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By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

I should have said, 'Follow your blisters.'

By Anonym 17 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.

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 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

What is unknown is the fulfillment of your own unique life, the likes of which has never existed on earth. And you are the only one who can do it. People can give you clues how to fall and when to stand, and when you are falling and when you are standing, this only you can know. And in the way of your own talents is the only way to do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Joseph Campbell

It is only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The conquest of the fear of death is the recovery of life's joy. One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure - fearlessness and achievement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

How teach again, however, what has been taught correctly and incorrectly learned a thousand thousand times, throughout the millenniums of mankind's prudent folly? That is the hero's ultimate difficult task.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

All of the great mythologies and much of the mythic story-telling of the world are from the male point of view. When I was writing The Hero with a Thousand Faces and wanted to bring female heroes in, I had to go to the fairy tales. These were told by women to children, you know, and you get a different perspective. It was the men who got involved in spinning most of the great myths. The women were too busy; they had too damn much to do to sit around thinking about stories. [...] In the Odyssey, you'll see three journeys. One is that of Telemachus, the son, going in quest of his father. The second is that of the father, Odysseus, becoming reconciled and related to the female principle in the sense of male-female relationship, rather than the male mastery of the female that was at the center of the Iliad. And the third is of Penelope herself, whose journey is [...] endurance. Out in Nantucket, you see all those cottages with the widow's walk up on the roof: when my husband comes back from the sea. Two journeys through space and one through time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Mythology is the womb of mankind's initiation to life and death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The sin of inadvertence, not being alert, not quite awake, is the sin of missing the moment of life-live with unremitting alertness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The unconscious sends all sorts of vapors, odd beings, terrors, and deluding images up into the mind - whether in dream, broad daylight, or insanity: for the human kingdom, beneath the floor of the comparatively neat little dwelling that we call our consciousness, goes down into unsuspected Aladdin caves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The Garden is a metaphor for the following: our minds, and our thinking in terms of pairs of opposites--man and woman, good and evil--are as holy as that of a god. (50)

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 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

You know, I didn't write my books for critics and scholars. I wrote them for students and artists. When I hear how much my work has meant to them--well, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. That means that this great stuff of myth, which I have been so privileged to work with, will be kept alive for a whole new generation. That's the function of the artists, you know, to reinterpret the old stories and make them come alive again, in poetry, painting, and now in movies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Within the field of a secular society, which is a sort of neutral frame that allows individuals to develop their own lives, so long as they don't annoy their neighbors too much, each of us has an individual myth that's driving us, which we may or may not know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair has to do with immediate personal satisfaction. Marriage is an ordeal; it means yielding, time and again. That's why it's a sacrament; You give up your personal simplicity to participate in a relationship. And when you're giving, you're not giving to the other person; you're giving to the relationship.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.

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 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The entire heavenly realm is within us, but to find it we have to relate to what's outside.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

For when the heart insists on its destiny, resisting the general blandishment, then the agony is great; so too the danger. Forces, however, will have been set in motion beyond the reckoning of the senses. Sequences of events from the corners of the world will draw gradually together, and miracles of coincidence bring the inevitable to pass.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

How do you find the divine power in yourself? The word enthusiasm means 'filled with a god,' so what makes you enthusiastic? Follow it. So I have a little word: follow your bliss. The bliss is the message of God to yourself. That's where your life is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Sometimes the serpent is represented as a circle eating its own tail. That’s an image of life. Life sheds one generation after another, to be born again. The serpent represents immortal energy and consciousness engaged in the field of time, constantly throwing off death and being born again. There is something tremendously terrifying about life when you look at it that way. And so the serpent carries in itself the sense of both the fascination and the terror of life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Religon is misunderstood mythology

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

You have been thinking one way. Now you have to think a different way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. 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. ...Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms...

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Campbell

There are now no more horizons. And with the dissolution of horizons we have experienced and are experiencing collisions, terrific collisions, not only of peoples but also of their mythologies. It is as when dividing panels are withdrawn from between chambers of very hot and very cold airs: there is a rush of these forces together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Clearly, mythology is no toy for children. Nor is it a matter of archaic, merely scholarly concern, of no moment to modern men of action. For its symbols (whether in the tangible form of images or in the abstract form of ideas) touch and release the deepest centers of motivation, moving literate and illiterate alike, moving mobs, moving civilizations.

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 follow your bliss you will find a path laid out before you that has been waiting for you all along and you will begin to live the life you ought to be living.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

If you want to know what a given society believes in, look at what its largest buildings are devoted to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

The best things cannot be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood because they are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which cannot be thought about. The third best are what we talk about.

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 13 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Freud tells us to blame our parents for all the shortcomings of our life, Marx tells us to blame the upper class of our society. But the only one to blame is oneself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Campbell

Modern romance, like Greek tragedy, celebrates the mystery of dismemberment, which is life in time. The happy ending is justly scorned as a misrepresentation; for the world, as we know it, as we have seen it, yields but one ending: death, disintegration, dismemberment, and the crucifixion of our heart with the passing of the forms that we have loved.