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. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss."


Joseph Campbell Quotes

Joseph Campbell #Computers

Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy.
Joseph Campbell #Dreams

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Joseph Campbell #Friendship #Love #Music

Love is a friendship set to music.
Joseph Campbell #Experience #Life

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 #Experience #Faith

I don't have to have faith, I have experience.
Joseph Campbell #Inspirational

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell #Life

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell #Life

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell #Life

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

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Joseph Campbell #Life

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

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

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
Joseph Campbell #Experience #Life

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
Joseph Campbell #Money #Work

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 #Religion

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
Joseph Campbell #Sad

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
Joseph Campbell #Best #Life

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 #God #Religion

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
Joseph Campbell #Love #Marriage

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 #Life

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell #Marriage #Relationship

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