Carl Jung quote

"The curve of life is like the parabola of a projectile which, disturbed from its initial state of rest, rises and then returns to a state of repose... Like a projectile flying to its goal, life ends in death. Even its ascent and its zenith are only steps and means to this goal... For, enlightenment or no enlightenment, consciousness or no consciousness, nature prepares itself for death."

Carl Jung

Born: July 26, 1875

Die: June 6, 1961

Occupation: Psychiatrist

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The world of gods and spirits is truly 'nothing but' the collective unconscious inside me.

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Wherever an inferiority complex exists, there is a good reason for it.

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The prerequisite for a good marriage ... is the license to be unfaithful.

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Language, in its origin and essence, is simply a system of signs or symbols that denote real occurrences or their echo in the human soul.

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No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.

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One could say, with a little exaggeration, that the persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is.

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We can keep from a child all knowledge of earlier myths, but we cannot take from him the need for mythology.

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I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.

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The more one sees of human fate and the more one examines its secret springs of action, the more one is impressed by the strength of unconscious motives and by the limitations of free choice

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The less we understand of what our fathers and forefathers sought, the less we understand ourselves, and thus we help with all our might to rob the individual of his roots and his guiding instincts, so...

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My own understanding is the sole treasure I possess, and the greatest. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.

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I would rather be whole than good.

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Whatever is not conscious will be experienced as fate.

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If God wishes to be born as man and to unite mankind in the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, He suffers the terrible torment of having to bear the world in its reality. It is a crux; indeed, He Himself is...

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A dream that is not understood remains a mere occurrence; understood it becomes a living experience.

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I am this bundle of what has been, and what has been accomplished.

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There is, how­ever, a strong empir­i­cal rea­son why we should cul­ti­vate thoughts that can never be proved. It is that they are known to be use­ful. Man pos­i­tively needs gen­eral ideas &...

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Our blight is ide­olo­gies — they are the long-expected Antichrist!

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Even if the whole world were to fall to pieces, the unity of the psyche would never be shattered.

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Error is just as important a condition of life's progress as truth

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Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.

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It is high time that we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to preach the art of seeing.

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Once upon a time men were possessed by devils. Now they are not less obsessed by ideas

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One of the main functions of formalized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God.

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All true things must change and only that which changes remains true.

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The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one's whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises.

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I believe that history is capable of anything. There exists no folly that men have not tried out.

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Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.

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Deeply listening to music opens up new avenues of research I'd never even dreamed of. I feel from now on music should be an essential part of every analysis.

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Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands.

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Conflicts create the fire of affects and emotions; and like every fire it has two aspects: that of burning and that of giving light.

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Criticism can be effective when there is something that must be destroyed or dissolved, but it is capable only of harm when there is something to be built.

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Every victory contains the germ of future defeat.

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Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.

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Synchronistic events provide an immediate religious experience as a direct encounter with the compensatory patterning of events in nature as a whole, both inwardly and outwardly.

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Science...is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is.

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Be grateful for your difficulties and challenges, for they hold blessings. In fact... Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health personal growth, individuation and self-actualisation.

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of awareness of darkness... as the contrast between what we have and how it could be worse is vital to appreciate anything, including our life, and so be happy...

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The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced and contrasted and compared to sadness. In comparing how an experience could have been worse we develop gratitude and happiness, while...

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The healthy man does not torture others.

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The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.

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Individualization does not shut one out from the world, but gathers the world to oneself.

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The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort.

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I don't believe. I know.

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To become acquainted with oneself is a terrible shock.

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The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

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The wise man who is not heeded is counted a fool, and the fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet and Führer, and sometimes it is luckily the other way round as well,...

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People learn from who we are, rather than what we say, and to believe otherwise is a disease of the mind.

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There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion

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It seems as if it is only through an experience of symbolic reality that man, vainly seeking his own “existence” and making a philosophy out of it, can find his way back to a world in which he is no...

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Man cannot stand a meaningless life.

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During my medical education at the University of Basle I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary

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Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument...

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The gods have become our diseases.

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I readily admit that I have such a great respect for what happens in the human soul that I would be afraid of disturbing and distorting the silent operation of nature by clumsy interference.

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The world will ask you who you are, and if you don't know, the world will tell you.

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The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.

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Dreams are symbolic in order that they cannot be understood; in order that the wish, which is the source of the dream, may remain unknown.

