Joseph Campbell Quotes

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Joseph Campbell Quotes

Sometimes the serpent is represented as a circle eating its own tail. Thats an image of life. Life sheds one generation after another, to be born again. The serpent represents immortal energy and consciousness engaged in the field of time, constantly throwing off death and being born again. There is something tremendously terrifying about life when you look at it that way. And so the serpent carries in itself the sense of both the fascination and the terror of life.
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You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.

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Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

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The secret cause of all suffering," he said, "is mortality itself, which is the prime condition of life. It cannot be denied if life is to be affirmed.

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The myths and folktales of the whole world make clear that the refusal is essentially a refusal to give up what one takes to be one's own interest. The future is regarded not in terms of an unremitting series of deaths and births, but as though one's own present system of ideals, virtues, goals, and advantages were to be fixed and made secure.

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There have been systems of religion where the mother is the prime parent, the source, and she's really a more immediate parent than the father, because one is born from the mother ... so that the image of the woman is the image of the world.

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The ground of being is the ground of our being, and when we simply turn outward, we see all of these little problems here and there. But, if we look inward, we see that we are the source of them all.

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When your mind is simply trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.

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We're all seeking ... the rapture of being alive.

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We have to permit go with the everyday living we had prepared so as to have the lifetime that's watching for us

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Each of us has capacities. The real trick is knowing the machinery of the boat in which you are crossing the channel.

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When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, 'Ah,' you are participating in divinity.

— Joseph Campbell

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