„If you will, it is no legend...“

—  Theodor Herzl, 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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„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
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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
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„You must have heard about the beautiful Sufi legend of Majnu and Laila.“

—  Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
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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
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„There's only one legend. That's me.“

—  Roberto Durán Panamanian boxer 1951
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—  David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
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„Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951
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