Men are not free to choose a sacred site, they only seek for it and find it by the help of mysterious signs.
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.
It is preferable to love a genius than to love the masterpieces of a mediocre soul.
Nothing lasts within the heart. Even the most certified conviction can be annulled by a single gesture.
And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is.
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.
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.
There are no illnesses but only ill people.
Memories are the icons of time lost.
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.
Destiny is that part of time which represents the history's will printed on us.
Man becomes aware of the sacred because it manifests itself, shows itself, as something wholly different from the profane.
Myth means a "true story" and, beyond that, a story that is a most precious possession because it is sacred, exemplary, significant.
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.
Myth is always an account of a "creation"; it relates how something was produced, began to be.
Myth is an extremely complex cultural reality, which can be approached and interpreted from various and complementary viewpoints.
Light does not come from light, but from darkness.
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.