The wisdom of Joseph Campbell


— 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.

— Hell is life drying up.

— To refuse the call means stagnation.

— Follow your bliss.

— Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

— There is no security in following the call to adventure.

— You become mature when you become the authority for your own life.

— Work begins when you don’t like what you’re doing.

— We are all Christ’s and don’t realize it.

— If you fix on yourself and your tradition, believing you alone have got “It,” you’ve removed yourself from the rest of mankind.

— Love informs the whole universe right down into the abyss of hell.

— Male = social order

        Female = nature order.

        The male’s job is to relate to life.

        The female’s job is to become it.

— What is your religion telling you? How to be a Catholic? A Jew? Or how to be a human being?

— All we really want to do is dance.

— We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

— If you want the whole thing, the gods will give it to you. But you must be ready for it.

— A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: “As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. JUMP. It is not as wide as you think.”

— Marriage is not a love affair, its an ordeal. It is a religious exercise, a sacrament, the grace of participating in another life.

— If you follow your bliss, you will always have your bliss, money or not. If you follow money, you may lose it, and you will have nothing.

— The Kingdom of the Father is not going to come through expectation. We bring it about in our own hearts.

— You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.