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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "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."

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

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

4 "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'

5 "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."

6 "Him on whom the sky, the earth, and the atmosphere are woven, and the mind, together with all the life-breaths, Him alone know as the one Soul. Other words dismiss. He is the bridge to immortality." Mundaka Upanishad, 2. 2. 5

7 "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."

8 "[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."

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

10 "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'

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

12 "The forward roll of the cosmogonic round precipitates the One into the many."

13 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites."

14 "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."

15 "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."

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

17 "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."

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

19 "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'

20 "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."

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

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

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

24 "Thine is Heaven, Thine is Earth. Thou fillest the high regions, and Thou fillest the low regions. Wheresoever I turn, Thou, oh Thou, art there." Leon Stein, 'Hassidic Music'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite