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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I've heard youngsters use some of George Lucas' terms -- "the Force" and "the dark side." So it must be hitting somewhere. It's a good sound teaching I would say.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.

You don't understand death you learn to acquiesce in death.

When you make a sacrifice in marriage you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.

I don't have to have faith I have experience.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble there lies your treasure.

God is Within You! You yourself are the creator. If you find that place within you from which you brought this thing about you will be able to live with it and affirm it perhaps even enjoy it as your life.

Myths are public dreams dreams are private myths.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Our demons are out 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.

If you realize what the real problem is - losing yourself - you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial.

We just don't know very much about Jesus. All we know are four contradictory texts that purport to tell us what he said and did.

If you assume these 17 000 guys go away and never come back it'd make a difference. But if they come back in two weeks rather than one week I don't see it making a difference. They don't even have a strike fund. I'm a long way from getting worried.

At best spiritual voices help us replace madness with clarity & violence, with compassion and peace. But we will live up to the promise only if we overcome the temptation to promote our own narrow comfort and individual peace of mind. If we fail this challenge we will not get a spiritual "new age" but a spiritual dead end.

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