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Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell



Joseph Campbell Quote: “Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny.”

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The function of artists is “the mythologization of the world.””

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “At the darkest moment comes the light.”

At the darkest moment comes the light.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The place to find is within yourself.”

The place to find is within yourself.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The call to adventure is the point in a person’s life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not.”

The call to adventure is the point in a person’s life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “It is within you that the divine lives.”

It is within you that the divine lives.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “There is no security in following the call to adventure.”

There is no security in following the call to adventure.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The god you worship is the one you’re capable of becoming.”

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life.”

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.”

The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “We save the world by being alive ourselves.”

We save the world by being alive ourselves.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “A temple is a landscape of the soul.”

A temple is a landscape of the soul.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self.”

The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Follow your bliss. The heroic life is living the individual adventure. There is no security in following the call to adventure. Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.”

Follow your bliss. The heroic life is living the individual adventure. There is no security in following the call to adventure. Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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?’”

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?’

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.”

The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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?”

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?

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.”

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

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

— Joseph Campbell

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