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383 Inspiring Quotes by Carl Jung

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Wikipedia Summary for Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG; born Karl Gustav Jung, German: [kaʁl ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Jung's work has been influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, psychology and religious studies. Jung worked as a research scientist at the famous Burghölzli hospital, under Eugen Bleuler. During this time, he came to the attention of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. The two men conducted a lengthy correspondence and collaborated, for a while, on a joint vision of human psychology.

Freud saw the younger Jung as the heir he had been seeking to take forward his "new science" of psychoanalysis and to this end secured his appointment as President of his newly founded International Psychoanalytical Association. Jung's research and personal vision, however, made it impossible for him to follow his older colleague's doctrine and a schism became inevitable. This division was personally painful for Jung and resulted in the establishment of Jung's analytical psychology as a comprehensive system separate from psychoanalysis.

Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual's conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex and extraversion and introversion.

Jung was also an artist, craftsman and builder as well as a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death and some are still awaiting publication.


band performing on stage in front of people

Consciousness can keep only a few images in full clarity at one time, and even this clarity fluctuates.

--Carl Jung

woman standing on cliff

Psychological type is nothing static -- it changes in the course of life.

--Carl Jung

white sand

The squaring of the circle is a stage on the way to the unconscious, a point of transition leading to a goal lying as yet unformulated beyond it. It is one of those paths to the centre.

--Carl Jung

assorted-color beach houses

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.

--Carl Jung


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We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist.

--Carl Jung

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

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

--Carl Jung

low angle photography of gray concrete building

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

--Carl Jung

closeup photo of sunflower

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung


two gold-colored skeleton keys

The sure path can only lead to death.

--Carl Jung


brown sand beach during daytime

Plato's world of ideas is beautiful.

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung


brown textile in close up image

When you succeed in awakening the Kundalini, so that it starts to move out of its mere potentiality, you necessarily start a world which is totally different from our world. It is the world of eternity.

--Carl Jung


photo of underwater

All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes.

--Carl Jung



foggy mountain summit

There is no light without shadow, and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung


man on running field

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

--Carl Jung









common sunflower

The creative mind plays with the object it loves.

--Carl Jung

person walking on snowfield

Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living.

--Carl Jung



brown and gray floral textile

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

--Carl Jung

bird on pier

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

--Carl Jung



grayscale photo of rock formation

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

--Carl Jung


A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

--Carl Jung


landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

Projection of our own shadow makes the whole world a replica of our own unknown face.

--Carl Jung

blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower

Our biggest problems cannot be resolved. They must be outgrown.

--Carl Jung



person on road at sunset

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

--Carl Jung

man riding horse

Healing proceeds from the depths to the heights.

--Carl Jung


pen on brown board

A residual sea of symbols which is shared by all mankind, usually accessed through dreams or altered states, and from which cultures draw images on which to found their religions.

--Carl Jung

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

God enters through the wound.

--Carl Jung

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

Wisdom accepts that all things have two sides.

--Carl Jung



silhouette photo of mountain during night time

Most of our difficulties come from losing contact with our instincts, with the age-old forgotten wisdom stored up in us.

--Carl Jung


orange and yellow round light

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

--Carl Jung

black and white butterfly on green leaf

The longing for light is the longing for consciousness.

--Carl Jung



silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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

--Carl Jung

photography of white sky at golden hour

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.

--Carl Jung


yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

There are all too many who, on account of their notorious ineptitude, thrive better in a rationalist system than in freedom. Freedom is one of those difficult things.

--Carl Jung

woman riding on skateboard during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung



person surfing on sea waves during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung

milky way wallpaper

To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real.

--Carl Jung

body of water during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung




white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

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

--Carl Jung

lone tree in grassland

Where your fear is, there is your task.

--Carl Jung

yellow and blue painted wall

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

--Carl Jung

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

But the meaning of life is not ... explained by one's business life, nor is the deep desire of the human heart answered by a bank account.

--Carl Jung

sunset

Science is not ... a perfect instrument, but it is a superb and invaluable tool that works harm only when taken as an end in itself.

--Carl Jung

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

--Carl Jung

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Carl Jung


white petaled flowers beside gray wall

So often among so-called "primitives" one comes across spiritual personalities who immediately inspire respect, as though they were the fully matured products of an undisturbed fate.

--Carl Jung

green forest during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

Longer Version:

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


brown mountain

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

--Carl Jung


green grass field

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

--Carl Jung

body of water

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.

--Carl Jung

yellow flower field under clear sky

Too much of the animal disfigures the civilized human being, too much culture makes a sick animal.

--Carl Jung

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Carl Jung


person holding sunflower

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.

--Carl Jung

white and blue ice on water

It is on the whole probably that we continually dream, but that consciousness makes such a noise that we do not hear it.

