March 26, 1904 - October 30, 1987


71 Greatest Quotes By Joseph Campbell

I don't have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. Joseph Campbell
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
You can get a lot of work done if you stay with it and are excited and its play instead of work. Joseph Campbell
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won. Joseph Campbell
The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Joseph Campbell
The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure-- fearlessness and achievement. Joseph Campbell
If you want the whole thing, the gods will give it to you. But you must be ready for it. Joseph Campbell
It is within you that the divine lives. Joseph Campbell
We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes. Joseph Campbell
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
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
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's. Joseph Campbell
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell
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
Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation. Joseph Campbell
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. Joseph Campbell
No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. Joseph Campbell
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
If you are to advance, all fixed ideas must go. Joseph Campbell
Whatever the hell happens, say, 'This is what I need.'. Joseph Campbell
Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves. Joseph Campbell
Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. Joseph Campbell
If you want to understand what's most important to a society, don't examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings. Joseph Campbell
Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is. Joseph Campbell
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping. Joseph Campbell
It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience. Joseph Campbell
Trebuie să fim dispuși să renunțăm la viața pe care ne-am planificat-o, pentru a o putea trăi pe cea care ne așteaptă. Joseph Campbell
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. Joseph Campbell
Only birth can conquer death—the birth , not of the old thing again, but of something new . Joseph Campbell
What's made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth. Joseph Campbell
You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules. Joseph Campbell
You've got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on condition that it follow your rules. Joseph Campbell
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. Joseph Campbell
All religions are true but none are literal. Joseph Campbell
Life is a guy trying to play a violin solo in public, while learning the music and his instrument at the same time. Joseph Campbell
The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. Joseph Campbell
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell
The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply. Joseph Campbell
Our actual ultimate root is in our humanity, not in our personal genealogy. Joseph Campbell
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
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
When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. Joseph Campbell
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. Joseph Campbell
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
Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss. Joseph Campbell
Vegetarians are people who cannot hear tomatos screaming. Joseph Campbell
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy. Joseph Campbell
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell
The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self. Joseph Campbell