60+ Famous Quotes By Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell Quotes

“You are the hero of your own story.”




“All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.”




“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”




“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”




“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”




“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”




“If you are falling, dive.”




“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”




“If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.”




“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”




“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”




“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”




“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”




“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”




“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”




“There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall.”




“The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.”




“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”




“The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag.”




“Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.”




“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.”




“Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.”




“Regrets are illuminations come too late.”




“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”




“The ultimate dragon is within you, it is your ego clamping you down.”




“People forget facts, but they remember stories.”




“You don’t ask what a dance means. You enjoy it. You don’t ask what the world means. You enjoy it. You don’t ask what you mean. You enjoy it.”




“Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and its spectacular.”




“Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names.”




“He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows.”




“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”




“Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.”




“The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.”




“You’ve got to find the force inside you.”




“Every hero must have the courage to be alone, to take the journey for himself.”




“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”




“To find your own way is to follow your bliss.”




“Every story you tell is your own story.”




“A bit of advice Given to a young Native American At the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.”




“All religions are true but none are literal.”




“If you follow your bliss you will find a path laid out before you that has been waiting for you all along and you will begin to live the life you ought to be living.”




“The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero.”




“I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave.”




“When you follow your bliss, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.”




“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life.”




“Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny.”




“Sit in a room and read – and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.”




“The function of artists is “the mythologization of the world.””




“Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”




“In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours.”




“No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.”




“At the darkest moment comes the light.”




“Whatever the hell happens, say, ‘This is what I need.’”




“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life.”




“The key to the Grail is compassion, ‘suffering with,’ feeling another’s sorrow as if it were your own. The one who finds the dynamo of compassion is the one who’s found the Grail.”




“When an idea is important to a person or culture it will find its way into imagery.”




“All the old bindings are broken. Cosmological centers now are anywhere and everywhere. The earth is a heavenly body, most beautiful of all, and all poetry is now archaic that fails to match the wonder of this view.”




“If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping.”




“The warrior's approach is to say 'yes' to life: 'yes' to it all.”




“Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?”




“How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.”




“What the artist must render is a living moment somehow, a living moment actually in action or an inward experience.”




“The god you worship is the one you’re capable of becoming.”




“And that Aha! that you get when you see an artwork that really hits you is, ‘I am that.’ I am the very radiance of energy that is talking to me through this painting.”




“The place to find is within yourself.”




“If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.”




“You can’t have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules.”




“We are kept out of the Garden by our own fear and desire in relation to what we think to be the goods of our life.”




“First you must find your trajectory, and then comes the social coordination.”




“When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We’re not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”




“Breaking out is following your bliss pattern, quitting the old place, starting your hero journey, following your bliss. You throw off yesterday as the snake sheds its skin.”




“You yourself are participating in the evil, or you are not alive. Whatever you do is evil for somebody. This is one of the ironies of the whole creation.”




“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”




“The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.”




“The images of Myth are reflections of Spiritual and Depth potentialities of every one of us. Through contemplatingthose we evoke those powers in our own lives to operate through ourselves.”




“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”




“In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.”




“The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure – fearlessness and achievement.”




“It is within you that the divine lives.”




“We save the world by being alive ourselves.”




“The goal is to live with God like composure on the full rush of energy, like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being torn to pieces.”




“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”




“Life is but a mask worn on the face of death. And is death, then, but another mask? ‘How many can say,’ asks the Aztec poet, ‘that there is, or is not, a truth beyond?’”




“The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say is the answer to the atom bomb.”




“Sin always finds it’s root in our own selfish desires and self-gratification.”




“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”




“Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.”




“Life is a guy trying to play a violin solo in public, while learning the music and his instrument at the same time.”




“A temple is a landscape of the soul.”




“Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed.”




“The function of the society is to cultivate the individual. It is not the function of the individual to support society.”




“We keep thinking of deity as a kind of fact, somewhere; God as a fact. God is simply our own notion of something that is symbolic of transcendence and mystery. The mystery is what’s important.”




“If you live with the myths in your mind, you will find yourself always in mythological situations. They cover everything that can happen to you. And that enables you to interpret the myth in relation to life, as well as life in relation to myth.”




“The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings.”




“There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it.”




“There is no security in following the call to adventure.”




“The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.”




“There is what I would call the hero journey, the night sea journey, the hero quest, where the individual is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before.”




“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”




“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

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