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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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People forget facts, but they remember stories. Joseph Campbell
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The Fates guide those who will and drag those who won't! Joseph Campbell
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Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream. 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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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. Joseph Campbell
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And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of The Hero's Journey. Joseph Campbell
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The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Joseph Campbell
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What gods are there, what gods have there ever been, that were not from man's imagination? Joseph Campbell
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All babies are Buddha babies. Joseph Campbell
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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
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Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon, but to our ignorance and complacency coming to an end. Joseph Campbell
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Change the focus of the eye. When you have done that, then the end of the world as you formerly knew it will have occurred, and you will experience the radiance of the divine presence everywhere, here and now. Joseph Campbell
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If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to. Joseph Campbell
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Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths. By finding your own dream and following it through, it will lead you to the myth-world in which you live. But just as in dream, the subject and object, though they seem to be separate, are really the same. Joseph Campbell
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What is the cause, though, of the growth of an acorn? The oak that is to come! What is to happen in the future is then the cause of what is occurring now; and, at the same time, what occurred in the past is also the cause of what is happening now. In addition, a great number of things round about, on every side, are causing what is happening now. Everything, all the time, is causing everything else Joseph Campbell
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Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. Joseph Campbell
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All societies are evil, sorrowful, inequitable; and so they will always be. So if you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live in it. And that no one can do who has not himself learned how to live in it in the joyful sorrow and sorrowful joy of the knowledge of life as it is. Joseph Campbell
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The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive Joseph Campbell
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?"Make your god transparent to the transcendent, and it doesn't matter what his name is." Joseph Campbell
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And that Aha! that you get when you see an artwork that really hits you is, 'I am that.' I am the very radiance of energy that is talking to me through this painting. Joseph Campbell
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Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That's why it's good to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower. Joseph Campbell
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The departure from the world is regarded not as a fault, but as the first step into that noble path at the remotest turn of which illumination is to be won. Joseph Campbell
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A one sentence definition of mythology? Mythology is what we call someone else's religion. Joseph Campbell
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Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's. Each of us has to find his own way. Joseph Campbell
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The familiar life horizon has been outgrown: the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand. Joseph Campbell
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When you go through life ... it all seems accidental at the time it is happening. Then when you get on in your 60s or 70s and look back, your life looks like a well-planned novel with a coherent theme ... Incidents that seemed accidental, pure chance, turn out to be major elements in the structuring of this novel. Schopenhauer says, 'Who wrote this novel? You did.' 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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The ego is as you think of yourself. You in relation to all the commitments of your life, as you understand them. The self is the whole range of possibilities that you've never even thought of. And you're stuck with you're past when you're stuck with the ego. Because if all you know about yourself is what you found out about yourself, well, that already happened. The self is a whole field of potentialities to come through. Joseph Campbell
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People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life... I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell
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The demon that you can swallow gives you it's power, and the greater life's pain, the greater life's reply. Joseph Campbell
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You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you do' know what was in the newspapers that morning, you do' know who your friends are, you do' know what you owe anybody, you do' know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. Joseph Campbell
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There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall. Joseph Campbell
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Writer's block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows. Joseph Campbell
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It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell
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When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. Joseph Campbell
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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. Joseph Campbell
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Love is a friendship set to music. Joseph Campbell
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Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy. Joseph Campbell
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Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. Joseph Campbell
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Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
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If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's. Joseph Campbell
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Eternity is not a long time; rather, it is another dimension. It is that dimension to which time-thinking shuts us. And so there never was a creation. Rather, there is a continuous creating going on. This energy is pouring into every cell of our being right now, every board and brick of the buildings we sit in, every grain of sand and wisp of wind. Joseph Campbell
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You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules Joseph Campbell
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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
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At the darkest moment comes the light. Joseph Campbell
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Preachers err by trying to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery. Joseph Campbell
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First you must find your trajectory, and then comes the social coordination. Joseph Campbell
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When we follow our bliss, we are met by a thousand unseen helping hands. Joseph Campbell
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Myths are the world's dreams. They are archetypal dreams and deal with great human problems. Myths and dreams come from the same place. They come from realizations of some kind that then have to find expression in symbolic form. Joseph Campbell
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Economics and politics are the governing powers of life today, and that's why everything is so screwy. Joseph Campbell
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Seek to know the power that is within you. Joseph Campbell
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It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you... Follow your bliss. Joseph Campbell
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If you follow your bliss you will find a path laid out before you that has been waiting for you all along and you will begin to live the life you ought to be living. Joseph Campbell
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Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life. Joseph Campbell
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[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. 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.... Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachments to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible. Joseph Campbell
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If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor. Joseph Campbell
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The influence of a vital being vitalizes. Joseph Campbell
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Christianity isn't moving people's lives today. What's moving people's lives is the stock market and the baseball scores. What are people excited about? It's a totally materialistic level that has taken over the world. There isn't even an ideal that anybody's fighting for. Joseph Campbell
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Could God exist if nobody else did? No. That's why gods are very avid for worshipers. If there is nobody to worship them, there are no gods. There are as many gods as there are people thinking about God. In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours. The god you worship is the god you deserve. Joseph Campbell
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God is within you! You yourself are the creator. If you find that place within you from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life. Joseph Campbell
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Now all the myths that you have heard and that resonate with you, those are the elements from round about that you are building into a form in your life. The thing worth considering is how they relate to each other in your context, not how they relate to something out there-how they were relevant on the North American prairies or in the Asian jungles hundreds of years agon, but how they are relevant now-unless by contemplating their former meaning you can begin to amplify your own understanding of the role they play in your life. Joseph Campbell
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If you see your path laid out in front of you - Step one, Step two, Step three - you only know one thing . . . it is not your path. Your path is created in the moment of action. If you can see it laid out in front of you, you can be sure it is someone else's path. That is why you see it so clearly. Joseph Campbell
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I have found that you have only to take that one step toward the gods, and they will then take ten steps toward you. That step, the heroic first step of the journey, is out of, or over the edge of, your boundaries, and it often must be taken before you know that you will. Joseph Campbell
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Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that's what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. Joseph Campbell
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It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth. Joseph Campbell
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......the interesting thing was that the Roman Catholic monks and the Buddhist monks had no trouble understanding each other. Each of them was seeking the same experience and knew that the experience was incommunicable. The communication is only an effort to bring the hearer to the edge of the abyss; it is a signpost, not the thing itself. But the secular clergy reads the communication and gets stuck with the letter, and that's where you have the conflict. Joseph Campbell
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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
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