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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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If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else. 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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If there were already a path, it would have to be someone else's; the whole point is to find your own way. Joseph Campbell
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It is within you that the divine lives. Joseph Campbell
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Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. Joseph Campbell
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Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life. Joseph Campbell
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There are something like 18 billion cells in the brain alone. There are no two brains alike; there are no two hands alike; there are no two human beings alike. You can take your instructions and your guidance from others, but you must find your own path. Joseph Campbell
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Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder and find that it was against the wrong wall. Joseph Campbell
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You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't 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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The goal is to live with God like composure on the full rush of energy, like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being torn to pieces. Joseph Campbell
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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. Joseph Campbell
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If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping. Joseph Campbell
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Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required. Joseph Campbell
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For if anything is capable of making a poet of a literary man, it is my hometown love of the human, the living and ordinary. Joseph Campbell
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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. Joseph Campbell
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In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours. Joseph Campbell
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It's only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world. Joseph Campbell
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You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. Joseph Campbell
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The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell
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Any god who can invent hell is no candidate for the Salvation Army Joseph Campbell
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The function of the society is to cultivate the individual. It is not the function of the individual to support society. Joseph Campbell
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The usual marriage in traditional cultures was arranged for by the families. It wasn't a person-to-person decision at all. . . . In the Middle Ages, that was the kind of marriage that was sanctified by the Church. And so the troubadour idea of real person-to-person Amor was very dangerous. . . . It is in direct contradiction to the way of the Church. The word AMOR spelt backwards is ROMA, the Roman Catholic Church, which was justifying marriages that were simply political and social in their character. And so came this movement validating individual choice, what I call following your bliss. Joseph Campbell
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The conquest of the fear of death is the recovery of life's joy. One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. 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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The best advise is to take it all as if it had been your intention. Joseph Campbell
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Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive. Joseph Campbell
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Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul's destination. Joseph Campbell
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A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life. Joseph Campbell
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Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. The earth must be broken to bring forth life. If the seed does not die there is no plant. Bread results from the death of wheat. Life lives on lives. Our own life lives on the acts of other people. If you are lifeworthy, you can take it. Joseph Campbell
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The essence of oneself and the essence of the world: these two are one. [ The aim is not to see, but to realize that one is, that essence; then one is free to wander as that essence in the world.] Hence separateness, withdrawal, is no longer necessary. Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence-for he has the perfected eye to see. Joseph Campbell
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I don't have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
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Regrets are illuminations come too late. Joseph Campbell
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All life stinks and you must embrace that with compassion. Joseph Campbell
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You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential. Joseph Campbell
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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? Joseph Campbell
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It [music] has an awakening function. Life is a rhythm. Art is an organization of rhythms. Music is a fundamental art that touches our will system. In Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Idea he speaks of music as the sound that awakens the will. The rhythm of the music awakens certain life rhythms, ways of living and experiencing life. So it's an awakener of life. Joseph Campbell
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Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that's what is threatening the world at this minute. ... Joseph Campbell
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We're in a freefall into future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It's a very interesting shift of perspective and that's all it is... joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes. Joseph Campbell
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Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny. Joseph Campbell
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The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. Joseph Campbell
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Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. 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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Every story you tell is your own story. Joseph Campbell
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What is unknown is the fulfillment of your own unique life, the likes of which has never existed on earth. And you are the only one who can do it. People can give you clues how to fall and when to stand, and when you are falling and when you are standing, this only you can know. And in the way of your own talents is the only way to do it. Joseph Campbell
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People who don't have a concept of the whole can do very unfortunate things. Joseph Campbell
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When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, 'Ah,' you are participating in divinity. Joseph Campbell
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Myths are stories for our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance. We all need to tell our story and to understand our story. We all need to understand death and to cope with death, and we all need help in our passages from birth to live and then to death. We need for life to signify, to touch the eternal, to understand the mysterious, to find out who we are. Joseph Campbell
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This thing up here, this consciousness, thinks it's running the shop. It's a secondary organ. It's a secondary organ of a total human being, and it must not put itself in control. It must submit and serve the humanity of the body. Joseph Campbell
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Have you ever looked inside one of those things [computers]? It's a whole hierarchy of angels - all on slats. And those little tubes - those are miracles. Joseph Campbell
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You don't have to believe that there was a King Arthur to get the significance of those stories, but Christians say we have to believe there was a Christ, or the miracles don't make sense. Joseph Campbell
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There is a God inside my PC. An Old-Testament God with lots of arbitrary rules and utterly no mercy. Joseph Campbell
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The perfect human being is uninteresting. Joseph Campbell
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The privilege of a lifetime is beingwho you are.The goal of the hero tripdown to the jewel pointis to find those levels in the psychethat open, open, openand finally open to the mystery of your Selfbeing Buddha consciousnessor the Christ.That's the journey. Joseph Campbell
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Suddenly you're ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you're alive and its spectacular. Joseph Campbell
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The call to adventure is the point in a person's life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not. Joseph Campbell
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Dragons, you know, we have a good deal of biology and zoology about the dragon; we know their habits. The dragon tends to guard things, and he usually has these guarded in a cave... Now dragons don't know what to do either with beautiful girls or gold, but they just hang on. There are people like this. We call them creeps. Joseph Campbell
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The process of nature cannot be evil. Joseph Campbell
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The importance of the End of time is as ... a psychological event ... When you have seen the radiance of eternity through all the forms of time ... and it is the function of art to make that visible to you ... then you have really have ended life in the world as it is lived by those who only think only in the historical, concretizing terms. This is the function of mythology. Joseph Campbell
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This death to the logic of emotional commitments of our chance moment in the world of space and time, this recognition of, the shift of our emphasis to, the universal life that throbs and celebrates its victory in the very kiss of our own annihilation, this amor fati, 'love of fate,' love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the experience of the tragic art... Joseph Campbell
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It is not society which is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. Joseph Campbell
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I do' think people are really seeking the meaning of Life. I think we"re seeking an experience of being alive...we want to feel the rapture of being alive Joseph Campbell
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As a white candle In a holy place, So is the beauty Of an aged face. Joseph Campbell
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An old Apache storyteller reminds us: "The plants, rocks, fire, water, all are alive. They watch us and see our needs. They seek when we have nothing to protect us, and it is then that they reveal themselves and speak to us." Joseph Campbell
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Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world. Joseph Campbell
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For we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heros of all time have gone before us... 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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Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves. Joseph Campbell
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One of the great disadvantages of a literary or scriptural tradition like the biblical one is that a deity or context of deities becomes crystallized, petrified at a certain time and place. The deity doesn't continue to grow, expand, or take into account new cultural forces and new realizations in the sciences, and the result is this make-believe conflict we have in our culture between science and religion. Joseph Campbell
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