Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell (born in New York City, 1904-03-26; died in Honolulu, 1987-10-30) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of (comparative) mythology and comparative religion.
Found 35 thoughts of 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

Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.

Joseph Campbell

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

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

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Joseph Campbell

The world is full of people that have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.

Joseph Campbell

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Joseph Campbell

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.

Joseph Campbell

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

Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

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

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

Joseph Campbell

When we talk about settling the world's problems, we're barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

Joseph Campbell

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Joseph Campbell

Love is a friendship set to music.

Joseph Campbell

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

At such moments, you realize that you and the other are, in fact, one. It's a big realization. Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one.

Joseph Campbell

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

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

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

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Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.

Joseph Campbell

The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life: "yea" to it all.

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