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Our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on. Joseph Campbell
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We save the world by being alive ourselves. Joseph Campbell
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The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience. Joseph Campbell
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The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination. Joseph Campbell
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The ground of being is the ground of our being, and when we simply turn outward, we see all of these little problems here and there. But, if we look inward, we see that we are the source of them all. Joseph Campbell
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Don't do anything that isn't play Joseph Campbell
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Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end... The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved, the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth-that is the world as we know it that must pass away. What is the kingdom? It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us. Joseph Campbell
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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
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Heresy is the life of a mythology, and orthodoxy is the death. Joseph Campbell
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He said myths and mythology wasn't to give meaning to life but to give us an experience of life, an experience of vitality in being alive. Joseph Campbell
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I didn't feel poor, I just felt that I didn't have any money. Joseph Campbell
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One of our problems today is that we are not well acquainted with the literature of the spirit. We're interested in the news of the day and the problems of the hour. Joseph Campbell
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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
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People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell
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In one of the Upanishads it says, when the glow of a sunset holds you and you say 'Aha,' that is the recognition of the divinity. And when you say 'Aha' to an art object, that is a recognition of divinity. And what divinity is it? It is your divinity, which is the only divinity there is. We are all phenomenal manifestations of a divine will to live, and that will and the consciousness of life is one in all of us, and that is what artwork expresses. Joseph Campbell
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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
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Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. Joseph Campbell
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Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair has to do with immediate personal satisfaction. Marriage is an ordeal; it means yielding, time and again. That's why it's a sacrament; You give up your personal simplicity to participate in a relationship. And when you're giving, you're not giving to the other person; you're giving to the relationship. Joseph Campbell
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Poets are simply those who have made a profession ans a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss. Joseph Campbell
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At first you might find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred space and use it, eventually something will happen. Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
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What will they think of me? Must be put aside for bliss Joseph Campbell
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Marriage is not a simple love affair, it's an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one. Joseph Campbell
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The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to 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
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You've got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on condition that it follow your rules. Joseph Campbell
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Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself... The problem is not to blame or explain but to handle the life that arises... If you say no to a single factor in your life, you have unraveled the whole thing... The demon that you swallow gives you its power, and the greater life's pain, the greater life's reply. Joseph Campbell
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A myth doesn't have to be real to be true. Joseph Campbell
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You have to have a feeling for where you are. You've got only one life to live and you don't have to live it for six people. Pay attention to it. Joseph Campbell
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When people find out what it is that's ticking in them, they get straightened out. Joseph Campbell
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The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life: "yes" to it all. Joseph Campbell
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Mythology is the womb of man's initiation to life and death. Joseph Campbell
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Essentially, mythologies are enormous poems that are renditions of insights, giving some sense of the marvel, the miracle and wonder of life. Joseph Campbell
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A real artist is the one who has learned to recognize and to render... the 'radiance' of all things as an epiphany or showing forth of the truth. Joseph Campbell
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Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it. Joseph Campbell
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The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Joseph Campbell
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I think what we lack isn't science, but poetry that reveals what the heart is ready to recognize Joseph Campbell
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Mythological symbols touch and exhilarate centers of life beyond the reach of vocabularies of reason and coercion. 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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Making the inner meet the outer is the function of the artist. Joseph Campbell
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Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are so great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it. Joseph Campbell
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The function of artists is "the mythologization of the world." Joseph Campbell
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Every act has both good and evil results. The best we can do is lean to the light. Joseph Campbell
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One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of it. Joseph Campbell
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The adventure that the hero is ready for is the one he gets. Joseph Campbell
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The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul. Joseph Campbell
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Religon is misunderstood mythology Joseph Campbell
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There's something inside you that knows when you're in the center, that knows when you're on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you've lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don't get any money, you still have your bliss. Joseph Campbell
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The priests used to say that faith can move mountains, and nobody believed them. Today the scientists say that they can level mountains, and nobody doubts them. Joseph Campbell
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There is no way you can use the word "reality" without quotation marks around it. Joseph Campbell
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If you will think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, you see that we are the earth, we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the Earth. And this is the voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell
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The dance is the highest symbol of life itself. Joseph Campbell
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Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one. Joseph Campbell
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Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Joseph Campbell
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I don't have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
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The best things cannot be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood because they are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which cannot be thought about. The third best are what we talk about. Joseph Campbell
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There is no greater privilege in life than being yourself. Joseph Campbell
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Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life Joseph Campbell
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For the bliss of the deep abode is not lightly abandoned in favor of the self-scattering of the wakened state, Joseph Campbell
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The warrior's approach is to say 'yes' to life: 'yes' to it all. Joseph Campbell
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I don't need faith. I have experience. Joseph Campbell
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Breaking out is following your bliss pattern, quitting the old place, starting your hero journey, following your bliss. You throw off yesterday as the snake sheds its skin. Joseph Campbell
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It's characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong. Joseph Campbell
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Mythologies, in other words, mythologies and religions are great poems and, when recognized as such, point infallibly through things and events to the ubiquity of a Joseph Campbell
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The dreamer and his dream are the same...the powers personified in a dream are these that move the world. Joseph Campbell
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Heinrich Zimmerhe had a little saying : The best things cant be told - because they are transcendent, inexpressible truths. The second best are misunderstood : myths, which are metaphoric attempts to point to the way toward the first. And the third best have to do with history, science, biography, and so on. The only kind of talking that can be understood is this last kind. Joseph Campbell
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The unconscious sends all sorts of vapors, odd beings, terrors, and deluding images up into the mind - whether in dream, broad daylight, or insanity: for the human kingdom, beneath the floor of the comparatively neat little dwelling that we call our consciousness, goes down into unsuspected Aladdin caves. Joseph Campbell
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There is a condescension on the part of the infinite to the mind of man. That is what looks like God. Joseph Campbell
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...the fall [of your soul] from perfection into duality...was naturally followed by the discovery of the duality of good and evil...This is the Biblical version of a myth known to many lands ... Joseph Campbell
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The problem in our society and in our schools is to inclulcate, without overdoing it, the notion of education, as in the Latin educere-to lead, to bring out what is in someone rather than merely to indoctrinate him/her from the outside. (89) Joseph Campbell
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The principle of compassion is that which converts disillusionment into a participatory companionship. This is the basic love, the charity, that turns a critic into a living human being who has something to give to - as well as to demand of - the world. Joseph Campbell
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There are mythologies that are scattered, broken up, all around us. We stand on what I call the terminal moraine of shattered mythic systems that once structured society. They can be detected all around us. You can select any of these fragments that activate your imagination for your own use. Let it help shape your own relationship to the unconscious system out of which these symbols have come. Joseph Campbell
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