Joseph Capbell Quotes


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.~

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

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.

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

All you can learn is what your own inward life is and try to stay loyal to that.

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Find a place (inside) where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

The demon that you can swallow gives you it’s power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.

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

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

~Joseph Campbell~

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls

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, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

Follow your bliss. 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 you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.

• The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

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.

• Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

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

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.

• 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.

• People say that what we're seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

• 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.

• The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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

• Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.

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 ~