Literature begins in myth, which is the human effort to

“Literature begins in myth, which is the human effort to
explain the natural world in human terms, and the human
attempt to feel at one with an alien and impersonal universe.”
“Mythology is the basis of all literature.”
“Studying myths from many cultures will allow human beings
everywhere to discover what they have in common.”
“There are fascinating parallels that exist among the myths of
widely separated cultures. Gaps between cultures narrow to
reveal what is constant and universal to the human
“Myth is an external mirror in which we see ourselves. Myth
has something to say to everyone, as it has something to say
about everyone. It is everywhere and we only need to
recognize it.”
“Understanding myths is an important step toward
understanding ourselves.”