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Between the dreams of night and day there is not so great a difference.

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A creative person has little power over his own life. He is not free. He is captive and driven by his daimon.

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It is not for us . . . to send out missionaries to foreign peoples; it is our task to build up our own Western culture.

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The mind has grown to its present state of consciousness as an acorn grows into an oak, or as saurians developed into mammals.

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In the products of the unconscious we discover mandala symbols, that is, circular and quaternity figures which express wholeness, and whenever we wish to express wholeness, we employ just such figures.

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Embrace your grief. For there, your soul will grow.

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What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate.

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The self is our life's goal, for it is the completest expression of that fateful combination we call individuality.

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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness's of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most...

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Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide

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Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on living.

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An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.

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New ideas are not only the enemies of old ones; they also appear often in an extremely unacceptable form.

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I have never since entirely freed myself of the impression that this life is a segment of existence which is enacted in a three-dimensional boxlike universe especially set up for it.

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I am looking forward enormously to getting back to the sea again, where the overstimulated psyche can recover in the presence of that infinite peace and spaciousness.

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Conflict exists strictly as an opportunity to raise our consciousness.

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Normality is a fine ideal for those who have no imagination.

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The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image and elaborating and shaping the image into the finished work. By giving it...

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True art is creation, and creation is beyond all theories. That is why I say to any beginner: Learn your theories as well as you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul. Not...

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Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil.

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The brain is viewed as an appendage of the genital glands.

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Rebirth is an affirmation that must be counted among the primordial affirmations of mankind. The concept of rebirth necessarily implies the continuity of personality. Here the human personality is regarded...

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I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me.

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My whole being was seeking for something still unknown which might confer meaning upon the banality of life.

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Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his...

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The sure path can only lead to death.

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Carl Jung

Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can...

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Carl Jung

We are convinced that certain people have all the bad qualities we do not know in ourselves.

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Carl Jung

What we do not make conscious emerges later as fate.

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Carl Jung

The sad truth is that man's real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites - day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil. We are not even sure that one will prevail against...

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Carl Jung

The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire

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Carl Jung

If you want to understand the jungle, you can't be content just to sail back and forth near the shore. You've got to get into it, no matter how strange and frightening it might seem.

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Carl Jung

The man who speaks with primordial images, speaks with a thousand tongues.

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Carl Jung

Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward...

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Carl Jung

The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole.

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Carl Jung

I think it is better for all people to live on, to look forward to the next stage (after death), as if he had to spend centuries, then he lives properly... looking forward to the great adventure ahead,...

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Carl Jung

We know that the wildest and most moving dramas are played not in the theatre but in the hearts of ordinary men and women.

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Carl Jung

Our unconscious is the key to our life's pursuits.

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Carl Jung

God enters through the wound.

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Carl Jung

We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis,...

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Carl Jung

The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put...

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Carl Jung

Fidelity to the law of your own being is an act of high courage flung in the face of life.

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Carl Jung

If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more...

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Carl Jung

The capacity for inner dialogue is a touchstone for outer objectivity.

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Carl Jung

No one should deny the danger of the descent, but it can be risked. No one need risk it, but it is certain that someone will. And let those who go down the sunset way do so with open eyes, for it is a...

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Carl Jung

No man can change himself into anything from sheer reason; he can only change into what he potentially is.

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Carl Jung

Only one who has risked the fight with the dragon and is not overcome by it wins the "treasure hard to attain." He alone has a genuine claim to self-confidence, for he has faced the dark ground of his...

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Carl Jung

Every psychic advance of man arises from the suffering of the soul.

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Carl Jung

The spirit is the life of the body seen from within, and the body the outward manifestation of the life of the spirit-the two being really one.

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Carl Jung

Perfection belongs to the Gods; the most we can hope for is excellence.

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Carl Jung

In such doubtful matters, where you have to work as a pioneer, you must be able to put some trust in your intuition and follow your feeling even at the risk of going wrong.

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Carl Jung

... we are so full of apprehensions, fears, that we don't know exactly to what it points... a great change of our psychoglocal attitude is imminent, that is certain...because we need more understanding...

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Carl Jung

The unconscious psyche believes in life after death

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Carl Jung

If you think along the lines of Nature then you think properly." from the video "Carl Jung speaks about death

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Carl Jung

The growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and...each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement.

