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  • For if anything is capable of making a poet of a literary man, it is my hometown love of the human, the living and ordinary.
    (Joseph Campbell, "The Power of Myth")

  • I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child.
    (Joseph Campbell, "The Power of Myth")

  • 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, "The Power of Myth")

  • Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
    (Joseph Campbell, "The Power of Myth")

  • Love is a friendship set to music.
    (Joseph Campbell)


  • Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • Whenever 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 place. Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that as science and history, mythology is absurd.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • We are kept out of the Garden by our own fear and desire in relation to what we think to be the goods of our life.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • I had my heart set on three things One, the choral office two, the habit and community life. We spend a lot of time together. We work together, eat together, pray together,
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • When you see the Earth from space, you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come this is the country we will celebrate, and these are the people we are one with.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • When people get married 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)

  • When you follow your bliss ... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors and where there wouldn't be adoor for anyone else.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
    (Joseph Campbell)

  • Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.
    (Joseph Campbell)


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