Joseph Campbell Quotes

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Follow your bliss.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
Joseph Campbell
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Joseph Campbell
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Regrets are illuminations come too late.
Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 1949)
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell (Quoted in A Joseph Campbell Companion)
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
This thing up here, this consciousness, thinks it's running the shop. It's a secondary organ.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Joseph Campbell
I think it's important to live life with a knowledge of its mystery, and of your own mystery.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
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
It's only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.
Joseph Campbell
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it's really a manifestation of his character.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
Joseph Campbell
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.
Joseph Campbell
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
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Joseph Campbell
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.
Joseph Campbell
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence — for he has the perfected eye to see. There is no separateness.
Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 1949)
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.
Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, 1988)
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 (The Power of Myth, 1988)
Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.
Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces, 1949)
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Joseph Campbell Biography

Born: March 26, 1904
Died: October 30, 1987

Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and professor. He is best known for his comprehensive works in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

Notable Works

The Masks of God (1968)
The Flight of the Wild Gander
(1969)
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
(1986)
The Power of Myth (1988)
Historical Atlas of World Mythology
(1989)

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