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We're so engaged in doing things
by Joseph Campbell

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.
- Joseph Campbell

Related topics: Inspirational Values Purpose

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 PHOTO

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

 

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.
- Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
- Joseph Campbell

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

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

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

When you make the sacrifice in marriage,
you're sacrificing not to each other
but to unity in a relationship.
- Joseph Campbell

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

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

When you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you
that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

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

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

Love is a friendship set to music.
- Joseph Campbell

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

When you 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.
- Joseph Campbell

When you follow your bliss... doors will open
where you would not have thought there would be doors,
and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

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

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Computers are like Old Testament gods;
lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell

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

I don't have to have faith, I have experience.
- Joseph Campbell

God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

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.
- Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors
where there were only walls.
- Joseph Campbell

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a constant opponent,
and an overpowering adversary if attacked directly.
The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life -
a parry here, a feint there - always engaged,
but never in the direct line of life's heaviest blows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I met Cynthia when I was 12, proposed at 16,
became engaged at 17, married her at 19 and we had a baby when I was 20.
If extra work could pay for a lot of diapers,
that was for me.
- Kent McCord

Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war.
All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst
the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
- St.
Jerome

All people desire what they believe will make them happy.
If a person is not full of desire for God,
we can only conclude that he is engaged with another happiness.
- William Law

There have been a couple of jobs I've done without thinking,
without being engaged, and they just stink.
- Clancy Brown

And I hope very much that the ALP will become increasingly
engaged in the international discussions that are taking
place amongst centre-left parties generally.
- Patricia Hewitt

Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself.
- Harold Rosenberg

Yet the wonder of it all is that, while engaged in
a seemingly endless struggle,
the Israelis have managed to turn a desert into a garden.
- George Ball

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are
engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement.
By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement,
without limit.
- Felix Adler

When we were engaged in the problems of survival we
had no time to have anything to do with culture.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev

On the contrary, all the world would point to that
nation as violating a treaty,
by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged
to enter into arbitration.
- Richard Cobden

If more people were actively engaged in advocating
their positions I think we'd have a better society.
- Jeb Bush

We pay for the navy, and we have no commerce for the navy to protect;
we pay for the army,
and we loathe and execrate the work upon which it has been engaged.
- John Edward Redmond

When life is victorious, there is birth;
when it is thwarted,
there is death.
A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.
- Morihei Ueshiba

You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world.
You cannot let them tune out.
- Temple Grandin

I and my colleagues here have been engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.
- Frederick Sanger

It's estimated that there may be two hundred and fifty
million children in the world engaged in some form
of exploitative child labour.
- Carol Bellamy

But it is a fact that within Jewry there exists a sect
which engaged in these murders.
- Julius Streicher

I like that people who are not experts can not only
understand but get engaged by my work.
I like that Joe Paterno can read me.
Bill Bradley.
- Leslie Fiedler

It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or
too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily
engaged elsewhere that children feel lost.
- Anna Freud

Charlie Sheen is who again? Denise is engaged?
- Neil Patrick Harris

My books are about losers, about people who've lost
their way and are engaged in a search.
- Antonio Tabucchi

It was announced as a French victory by the French Minister of War.
I did not see any sign of victory but only the retreat
of the French forces engaged in the battle.
- Philip Gibbs

If we thought it would improve our relationship,
we would get married tomorrow, but as it is,
nearly 7 years after we got engaged,
we are content to wait.
- Benny Anderson

I got too fed up with films that didn't make you think.
I liked the idea of one that you'd have to be dancing around with.
I like my mind to be engaged when I watch a film.
- Guy Ritchie

The extra curricular activity in which I was most engaged -
debating -
helped shape my interests in public policy.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

We were engaged three-and-a-half weeks after the first date.
- Michael W. Smith

Most controversies would soon be ended,
if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms,
and then adhere to their definitions.
- Tryon Edwards

Hatred, for the man who is not engaged in it,
is a little like the odor of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any.
- Jean Rostand

Mr. Speaker, democracy works best when the American
electorate is engaged and informed.
- Melissa Bean

For many years I was engaged in journalism,
writing articles and chronicles for the daily press
without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen


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