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By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Questing... is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The only way you can talk about this great tide in which you’re a participant is as Schopenhauer did: the universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

At such moments, you realize that you and the other are, in fact, one. It's a big realization. Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

When you see the earth from the moon, you don't see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really, for the new mythology to come. That is the country that we are going to be celebrating. And those are the people that we are one with.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The child's world is alert and alive, governed by rules of response and command, not by physical laws: a portentous continuum of consciousness, endowed with purpose and intent, either resistant or responsive to the child itself. This infantile notion of a world governed by moral rather than physical laws, kept under control by a superordinated parental personality instead of impersonal physical forces, and oriented to the weal and woe of man, is an illusion that dominates men's thoughts all over the world. The sense then, of this world as an undifferentiated continuum of simultaneously subjective and objective experience (Participation), which is all alive (Animism), and which was created by a superior being (Artificialism), may be said to constitute the frame of reference of all childhood experience no matter where in the world. No small wonder then, that the above Three Principles are precisely those most represented in the mythologies and religious systems of the whole world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Don't do anything that isn't play

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Dream is personalized myth, myth is depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamics of the psyche. But in the dream the forms are quirked by the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problem and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

We know that Jesus could not have ascended to heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe. Even ascending at the speed of light, Jesus would still be in the galaxy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

There is a condescension on the part of the infinite to the mind of man. That is what looks like God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

When we follow our bliss, we are met by a thousand unseen helping hands.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

In the field of consciousness research-and also in physics and astronomy-we are breaking past the cause-and-effect, mechanistic way of interpreting things. In the biological sciences, there is a vitalism coming in that goes much further toward positing a common universal consciousness of which our brain is simply an organ. Consciousness does not come from the brain. The brain is an organ of consciousness. It focuses consciousness and pulls it in and directs it through a time and space field. But the antecedent of that is the universal consciousness of which we are all just a part.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The dreamer and his dream are the same...the powers personified in a dream are these that move the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. The living images become only remote facts of a distant time or sky. Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that as science and history mythology is absurd. When a civilization begins to reinterpret its mythology in this way, the life goes out of it, temples become museums, and the link between the two perspectives is dissolved. Such a blight has certainly descended on the Bible and on a great part of the Christian cult. To bring the images back to life, one has to seek, not interesting applications to modern affairs, but illuminating hints from the inspired past. When these are found, vast areas of half-dead iconography disclose again their permanently human meaning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. The objective world remains what it was, but, because of a shift of emphasis within the subject, is beheld as though transformed. Where formerly life and death contended, now enduring being is made manifest-as indifferent to the accidents of time as water boiling in a pot is to the destiny of a bubble, or as the cosmos to the appearance and disappearance of a galaxy of stars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss. The heroic life is living the individual adventure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Read myths. They teach you that you can turn inward, and you begin to get the message of the symbols. Read other people's myths, not those of your own religion, because you tend to interpret your own religion in terms of facts -- but if you read the other ones, you begin to get the message.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

We keep thinking of deity as a kind of fact, somewhere; God as a fact. God is simply our own notion of something that is symbolic of transcendence and mystery. The mystery is what’s important.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

All men are capable of reason. That is the fundamental principle of democracy Because everybody's mind is capable of true knowledge, you don't have to have a special authority, or a special revelation telling you that this is the way things should be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul's destination.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The look that one directs at things, both outward and inward, as an artist, is not the same as that with which one would regard the same as a man, but at once colder and more passionate. As a man, you might be well-disposed, patient, loving, positive, and have a wholly uncritical inclination to look upon everything as all right, but as an artist your daemon constrains you to "observe", to take note, lightning fast and with hurtful malice, of every detail that in the literary sense would be characteristic, distinctive, significant, opening insights, typifying the race, the social or the psychological mode, recording all as mercilessly as though you had no human relationship to the observed object whatever.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

But if we are to grasp the full value of the materials, we must note that myths are not exactly comparable to dream. Their figures originate from the same sources -- the unconscious wells of fantasy-- and their grammar is the same, but they are not the spontaneous products of sleep. On the contrary their patterns are consciously controlled. And their understood function is to serve as powerful picture language for the communication of traditional wisdom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

And if there was no Fall, what then of the need for Redemption? What god was offended and by whom? Some especially touchy cave bear whose skull had been improperly enshrined?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.