Results from the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Results from the Quotations of Joseph Campbell
A love affair has to do with immediate personal satisfaction. But marriage is an ordeal; it means yielding, time and again. That's why it's a sacrament: you give up your personal simplicity to participate in a relationship. And when you're giving, you're not giving to the other person: you're giving to the relationship. And if you realize you are in the relationship just as the other person is, then it becomes life building, a life fostering and enriching experience, not an impoverishment because you're giving to somebody else ... This is the challenge of a marriage.
- Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair is a totally different thing. A marriage is a commitment to that which you are. That person is literally your other half. And you and the other are one. A love affair isn't that. That is a relationship of pleasure, and when it gets to be unpleasurable, it's off. But a marriage is a life commitment, and a life commitment means the prime concern of your life. If marriage is not the prime concern, you are not married.
- Marriage took place in the psyche first, and the physical realization of their love [Parzival and Condwiramurs] was the fulfillment of a spiritual marriage; it did not work the there way around. No priest confirmed the marriage. It was confirmed in love and was itself the sacrament of love. And neither lust nor fear, but courage and compassion, were its motivations...
Results from the Myth Blasts of Joseph Campbell
- Cosmic Marriage
- Juno: Not Everyone Knows How to Love the Terrifying, Strange, or Beautiful
- Love of a Higher Order
- Love: A Modern Mythology
- Love: The Burning Point of Life
- Mythic Imagination: The In-Between
- Temenos and the Power of Myth
- The Magic of Timeless Tales
- The Wedding of Dame Ragnell and Sir Gawain
- The New Old Age