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Joseph Campbell Quote: “Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life.”

Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life.

— Joseph Campbell



Joseph Campbell Quote: “The familiar life horizon has been outgrown: the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.”

The familiar life horizon has been outgrown: the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The myth does not point to a fact; the myth points beyond facts to something that informs the fact.”

The myth does not point to a fact; the myth points beyond facts to something that informs the fact.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object.”

Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “It is not society which is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse.”

It is not society which is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Poets are simply those who have made a profession ans a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss.”

Poets are simply those who have made a profession ans a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.”

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The idea of Buddha consciousness is that all beings are Buddha beings, and your whole function in meditation and everything else is to find that Buddha consciousness within and live out of that, instead of the interests of the eyes and ears.”

The idea of Buddha consciousness is that all beings are Buddha beings, and your whole function in meditation and everything else is to find that Buddha consciousness within and live out of that, instead of the interests of the eyes and ears.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience – that is the hero’s deed.”

The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience – that is the hero’s deed.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When you are on your path, and it is truly your path, doors will open for you where there were no doors for someone else.”

When you are on your path, and it is truly your path, doors will open for you where there were no doors for someone else.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Follow your inner heart and the world moves in and helps.”

Follow your inner heart and the world moves in and helps.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Economics and politics are the governing powers of life today, and that’s why everything is so screwy.”

Economics and politics are the governing powers of life today, and that’s why everything is so screwy.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.”

It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “It’s characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong.”

It’s characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.”

If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman or child.”

I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman or child.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What we are really living for is the experience of life, both the pain and the pleasure.”

What we are really living for is the experience of life, both the pain and the pleasure.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it.”

Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required.”

Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I think it’s important to live life with a knowledge of its mystery, and of your own mystery.”

I think it’s important to live life with a knowledge of its mystery, and of your own mystery.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial.”

If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.”

If you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Life will always be sorrowful. We can’t change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.”

Life will always be sorrowful. We can’t change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “People who don’t have a concept of the whole can do very unfortunate things.”

People who don’t have a concept of the whole can do very unfortunate things.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “No tribal rite has yet been recorded which attempts to keep winter from descending; on the contrary: the rites all prepare the community to endure, together with the rest of nature, the season of the terrible cold.”

No tribal rite has yet been recorded which attempts to keep winter from descending; on the contrary: the rites all prepare the community to endure, together with the rest of nature, the season of the terrible cold.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The mighty hero of extraordinary powers, able to lift Mount Govardhan on a finger, and to fill himself with the terrible glory of the universe, is each of us: not the physical self visible in the mirror, but the King within.”

The mighty hero of extraordinary powers, able to lift Mount Govardhan on a finger, and to fill himself with the terrible glory of the universe, is each of us: not the physical self visible in the mirror, but the King within.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “There is an Indian fable of three beings who drank from a river: one was a god, and he drank ambrosia; one was a man, and he drank water; and one was a demon, and he drank filth. What you get is a function of your own consciousness.”

There is an Indian fable of three beings who drank from a river: one was a god, and he drank ambrosia; one was a man, and he drank water; and one was a demon, and he drank filth. What you get is a function of your own consciousness.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The perfect human being is uninteresting.”

The perfect human being is uninteresting.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “One of our problems today is that we are not well acquainted with the literature of the spirit. We re interested in the news of the day and the problems of the hour.”

One of our problems today is that we are not well acquainted with the literature of the spirit. We re interested in the news of the day and the problems of the hour.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I think what we lack isn’t science, but poetry that reveals what the heart is ready to recognize.”

I think what we lack isn’t science, but poetry that reveals what the heart is ready to recognize.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Seek to know the power that is within you.”

Seek to know the power that is within you.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “There’s nothing militant about Jesus. I don’t read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant’s ear, and Jesus said, “Put back thy sword, Peter.” But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since.”

There’s nothing militant about Jesus. I don’t read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant’s ear, and Jesus said, “Put back thy sword, Peter.” But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The modern hero-deed must be that of questing to bring to light again the lost Atlantis of the co-ordinated Soul.”

The modern hero-deed must be that of questing to bring to light again the lost Atlantis of the co-ordinated Soul.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “A myth doesn’t have to be real to be true.”

A myth doesn’t have to be real to be true.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Change the focus of the eye. When you have done that, then the end of the world as you formerly knew it will have occurred, and you will experience the radiance of the divine presence everywhere, here and now.”

Change the focus of the eye. When you have done that, then the end of the world as you formerly knew it will have occurred, and you will experience the radiance of the divine presence everywhere, here and now.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The influence of a vital being vitalizes.”

The influence of a vital being vitalizes.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Great Brahma from his mystic heaven groans, And all his priesthood moans.”

Great Brahma from his mystic heaven groans, And all his priesthood moans.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing.”

I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is power, the state role.”

Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is power, the state role.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.”

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The less there is of you, the more you experience the sublime.”

The less there is of you, the more you experience the sublime.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the New York Times.”

If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the New York Times.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The sin of inadvertence, not being alert, not quite awake, is the sin of missing the moment of life-live with unremitting alertness.”

The sin of inadvertence, not being alert, not quite awake, is the sin of missing the moment of life-live with unremitting alertness.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.”

Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “All we really want to do is dance.”

All we really want to do is dance.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement.”

Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power of a value system that functions in human life and in the universe.”

What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power of a value system that functions in human life and in the universe.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity.”

When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.”

The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.

— Joseph Campbell


Joseph Campbell Quote: “And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of The Hero’s Journey.”

And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of The Hero’s Journey.

— Joseph Campbell

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