This quote is scattered throughout the Web:

Through action, a Man becomes a Hero

Through death, a Hero becomes a Legend

Through time, a Legend becomes a Myth

And by learning from the Myth, a Man takes action

I've seen it attributed to Eiichiro Oda, Joseph Campbell, and many others. Where is it originally from?

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    If Joseph Campbell originally said it, It was quite likely translated into Japanese and then back into English, and came out unrecognizable.
    – Peter Shor
    Nov 23, 2018 at 20:58

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The quote is an original writing from Oda himself, but it definitely echoes the message from Joseph Campbell's works.

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    Do you have any source/evidence for the statement that this quote is due to Oda?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 22, 2018 at 9:13
  • @Randal'Thor: would a screenshot of the anime authored by Eiichiro Oda count as a source/evidence? mai-on.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/hero.png (from the article mai-on.com/best-anime-quotes)
    – J..y B..y
    Oct 11, 2021 at 11:51
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    @Jeremy: Ideally we would like to know a bit more detail, since a screenshot has low evidential value (anyone can add text to a screenshot). A good reference would include (i) the name of the anime; (ii) the speaker and timestamp of the line; (iii) the original Japanese dialogue; (iv) some details of the translation into English. But if the line comes originally from the manga, then a page reference to the manga would be even better. Oct 13, 2021 at 9:31

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