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Joseph Campbell Quotes About Love, Joy, All The Gods, Death, Hero, Treasure, Bliss, & Meaning Of Life! In addition to his work on comparative mythology and religious studies, Joseph Campbell was a famous American novelist. In White Plains, New York, Joseph John Campbell was born on March 26, 1904. His local library stated that he had completed reading all of the Native American books in the children’s department by ten. He finished high school and entered ‘Dartmouth College’ to pursue a degree in mathematics and biology. While in college, he penned and published his first short story, “Strictly Platonic,” to the journal “Liberty.”

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Sarah Lawrence College’s literature department hired him as an assistant professor in 1934. He also presented a public talk on Sri Ramakrishna’s message to the West. His first book, ‘Where the Two Came to Their Father,’ was published in conjunction with two specialists. The first two volumes of Zimmer’s posthumous works were edited and published from 1946 to 1948. ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces,’ his first solo work, was a runaway bestseller.’ Each year, Joseph took a month-long lecture tour around the nation to edit, write, and give lectures. In 1983, the first book of the ‘Historical Atlas of World Mythology’ series was released.

For his literary achievements, he was honored by the National Arts Club with the “Gold Medal of Honor in Literature in 1985. His widow established the Joseph Campbell Foundation to keep, protect, and spread his work. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii, on October 30, 1987, due to complications from esophageal cancer. Freud and Jung influenced a lot of Campbell’s work because of the connections between the interpretation of dreams and myths.

Best Joseph Campbell Quotes

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

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

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

4. “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”- Joseph Campbell

5. “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

 6. “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid.”- Joseph Campbell

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

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

9. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

10. “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

11. “It is going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell

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

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

14. “If you are falling, dive.” – Joseph Campbell

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

16. “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

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

18. “Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.”- Joseph Campbell

19. “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.” – Joseph Campbell

20. “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

21. “Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” – Joseph Campbell

22. “You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.” – Joseph Campbell

23. “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

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

25. “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.” – Joseph Campbell

26. “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.” – Joseph Campbell

27. “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

28. “When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. – Joseph Campbell

29. “Love is perfect kindness.” – Joseph Campbell

30. “When your heart speaks, take good notes.” – Joseph Campbell

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