joseph campbell Quotes

You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.
— Joseph Campbell
We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell
As you proceed through life, following your own path, birds will shit on you. Don't bother to brush it off. Getting a comedic view of your situation gives you spiritual distance. Having a sense of humor saves you.
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— Joseph Campbell
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
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— Joseph Campbell
Love is a friendship set to music.
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— Joseph Campbell
I don't think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal. Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman, or child.
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— Joseph Campbell
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
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— Joseph Campbell
Perfection isn't human. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love-and I mean love, not lust-is the imperfection of the human being. So, when the imperfection of the real person peaks through, say, 'This is a challenge to my compassion.' Then make a try, and something might begin to get going.
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— Joseph Campbell
There are something like 18 billion cells in the brain alone. There are no two brains alike; there are no two hands alike; there are no two human beings alike. You can take your instructions and your guidance from others, but you must find your own path.
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— Joseph Campbell
You don't ask what a dance means. You enjoy it. You don't ask what the world means. You enjoy it. You don't ask what you mean. You enjoy it.
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— Joseph Campbell
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
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— Joseph Campbell
When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.
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— Joseph Campbell
One of the great disadvantages of a literary or scriptural tradition like the biblical one is that a deity or context of deities becomes crystallized, petrified at a certain time and place. The deity doesn't continue to grow, expand, or take into account new cultural forces and new realizations in the sciences, and the result is this make-believe conflict we have in our culture between science and religion.
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— Joseph Campbell
If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
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— Joseph Campbell
Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.
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— Joseph Campbell
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
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— Joseph Campbell
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
— Joseph Campbell
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
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— Joseph Campbell
If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.
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— Joseph Campbell
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell
Don't do anything that isn't play
— Joseph Campbell
The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.
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— Joseph Campbell
Their task [creative artists], therefore, is to communicate directly from one inward world to another, in such a way that an actual shock of experience will have been rendered: not a mere statement for the information or persuasion of a brain, but an effective communication across the void of space and time from one center of consciousness to another.
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— Joseph Campbell
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.
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— Joseph Campbell
Revolution doesn't have to do with smashing something, it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out.
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— Joseph Campbell
Life lives on life. This is the sense of the symbol of the Ouroboros, the serpent biting its tail. Everything that lives lives on the death of something else. Your own body will be food for something else. Anyone who denies this, anyone who holds back, is out of order. Death is an act of giving.
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— Joseph Campbell
God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, 'Ah!
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— Joseph Campbell
You know, when real trouble comes your humanity is awakened. The fundamental human experience is that of compassion.
— Joseph Campbell
Life, in both its knowing and its doing, has become today a "free fall," so to say, into the next minute, into the future. So that, whereas, formerly, those not wishing to hazard the adventure of an individual life could rest within the pale of a comfortably guaranteed social order, today all the walls have burst. It is not left to us to chooseto hazard the adventure of an unprecedented life: adventure is upon us, like a tidal wave.
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— Joseph Campbell
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.
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— Joseph Campbell
It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience.
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— Joseph Campbell
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.
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— Joseph Campbell
The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who's on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it's alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.
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— Joseph Campbell
Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.
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— Joseph Campbell
Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now...that source of eternal energy is here, in you, now.
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— Joseph Campbell
When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die. . . . (90)
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— Joseph Campbell
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Fear of the unknown is our greatest fear. Many of us would enter a tiger's lair before we would enter a dark cave. While caution is a useful instinct, we lose many opportunities and much of the adventure of life if we fail to support the curious explorer within us.
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— Joseph Campbell
As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep - as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny.
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— Joseph Campbell
The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.
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— Joseph Campbell
There's nothing you can do that's more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way, you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth.
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— Joseph Campbell
joseph campbell
Birth    : March 26, 1904
Death  : October 30, 1987
Occupation  : Writer