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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Romanian
Date of Birth: 03/13/1907
Date of Death: 04/22/1986




 

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Men are not free to choose a sacred site, they only seek for it and find it by the help of mysterious signs.
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Within the sacred precints the profane is transcended. On the most archaic levels of culture this posibility of transcendence is expressed by various "images of an opening"; here, in the sacred enclosure, communication with gods is made possible; hence there must be a door to the world above, by which the gods cand descend to earth and man can symbolically ascend to heaven.
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It is preferable to love a genius than to love the masterpieces of a mediocre soul.
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Nothing lasts within the heart. Even the most certified conviction can be annulled by a single gesture.
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And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is.
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Myth tells how, through the deeds of Supernatural Beings, a reality came into existence, be it the whole of reality, the Cosmos, or only a fragment of reality - an island, a species of plant, a particular kind of human behavior, an institution.
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The great cosmic illusion is a hierophany... One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity.
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There are no illnesses but only ill people.
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Memories are the icons of time lost.
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The crude product of nature, the object fashioned by the industry of man, acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality.
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Destiny is that part of time which represents the history's will printed on us.
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Man becomes aware of the sacred because it manifests itself, shows itself, as something wholly different from the profane.
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Myth means a "true story" and, beyond that, a story that is a most precious possession because it is sacred, exemplary, significant.
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In imitating the exemplary acts of a God or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic societydetaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
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Myth is always an account of a "creation"; it relates how something was produced, began to be.
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Myth is an extremely complex cultural reality, which can be approached and interpreted from various and complementary viewpoints.
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Light does not come from light, but from darkness.
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The primitive magician, the medicine man or shaman is not only a sick man, he is above all, a sick man who has been cured, who has succeeded in curing himself.
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