„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)
„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)
„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 British science fiction novelist 1960
Ch. 3, §5 (p. 109)
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
Context: The Evangelium has not abrogated legends; it has hallowed them, especially the "happy ending." The Christian has still to work, with mind as well as body, to suffer, hope, and die; but he may now perceive that all his bents and faculties have a purpose, which can be redeemed. So great is the bounty with which he has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation. All tales may come true; and yet, at the last, redeemed, they may be as like and unlike the forms that we give them as Man, finally redeemed, will be like and unlike the fallen that we know.
„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
— 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.
„I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend, when the real heroics — of my fellow soldiers that day — were legendary.“
— Jessica Lynch Recipient of the Purple Heart medal 1983
Context: I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspired our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good. However, I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend, when the real heroics — of my fellow soldiers that day — were legendary.
„When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story.“
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
— 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