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Carl Jung

Meaninglessnes s inhibits fullness of life and is therefore the equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable--perh aps everything.

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Carl Jung

The psychopathology of the masses is rooted in the psychology of the individual

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Carl Jung

How difficult it is to reach anything approaching a moderate and relatively calm point of view in the midst of one's emotions.

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Carl Jung

The principle aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness, but to help (the client) acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering.

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Carl Jung

Ultimate truth, if there be such a thing, demands the concert of many voices.

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Carl Jung

There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.

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Carl Jung

The world hangs on a thin thread, and that is the psyche of man.

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Carl Jung

Our psyche is set up in accord with the structure of the universe, and what happens in the macrocosm likewise happens in the infinitesimal and most subjective reaches of the psyche

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Carl Jung

Water is the commonest symbol for the unconscious.

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Carl Jung

Every civilized human being, whatever his conscious development, is still an archaic man at the deeper levels of his psyche.

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Carl Jung

What happens after death is so unspeakably glorious that our imagination and our feelings do not suffice to form even an approximate conception of it. The dissolution of our time-bound form in eternity...

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Carl Jung

You are a slave of what you need in your soul.

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Carl Jung

The highest, most decisive experience is to be alone with one's own self. You must be alone to find out what supports you, when you find that you can not support yourself. Only this experience can give...

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Carl Jung

Creative power is mightier than its possessor.

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Carl Jung

For better to come, good must stand aside.

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Carl Jung

It is really the mistake of our age. We think it is enough to discover new things, but we don't realize that knowing more demands a cor­responding development of morality.

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Carl Jung

Without freedom there can be no morality.

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Carl Jung

VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT.

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Carl Jung

For the alchemist the one primarily in need of redemption is not man, but the deity who is lost and sleeping in matter.

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Carl Jung

Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight against it who are the first to succumb to its suggestive effects.

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Carl Jung

People cannot stand too much Reality.

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Carl Jung

Music is the application of sounds to the canvas of silence.

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Carl Jung

I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often seems as if there...

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Carl Jung

The curve of life is like the parabola of a projectile which, disturbed from its initial state of rest, rises and then returns to a state of repose... Like a projectile flying to its goal, life ends in...

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Carl Jung

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.

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Carl Jung

I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money,...

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Carl Jung

In the end, the only events of my life worth telling are those when the imperishable world erupted into this transitory one All other memories of travels, people and my surroundings have paled beside these...

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Carl Jung

We should know what our convictions are, and stand for them. Upon one's own philosophy, conscious or unconscious, depends one's ultimate interpretation of facts. Therefore it is wise to be as clear as...

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Carl Jung

I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of...

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Carl Jung

We often dream about people from whom we receive a letter by the next post. I have ascertained on several occasions that at the moment when the dream occurred the letter was already lying in the post-office...

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Carl Jung

It had become clear to me, in a flash of illumination, that for me the only possible goal was psychiatry. Here alone the two currents of my interest could flow together and in a united stream dig their...

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Carl Jung

A true symbol appears only when there is a need to express what thought cannot think or what is only divined or felt.

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Carl Jung

Neurosis is the natural by-product of pain avoidance.

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Carl Jung

Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.

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Carl Jung

One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games.

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Carl Jung

The unconscious is not just evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good: not only dark but also light, not only bestial, semihuman, and demonic but superhuman, spiritual, and, in the classical...

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Carl Jung

It is only our deeds that reveal who we are.

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Carl Jung

Whenever there is a reaching down into innermost experience, into the nucleus of personality, most people are overcome by fear and many run away. . . The risk of inner experience, the adventure of the...

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Carl Jung

Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

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Carl Jung

Because the European does not know his own unconscious, he does not understand the East and projects it into everything he fears and despises in himself.

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Carl Jung

The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.

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Carl Jung

If there is a fear of falling, the only safety consists in deliberately jumping.

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Carl Jung

I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once and cannot add up the sum.

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Carl Jung

That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.

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Carl Jung

A purely psychological explanation is ruled out... the discs show signs of intelligent guidance, by quasi-human pilots...

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Carl Jung

Intuition is perception via the unconscious that brings forth ideas, images, new possibilities and ways out of blocked situations.

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Carl Jung

An archetypal content expresses itself, first and foremost, in metaphors.

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Carl Jung

Paul hardly ever allows the real Jesus of Nazareth to get a word in.

