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If you have sources, please add them. Thanks ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 05:56, 15 August 2005 (UTC)Reply

Some or all made in remarks by Campbell on a PBS Television series of conversations with journalist Bill Moyers. It's available today on DVD

--Jack 04:00, 23 August 2005 (UTC)The TV series was made in 1987 shortly before Campbell's deathReply

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." This may well be something Joseph Campbell said in one of his lectures, but it sounds like an approximation to the quote

"Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave, that was so dreaded, has become the center."

listed in the first chapter in "Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion" by Diane K. Osbon, 1991, Harper Collins, NY.

"The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others." -A Joseph Campbell Companion



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  • A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.
    • The quote here is close but.... Here's the source, the actual exchange, from the second episode of The Power of Myth. It occurs a little more than 3/4 through. - MOYERS: There was a wonderful story about, I think, President Eisenhower, when the computer was first being built. You remember that story? CAMPBELL: Eisenhower went into a room full of computers, and he puts a question to these machines, “Is there a God?” And they all start up and there’s all those lights flashing and wheels turning and things like that, and after about 10 minutes of that kind of thing, a voice comes forth, and the voice says, “Now there is.” Well, I bought this wonderful machine, IBM machine, and it’s there. And I’m rather an authority on gods, so I identified the god, and it seems to me an Old Testament god with a lot of rules, and no mercy. 04:21, 6 October 2023 (UTC)Reply
  • Artists are magical helpers. Evoking symbols and motifs that connect us to our deeper selves, they can help us along the heroic journey of our own lives.
  • Every natural impulse is sinful unless you've been baptized or circumcised in this tradition that we've inherited for heaven's sake.
  • Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
  • God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought.
  • However the mystic traditions differ, they are in accord in this respect. They call men and women into a deeper awareness of the very act of living itself, and they guide us through trials and traumas from birth to death.
  • If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.
  • Love is a friendship set to music.
  • Mythology is often thought of as "other peoples" religions ... Religion can be defined as mis-interpreted mythology.
  • Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths.
    • Myths, according to Freud's view, are of the psychological order of dream. Myths, so to say, are public dreams; dreams are private myths.
      • This quote from Campbell's 1961 talk titled, "The Impact of Science on Myth." As reprinted in the 1993 edition of JCF's compilation titled, Myths to Live By page 14. Editor's note: I didn't really know how to format this citation according to Wikipedia's standards. Can someone more knowledgeable do that for me?
  • Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation...
  • One of the typical things of the Orient is that any criticism disqualifies you for the guru’s instruction. Well in heaven’s name, is that appropriate for a Western mind? It’s simply a transferring of your submission to a childhood father onto a father for your adulthood. Which means you’re not growing up... The thing about the guru in the West is that he represents an alien principle, namely, that you don’t follow your own path, you follow a given path. And that’s totally contrary to the Western spirit! Our spirituality is of the individual quest, individual realization--authenticity in your own life out of your own center.
  • The adventure is its own reward — but it's necessarily dangerous, having both negative and positive possibilities, all of them beyond control.
  • The best advice is to take it all as if it had been of your intention — with that, you evoke the participation of your will.
  • The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
  • The experience of a lifetime is the privilege of being who you are.
  • The future can come from nowhere else but the energies of the psyche.
  • The troubadours had many debates as to what the definition of love would be. One of the most interesting and precise debates states that the eyes are the scouts for the heart, and the eyes go forth to find an image to recommend to the heart. When the image is found and recommended, if the heart is a gentle heart — that is to say, a heart that is capable of love and not simply of lust — then love is born. If, on the other hand, it is not a gentle heart, then all you have is lust — the pig heart. You don't have love.
  • The warrior's approach to life is to say "yes" to it, "yea" to it all.
  • The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy — not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call "following your bliss".
  • We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
  • What is finally the best austerity, what is the best discipline? The best discipline is to enjoy your friends. Enjoy your meals. Realize what play is. Participate in the play, in the play of life. This is known as mahasukha, the great delight.
  • Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
  • You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules.

I hope it's okay that I alphabetized them all and removed most bold and "quotes". ~ JasonCarswell (talk) 11:35, 28 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Myth is much more important and true than history

  • Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is. ~ Joseph Campbell

According to ~ JasonCarswell (talk) 11:25, 28 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

'Reality' is just a word, and you shouldn't use it without quotation marks around it anyway.

  • 'Reality' is just a word, and you shouldn't use it without quotation marks around it anyway. ~ Joseph Campbell

According to the opening of The Characteristics of an Initiation Ritual, by Truthstream Media. ~ JasonCarswell (talk) 19:50, 21 April 2020 (UTC)Reply