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    mythology Quotes

    Every new social structure strives to come up with some kind of mythology of divine origin for its values and aims.
    — Zsuzsanna Budapest
    tags: value  divine  mythology 
    Mythology is the mother of religions, and grandmother of history.
    — Zsuzsanna Budapest
    tags: mythology  mother 
    I never minded giving my opinions. They are just opinions, and I had studied music and I had strong feelings. I was happy for my opinions to join all the other opinions. But you have to be prepared for what comes back, especially if you don't agree with the dominant mythology.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    The reason why the music [jazz] is important is because it's an art form-an ancient art form-that takes in the mythology of our people.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: people  mythology  music 
    You have the entire gamut of human experience captured in the mythology of the Yoruba. This is what makes the Yoruba mythology a natural source material for me in my creative endeavours.
    — Wole Soyinka
    Mythology can be used, and has been used, even to re-state, you know, the very urgent problems of the world.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: world  problem  mythology 
    The gods in Yoruba mythology are not remote at all. They're benign, they're malign, they are mischievous, like Eshu for instance, tricksters, rascally, fornicators, that's a similarity to Greek mythology, for instance, you know. They're not saints, they're not saints. They're powerful. It's why they're not tyrannical. Of course, a number of them are also very, you know, benevolent, you know, there are saintly virtues to be found in them.
    — Wole Soyinka
    I rarely use mythology for its own sake because, as a theatre person, the mythological figures are in fact humanity to the ninth degree and Yoruba mythology in particular has fascination of being one of the most humanised mythologies in the world.
    — Wole Soyinka
    It's not always the style of tattooing but the rather the subject matter that drives me. I love tattooing anything from mythology to comic book superheroes.
    — William Webb
    tags: mythology  book 
    Mythology needs heroes and it needs villains, it needs heroes to fail, it needs heroes to struggle.
    — William Shatner
    tags: struggle  hero  mythology  fail 
    But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: mythology  sacred 
    In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, the sacred lore of priests and people... and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
    — William Robertson Smith
    What is at the higher levels of meaning consciousness is like a hyperspace in which each point is equidistant from the other and where 'the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere'? The mythologies of the occult seem like baroque music: there is an overall similar quality of sound and movement, but, upon examination, each piece of music is unique; Vivaldi and Scarlatti are similar and different.
    — William Irwin Thompson
    I've come across a novel called The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by the Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola, that is really remarkable because it is a kind of fantasy of West African mythology all told in West African English which, of course, is not the same as standard English.
    — William Golding
    In its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic.
    — Will Durant
    I did have the resource of having taught Greek mythology and the history of Western civilization, and you can go back into the plays of Aeschylus and follow what happens when people seek revenge, and there are people plucking their eyes out. And Greek mythology is filled with all kinds of monsters and whatnot.
    — Wes Craven
    [This kind of strange mythology about me.] I've pulled a huge steamboat over a mountain; I've done a feature film with all the actors acting under hypnosis - things that are very unusual.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: mythology  film 
    I went to volcanoes where I knew that there was a lot of mythology around them; there was something like the creation of gods and monsters and demons.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: creation  mythology  demon  god 
    Strangely enough, there's this mythology sprouting out that I cannot stop.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: mythology 
    There's this kind of strange mythology about me in the media because I've done unusual things.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: mythology  media 
    North Korea has a very striking mythology there. It is influencing the whole nation.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: mythology 
    It's not far-fetched that almost everywhere in the world where you have volcanoes you have mythologies or new gods being created.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: world  mythology  god 
    It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.
    — Weili Dai
    Most writers' view of the New West is either phony - obsessed with the same tired mythology - or it's obsessed with anti-mythology, ... There's not a lot of realistic, observant writing about the West right now.
    — Walter Kirn
    tags: right  mythology  writing 
    All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.
    — Wallace Stevens
    I would love to do more science fiction. I always envisioned the Riddick franchise as a continuing mythology, so I always imagined that there would be many other films to follow.
    — Vin Diesel
    tags: mythology  film  fiction 
    A culture without mythology is not really a civilisation.
    — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
    tags: culture  mythology 
    Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.
    — Vangelis
    If you want to put your rock 'n' roll into mythology, [A Period of Transition] is from the Daddy Cool school.
    — Van Morrison
    tags: mythology  school 
    I love Greek mythology, I love gladiators, I love war stuff.
    — Tyson Chandler
    tags: mythology  war 
    I have built my world through Native American mythology.
    — Tori Amos
    I'm very at home working with mythology.
    — Tori Amos
    tags: mythology 
    The image of the bank robber I had in mind was more in the European tradition where you'd rob banks and give to the poor, like Robin Hood. It was that mythology. But very early on, my whole preoccupation was with art-studying it, examining every piece of work.
    — Tony Shafrazi
    tags: work  poor  mythology  mind 
    I think airports are places of huge human drama. The more I see of it, the more I am convinced that Heathrow is a secret city, with its own history, folklore and mythology. But what has surprised me is the love the people who work there feel for the place. Everyone seems to think they are plugged into something majestic.
    — Tony Parsons
    The thing about playing gods, whether you're playing Thor and Loki or Greco Roman gods or Indian gods or characters in any mythology, the reason that gods were invented was because they were basically larger versions of ourselves.
    — Tom Hiddleston
    tags: character  mythology  god 
    Anytime you start doing a comic book with mythology attached, people are like, "Are you going to get it right? It's important to me."
    — Tom Cavanagh
    tags: people  mythology  book 
    It's like our go-to notion of innocent and secure mythology of American life. I was always amazed when people would come up to me and say that 'Far from Heaven' was exactly what it was like back then. [laughs] I was so disinterested in what it was 'really like' in the 1950s when I was putting the film together, I was only interested in what it was like in movies.
    — Todd Haynes
    Writers cannot let themselves be servants of the official mythology. They have to, whatever the cost, say what truth they have to say.
    — Tobias Wolff
    tags: truth  mythology 
    Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education.
    — Thomas Bulfinch
    If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation.
    — Thomas Bulfinch
    tags: society  help  mythology 
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