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Carl Jung

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced, and today we think this more than ever and are just as wrong as all previous ages that thought so. How often have we not seen the truth...

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Carl Jung

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,...

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Carl Jung

I must also have a dark side if I am to be whole.

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Carl Jung

Sometimes a tree tells you more than can be read in books.

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Carl Jung

Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.

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Carl Jung

My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day...I guarded them like precious pearls....It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the...

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Carl Jung

Nature does not deceive or conceal, but reveals.

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Carl Jung

To make what fate intends for me my own intention

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Carl Jung

I know only that I was born and exist, and it seems to me that I have been carried along. I exist on the foundation of something I do not know. In spite of all uncertainties, I feel a solidity underlying...

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Carl Jung

Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something.

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Carl Jung

Moreover, my ancestors' souls are sustained by the atmosphere of the house, since I answer for them the questions that their lives once left behind. I carve out rough answers as best I can. I have even...

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Carl Jung

Nothing affects the life of a child so much as the unlived life of its parent

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Carl Jung

Nature is not matter only. She is also a spirit

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Carl Jung

What usually has the strongest psychic effect on the child is the life which the parents have not lived

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Carl Jung

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.

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Carl Jung

For, in order to turn the individual into a function of the State, his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him.

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Carl Jung

It is the individual's task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities . . . interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities...

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Carl Jung

Only a life lived in a certain spirit is worth living. It is a remarkable fact that a life lived entirely from the ego is dull not only for the person himself but for all concerned.

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Carl Jung

The Shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing...

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Carl Jung

Therein lies the social significance of art: It is constantly at work educating the spirit of the age, conjuring up the forms in which the age is more lacking. The unsatisfied yearning of the artist reaches...

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Carl Jung

We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning; for what in the morning was true will in evening become a lie.

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Carl Jung

Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams,...

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Carl Jung

One must be able to let things happen.

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Carl Jung

Colors express the main psychic functions of man.

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Carl Jung

When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results...

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Carl Jung

Nothing is possible without love.

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Carl Jung

The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

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Carl Jung

I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life.

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Carl Jung

Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.

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Carl Jung

I cannot prove to you that God exists, but my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every man and that this pattern in the individual has at its disposal the greatest transforming...

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Carl Jung

We live in a world which in some respects is mysterious; things can be experienced which remain inexplicable; not everything which happens can be anticipated. The unexpected and the incredible belong in...

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Carl Jung

Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine.

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Carl Jung

To be normal is the ultimate aim of the unsuccessful.

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Carl Jung

What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.

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Carl Jung

In all earnestness I asked myself what kind of world I had stumbled into.

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Carl Jung

His retreat into himself is not a final renunciation of the world, but a search for quietude, where alone it is possible for him to make his contribution to the life of the community.

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Carl Jung

When goals go, meaning goes. When meaning goes, purpose goes. When purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.

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Carl Jung

Every individual needs revolution, inner division, overthrow of the existing order, and renewal, but not by forcing them upon his neighbors under the hypocritical cloak of Christian love or the sense of...

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Carl Jung

I have always tried to make room for anything that wanted to come to me from within.

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Carl Jung

We don't really heal anything; we simply let it go.

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Carl Jung

That which compels us to create a substitute for ourselves is not the external lack of objects, but our incapacity to lovingly include a thing outside of ourselves

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Carl Jung

Six weeks after his death my father appeared to me in a dream... It was an unforgettable experience, and it forced me for the first time to think about life after death.

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Carl Jung

We have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.

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Carl Jung

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.

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Carl Jung

God has fallen out of containment in religion and into human hearts—God is incarnating. Our whole unconscious is in an uproar from the God Who wants to know and to be known.

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Carl Jung

Just as we tend to assume that the world is as we see it, we naively suppose that people are as we imagine them to be.

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Carl Jung

To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.

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Carl Jung

I have always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly...

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Carl Jung

A collection of a hundred great brains makes one big fathead.

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Carl Jung

The serious problems in life...are never fully solved. If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost. The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not in its solution...

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Carl Jung

Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness

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Carl Jung

The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows it to realize its supreme purpose through him.

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Carl Jung

In order to know the light, we must first experience the darkness.

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Carl Jung

You can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence.

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Carl Jung

The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.

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Carl Jung

It is a moral achievement on the part of the doctor who ought not to let himself be repelled by sickness and corruption.

