Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes…On Myth

24 Feb

ON MYTH

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

Alan Watts

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

MYTHOLOGY, n. The body of a primitive people’s beliefs concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil’s Dictionary

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2 Responses to “Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes…On Myth”

  1. verewig April 7, 2010 at 01:46 #

    Myth is the shadow history of mankind. The undercurrent that really shaped our history.

    • cxw April 15, 2010 at 10:50 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Verewig. What do you mean by shadow history? More specifically, do you mean that mythic structures have operated in our unconscious, shaping humanity’s actions? Or that myths reflect, and are some way an explanation of, our collective history?

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