Joseph Campbell Quotes
Most popular Joseph Campbell Quotes
Myth is other people's religion.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Where you stumble and fall, there you discover the gold.
We're here to learn to go with joy among the sorrows of the world.
Any god who can invent hell is no candidate for the Salvation Army.
Find a place where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
As a white candle In a holy place, So is the beauty Of an aged face.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in 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.
The hero symbolizes our ability to control the irrational savage within us.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
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.
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.
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.
Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid forms, where he must survive a succession of trials.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.