I have been reading a book by Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley called Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine. In one section they write: “Mythic narratives comfort us and assure us that everything is going to be all right; parables challenge and dispute the reconciliation that our myths have created” (p. 15).
I have always admired writers such as Mark Twain who could toss off piquant/pithy quotes as easily as the ashes off his cigar. I find creating memorable and original quotes difficult; however, based upon Anderson and Foley’s perspective, I think I have a pretty good one below.
“If myths help us sleep at night, parables keep us awake.”
David M. May