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Carl Jung

Where do we live symbolically? Nowhere except where we participate in the ritual of life.

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Carl Jung

Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.

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Carl Jung

Just imagine what would happen if practicing physicians, the ones who have come into contact directly with suffering humanity, had some acquaintance with Eastern systems of healing. The Spirit of the East...

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Carl Jung

From the viewpoint of analytic psychology, the theatre, aside from any aesthetic value, may be considered as an institution for the treatment of the mass complex.

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Carl Jung

A mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self.

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Carl Jung

That which you do not bring to consciousness comes to you as your Fate, that which you do bring to consciousness, whether it was what you thought you wanted or not, is your destiny.

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Carl Jung

Somewhere, right at the bottom of one’s own being, one generally does know where one should go and what one should do. But there are times when the clown we call “I” behaves in such a distracting...

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Carl Jung

Religion is a defense against the experience of God.

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Carl Jung

In each of us there is another whom we do not know.

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Carl Jung

Those who look outside, dream. Those who look inside, awaken.

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Carl Jung

When you walk with naked feet, how can you ever forget the Earth?

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Carl Jung

Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the Shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining...

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Carl Jung

Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.

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Carl Jung

But what will he do when he sees only too clearly why his patient is ill; when he sees that it arises from his having no love, but only sexuality; no faith, because he is afraid to grope in the dark; no...

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Carl Jung

Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. They are found-given-by experience.

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Carl Jung

We cannot change anything unless we accept it.

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Carl Jung

To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.

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Carl Jung

The angel personifies something new arising from the deep unconscious.

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Carl Jung

The angels are a strange genus, they are precisely what they are and cannot be anything else. They are themselves soul-less beings who represent nothing but the thoughts and intuitions of their Lord.

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Carl Jung

Without playing with fantasy, no creative work has yet come into being.

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Carl Jung

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.

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Carl Jung

The seat of faith...is not consciousness but spontaneous religious experience, which brings the individual's faith into immediate relation with God.

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Carl Jung

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like nature herself...

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Carl Jung

Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them.

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Carl Jung

It is a bewildering thing in human life that the things that cause the greatest fear is the source of the greatest wisdom.

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Carl Jung

The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both...

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Carl Jung

Nature has no use for the plea that one 'did not know'.

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Carl Jung

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole

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Carl Jung

Our mania for rational explanations obviously has its roots in our fear of metaphysics, for the two were always hostile brothers. Hence, anything unexpected that approaches us from the dark realm is regarded...

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Carl Jung

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Everything...

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Carl Jung

Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.

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Carl Jung

I deliberately and consciously give preference to a dramatic, mythological way of thinking and speaking, because this is not only more expressive but also more exact than an abstract scientific terminology,...

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Carl Jung

Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.

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Carl Jung

As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.

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Carl Jung

When you are up against a wall, put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall and grow.

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Carl Jung

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and...

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Carl Jung

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element...

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Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

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Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

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Carl Jung

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

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Carl Jung

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

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Carl Jung

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

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Carl Jung

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

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Carl Jung

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

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Carl Jung

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

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Carl Jung

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

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Carl Jung

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

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Carl Jung

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

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Carl Jung

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

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Carl Jung

The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

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Carl Jung

The word 'belief' is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it - I don't need to believe it.

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Carl Jung

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

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Carl Jung

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.

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Carl Jung

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

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Carl Jung

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.

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Carl Jung

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

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Carl Jung

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

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Carl Jung

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

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Carl Jung

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

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Carl Jung

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

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Carl Jung

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.

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Carl Jung

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

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Carl Jung

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

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Carl Jung

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

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Carl Jung

The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable...

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Carl Jung

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

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Carl Jung

It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.

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Carl Jung

We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.

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Carl Jung

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

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Carl Jung

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.

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Carl Jung

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

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Carl Jung

Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.

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Carl Jung

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.

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Carl Jung

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.

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Carl Jung

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

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Carl Jung

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.

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Carl Jung

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

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Carl Jung

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

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Carl Jung

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

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Carl Jung

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

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Carl Jung

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

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Carl Jung

Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.

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Carl Jung

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

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Carl Jung

A 'scream' is always just that - a noise and not music.

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Carl Jung

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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Carl Jung

Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

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Carl Jung

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

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Carl Jung

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.

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Carl Jung

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.

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Carl Jung

The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.

