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When people think that they, or their guru, have The Truth — ‘This is It!’ — they are what Nietzsche calls ‘epileptics of the concept’: people who have gotten an idea that’s driven them crazy.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
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The myth is the public domain and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn’t, you’ve got a long adventure in the dark forest ahead of you.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
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One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1972)
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Why should it be that whenever men have looked for something solid on which to found their lives, they have chosen not the facts in which the world abounds, but the myths of an immemorial imagination.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology (1987)
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Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
The Power of Myth, ch. 1 “Myth and the Modern World” (1988)
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A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) American mythological scholar
The Power of Myth, episode 2, ch. 22 (2001)
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