Top 35 Inspiring Joseph Campbell Quotes About Life

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Joseph Campbell was an American professor, writer and mythologist. He is well known for his work in mythology and comparative religion. Here are some of his quotes that will inspire you.

Inspiring Joseph Campbell Quotes

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

“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 it’s spectacular.” Joseph Campbell

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

“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.” Joseph Campbell

“The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.” Joseph Campbell

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

Joseph Campbell

“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?” Joseph Campbell

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid.” Joseph Campbell

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” Joseph Campbell

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell

“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.” Joseph Campbell

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

“Your life is the fruit of your own doing, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Joseph Campbell

“Technology is not going to save us. Our computers, our tools, our machines are not enough. We have to rely on our intuition, our true being.” Joseph Campbell

“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential. ” Joseph Campbell

“Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.” Joseph Campbell

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life.” Joseph Campbell

“We can choose to live in joy.” Joseph Campbell

“If you are falling, dive.” Joseph Campbell

“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”

Joseph Campbell

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell

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

“The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it’s really a manifestation of his character. It’s amusing the way in which the landscape and conditions of the environment match the readiness of the hero. The adventure that he is ready for is the one that he gets.” 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

“That step, the heroic first step of the journey, is out of, or over the edge of your boundaries, and it often must be taken before you know that you will be supported.” Joseph Campbell

“The ultimate dragon is within you, it is your ego clamping you down.”

Joseph Campbell

“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

“If you’re going to have a story, have a big story.” Joseph Campbell

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

“You are the hero of your own story.” Joseph Campbell

“Love is perfect kindness.” Joseph Campbell

“The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power.”

Joseph Campbell

“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.” Joseph Campbell

“There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you’re on the wrong wall.” Joseph Campbell

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