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Carl Jung

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

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Carl Jung

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

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Carl Jung

Everyone knows nowadays that people 'have complexes'. What is not so well known, though far more important theoretically, is that complexes can have us.

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Carl Jung

I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious...

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Carl Jung

In my case Pilgrim's Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.

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Carl Jung

When religion stops talking about animals it will be all downhill.

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Carl Jung

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

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Carl Jung

The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.

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Carl Jung

With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could...

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Carl Jung

The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness...

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Carl Jung

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most...

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Carl Jung

Consciousness succumbs all too easily to unconscious influences, and these are often truer and wiser than our conscious thinking.

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Carl Jung

The girl dreams she is dangerously ill. Suddenly birds come out of her skin and cover her completely ... Swarms of gnats obscure the sun, the moon, and all the stars except one. That one start falls upon...

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Carl Jung

The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.

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Carl Jung

The sight of a child…will arouse certain longings in adult, civilized persons — longings which relate to the unfulfilled desires and needs of those parts of the personality which have been blotted...

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Carl Jung

Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

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Carl Jung

Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.

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Carl Jung

Meaning makes a great many things endurable---per haps everything.

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Carl Jung

The greater the tension, the greater is the potential.

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Carl Jung

It is in the nature of political bodies always to see the evil in the opposite group, just as the individual has an ineradicable tendency to get rid of everything he does not know and does not want to...

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Carl Jung

Part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to laws of space and time.

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Carl Jung

If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.

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Carl Jung

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness.

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Carl Jung

Seldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises; there is no coming to consciousness without pain.

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Carl Jung

The majority of my patients consisted not of believers but of those who had lost their faith.

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Carl Jung

The primary cause of unhappiness in the world today is... lack of faith.

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Carl Jung

Enlightenment consists not merely in the seeing of luminous shapes and visions, but in making the darkness visible. The latter procedure is more difficult and therefore, unpopular.

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Carl Jung

What did you do as a child that made that hours pass like minutes? [Herein lies the key to your earthy pursuits.]

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Carl Jung

The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain...

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Carl Jung

Our mind has its history, just as our body has its history. You might be just as astonished that man has an appendix, for instance. Does he know he ought to have an appendix? He is just born with it....Our...

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Carl Jung

Many who know something but not enough about dreams and their meaning...are liable to succumb to the prejudice that the dream actually has a moral purpose, that it warns, rebukes, comforts, foretells the...

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Carl Jung

Dreams are the facts from which we must proceed.

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Carl Jung

That which we do not confront in ourselves we will meet as fate.

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Carl Jung

Identification with one's office or title is very attractive indeed, which is precisely why so many men are nothing more than the decorum accorded to them by society. In vain would one look for a personality...

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Carl Jung

Enlightenment doesnt occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the Self into the conscious personality.

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Carl Jung

The individual disposition is already a factor in childhood; it is innate, and not acquired in the course of a life.

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Carl Jung

I cannot define for you what God is. I can only say that my work has proved empirically that the pattern of God exists in every man and that this pattern has at its disposal the greatest of all his energies...

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Carl Jung

I have gradually learned to be cautious even in disbelief

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Carl Jung

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.

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Carl Jung

It seems to be very hard for people to live with riddles or to let them live, although one would think that life is so full of riddles as it is that a few more things we cannot answer would make no difference....

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Carl Jung

I am an orphan, alone: nevertheless I am found everywhere. I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to...

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Carl Jung

The years... when I pursued the inner images were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My...

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Carl Jung

I am no longer alone with myself, and I can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude. This is the shadow side of the fortune of love.

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Carl Jung

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

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Carl Jung

What you resist persist.

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Carl Jung

Find out what a person fears most and that is where he will develop next.

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Carl Jung

Intuition (is) perception via the unconscious

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Carl Jung

But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.

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Carl Jung

Everyone is in love with his own ideas

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Carl Jung

Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake.

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Carl Jung

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

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Carl Jung

To confront a person with their own shadow is to show them their own light.

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Carl Jung

Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force

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Carl Jung

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.

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Carl Jung

Man is in need if a symbolical life- badly in need. We only live banal, ordinary, rational or irrational things- but we have no symbolic life. Where do we live symbolically? Nowhere except where we participate...

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Carl Jung

As a plant produces its flower, so the psyche creates its symbols.

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Carl Jung

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford...