--Carl Jung

red rose illustration

The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?

--Carl Jung

bird in the sky

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

--Carl Jung

silhouette of flower during sunset

I came to Freud for facts. I read 'The Interpretation of Dreams' and I thought- 'Oh, here is a man who is not just theorizing away, here is a man who has got facts.'

--Carl Jung

green plants with white background

The bigger the crowd, the more negligible the individual.

--Carl Jung


fawn pug standing on textile

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

--Carl Jung

empty seashore near high-rise building

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.

--Carl Jung

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

You must go in quest of yourself, and you will find yourself again only in the simple and forgotten things.

--Carl Jung

coconut tree near body of water

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

--Carl Jung

Longer Version:

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.


nebulas

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.

--Carl Jung

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In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.

--Carl Jung

blue textile on brown wooden table

I am the triple owner of the world, the finest Turkey, the Lorelei, Germania and Helvetia of exclusively sweet butter and Naples, and I must supply the whole world with macaroni.

--Carl Jung

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

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.

--Carl Jung

foggy mountains

If only simplicity were not the most difficult of all things. It consists of watching objectively the development of any fragment of fantasy.

--Carl Jung

adobe wall

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

--Carl Jung





flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

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

--Carl Jung

blue and white abstract painting

Sensation tell us a thing is. Thinking tell us what it is this thing is. Feeling tells us what this thing is to us.

--Carl Jung


green trees in between gray concrete road

One is always in the dark about one's own personality. One needs others to get to know oneself.

--Carl Jung

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Neurosis is an inner cleavage-the state of being at war with oneself.

--Carl Jung

blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower

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

--Carl Jung

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung


white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Man cannot stand a meaningless life.

--Carl Jung



aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Creativity is the art that can give rise to visionary metaphorical relationships, as opposed to purely psy-chological ones.

--Carl Jung



forest and body of water

The unconscious mind of man sees correctly even when conscious reason is blind and impotent.

--Carl Jung

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Man and woman become a devil to each other when they do not separate their spiritual paths, for the nature of created beings is always the nature of differentiation.

--Carl Jung

brown wooden board

The heaping together of paintings by Old Masters in museums is a catastrophe; likewise, a collection of a hundred Great Brains makes one big fathead.

--Carl Jung

woman holding brown umbrella

Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.

--Carl Jung

grassland landscape

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

--Carl Jung

man laying on tree branch

Everything psychic is pregnant with the future.

--Carl Jung





blue and white abstract painting

It is astounding that man, the instigator, inventor and vehicle of all these developments, the originator of all judgements and decisions and the planner of the future, must make himself such a quantité negligeable.

--Carl Jung

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

The psyche is a natural phenomenon. All aspects of the psyche, even those which seem pathological or destructive, actually serve the function of furthering our psychological development.

--Carl Jung


forest trees photograph

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

--Carl Jung


fawn pug standing on textile

I thought perhaps she was crazy, but she was only highly intuitive.

--Carl Jung

body of water under blue sky during sunset

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.

--Carl Jung

shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

One cannot live without inconsistency.

--Carl Jung

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

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

--Carl Jung


man leaping above ground under cloudy skies golden hour photography

Not nature, but the "genius of mankind," has knotted the hangman's noose with which it can execute itself at any moment.

--Carl Jung


leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Much of the evil in the world is due to the fact that man in general is hopelessly unconscious.

--Carl Jung

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

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

--Carl Jung


red textile in close up photography

Our intellect has achieved the most tremendous things, but in the meantime our spiritual dwelling has fallen into disrepair.

--Carl Jung



silver round analog wall clock

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

--Carl Jung

brown leaf tree facing the lake

The creative process is a living thing, implanted, as it were in the souls of men.

--Carl Jung

crescent moon above mountain

No language exists that cannot be misused... Every Interpretation is hypothetical, for it is a mere attempt to read an unfamiliar text.

--Carl Jung

blue and white abstract painting

In some way or other we are part of a single, all-embracing psyche, a single 'greatest man...'

--Carl Jung

white pendant lamp

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

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung


brown leaf on asphalt road

All neurotics seek the religious.

--Carl Jung

pink rose in close up photography

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

--Carl Jung

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung

shallow focus photography of white flowers

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

--Carl Jung

person with blue paint on hand

Only the wounded physician heals.

--Carl Jung



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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.

--Carl Jung

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.

--Carl Jung

low angle view of blue clouds

St. Thomas is really a great man quite apart from his saintliness.

--Carl Jung

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.

--Carl Jung

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

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

--Carl Jung



white brick wall

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

--Carl Jung

shorebird on pier

Individuation is to divest the self of false wrappings.

--Carl Jung

palm trees covered with fog

The ability to ask questions is the greatest resource in learning the truth.

