancy and sustain the interest of the worshipper...
no one cared what he believed about its origin.
- William Robertson Smith

Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the
context of one's geographic landscape,
sometimes out of one's cultural myths,
and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
- Diane Wakoski

The myths have always condemned those who "looked back."
Condemned them,
whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving.
Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision.
- Dag Hammarskjold

For most of the history of our species we were helpless
to understand how nature works.
We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally.
We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.
- Ann Druyan

Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths
and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping
as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

There are a lot of myths about my injuries.
They say I have broken every bone in my body.
Not true.
But I have broken 35 bones.
I had surgery 14 times to pin and plate.
I shattered my pelvis.
I forget all of the things that have broke.
- Evel Knievel

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.
- Erich Fromm

Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods.
If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction,
it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life.
This is why they were invented in the first place.
- Angela Carter

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
- James Feibleman

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

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur.
Evolution must be a myth then.
- John Bacon

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

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

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology,
then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Love is a deception and a trap.
Love is as big a myth that God sits with his flowing
white beard in a throne and looks at us.
- Al Goldstein

Myth is supposed to bring us together,
but fantasy alienates us.
- Dustin Hoffman

If you're going to be a myth or want to be a myth,
you'd better die young.
- Alma Guillermoprieto

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.'
That's a huge myth.
John and I literally used to sit down and say,
'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
- Paul McCartney

All the great legends are Templates for human behavior.
I would define a myth as a story that has survived.
- John Boorman

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
- Alan Watts

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

I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures,
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
- George Murray

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

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

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession:
it is an inflexion.
- Roland Barthes


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