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Quotes of the Day for 12 August 2002 – Mythology

Edith Hamilton was born at Fort Wayne, Indiana on this day in 1867. Homeschooled by her parents, she learned French from her mother, German from the housekeeper, and from her father, Latin at age seven and Greek at eight. It was ancient Greece that she fell in love with, she wrote a number of books on the myths of Greece and Rome. She apparently got it right, Amazon.com shows seven of her books on mythology still in print. In her honor: Mythology.

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The quotes:

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - that myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts - that hope always triumphs over experience - that laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
     - Robert Fulghum

Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks.
     - Alfred Alistair Cooke

Children are natural mythologists: they beg to be told tales, and love not only to invent but to enact falsehoods.
     - George Santayana, 1863 - 1921

Essentially, mythologies are enormous poems that are renditions of insights, giving some sense of the marvel, the miracle and wonder of life.
     - Joseph Campbell, 1904 - 1987

Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone.
     - Marion Woodman


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