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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

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

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

3 "The Eight Hundred Myriads of Gods are but differing manifestations of one unique Deity…The Eternally Standing Divine Being of the Earth, The Great Unity of All Things in the Universe, The Primordial Being of Heaven and Earth, eternally existing." Izawa-Nagahide, 'Shinto-Ameno-Nuboko-no-Ki'

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 "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."

6 "Time and eternity are two aspects of the same experience-whole, two planes of the same nondual ineffable; i.e., the jewel of eternity is in the lotus of birth and death: om mani padme hum."

7 "The energy behind the elemental pair of opposites, fire and water, is one and the same."

8 "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."

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

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

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

12 "This world IS Nirvana….'This our worldly life is an activity of Nirvana itself, not the slightest distinction exists between them.' Nagarjuna, 'Madhyamika Shastra'

13 "To a man not led astray from himself by sentiments stemming from the surfaces of what he sees, but courageously responding to the dynamics of his own nature – to a man who is, as Nietzsche phrases it, 'a wheel rolling of itself' – difficulties melt and the unpredictable highway opens as he goes."

14 "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."

15 "Through all the contraries of phenomenality the Uncreate-Imperishable remains, and there is nothing to fear."

16 "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'

17 "The One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One."

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

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

20 "Dr. Jung points out that he has borrowed his term 'archetype' from classic sources: Cicero, Pliny, the Corpus Hermeticum, Augustine, etc. ('Psychology and Religion', par. 89). Bastian notes the correspondence of his own theory of 'Elementary Ideas' with the Stoic concept of the 'Logoi spermatikoi'. The tradition of the 'subjectively known forms' (Sanskrit: antarjneyarupa) is, in fact, coextensive with the tradition of myth, and is the key to the understanding and use of mythological images."

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

22 "There can be no doubt that in the main the mental characteristics of man are the same all over the world." Franz Boas, 'The Mind of Primitive Man'

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite