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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday: The Importance of Folklore

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

On Monday, I did a post about writing Folklore. Continuing that theme, this week's them is The Importance of Folklore.

"What I find interesting about folklore is the dialogue it gives us with storytellers from centuries past."--Terri Windling

"I love studying folklore and legends. The stories that people passed down for a thousand years without any sort of marketing support are obviously saying something appealing about the basic human condition."--Ti Schafer

"If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine."--Diana Wynne Jones

"The protagonist of folktale is always, and intensely, a young person moving through ordeals into adult life...and this is why there are no wicked stepchildren in the tales."--Jill Paton Walsh

"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."--Charles de Lint
**For more quotes on folklore, check out my other blog.**

Which quote is your favorite? Do you have one to add?

1 comment:

  1. I never thought about the wicked step-children thing. LOL Good point.