--Carl Jung

green and brown mountains under blue sky during daytime

The gods have become our diseases.

--Carl Jung

brown wooden board

My evenings are taken up very largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth.

--Carl Jung


person holding white book

The conscious mind is a bad judge of its own situation and often persists in the illusion that its attitude is just the right one.

--Carl Jung

grayscale photo of desert

Deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, "There is something not right," no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or moral code.

--Carl Jung

snow covered mountain under blue sky

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

--Carl Jung



calm ocean

An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: "No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.

--Carl Jung

starry night over butte

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

--Carl Jung


man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

blue sky with stars during night time

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

--Carl Jung

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

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

--Carl Jung

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Never diagnose a (client) until after their therapy is over.

--Carl Jung


shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

Modern man is sick because he is not whole.

--Carl Jung

aerial photo of foggy mountains

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

--Carl Jung


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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.

--Carl Jung

grassland landscape

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

--Carl Jung

fireplace on fire

Liverpool is the pool of life, it makes to live.

--Carl Jung




blue painted wall with white paint

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.

--Carl Jung

sunset

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

--Carl Jung


white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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

--Carl Jung


red rose illustration

The totality of the psyche can never be grasped by the intellect alone.

--Carl Jung

Arizona landscape

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

--Carl Jung


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Carl Jung

body of water photo

While personal problems are not overlooked, the analyst keeps an eye on their symbolic aspects, for healing comes only from what leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglement in the ego.

--Carl Jung



green grass field with smoke

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

--Carl Jung

blue and white abstract painting

The more uncertain I have felt about myself, the more there has grown up in me a feeling of kinship with all things.

--Carl Jung

blue painted wall with white paint

Gnosticism was stamped out completely and its remnants are so badly mangled that special study is needed to get any insight at all into its inner meaning.

--Carl Jung

brown wooden door

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.

--Carl Jung




brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

three women sitting on rock near body of water

The greatest sin is to be unconscious.

--Carl Jung

selective photography of green leaf plant

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

--Carl Jung

sunset

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

--Carl Jung

grass field under cloudy sky

Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.

--Carl Jung


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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.

--Carl Jung




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Metaphysical assertions, however, are statements of the psyche, and are therefore psychological. Whenever the Westerner hears the word "psychological," it always sounds to him like "only psychological.

--Carl Jung

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

It is only our deeds that reveal who we are.

--Carl Jung

lightning strike at night

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

--Carl Jung

sunset dirt road

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

--Carl Jung


assorted-color beach houses

The fact is that certain ideas exist almost everywhere and at all times and can even spontaneously create themselves quite independently of migration and tradition.

--Carl Jung




desert grassland

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

--Carl Jung

man on running field

There is a deep need in the world just now for guidance -- almost any sort of spiritual guidance.

--Carl Jung

sunset

Blind acceptance never leads to a solution; at best it leads only to a standstill and is paid for heavily in the next generation.

--Carl Jung



dew drops on glass panel

In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life.

--Carl Jung

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

Recognition of the reality of evil necessarily relativizes the good, and the evil likewise, converting both into halves of a paradoxical whole.

--Carl Jung



photo of brown parquet

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

--Carl Jung



person with blue paint on hand

Nothing is possible without love.

--Carl Jung

white swan on blue sea during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

silhouette of flower during sunset

A book of mine is always a matter of fate. There is something unpredictable about the process of writing, and I cannot prescribe for myself any predetermined course.

--Carl Jung




black mountain under blue sky during night time

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

--Carl Jung

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness.

--Carl Jung



man in black jacket and blue denim jeans jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

four white balloons on white wall

Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

--Carl Jung

body of water

If you cannot understand why someone did something, look at the consequences--and infer the motivation.

--Carl Jung



green and brown mountains under blue sky during daytime

No concept is a carrier of life.

--Carl Jung

rock formation in body of water

I think that one should view with philosophic admiration the strange paths of the libido and should investigate the purposes of its circuitous ways.

--Carl Jung

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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.

--Carl Jung


purple and white clouds during night time

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

--Carl Jung

purple textile in close up photography

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.

--Carl Jung

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

galaxy

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

--Carl Jung

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

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

--Carl Jung


concert photos

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.

--Carl Jung

sunset

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

--Carl Jung

high-angle photography of beach side

Man's unconscious... contains all the patterns of life and behaviour inherited from his ancestors, so that every human child, prior to consciousness, is possessed of a potential system of adapted psychic functioning.

--Carl Jung

trees on forest with sun rays

The descent into the depths always seems to precede the ascent.

--Carl Jung

brown mountain

Protection and security are only valuable if they do not cramp life excessively.

--Carl Jung




photo of woman climbing mountain

I have always said to my pupils: "Learn as much as you can about symbolism; then forget it when you are analyzing a dream.

