Quotes and Sayings about Myths



"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
(Related: Being, Myths, Philosophy, Poets, Wonder)

"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
(Related: Time, Meaning, Myths)

"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
(Related: Men, Mind, Myths, Woman)

"I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Progress, Literary, Myths)

"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
(Related: Marxism, Miracles, Myths)

"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
(Related: Company, Myths, Security, United)

"If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Dreams, People, Myths, Want, Will)

"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.
(Related: Society, Congress, Disability, Disease, Limitations, Myths)

"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
(Related: Body, Chance, Dancing, Facts, Myths)

"Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Dreams, Myths, Public)

"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
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Gods, First, Myths, Satisfaction, Silly, Woman)

"Other people's beliefs may be myths, but not mine."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: People, Beliefs, May, Myths)

"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
(Related: Work, Folk, Heroes, Hollywood, Myths, Poets)

"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
(Related: History, Nature, Illness, Myths, Spirits)

"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
(Related: American, Man, Miracles, Myths, Old)

"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
(Related: Thought, People, Myths)

"The more real things get, the more like myths they become."
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Related: Myths)

"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
(Related: People, Evil, Myths)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Language, Myths, World)

"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
(Related: Experience, Time, Gain, Myths, Reason, Value)

"I decided to write about the myths of divorce."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Divorce, Myths)

"I think there are a lot of myths about MS, and it may have affected my career."
- Teri Garr
(Related: Career, May, Myths)

"We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs."
- Harold S. Geneen
(Related: Myths, Needs, Today, Yesterday)

"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
(Related: Decision, Departure, Paradise, May, Myths, Shadow)

"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
(Related: People, Legends, Myths)

"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
(Related: Mind, Miracles, Myths, Pain, Tragedy, Years)

"I intend to explode the myths about myself and get down to the real truth about the legend that is Batman."
- Bob Kane
(Related: Truth, Myths)

"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
(Related: Body, Forget, Myths)

"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
(Related: Wisdom, Gods, Heroes, Mind, Myths, Old, Race, Waiting)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Fairies, Mind, Myths, Now)

"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
(Related: Men, Being, Fact, Myths)

"The ancient Greeks have a knack of wrapping truths in myths."
- George Lloyd
(Related: Myths)

"I don't care what people's myths are about me."
- Kelly Lynch
(Related: People, Care, Myths)

"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
(Related: Change, Love, People, Being, Consciousness, End, Help, Myths, Practice, Will)

"It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths."
- Greil Marcus
(Related: Culture, End, Myths)

"True friendships don't fade in Hollywood, as so many myths about show business would have you insist."
- Kent McCord
(Related: Business, Hollywood, Myths)

"The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths."
- Gilbert Murray
(Related: Business, Poetry, Myths)

"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
(Related: People, Gay, Lies, Myths, Oppression)

"Myths which are believed in tend to become true."
- George Orwell
(Related: Myths)

"Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths."
- Karl Popper
(Related: Science, Criticism, Myths)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Myths, Titles)

"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
(Related: Life, Help, Man, Myths)

"Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Motivation, Morality, Meaning, Myths)

"But because we live in an age of science, we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Age, Science, Myths)

"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
(Related: Fancy, Interest, Myths, Worship)

"Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression."
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Time, Myths, Waste)

"The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong."
- Clarence Thomas
(Related: People, Myths, Wrong)

"I am attracted to myths."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Myths)

"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
(Related: Poetry, American, Gender, Myths, Race)

"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
(Related: Common sense, Culture, Myths, Universe)

"Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: Myths)