Joseph Campbell Quotes

Most popular Joseph Campbell Quotes

Myth is other people's religion.

mythology

Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.

stumble

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
— Joseph Campbell
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
— Joseph Campbell

risk-taking fear

Where you stumble and fall, there you discover the gold.
— Joseph Campbell

failure

We're here to learn to go with joy among the sorrows of the world.
— Joseph Campbell
Find a place where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

joy

Any god who can invent hell is no candidate for the Salvation Army.

God

As a white candle
In a holy place,
So is the beauty
Of an aged face.

old age

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

joy

Instead of clearing his own heart, the zealot tries to clear the world.
Follow your bliss and doors will open where you didn't know doors existed.
— Joseph Campbell
The hero symbolizes our ability to control the irrational savage within us.
— Joseph Campbell
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

heroism

Every religion is true one way or another.  It is true when understood metaphorically.

religion

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell

attitude

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
— Joseph Campbell
It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.

failure

Myths tell us how to confront and bear and interpret suffering, but they do not say that in life there can or should be no suffering.
— Joseph Campbell
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

One of the many distinctions between the celebrity and the hero. . . is that one lives only for himself while the other acts to redeem society.
— Joseph Campbell
Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid forms, where he must survive a succession of trials.

heroism

When you follow your bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors,and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
— Joseph Campbell
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
We are so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it's all about.
— Joseph Campbell
The hero is the champion not of things become, but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo: Hold fast the keeper of the past.
— Joseph Campbell
I have bought this wonderful machine—a computer. Now I am rather an authority on gods, so I identified the machine—it seems to me to be an Old Testament god with a lot of rules and no mercy.

computers

When people marry 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
Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.

life

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

spiritual experiences

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.
— Joseph Campbell

purpose of life