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Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell



Joseph Campbell Quote: “The function of the society is to cultivate the individual. It is not the function of the individual to support society.”

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.”

When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”

We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Don’t do anything that isn’t play.”

Don’t do anything that isn’t play.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”

Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.”

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you.”

I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Love is perfect kindness.”

Love is perfect kindness.

— Joseph Campbell


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

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

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet.”

The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You know the rule: If you are falling, dive. Do the thing that has to be done.”

You know the rule: If you are falling, dive. Do the thing that has to be done.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.”

Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you’re going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all.”

If you’re going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Wisdom and foolishness are practically the same. Both are indifferent to the opinions of the world.”

Wisdom and foolishness are practically the same. Both are indifferent to the opinions of the world.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What will they think of me? Must be put aside for bliss.”

What will they think of me? Must be put aside for bliss.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and door will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and door will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The Navajo have that wonderful image of what they call the pollen path. The Navajo say, ‘Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path.’”

The Navajo have that wonderful image of what they call the pollen path. The Navajo say, ‘Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path.’

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “For we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heros of all time have gone before us...”

For we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heros of all time have gone before us...

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What you have to do, you do with play. The universe is God’s play.”

What you have to do, you do with play. The universe is God’s play.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon, but to our ignorance and complacency coming to an end.”

Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon, but to our ignorance and complacency coming to an end.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Every religion, every mythology is true in this sense: It is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery.”

Every religion, every mythology is true in this sense: It is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.”

If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.”

Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.”

The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Awe is what moves us forward.”

Awe is what moves us forward.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.”

It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I should have said, ‘Follow your blisters.’”

I should have said, ‘Follow your blisters.’

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is – not the quick little excitement, but the real deep, life-filling bliss.”

To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is – not the quick little excitement, but the real deep, life-filling bliss.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Mythology helps you to identify the mysteries of the energies pouring through you. Therein lies your eternity.”

Mythology helps you to identify the mysteries of the energies pouring through you. Therein lies your eternity.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.”

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion.”

Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be.”

Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Both the artist and the lover know that perfection is not loveable. It is the clumsiness of a fault that makes a person lovable.”

Both the artist and the lover know that perfection is not loveable. It is the clumsiness of a fault that makes a person lovable.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “A hero is not a champion of things become, but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo.”

A hero is not a champion of things become, but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The purpose of the journey is compassion. When you have come past the pairs of opposites, you have reached compassion.”

The purpose of the journey is compassion. When you have come past the pairs of opposites, you have reached compassion.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive.”

Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul’s destination.”

Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul’s destination.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Mythology is often defined as ‘other peoples’ religions’, religion can be thought of as misinterpreted mythology.”

Mythology is often defined as ‘other peoples’ religions’, religion can be thought of as misinterpreted mythology.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “A one sentence definition of mythology? Mythology is what we call someone else’s religion.”

A one sentence definition of mythology? Mythology is what we call someone else’s religion.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The insecure way is the secure way.”

The insecure way is the secure way.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The idea of the Bodhisattva is the one who out of his realization of transcendence participates in the world. The imitation of Christ is joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.”

The idea of the Bodhisattva is the one who out of his realization of transcendence participates in the world. The imitation of Christ is joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one.”

Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The priests used to say that faith can move mountains, and nobody believed them. Today the scientists say that they can level mountains, and nobody doubts them.”

The priests used to say that faith can move mountains, and nobody believed them. Today the scientists say that they can level mountains, and nobody doubts them.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of it.”

One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When we follow our bliss, we are met by a thousand unseen helping hands.”

When we follow our bliss, we are met by a thousand unseen helping hands.

— Joseph Campbell

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