Joseph Campbell Quotes On Love, Hero, Storytelling, Marriage

Joseph John Campbell was an American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. This Joseph Campbell quotes on marriage, path will motivate you.

Best Joseph Campbell Quotes

  1. We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell
    Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called “the love of your fate.” Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment-not discouragement-you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. ~ Joseph Campbell, Joseph Campbell quotes on love
  2. Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one. ~ Joseph Campbell

  3. 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
  4. Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.
    At the darkest moment comes the light. ~ Joseph Campbell
  5. 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
  6. If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s. ~ Joseph Campbell

  7. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~ Joseph Campbell
  8. 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. ~ Joseph Campbell
  9. If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping. ~ Joseph Campbell
  10. You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breadth, and depth. ~ Joseph Campbell
  11. 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
  12. You’ve got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on condition that it follow your rules. ~ Joseph Campbell

  13. If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living… Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. ~ Joseph Campbell
  14. You have to learn to recognize your own depth. ~ Joseph Campbell
  15. You don’t ask what a dance means. You enjoy it. You don’t ask what the world means. You enjoy it. You don’t ask what you mean. You enjoy it. ~ Joseph Campbell
  16. People forget facts, but they remember stories. ~ Joseph Campbell
  17. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. ~ Joseph Campbell
  18. Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends. ~ Joseph Campbell
  19. All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. ~ Joseph Campbell

  20. You become mature when you become the authority of your own life. ~ Joseph Campbell
  21. “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. ~ Joseph Campbell
  22. The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center. ~ Joseph Campbell
  23. You’ve got to find the force inside you. ~ Joseph Campbell
  24. A love affair isn’t that. That is a relationship for pleasure, and when it gets to be unpleasurable, it’s off. But a marriage is a life commitment, and a life commitment means the prime concern of your life. ~ Joseph Campbell, Joseph Campbell quotes on marriage
  25. Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder and find that it was against the wrong wall. ~ Joseph Campbell
  26. “At the darkest moment comes the light.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  27. “The eternal principle, which never was born, never will die: it is in all things: it is in you now. You are the wave on the face of the ocean. When the wave is gone, is the water gone? Has anything happened? Nothing has happened. It is a play, a game, a dance.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  28. “When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  29. “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
  30. “No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  31. “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
  32. “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
  33. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  34. “Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  35. “When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We’re not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  36. “The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.” ~ Joseph Campbell, Joseph Campbell quotes on hero
  37. “You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you – a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  38. “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
  39. “If you are to advance, all fixed ideas must go.” ~ Joseph Campbell

  40. “God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  41. “Revolution doesn’t have to do with smashing something, it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  42. “Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  43. “The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  44. “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
  45. “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 it’s spectacular.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  46. “Questing… is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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