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Joseph Campbell
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The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light. Joseph Campbell
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Art is the clothing of a revelation Joseph Campbell
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We have today to learn to get back into accord with the wisdom of nature and realize again our brotherhood with the animals and with the water and the sea. To say that divinity informs the world and all things is condemned as pantheism. But pantheism is a misleading word. It suggests that a personal god is supposed to inhabit the world, but that is not the idea at all. The idea is trans-theological. It is of an indefinable, inconceivable mystery, thought of as a power, that is the source and end and supporting ground of all life and being. Joseph Campbell
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Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and door will open where you didn't know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell
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It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported. Joseph Campbell
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Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is power, the state role. Joseph Campbell
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And if there was no Fall, what then of the need for Redemption? What god was offended and by whom? Some especially touchy cave bear whose skull had been improperly enshrined? Joseph Campbell
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If you are to advance, all fixed ideas must go. Joseph Campbell
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Anything you do has a still point. When you are in that still point, you can perform maximally. Joseph Campbell
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If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. Joseph Campbell
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One looks, looks long, and the world comes in. Joseph Campbell
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It's a shame to waste [the uniqueness that is you], by doing what someone else has done. Joseph Campbell
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I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing. Joseph Campbell
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The function of the artist is the mythologization of the culture and the world. In the visual arts there were two men whose work handled mythological themes in a marvelous way: Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. Joseph Campbell
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[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
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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
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The psychological dangers through which earlier generations were guided by the symbols and spiritual exercises of their mythological and religious inheritance, we today (in so far as we are unbelievers, or, if believers, in so far as our inherited beliefs fail to represent the real problems of contemporary life) must face alone, or, at best with only tentative, impromptu, and not often very effective guidance. This is our problem as modern, "enlightened" individuals, for whom all gods and devils have been rationalized out of existence. Joseph Campbell
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Whatever the hell happens, say, 'This is what I need.' Joseph Campbell
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Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object. Joseph Campbell
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The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves Joseph Campbell
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When you follow your bliss, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. Joseph Campbell
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Poets and artists who speak of the mystery are rare. Joseph Campbell
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Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it. Joseph Campbell
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I think a person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. There's a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there's no such thing as work, and there's no such thing as getting tired. That's been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they've all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen. Joseph Campbell
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I always tell my students follow your bliss. When you have that feeling then stay with it and don't let anyone throw you off. Joseph Campbell
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The idea of Buddha consciousness is that all beings are Buddha beings, and your whole function in meditation and everything else is to find that Buddha consciousness within and live out of that, instead of the interests of the eyes and ears. Joseph Campbell
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Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit . . . each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest. Joseph Campbell
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We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes. Joseph Campbell
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The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag. Joseph Campbell
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The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell
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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
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God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that. Joseph Campbell
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If you follow your bliss...the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Joseph Campbell
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All men are capable of reason. That is the fundamental principle of democracy Because everybody's mind is capable of true knowledge, you don't have to have a special authority, or a special revelation telling you that this is the way things should be. Joseph Campbell
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Every religion, every mythology is true in this sense: It is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery. Joseph Campbell
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The wonder is that the characteristic efficacy to touch and inspire deep creative centers dwells in the smallest nursery fairy tale-as the flavor of the ocean is contained in a droplet or the whole mystery of life within the egg of a flea. For the symbols of mythology are not manufactured; they cannot be ordered, invented, or permanently suppressed. They are spontaneous productions of the psyche, and each bears within it, undamaged, the germ power of its source. Joseph Campbell
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All the old bindings are broken. Cosmological centers now are anywhere and everywhere. The earth is a heavenly body, most beautiful of all, and all poetry is now archaic that fails to match the wonder of this view. Joseph Campbell
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Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes. Joseph Campbell
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The function of ritual... is to give form to the human life, not in the way of a mere surface arrangement, but in depth. Joseph Campbell
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Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late. Joseph Campbell
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It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience. Joseph Campbell
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Mythology is composed by poets out of their insights and realizations. Mythologies are not invented; they are found. You can no more tell us what your dream is going to be tonight than we can invent a myth. Myths come from the mystical region of essential experience. Joseph Campbell
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Life is but a mask worn on the face of death. And is death, then, but another mask? 'How many can say,' asks the Aztec poet, 'that there is, or is not, a truth beyond?' Joseph Campbell
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Do what gives you bliss. Joseph Campbell
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What's made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth. Joseph Campbell
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You know, I didn't write my books for critics and scholars. I wrote them for students and artists. When I hear how much my work has meant to them-well, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. That means that this great stuff of myth, which I have been so privileged to work with, will be kept alive for a whole new generation. That's the function of the artists, you know, to reinterpret the old stories and make them come alive again, in poetry, painting, and now in movies. Joseph Campbell
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The Greeks, it will be recalled, regarded Eros, the god of love, as the eldest of the gods; but also as the youngest, born fresh and dewy-eyed in every living heart. Joseph Campbell
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If you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live in it. Joseph Campbell
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If you have the guts to follow the risk...if one follows what I call one's "bliss" - the thing that really gets you deep in the gut and that you feel is your life - doors will open up...if you follow your bliss, you'll have your bliss, whether you have money or not. Joseph Campbell
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The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That's where you are. You"ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, "The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet. Joseph Campbell
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Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, "Ah," you are participating in divinity. Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension. Joseph Campbell
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If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the New York Times. Joseph Campbell
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Everything starts with a story. Joseph Campbell
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The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. The objective world remains what it was, but, because of a shift of emphasis within the subject, is beheld as though transformed. Where formerly life and death contended, now enduring being is made manifest-as indifferent to the accidents of time as water boiling in a pot is to the destiny of a bubble, or as the cosmos to the appearance and disappearance of a galaxy of stars. Joseph Campbell
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I think of mythology as a function of biology; the energies of the body are the energies that move the imagination. These energies are the source, then, of mythological imagery; in a mythological organization of symbols, the conflicts between the different organic impulses within the body are resolved and harmonized. You might say mythology is a formula for the harmonization of the energies of life. Joseph Campbell
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The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure-fearlessness and achievement. Joseph Campbell
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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
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Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience. Joseph Campbell
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I do' 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
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Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is ... The world is a match for us, and we"re a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power in ourselves. Joseph Campbell
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The place to find is within yourself. Joseph Campbell
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He who thinks he knows, doesn't know. He who knows that he doesn't know, knows. Joseph Campbell
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A bit of advice Given to a young Native American At 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
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How do you find the divine power in yourself? The word enthusiasm means 'filled with a god,' so what makes you enthusiastic? Follow it. So I have a little word: follow your bliss. The bliss is the message of God to yourself. That's where your life is. Joseph Campbell
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What you have to do, you do with play. The universe is God's play. Joseph Campbell
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There are now no more horizons. And with the dissolution of horizons we have experienced and are experiencing collisions, terrific collisions, not only of peoples but also of their mythologies. It is as when dividing panels are withdrawn from between chambers of very hot and very cold airs: there is a rush of these forces together. Joseph Campbell
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Poetry comes out of an elite experience, the experience of people whose ears are opened to the song of the universe. Joseph Campbell
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The seizure of passionate love can be, in such a context, only illicit, breaking in upon the order of one's dutiful life in virtue as a devastating storm. Joseph Campbell
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The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say is the answer to the atom bomb. Joseph Campbell
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No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. Joseph Campbell
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