The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he didn't know he possessed.

-Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.

Joseph Campbell
When you follow your bliss a kind of track opens up, that's always been there, waiting for you. And the life that you should be living, is the one that you will be living.
Joseph Campbell

In the field of consciousness research-and also in physics and astronomy-we are breaking past the cause-and-effect, mechanistic way of interpreting things. In the biological sciences, there is a vitalism coming in that goes much further toward positing a common universal consciousness of which our brain is simply an organ. Consciousness does not come from the brain. The brain is an organ of consciousness. It focuses consciousness and pulls it in and directs it through a time and space field. But the antecedent of that is the universal consciousness of which we are all just a part.

Joseph Campbell
If you want resurrection, you must have crucifixion... The hoarder, the one in us that wants to keep, to hold on, must be killed.
Joseph Campbell

In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.

Joseph Campbell
Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology. (8)
Joseph Campbell

All life stinks and you must embrace that with compassion.

Joseph Campbell
If you will think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, you see that we are the earth, we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the Earth. And this is the voice of the earth.
Joseph Campbell

Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream.

Joseph Campbell
If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.