Joseph Campbel

The first step to the knowledge of wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed.

Those who think they know–and their name is legion–how the universe could have been created without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death are unfit for illumination.  So if you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live it.

(…)Learn how to live in the joyful sorrow and sorrowful joy of the knowledge of life as it is.