--Carl Jung


yellow and black striped background

A criminal becomes a popular figure because he unburdens in no small degree the consciences of his fellow man, for now they know once more where evil is to be found.

--Carl Jung

bare tree on mountain during sunset

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

--Carl Jung


shallow focus photo of white rose

What you resist persist.

--Carl Jung


white wooden dock on white sand

Only a few individuals succeed in throwing off mythology in a time of a certain intellectual supremacy -- the mass never frees itself.

--Carl Jung





woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

The dream is a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychologic material which yields a clear meaning.

--Carl Jung


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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.

--Carl Jung

gray leaves

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.

--Carl Jung

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Life is a luminous pause between two mysteries that are yet one.

--Carl Jung

woman carrying baby while walking

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.

--Carl Jung


Arizona landscape

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

--Carl Jung

black and gray floral textile

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

--Carl Jung

forest and body of water

The greatest potential for growth and self-realisation exists in the second half of life.

--Carl Jung

yellow green leaf

Anyone who attempts to do both, to adjust to his group and at the same time pursue his individual goal, becomes neurotic.

--Carl Jung

three books on surface

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.

--Carl Jung

view of mountaintops with clouds

We want to have certainties and no doubts- results and no experiments- without even seeing that certainties can arise only through doubt and results only thorough experiment.

--Carl Jung

girl and boy figurines

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.

--Carl Jung

blue, yellow, and purple starry sky during nighttime

And what shall we know of this life on earth after death? The dissolution of our timebound form in eternity brings no loss of meaning. Rather, does the little finger know itself a member of the hand.

--Carl Jung


empty pathway

Magic is the science of the jungle.

--Carl Jung


blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

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.

--Carl Jung



man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

A psychoneurosis must be understood, ultimately, as the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.

--Carl Jung

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth.

--Carl Jung

silhouette of people riding bicycle

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.

--Carl Jung


white and blue floral textile

Active imagination requires a state of reverie, half-way between sleep and waking.

--Carl Jung

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

The unconscious psyche believes in life after death.

--Carl Jung

road during night time

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.

--Carl Jung



high-angle photography of beach side

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 outlook on life.

--Carl Jung

beach during daytime

How can anyone see straight when he does not see himself and the darkness he unconsciously carries with him into all his dealings?

--Carl Jung

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The collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind's evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual.

--Carl Jung

white brick wall planning

We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.

--Carl Jung


withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

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

--Carl Jung


clear wine glass with red wine

Insight that dawns slowly seems to me to have more lasting effects than a fitful idealism, which is unlikely to hold out for long.

--Carl Jung







silhouette of off-road car

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

--Carl Jung

low angle photography of gray concrete building

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

--Carl Jung

blue sky and white clouds

But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life's morning -- for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.

--Carl Jung

shoreline during golden hour

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

--Carl Jung



people walking on hallway

Neurosis is the natural by-product of pain avoidance.

--Carl Jung

two birds on flight

We can hardly escape the feeling that the unconscious process moves spiral-wise round a centre, gradually getting closer, while the characteristics of the centre grow more and more distinct.

--Carl Jung


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

The divine process of change manifests itself to our human understanding ... as punishment, torment, death, and transfiguration.

--Carl Jung


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Psychiatrists classify a person as neurotic if he suffers from his problems in living, and a psychotic if he makes others suffer.

--Carl Jung

black and white window illustration

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

--Carl Jung

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

Our whole educational problem suffers from a one-sided approach to the child who is to be educated, and from an equally one-sided lack of emphasis on the uneducatedness of the educator.

--Carl Jung

white petaled flower

No dream symbol can be separated from the individual who dreams it, and there is no definite or straightforward interpretation of any dream.

--Carl Jung

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

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

--Carl Jung

green plants near body of water during daytime

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

--Carl Jung

black and gray floral textile

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

--Carl Jung



grassland landscape

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

--Carl Jung


purple and black light illustration

People are never helped in their suffering by what they think for themselves, but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than their own. It is this which lifts them out of their distress.

--Carl Jung

body of water

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

--Carl Jung

close up shot of white flower

Healing comes only from that which leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglements with ego.

--Carl Jung

starry night over butte

You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return.

--Carl Jung

orange smoke on blue background

Securities, certitudes and peace do not lead to discoveries.

--Carl Jung

gray cactus plant on white pot

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.

--Carl Jung

white flower graphic wallpaper

Fortunately, in her kindness and patience, Nature has never put the fatal question as to the meaning of their lives into the mouths of most people. And where no one asks, no one needs to answer.

--Carl Jung

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

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

--Carl Jung

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Mind and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing.

--Carl Jung


sunset highway

The symbol in the dream has more the value of a parable: it does not conceal, it teaches.

--Carl Jung


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