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Quote: The Greeks, it will be recalled, regarded Eros, the god of love, as the eldest of the gods; but also as the youngest, born fresh and dewy-eyed in every living heart. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The Greeks, it will be recalled, regarded Eros, the god of love, as the eldest of the gods; but also as the youngest, born fresh and dewy-eyed in every living heart.


Quote: We no longer desire and fear; we are what was desired and feared. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

We no longer desire and fear; we are what was desired and feared.


Quote: The dreamer is a distinguished operatic artist, and, like all who have elected to follow, not the safely marked general highways of the day, but the adventure of the special, dimly audible
call that comes to those whose ears are open within as well as without. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The dreamer is a distinguished operatic artist, and, like all who have elected to follow, not the safely marked general highways of the day, but the adventure of the special, dimly audible
call that comes to those whose ears are open within as well as without.


Quote: Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves.


Quote: Every story you tell is your own story. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Every story you tell is your own story.


Quote: Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.


Quote: No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names.


Quote: There is what I would call the hero journey, the night sea journey, the hero quest, where the individual is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

There is what I would call the hero journey, the night sea journey, the hero quest, where the individual is going to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping.


Quote: Every hero must have the courage to be alone, to take the journey for himself. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Every hero must have the courage to be alone, to take the journey for himself.


Quote: The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.


Quote: To find your own way is to follow your bliss. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

To find your own way is to follow your bliss.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is -- not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.


Quote: The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag.


Quote: There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall.


Quote: Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.


Quote: All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.


Quote: You are the hero of your own story. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

You are the hero of your own story.


Quote: The problem of the hero is to pierce himself (and therewith his world) precisely through that point; to shatter and annihilate that key knot of his limited existence. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The problem of the hero is to pierce himself (and therewith his world) precisely through that point; to shatter and annihilate that key knot of his limited existence.


Quote: The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it.




Quote: And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of Joseph Campbell quote: And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.- black text on quotes background

And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.


Quote: Within the field of a secular society, which is a sort of neutral frame that allows individuals to develop their own lives, so long as they don't annoy their neighbors too much, each of us has an individual myth that's driving us, which we may or may not know. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Within the field of a secular society, which is a sort of neutral frame that allows individuals to develop their own lives, so long as they don't annoy their neighbors too much, each of us has an individual myth that's driving us, which we may or may not know.


Quote: The perfect human being is uninteresting-the Buddha who leaves the world, you know. It is the imperfections of life that are lovable. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

The perfect human being is uninteresting-the Buddha who leaves the world, you know. It is the imperfections of life that are lovable.




Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.




Quote: Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.


Quote: Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive.




Quote: A bit of advice
Given to a young Native American
At the time of his initiation:
As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm. Jump.
It is not as wide as you think. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

A bit of advice
Given to a young Native American
At the time of his initiation:
As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm. Jump.
It is not as wide as you think.


Quote: He who thinks he knows, doesn't know. He who knows that he doesn't know, knows. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

He who thinks he knows, doesn't know. He who knows that he doesn't know, knows.


Quote: We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world.


Quote: Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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


Quote: Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.


Quote: Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.


Quote: 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? by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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?


Quote: When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.


Quote: Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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.


Quote: When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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


Quote: I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

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


Quote: When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph Campbell with quote

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.


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