„The rationalist mind has always had its doubts about Venice. The watery city receives a dry inspection, as though it were a myth for the credulous — poets and honeymooners.“

—  Mary McCarthy, Venice Observed (1956), Ch. 1
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„[Venice is] somewhat disguised by the artists who usually paint Venice, who have disfigured it by turning it into a city heated by the brightest and hottest sun. On the contrary, Venice, like all luminous cities, has a grey hue, the atmosphere is mild and misty and the sky arrays itself with clouds, just like the sky of our Norman and Dutch regions.“

—  Eugène Boudin French painter 1824 - 1898
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—  Al-Maʿarri Medieval Arab philosopher 973 - 1057
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„Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.“

—  Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
"Venice," The Century Magazine, vol. XXV (November 1882), reprinted in Portraits of Places (1883) and later in Italian Hours http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/8ihou10.txt (1909), ch. I: Venice, pt. II.

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„The true fairytales … come straight out of myth; they are, as it were, minuscule reaffirmation of myths, or perhaps the myth made accessible to the local folky mind.“

—  P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins (2007), Context: The true fairytales … come straight out of myth; they are, as it were, minuscule reaffirmation of myths, or perhaps the myth made accessible to the local folky mind. One might say that fairytales are the myths falling into time and locality … is the same stuff, all the essentials are there, it is small, but perfect. Not minimized, not to be made digestible for children. Ch. 2, p. 39

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„The commonwealth of Venice in their armory have this inscription: "Happy is that city which in time of peace thinks of war."“

—  Robert Burton, kniha The Anatomy of Melancholy
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part II, Section 2, member 6, Perturbations of the mind rectified. From himself, by resisting to the utmost, confessing his grief to a friend, etc.

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