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Carl Jung

An old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as the young man who is unable to embrace it.

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Carl Jung

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.

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Carl Jung

If we feel our way into the human secrets of the sick person, the madness also reveals its system, and we recognize in the mental illness merely an exceptional reaction to emotional problems which are...

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Carl Jung

...it seemed to me I was living in an insane asylum of my own making. I wnt about with all these fantastic figures: centaurs, nymphs, satyrs, gods and goddesses, as though they were patients and I was...

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Carl Jung

The time is a critical one, for it marks the beginning of the second half of life, when a metanoia, a mental transformation, not infrequently occurs. (on being 36 yrs old)

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Carl Jung

An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of...

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Carl Jung

Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being.

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Carl Jung

It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually...

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Carl Jung

Science has destroyed even the refuge of the inner life. What was once a sheltering haven has become a place of terror

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Carl Jung

Like the sea itself, the unconscious yields an endless and self-replenishing abundance of creatures, a wealth beyond our fathoming.

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Carl Jung

The Self then functions as a union of opposites and thus constitutes the most immediate experience of the Divine which it is psychologically possible to imagine

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Carl Jung

The self is defined psychologically as the psychic totality of the individual. Anything that a [person] postulates as being a greater totality than [oneself] can become a symbol of the self. For this reason...

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Carl Jung

The self is not only the centre but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the centre of this totality, just as the ego is the centre of consciousness.

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Carl Jung

The term "self" seems a suitable one for the unconscious substrate whose actual exponent in consciousness is the ego. The ego stands to the self as the moved to the mover, or as object to subject, because...

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Carl Jung

No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning, and beauty, and that has given a new...

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Carl Jung

The difference between the "natural" individuation process, which runs its course unconsciously, and the one that is consciously realized is tremendous. In the first case, consciousness nowhere intervenes;...

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Carl Jung

Self-reflection, or - what comes to the same thing - the urge to individuation, gathers together what is scattered and multifarious and exalts it to the original of the One, the Primordial Man. In this...

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Carl Jung

It is also possible for the unconscious or an archetype to take complete possession of a man and to determine his fate down to the smallest detail

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Carl Jung

There are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life. Endless repetition has engraved these experiences into our psychic constitution, not in the forms of images filled with content, but...

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Carl Jung

By a symbol I do not mean an allegory or a sign, but an image that describes in the best possible way the dimly discerned nature of the spirit. A symbol does not define or explain; it points beyond itself...

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Carl Jung

The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body, and they express its materiality every bit as much as the perceiving consciousness. The symbol is thus a living body

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Carl Jung

Life is teleology par excellence; it is the intrinsic striving towards a goal, and the living organism is a system of directed aims which seek to fulfill themselves.

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Carl Jung

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order... we are caught and entangled in aimless experience... It is a moment of collapse... Only when all crutches and props are broken, and no...

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Carl Jung

Since psyche and matter are contained in one and the same world, and moreover are in continuous contact with one another and ultimately rest on irrepresentable, transcendental factors, it is not only possible...

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Carl Jung

The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing...

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Carl Jung

The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life.

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Carl Jung

I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths of and heights of our psychic nature. Its non-spatial universe conceals an untold abundance of images which have accumulated over millions of years of...

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Carl Jung

There are two reasons why man loses contact with the regulating center of his soul. One of them is that some single instinctive drive or emotional image can carry him into a one-sidedness that makes him...

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Carl Jung

The facts of nature cannot in the long run be violated. Penetrating and seeping through everything like water, they will undermine any system that fails to take account of them, and sooner or later they...

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Carl Jung

Life calls us forth to independence, and anyone who does not heed this call because of childish laziness or timidity is threatened with neurosis. And once this has broken out, it becomes an increasingly...

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Carl Jung

All neurotics seek the religious

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Carl Jung

No nation keeps its word. A nation is a big, blind worm, following what? Fate perhaps. A nation has no honor, it has no word to keep .

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Carl Jung

Complexes are psychic contents which are outside the control of the conscious mind. They have been split off from consciousness and lead a separate existence in the unconscious, being at all times ready...

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Carl Jung

This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once: scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic.

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Carl Jung

There is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols which are older than the historical man, which are inborn in him from the earliest times, eternally living, outlasting all generations, still make up...

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Carl Jung

The creative mind plays with the object it loves.

