If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.
Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Make your God transparent to the transcendent, and it doesn’t matter what his name is.
Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.
Education is the best way to train ourselves that we will secure our own well-being by concerning ourselves with others. It is possible to create a better world, a more compassionate, more peaceful world, which is not only in everyone’s interest, but is everyone’s responsibility to achieve.
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.
And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility … without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.