quote du jour ~campbell

If there is a path it is someone else’s path and you are not on the adventure.

~Joseph Campbell

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4 thoughts on “quote du jour ~campbell

  1. Well, that does not make much sense and it was not really what Joseph Campbell said, but what he actually said does:

    “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.”

    • The quote I posted is actually part of a longer quote I found on Goodreads (not infallible, but usually reliable when it comes to accurate quotes):

      “They thought that it would be a disgrace to go forth as a group. Each entered the forest at a point that he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path. If there is a path it is someone else’s path and you are not on the adventure.”
      ― Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work

      I also found a slightly different version:

      “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or a path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.”

      I think they’re all saying more or less the same thing, though I’ll admit the one I posted is probably not as clear as other versions. The way it was worded just struck me for some reason last night. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment. :) pathwriter

      • Thank YOU Pathwriter… I know, quotes sometimes are taken out of context, and there are indeed so many more of Campbell, it’s bound to create some confusion every now and then. Thanks for providing the other version which I actually like best. I very much enjoy your site and I am a regular and keen visitor. I will keep on coming back, for sure! So please…. don’t mind me :-)

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