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Quotes of the Day for 15 July 2004 – Myth

Thomas Bullfinch was born at Boston on this day in 1796, to architect Charles Bulfinch and his wife just in time for Charles to lose his fortune in a housing project that he had designed. The well connected parents were still able to ensure that Thomas was well educated at Boston Latin School, the Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard College, and that he was acquainted with the leaders of Boston society. After Harvard (graduated 1814) he held various business jobs, then clerked at Boston Merchants' Bank from 1837 until his death. He detailed the Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology in The Age of Fable in 1855, covered the myths of King Arthur and other English legends in The Age of Chivalry, and published Legends of Charlemagne in 1863, the three volumes that together make up Bulfinch's Mythology. Lived with his parents while they lived, and even after his success started with The Age of Fable he continued at the bank and lived in a boarding house.

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The quotes:

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

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and realistic.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

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

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

Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.
     - Joseph Campbell, 1904 - 1987

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