Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

“Eternity is not a long time; rather, it is another dimension. It is that dimension to which time-thinking shuts us. And so there never was a creation. Rather, there is a continuous creating going on. This energy is pouring into every cell of our being right now, every board and brick of the buildings we sit in, every grain of sand and wisp of wind.”

Joseph Campbell, Myths of Light

Auntie Mame: 1958

Auntie Mame: 1958

“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

      “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” September 1958. “Rosalind Russell in costume from the film Auntie Mame posed with author Patrick Dennis (E.E. Tanner III).” Photo by Douglas Jones for the Look magazine assignment “The Man Behind Auntie Mame.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

“Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now. I think that’s washed out a bit by the notion that everyone will be happy in heaven. You had better be happy here, now. You’d better experience the eternal here and now. Being ‘happy with Him forever in heaven’ means that while you are here on earth you should be happy: that is to say, your life should be identified with the divine power, the eternal power in all life. If you concretize the symbol of heaven, the whole situation disintegrates. You think, for example, that eternity is there, and your life is here. You believe that God, the source of energy, is there, and you are here, and He may come into your life or He may not. No, no—that source of eternal energy is here, in you, now.”

Joseph Campbell, “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.”