Notes & Quotes: The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

My favorite quotes from Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth.
  1. The secret cause of all suffering is mortality itself, which is the prime condition of life. It cannot be denied if life is to be affirmed.
  2. The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone can open the mind to all that is hidden to others. -Igjugarjuk
  3. What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power or a value system that functions in human life and in the universe -- the powers of your own body and of nature.
  4. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. - Chief Seattle
  5. You don't teach until you are asked; you don't force your mission down people's throats.
  6. Fly the middle way. Don't fly too high, or the sun will melt the wax on your wings, and you will fall. Don't fly too low or the tides of the sea will catch you. - Daedalus
  7. Desire and fear: these are two emotions by which all life in the world are governed. Desire is the bait, death is the hook.
  8. Love thine enemies because they are the instruments of your destiny.
  9. The troubadours celebrate the agony of the love, the sickness the doctors cannot cure, the wounds that can be healed only by the weapon that delivered the wound.
  10. And what is the nature of the wasteland? It is a land where everybody is living an inauthentic life, doing as other people do, doing as your told, with no courage for your own life.