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Carl Jung

We do not know whether Hitler is going to found a new Islam. He is already on the way; he is like Mohammad. The emotion in Germany is Islamic; warlike and Islamic. They are all drunk with wild god. That...

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Carl Jung

Archetypes, in spite of their conservative nature, are not static but in a continuous dramatic flux. Thus the self as a monad or continuous unit would be dead. But it lives inasmuch as it splits and unites...

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Carl Jung

Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.

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Carl Jung

Whenever you hear anyone talking about a cultural or even about a human problem, you should never forget to inquire who the speaker really is. The more general the problem, the more the person will smuggle...

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Carl Jung

I don't aspire to be a good man. I aspire to be a whole man.

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Carl Jung

We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself.

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Carl Jung

In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world,...

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Carl Jung

Learn your techniques well and be prepared to let them go when you touch the human soul.

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Carl Jung

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose...

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Carl Jung

The problem of synchronicity has puzzled me for a long time, ever since the middle twenties, when I was investigating the phenomena of the collective unconscious and kept on coming across connections which...

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Carl Jung

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes...

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Carl Jung

Shame is a soul eating emotion.

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Carl Jung

Our souls as well as our bodies are composed of individual elements which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. The "newness" in the individual psyche is an endlessly varied recombination...

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Carl Jung

The only thing we have to fear on this planet is man.

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Carl Jung

Man is the mirror God holds up to himself, the sense organ with which he apprehends his being.

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Carl Jung

Every Mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother and every mother extends backwards into her mother and forwards into her daughter.

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Carl Jung

I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, "My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable...

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Carl Jung

Every man carries within himself the eternal image of woman, not the image of this or that particular woman, but a definite feminine image. This image is fundamentally unconscious, a hereditary factor...

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The curve of life is like the parabola of a projectile which, disturbed from its initial state of rest, rises and then returns to a state of repose... Like a projectile flying to its goal, life ends in...

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U.G. Krishnamurti

I have searched everywhere to find an answer to my question, 'Is there enlightenment?' but have never questioned the search itself. Because I have assumed that goal of enlightenment exists, I have had...

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Erwin Schrodinger

Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves The stages of human development are to strive for Possession...

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Plato

Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die...

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that...

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Annie Besant

Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the...

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

Nature is the system of laws established by the Creator for the existence of things and for the succession of creatures. Nature is not a thing, because this thing would be everything. Nature is not a creature,...

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Edward Bellamy

Human history, like all great movements, was cyclical, and returned to the point of beginning. The idea of indefinite progress in a right line was a chimera of the imagination, with no analogue in nature....

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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and...

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Roger Scruton

The culture of a civilization is the art and literature through which it rises to consciousness of itself and defines its vision of the world.

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Iannis Xenakis

Art, and, above all, music, has a fundamental function, which is to catalyze the sublimation that it can bring about through all means of expression. It must aim through fixations which are landmarks,...

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Teresa of Avila

In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it...

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Ludwig Wittgenstein

Not only is there no guarantee of the temporal immortality of the human soul, that is to say of its eternal survival after death; but, in any case, this assumption completely fails to accomplish the purpose...

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Robert Thurman

Whether or not enlightenment is a plausible goal for us is a vital question for our lives. If it is possible for us to attain such perfect enlightenment ourselves, our whole sense of meaning and our...

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Chogyam Trungpa

Enlightenment is like witnessing the brilliant sun for the first time in the morning. It is like seeing the beautiful flowers that grow in the wood, the frolicking deer, a bird flying proudly, or fish...

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Yasser Arafat

In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth. But it is forbidden that this harm the continued struggle against the Zionist enemy. Cooperation and understanding...

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Joseph Butler

Men are impatient, and for precipitating things; but the Author of Nature appears deliberate throughout His operations, accomplishing His natural ends by slow, successive steps. And there is a plan of...

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Thomas Pynchon

But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola. They must have guessed, once or twice -- guessed and refused to believe -- that everything, always, collectively, had been moving...

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Lynn Hill

For me, climbing is a form of exploration that inspires me to confront my own inner nature within nature. It’s a means of experiencing a state of consciousness where there are no distractions or expectations....

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world... life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being...

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Sogyal Rinpoche

If all we know of mind is the aspect of mind that dissolves when we die, we will be left with no idea of what continues, no knowledge of the new dimension of the deeper reality of the nature of mind. So...

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