Joseph Campbell

Quotations

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 heroic path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, 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.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Typically, the hero of the fairy tale achieves a domestic, microcosmic triumph, and the hero of myth a world-historical, macrocosmic triumph. Whereas the former—the youngest or despised child who becomes the master of extraordinary powers—prevails over his personal oppressors, the latter brings back from his adventure the means for the regeneration of his society as a whole.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)