Joseph Campbell Quotes

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  • Mythologies, in other words, mythologies and religions are great poems and, when recognized as such, point infallibly through things and events to the ubiquity of a

    Joseph Campbell (1972). “Myths to live by”, Viking Pr
  • You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.

  • Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.206, Anchor
  • The real important function of the church is to present the symbol, to perform the rite, to let you behold this divine message in such a way that you are capable of experiencing it. What the relationship of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost to each other might be, in technical terms, is not half important as you, the celebrant, feeling the Virgin Birth within you, the birth of the mystic, mythic being that is your own spiritual life.

  • You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breadth, and depth.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.70, Anchor
  • The usual hero adventure begins with someone from whom something has been taken, or who feels there is something lacking in the normal experience available or permitted to the members of society. The person then takes off on a series of adventures beyond the ordinary, either to recover what has been lost or to discover some life-giving elixir. It's usually a cycle, a coming and a returning.

  • Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves.

  • It [music] has an awakening function. Life is a rhythm. Art is an organization of rhythms. Music is a fundamental art that touches our will system. In Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Idea he speaks of music as the sound that awakens the will. The rhythm of the music awakens certain life rhythms, ways of living and experiencing life. So it's an awakener of life.

  • 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.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill D. Moyers (1988). “The Power of Myth”, Harmony
  • I should have said, 'Follow your blisters.'

  • Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion.

    Joseph Campbell (1968). “The Masks of God: Creative Mythology”
  • There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. Those who know they are not facts are what we call "atheists," and those who think they are facts are "religious." Which group really gets the message?

    Joseph Campbell (2010). “Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor”, p.75,
  • I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

  • 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)

  • How does the ordinary person come to the transcendent? For a start, I would say, study poetry. Learn how to read a poem. You need not have the experience to get the message, or at least some indication of the message. It may come gradually. (92)

    Joseph Campbell (2001). “Thou Art that: Transforming Religious Metaphor”, p.92, New World Library
  • If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.

  • Both the artist and the lover know that perfection is not loveable. It is the clumsiness of a fault that makes a person lovable.

  • Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.138, Anchor
  • The mighty hero of extraordinary powers, able to lift Mount Govardhan on a finger, and to fill himself with the terrible glory of the universe, is each of us: not the physical self visible in the mirror, but the King within.

    Joseph Campbell (2008). “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, p.315, New World Library
  • What is the cause, though, of the growth of an acorn? The oak that is to come! What is to happen in the future is then the cause of what is occurring now; and, at the same time, what occurred in the past is also the cause of what is happening now. In addition, a great number of things round about, on every side, are causing what is happening now. Everything, all the time, is causing everything else

    Joseph Campbell (2011). “Myths to Live By”, p.83, Joseph Campbell Foundation
  • The person who thinks he has found the ultimate truth is wrong.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.65, Anchor
  • I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing.

  • You have to have a feeling for where you are. You've got only one life to live and you don't have to live it for six people. Pay attention to it.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill D. Moyers (1988). “The Power of Myth”, Harmony
  • Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.

  • The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.

    Joseph Campbell (1969). “The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension”, HarperCollins Publishers
  • We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.5, Anchor
  • The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.

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

  • Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny.

  • Myths are so intimately bound to culture, time, and place that unless the symbols, the metaphors, are kept alive by constant recreation through the arts, the life just slips away from them.

    Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (2011). “The Power of Myth”, p.72, Anchor
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