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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Writer’s block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life,the idea came to him of what he called 'the love of your fate.' Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, 'This is what I need.' It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment--not discouragement--you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“One great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything. Everything is of the moment.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“We must be willing to get rid of
the life we’ve planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come.

If we fix on the old, we get stuck.
When we hang onto any form,
we are in danger of putrefaction.

Hell is life drying up.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Awe is what moves us forward.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The best way to help mankind is through the perfection of yourself.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The only way you can talk about this great tide in which you’re a participant is as Schopenhauer did: the universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.
You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.
Life will always be sorrowful. We can't change it, but we can change our attitude toward it.
Awe is what moves us forward.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“You should be willing to be eaten also. You are food body.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours.   The god you worship is the god you deserve.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.   You really don’t have a sacred space, a rescue land, until you find somewhere to be that’s not a wasteland, some field of action where there is a spring of ambrosia—a joy that comes from inside, not something external that puts joy into you—a place that lets you experience your own will and your own intention and your own wish so that, in small, the Kingdom is there. I think everybody, whether they know it or not, is in need of such a place.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Vegetarianism is the first turning away from life, because life lives on lives. Vegetarians are just eating something that can’t run away.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The spirit is the bouquet of nature.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The distance of your love is the distance of your life.   Love is exactly as strong as life.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“And so we have…this critical problem as human beings of seeing to it that the mythology—the constellation of sign signals, affect images, energy-releasing and -directing signs—that we are communicating to our young will deliver directive messages qualified to relate them richly and vitally to the environment that is to be theirs for life, and not to some period of man already past, some piously desiderated future, or—what is worst of all—some querulous, freakish sect or momentary fad. And I call this problem critical because, when it is badly resolved, the result for the miseducated individual is what is known, in mythological terms, as a Waste Land situation. The world does not talk to him; he does not talk to the world. When that is the case, there is a cut-off, the individual is thrown back on himself, and he is in prime shape for that psychotic break-away that will turn him into either an essential schizophrenic in a padded cell, or a paranoid screaming slogans at large, in a bughouse without walls.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“The call is to leave a certain social situation, move into your own loneliness and find the jewel, the center that’s impossible to find when you’re socially engaged. You are thrown off-center, and when you feel off-center, it’s time to go. This is the departure when the hero feels something has been lost and goes to find it. You are to cross the threshold into new life. It’s a dangerous adventure, because you are moving out of the sphere of the knowledge of you and your community.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Don’t think of what’s being said, but of what’s talking. Malice? Ignorance? Pride? Love?   The goal of the hero’s journey is yourself, finding yourself.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Of all the forms of māyā that of woman is supreme.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
“Where there is a way or a path, it’s someone else's way.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living