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Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths."

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it."

Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before."

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



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself."

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The hero, the waker of his own soul, is himself but the convenient means of his own dissolution."

The hero, the waker of his own soul, is himself but the convenient means of his own dissolution.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Humor is the touchstone of the truly mythological as distinct from the more literal-minded and sentimental theological mood."

Humor is the touchstone of the truly mythological as distinct from the more literal-minded and sentimental theological mood.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The images of Myth are reflections of Spiritual and Depth potentialities of every one of us. Through contemplating those we evoke those powers in our own lives to operate through ourselves."

The images of Myth are reflections of Spiritual and Depth potentialities of every one of us. Through contemplating those we evoke those powers in our own lives to operate through ourselves.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history or science, it is killed."

Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history or science, it is killed.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "I don't have to have faith, I have experience."

I don't have to have faith, I have experience.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Love is a friendship set to music."

Love is a friendship set to music.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "You become mature when you become the authority of your own life."

You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging."

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "When you are on your path, and it is truly your path, doors will open for you where there were no doors for someone else."

When you are on your path, and it is truly your path, doors will open for you where there were no doors for someone else.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "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."

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.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "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."

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.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state, "

For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state,



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "You can get a lot of work done if you stay with it and are excited and its play instead of work."

You can get a lot of work done if you stay with it and are excited and its play instead of work.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply."

The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's."

If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another."

Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "A mythological image that has to be explained to the brain is not working."

A mythological image that has to be explained to the brain is not working.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."

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



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight."

The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."

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



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Heresy is the life of a mythology and orthodoxy is the death."

Heresy is the life of a mythology and orthodoxy is the death.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship."

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



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "You have to learn to recognize your own depths."

You have to learn to recognize your own depths.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it."

Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "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."

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.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "One great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything. Everything is of the moment."

One great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything. Everything is of the moment.




Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Only birth can conquer death—the birth, not of the old thing again, but of something new ."

Only birth can conquer death—the birth, not of the old thing again, but of something new .



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "The first function of mythology is showing everything as a metaphor to transcendence."

The first function of mythology is showing everything as a metaphor to transcendence.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer."

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower."

Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "A bit of adviceGiven to a young Native AmericanAt the time of his initiation:As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump.It is not as wide as you think."

A bit of adviceGiven to a young Native AmericanAt the time of his initiation:As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump.It is not as wide as you think.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "When you don't have a job (requiring reading) and you are doing your own reading you've got deep psychological questions. As deep as those of a little boy."

When you don't have a job (requiring reading) and you are doing your own reading you've got deep psychological questions. As deep as those of a little boy.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline."

Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "[T]he experience of mystery comes not from expecting it but through yielding all your programs, because your programs are based on fear and desire. Drop them and the radiance comes. (16)"

[T]he experience of mystery comes not from expecting it but through yielding all your programs, because your programs are based on fear and desire. Drop them and the radiance comes. (16)



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "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)"

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)



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology. (8)"

Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology. (8)



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "When you have lived your individual life in your own adventurous way and then look back upon its course, you will find that you have lived a model human life, after all."

When you have lived your individual life in your own adventurous way and then look back upon its course, you will find that you have lived a model human life, after all.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship."

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that."

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



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "If you want to understand what's most important to a society, don't examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings."

If you want to understand what's most important to a society, don't examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings.



Joseph Campbell Quotes: "All of life is a meditation, most of it unintentional."

All of life is a meditation, most of it unintentional.