Joseph Campbell Quotes (90 Quotes)




    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.

    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.



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

    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.

    God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.

    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.

    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,

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

    I have no doubt that I stand here at the very center of creation. Every fir tree, each of its needles, the movement of wind, all that I perceive and even more that I don't, all resonate with a vital hum. It is the hum of the universe, what the Chinese call the ten thousand things, all of them speaking out, saying precisely nothing. Each is its own center, the exact place where the world begins. The center is where you are standing, ... and the other center is where I am standing.

    One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.

    It was a combination of a high rate of speed and an inexperienced driver. It's an unbelievable tragedy.

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

    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.

    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.

    Original Experience has not been interpreted for you, and so youve got to work out life for yourself. Either you can take it or you cant. You dont have to go far off the interpreted path to find yourself in very difficult situations. 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 heros deed.

    If You Are On Your Own Path Things Are Going To Come To You. Since It Is Your Own Path No One Has Ever Been On It Before, theres No Precedent, So Everything That Happens Is A Surprise Is Timely.

    Given that we are still in early 2006, the 2007 guidance is likely to be conservative with higher-than-2006 airplane deliveries, better margins at both Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Integrated Defense Systems, strong cash flow, but low single-digit top line growth for its defense business.

    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

    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.


    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?

    The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn't, you've got an adventure in the dark forest ahead of you.


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