I started to work on this book in 1954, when, having been called to active duty in the Navy, I was relieved of the burdens of a full-time psychoanalytic practice... Within a year of its publication, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene demanded, in a letter citing specifically 'The Myth Of Mental Illness', that I be dismissed from my university position because I did not "believe" in mental illness.
Sappho is a great poet because she is a lesbian, which gives her erotic access to the Muse. Sappho and the homosexual-tending Emily Dickinson stand alone above women poets, because poetry's mystical energies are ruled by a hierach requiring the sexual subordination of her petitioners. Women have achieved more as novelists than as poets because the social novel operates outside the ancient marriage of Myth and eroticism.camille paglia
That the Macedonians were of Greek stock seems certain. The claim made by the Argead dynasty to be of Argive descent may be no more than a generally accepted Myth, but Macedonian proper names, such as Ptolemaios or Philippos, are good Greek names, and the names of the Macedonian months, although differed from those of Athens or Sparta, were also Greek. The language spoken by the Macedonians, which Greeks of the classical period found unintelligible, appears to have been a primitive north-west Greek dialect, much influenced by the languages of the neighboring barbarians.
There was a muddy centre before we breathed There was a Myth before the Myth began, Venerable and articulate and complete.wallace stevens
Literally, the Bible is a gigantic Myth, a narrative extending over the whole of time from creation to apocalypse, unified by a body of recurring imagery that "freezes" into a single metaphor cluster, the metaphors all being identified with the body of the Messiah, the man who is all men, the totality logoi who is one Logos, the grain of sand that is the world.Northrop Frye
Elizabeth Hand is one of American literature's finest prose poets of the fantastic. Her novels are powerfully lyrical, suffused with visionary agony and dreamlike eroticism; in her hands, Myth reattains the nightmare energy of its origins, staining the present and the future with atavistic hues of blood.elizabeth hand
The Myth of Canada, its hidden story, is of a contemplative country, a place of inwardness, where people can question the idea of nationhood and ponder what values we wish to see expressed and achieved, and what solitudes of identity and reverie we wish to preserve.b. w. powe
But the Myth of power is, of course, a very powerful Myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a Myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.Gregory Bateson
It is not without fear and trembling that a historian of religion approaches the problem of Myth . This is not only because of that preliminary embarrassing question: what is intended by Myth? It is also because the answers given depend for the most part on the documents selected.mircea eliade
That the Macedonians were of Greek stock seems certain. The claim made by the Argead dynasty to be of Argive descent may be no more than a generally accepted Myth, but Macedonian proper names, such as Ptolemaios or Philippos, are good Greek names, and the names of the Macedonian months, although differed from those of Athens or Sparta, were also Greek. The language spoken by the Macedonians, which Greeks of the classical period found unintelligible, appears to have been a primitive northwest Greek dialect, much influenced by the languages of the neighboring barbarians.
The age-long history of thinking on gravitation, too, was erased from the collective consciousness, and that force somehow became the serendipitous child of Newton's genius. The new attitude is well illustrated by the anecdote of the apple, a legend spread by Voltaire, one of the most active and vehement erasers of the past. … The need to build the Myth of an ex nihilo creation of modern science gave rise to much impassioned rhetoric.lucio russo
Today a new faith is awakening the Myth of the blood; the belief that to defend the blood is also to defend the divine nature of man in general. It is a belief, effulgent with the brightest knowledge, that Nordic blood represents that mystery which has overcome and replaced the older sacraments.alfred rosenberg
O Sleepless as the river under thee, Vaulting the sea, the prairies'dreaming sod, Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend And of the curveship lend a Myth to God.(Harold) Hart Crane
To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofaras we are Americans at all, inhabitants of Myth rather than history.Leslie A(aron) Fiedler
I get offered varied parts, often super sexy roles. But I still think it's an issue to find the good scripts. It's a Myth that you win an Oscar and you get more opportunities, and this doesn't just go for me.halle berry
I don't want to say I'm envious of any other woman's body. It's a bad Myth to perpetuate. Women have enough trouble liking themselves.
Though [Charles Guignebert] could not accept either the Christ Myth theory, which held that no historical Jesus existed, or the Dutch Radical denial that Paul authored any of the epistles, Guignebert took both quite seriously.robert m. price
Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little Myth we make, history is the big Myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.Robert Penn Warren
We are accustomed to the artist scoundrel or specialist in vice, and unaccustomed to the creator in whom passion and reason and moral integrity hold in balance. But greatness of intellect and feeling, or soul and conduct magnanimity, in short does occur; it is not a Myth for boy scouts, and its reality is important, if only to give us the true range of the term "human," which we so regularly define by its lower reaches.jacques barzun
"A fact which is not denied but whose truths are rationalized loses its objective base. It ceases to be concrete and becomes a Myth created in defense of the class of the perceiver." "It would be a contradiction in terms if the oppressors not only defended but actually implemented a liberating education."paulo freire
"The object of a dialogical-liberterian action is not to 'dislodge' the oppressed from a mythological reality in order to 'bind' them to another reality. On the contrary, the object of dialogical action is to make it possible for the oppressed, by perceiving their adhesion, to opt to transform an unjust reality." "In order for the oppressed to unite they must first cut the umbilical cord of magic and Myth which binds them to the world of oppression; the unity which links them to each other must be of a different nature."paulo freire
We of Es Toch tell a little Myth, which says that in the beginning the Creator told a great lie. For there was nothing at all, but the Creator spoke, saying, It exists. And behold, in order that the lie of God might be God’s truth, the universe at once began to exist.ursula k. le guin
For me, Still ’s pictorial dramas are an extension of the Greek Persephone Myth. As he himself has expressed it, his paintings are ‘of the Earth, the Damned, and of the Recreated’ Every shape becomes an organic entity, inviting the multiplicity of associations inherent in all living things. To me they form a theogony of the most elementary consciousness, hardly aware of itself beyond the will to live – a profound and moving experience. (1946, catalogue introduction for the first one-man-show of Clyfford Still)mark rothko
It is not quite a political bad dream, or metaphysical adventure, or cosmic comedy in the form of a spy story, but it has something of all these. Anyway, it is unique, and also, what is not all that much easier to bring about, magnetically readable … James Bond and Gabriel Syme differ in innumerable ways, but they share a quality of romance , of color and chivalry, almost of Myth , that attracts me a lot more deeply than anything about the down-to-earth and up-to-the-minute heroes of writers like Len Deighton and John Le Carré.
The poem... is a little Myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see it is, rather, a light by which we may see and what we see is life.Robert Penn Warren
Some say the Gods are just a Myth but guess Who I've been dancing with... The Great God Pan is alive!
With the spread of the bourgeois commodity economy the dark horizon of Myth is illuminated by the sun of calculating reason, beneath whose icy rays the seeds of the new barbarism are germinating.