Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

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 covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's magnum opus is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).

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A one sentence definition of mythology? "Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion

As a white candle In a holy place So is the beauty Of an aged face

Original Experience has not been interpreted for you and so you

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.

Words are always qualifications and limitations. That's why it is a peak experience to break past all that every now and then and to realize "Oh...... ah.....

When you see the Earth from space you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come, this is the country we will celebrate and these are the people we are one with.

The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life: "yea" to it all.

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.

Smiths' share price targets range from down 4 percent to 20 gain highlighting a debate about what Smiths should be worth.

The secret cause of all suffering is mortality itself which is the prime condition of life. It cannot be denied if life is to be affirmed.

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.

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life

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

We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value the rapture that is associated with being alive is what it is all about.

My sense is that the [European Commission]'s grievances or the things that they would like fixed are the kinds of things that Boeing may be able to find a way around as long as the [EC] doesn't get too unreasonable.

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.

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

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 are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

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