Joseph Campbell Quotes

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

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

Joseph Campbell

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life

Joseph Campbell

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.

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

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

Joseph Campbell

The modern hero-deed must be that of questing to bring to light again the lost Atlantis of the co-ordinated soul.

Joseph Campbell

It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported.

Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

Joseph Campbell

We're in a freefall into future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It's a very interesting shift of perspective and that's all it is... joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes.

Joseph Campbell

All cultures have grown out of myths. They are founded on myths. What these myths have given has been inspiration for aspiration. The economic interpretation of history is for the birds. Economics is itself a function of aspiration. Its what people aspire to that creates the field in which economics works.

Joseph Campbell

One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.

Joseph Campbell

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