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Joseph Campbell Quote: “Through dreams a door is opened to mythology, since myths are of the nature of dreams, and that, as dreams arise from an inward world unknown to waking consciousness, so do myths: so, indeed, does life.”

Through dreams a door is opened to mythology, since myths are of the nature of dreams, and that, as dreams arise from an inward world unknown to waking consciousness, so do myths: so, indeed, does life.

— Joseph Campbell



Joseph Campbell Quote: “Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.”

Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.”

The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Poetry comes out of an elite experience, the experience of people whose ears are opened to the song of the universe.”

Poetry comes out of an elite experience, the experience of people whose ears are opened to the song of the universe.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Every people is a chosen people in its own mind. And it is rather amusing that their name for themselves usually means mankind.”

Every people is a chosen people in its own mind. And it is rather amusing that their name for themselves usually means mankind.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The last act in the biography of the hero is that of the death or departure.”

The last act in the biography of the hero is that of the death or departure.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Money is congealed energy, and releasing it releases life’s possibilities.”

Money is congealed energy, and releasing it releases life’s possibilities.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.”

When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.”

The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The best things cannot be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood because they are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which cannot be thought about. The third best are what we talk about.”

The best things cannot be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood because they are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which cannot be thought about. The third best are what we talk about.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Everything starts with a story.”

Everything starts with a story.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you – a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising.”

You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you – a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”

The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “God is an intelligible sphere-a sphere known to mind, not to the senses-whose center is everywhere and whose circumference nowhere.”

God is an intelligible sphere-a sphere known to mind, not to the senses-whose center is everywhere and whose circumference nowhere.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The best we can do is lean towards the light.”

The best we can do is lean towards the light.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “At first you might find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred space and use it, eventually something will happen. Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again.”

At first you might find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred space and use it, eventually something will happen. Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The experience of Eternity right here and now, is the function of life.”

The experience of Eternity right here and now, is the function of life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The ground of being is the ground of our being, and when we simply turn outward, we see all of these little problems here and there. But, if we look inward, we see that we are the source of them all.”

The ground of being is the ground of our being, and when we simply turn outward, we see all of these little problems here and there. But, if we look inward, we see that we are the source of them all.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You have been thinking one way. Now you have to think a different way.”

You have been thinking one way. Now you have to think a different way.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet.”

We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.”

You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The realms of the gods and demons – heaven, purgatory, hell – are of the substance of dreams. Myth, in this view, is the dream of the world.”

The realms of the gods and demons – heaven, purgatory, hell – are of the substance of dreams. Myth, in this view, is the dream of the world.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.”

Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.”

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “We know that Jesus could not have ascended to heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe. Even ascending at the speed of light, Jesus would still be in the galaxy.”

We know that Jesus could not have ascended to heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe. Even ascending at the speed of light, Jesus would still be in the galaxy.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Hell is life drying up.”

Hell is life drying up.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.”

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.”

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Myths are so intimately bound to culture, time, and place that unless the symbols, the metaphors, are kept alive by constant recreation through the arts, the life just slips away from them.”

Myths are so intimately bound to culture, time, and place that unless the symbols, the metaphors, are kept alive by constant recreation through the arts, the life just slips away from them.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.”

The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience.”

The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The entire heavenly realm is within us, but to find it we have to relate to what’s outside.”

The entire heavenly realm is within us, but to find it we have to relate to what’s outside.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “God is within you! You yourself are the creator. If you find that place within you from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.”

God is within you! You yourself are the creator. If you find that place within you from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What’s made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth.”

What’s made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “There is a condescension on the part of the infinite to the mind of man. That is what looks like God.”

There is a condescension on the part of the infinite to the mind of man. That is what looks like God.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “All life stinks and you must embrace that with compassion.”

All life stinks and you must embrace that with compassion.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.”

Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If marriage isn’t a first priority in your life, you’re not married.”

If marriage isn’t a first priority in your life, you’re not married.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won.”

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The dance is the highest symbol of life itself.”

The dance is the highest symbol of life itself.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.”

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you want the whole thing, the gods will give it to you. But you must be ready for it.”

If you want the whole thing, the gods will give it to you. But you must be ready for it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows.”

We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle?”

What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle?

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.”

Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Successful marriage is leading innovative lives together, being open, non-programmed. It’s a free fall: how you handle each new thing as it comes along. As a drop of oil on the sea, you must float, using intellect and compassion to ride the waves.”

Successful marriage is leading innovative lives together, being open, non-programmed. It’s a free fall: how you handle each new thing as it comes along. As a drop of oil on the sea, you must float, using intellect and compassion to ride the waves.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Myth is what we call other people’s religion.”

Myth is what we call other people’s religion.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.”

The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Art is the clothing of a revelation.”

Art is the clothing of a revelation.

— Joseph Campbell

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