Joseph Campbell Love Quotes and Sayings
2. 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.
Excerpt Wikipedia: Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”
Sayings by Joseph Campbell
1. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
#2, #3 The Power of Myth (book), p.120, p.193
2. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
3. The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call “following your bliss.”
4. 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.
5. 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?
6. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
7. 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.
8. Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
9. Out of perfection nothing can be made.
10. What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
11. Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
12. The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy — not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what is called following your bliss.
13. All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.
14. If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.
15. If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
16. We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.
17. We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
18. The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
19. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
#20 Bill Moyers in “NOW with Bill Moyers“, PBS (12 March 2004)
20. It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.
#21 Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers PBS television series, 2001
21. 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.
22. 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 what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.
#23 Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation (2004), p.104
23. Marx teaches us to blame society for our frailties, Freud teaches us to blame our parents, and astrology teaches us to blame the universe. The only place to look for blame is within: you didn’t have the guts to bring up your full moon and live the life that was your potential.
24. The problem is not to blame or to explain but to handle the life that arises.