Myth Quotes

Myths there must be, since visions of the future must be clothed in imagery. But there are myths which displace truth and there are myths which give wings to truth.

One is forced to speak not of what is held in common between the cultures, but what is held in common between the myths, and that in its simplest archetypal forms.

Mythology is not religion. It may rather be regarded as the ancient substitute, the poetical counterpart for dogmatic theology.

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

To believe a myth is as easy a thing as breathing the air. But holding one’s breath for a lifetime – that is difficult.

True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blonde Hero – really look – and he turns into […]

A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports that myth.

The Depth of your Mythology is the Extent of your Effectiveness.

Men having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had, – being unfortunate by an enigmatical sort of calamity.

One of the great inventions of the twentieth century was the studied, methodical engineering of myth for political ends.