„Legends should stay legends; otherwise they just become history, when the natural course of things is the other way around, from history to legend.“

—  Ian McDonald, Ch. 3, §5 (p. 109)
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„History is facts which become lies in the end; legends are lies which become history in the end.“

—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
Context: What is history after all? History is facts which become lies in the end; legends are lies which become history in the end. As quoted in The Observer (22 September 1957)

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„It’s legend now, but legend is the smoke from the fire, and the wood that the fire consumes is the substance.“

—  Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Book Two, Part I “Across the Ring”, Chapter 2 (p. 151)

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„She's not a legend. She's a beginner. What is this 'legend'? She can't be a legend at whatever age she is. She can't be a legend, you have to be older.“

—  Lauren Bacall American actress, model 1924 - 2014
As quoted in numerous reports of a response she made to a question by Jenni Falconer during joint interview sessions http://film.guardian.co.uk/venice/story/0,15051,1300356,00.html with Nicole Kidman at the Venice Film Festival (8 September 2004) She, Kidman and others have indicated that the remarks were inaccurately quoted and taken out of context. (see also the Larry King interview)

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„Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men — and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.“

—  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
Context: The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. … But this story has entered History and the primary world; … It has pre-eminently the "inner consistency of reality." There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation.... this story is supreme; and it is true. Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men — and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.

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„Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951
Context: Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused — hence all the old tales of elfin Kingdoms moving further and further away from our world, or that magical beings require our faith, our belief in their existence, to survive. … That is a lie. All they require is our recognition. Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 337

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„When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness.“

—  Tecumseh Native American leader of the Shawnee 1768 - 1813
Quoted as a statement of Tecumseh in Inspire! : What Great Leaders Do (2004) by Lance H. K. Secretan, p. 67; but also often quoted as an anonymous Shawnee proverb, as in The Soul Would Have No Rainbow If The Eyes Had No Tears (1994) by Guy A. Zona, p. 45

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„If you will, it is no legend...“

—  Theodor Herzl Austro-Hungarian journalist and writer 1860 - 1904
Prefix to Altneuland, (1902) Originally in German: Wenn ihr wollt, ist es kein Märchen... which was intended to have the double meaning of a strong will shall eventually be realized, and as part of a paragraph ending as a postfix to the book, that this book perhaps will be seen as a true story, but even if not... Note: The Israeli rightist movement "Im Tirzu" (Literally: 'If you will') is named after this quote.

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„And, before science had caught up with the legend, the legend had swallowed science and everything.“

—  Richard Matheson American fiction writer 1926 - 2013
Context: True, he thought, but no one ever got the chance to know it. Oh, they knew it was something, but it couldn’t be that — not that. That was imagination, that was superstition, there was no such thing as that. And, before science had caught up with the legend, the legend had swallowed science and everything. Ch. 3

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