11 Joseph Campbell Quotes to Inspire You to "Follow Your Bliss"

Happy 111th birthday to the legendary mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell.

Campbell was best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion, usually covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss."


11 Joseph Campbell Quotes to Inspire You to "Follow Your Bliss"


1. “Follow your bliss.
If you do 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 

2. “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” 
― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

3. “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.” 
― Joseph Campbell

4. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” 
― Joseph Campbell

5. “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”  
― Joseph Campbell

6. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” 
― Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

7. "We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.” 
― Joseph Campbell

8. “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” 
― Joseph Campbell

9. “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

10. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” 
― Joseph Campbell

11. "We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.

And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.” 

― Joseph Campbell