It is the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.

Between religion’s ‘this is’ and poetry’s ‘ but suppose this is,’ there must always be some kind of tension, until the possibilities and the actual meet at infinity.

It doesn't matter whether a sequence of words is called a history or a story: that is, whether it is intended to follow a sequence of actual events or not. As far as its verbal shape is concerned, it will be equally mythical in either case.