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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "We are all reflexes of the image of the Bodhisattva."

2 "As we are told in the Vedas: 'Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names."

3 "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."

4 "The way to become human is to learn to recognize the lineaments of God in all of the wonderful modulations of the face of man."

5 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars."

6 "Since the Deity is immanent in all things, all things are to be regarded as divine."

7 "Protective power is always and ever present within the sanctuary of the heart and even immanent within, or just behind, the unfamiliar features of the world. One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear."

8 "Forces are working in the present world for unification, not in the name of some ecclesiastical or political empire, but in the sense of human mutual understanding."

9 "Withersoever ye turn, there is the Presence of Allah." Koran, 2:115

10 "Any blade of grass may assume, in myth, the figure of the savior and conduct the questing wanderer into the sanctum sanctorum of his own heart."

11 "Oh, Lord of the Universe, I will sing Thee a song. Where canst Thou be found, and where canst Thou not be found? Where I pass – there art Thou. Where I remain – there, too, Thou art. Thou, Thou, and only Thou." Leon Stein, 'Hassidic Music'

12 "The goal of the myth is to dispel ignorance by effecting a reconciliation of the individual consciousness with the universal will."

13 "What is immortal and what is mortal are harmoniously blended." Ashvaghosha

14 "Universal heroes – Mohammed, Jesus, Gautama Buddha – bring a message for the entire world."

15 "Briefly formulated, the universal doctrine teaches that all the visible structures of the world – all things and beings – are the effects of a ubiquitous power out of which they rise, which supports and fills them during the period of their manifestation, and back into which they must ultimately dissolve. This is the power known to science as energy, to the Melanesians as 'mana', to the Sioux Indians as 'wakonda', the Hindus as 'shakti', and the Christians as the power of God. Its manifestation in the psyche is termed, by the psychoanalysts, 'libido.' And its manifestation in the cosmos is the structure and flux of the universe itself."

16 "In myth the problems and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind."

17 "Since the Godhead is immanent in all, He will make Himself known through any object profoundly regarded."

18 "The beautiful sound of eternity is heard by the pure mind throughout creation, and therefore within itself."

19 "Peace is at the heart of all because…Boundless Love includes, regards, and dwells within (without exception) every sentient being."

20 "It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward."

21 "God is love…He can be, and is to be, loved, and all without exception are his children."

22 "Myth is a directing of the mind and heart, by means of profoundly informed figurations, to that ultimate mystery which fills and surrounds all existences."

23 "The hearth in the home, the altar in the temple, is the hub of the wheel of the earth, the womb of the Universal Mother whose fire is the fire of life."

24 "We live not in this physique only, but in all bodies, all physiques of the world."

25 "[In mythology] stand revealed the hidden processes of the enigma Homo sapiens – Occidental and Oriental, primitive and civilized, contemporary and archaic. The entire spectacle is before us. We have only to read it, study its constant patterns, analyze its variations, and therewith come to an understanding of the deep forces that have shaped man's destiny and must continue to determine both our private and our public lives."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite