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quotemadness · a month ago
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The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.
Carl Gustav Jung
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Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.
Carl Gustav Jung
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Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.
Carl Gustav Jung
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surqrised · 6 months ago
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The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
Carl Gustav Jung
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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
Carl Gustav Jung
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A Pair of Intertwined Serpents, Kundalini, Carl Gustav Jung
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entheognosis · 4 months ago
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As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Gustav Jung
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The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not?
Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
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perfeqt · 8 months ago
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Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.
Carl Gustav Jung
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nightlyquotes · 18 days ago
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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
Carl Gustav Jung
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perfectquote · 16 days ago
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Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.
Carl Gustav Jung
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michaelbogild · 9 days ago
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178 Quotes by C.G. 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.
A true symbol appears only when there is a need to express what thought cannot think or what is only divined or felt
About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination
Anthropologists have often described what happens to a primitive society when its spiritual values are exposed to the impact of modern civilization. Its people lose the meaning of their lives, their social organization disintegrates, and they themselves morally decay. We are now in the same condition. But we have never really understood what we have lost, for our spiritual leaders unfortunately were more interested in protecting their institutions than in understanding the mystery that symbols present. In my opinion, faith does not exclude thought (which is man’s strongest weapon), but unfortunately many believers seem to be so afraid of science (and incidentally of psychology) that they turn a blind eye to the numinous psychic powers that forever control man’s fate. We have stripped all things of their mystery and numinosity; nothing is holy any longer
anyone who attempts to do both, to adjust to his group and at the same time pursue his individual goal, becomes neurotic
Apart from the agglomeration of huge masses in which the individual disappears anyway, one of the chief factors responsible for psychological mass-mindedness is scientific rationalism, which robs the individual of his foundations and his dignity. As a social unit he has lost his individuality and become a mere abstract number in the bureau of statistics. He can only play the role of an interchangeable unit of infinitesimal importance. Looked at rationally and from outside, that is exactly what he is, and from this point of view it seems positively absurd to go on talking about the value or meaning of the individual
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being
At first we cannot see beyond the path that leads downward to dark and hateful things—but no light or beauty will ever come from the man who cannot bear this sight. Light is always born of darkness, and the sun never yet stood still in heaven to satisfy man’s longing or to still his fears
Go towards them, and you can see no front; Go after them, and you see no rear
Man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give a meaning to his life and enable him to find a place for himself in the universe. He can stand the most incredible hardships when he is convinced that they make sense; he is crushed when, on top of all his misfortunes, he has to admit that he is taking part in a “tale told by an idiot.”
But if we understand anything of the unconscious, we know that it cannot be swallowed. We also know that it is dangerous to suppress it, because the unconscious is life and this life turns against us if suppressed, as happens in neurosis. Conscious and unconscious do not make a whole when one of them is suppressed and injured by the other. If they must contend, at least let it be a fair fight with equal rights on both sides. Both are aspects of life. Consciousness should defend its reason and protect itself, and the chaotic life of the unconscious should be given the chance of having its way too - as much of it as we can stand. This means open conflict and open collaboration at once. That, evidently, is the way human life should be. It is the old game of hammer and anvil: between them the patient iron is forged into an indestructible whole, an ‘individual.’ This, roughly, is what I mean by the individuation process
But there is no energy unless there is a tension of opposites; hence it is necessary to discover the opposite to the attitude of the conscious mind
creative person has little power over his own life. He is not free. He is captive and driven by his daimon
Creative power is mightier than its possessor
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
Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say
Each is deceived by the sense of finality peculiar to the stage of development at which he stands
Every step closer to my soul excites the scornful laughter of my devils, those cowardly ear-whisperers and poison-mixers
Everybody acts out a myth, but very few people know what their myth is. And you should know what your myth is because it might be a tragedy and maybe you dont want it to be
Everyone is in love with his own ideas
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves
Explore daily the will of God
Fanaticism is always a sign of repressed doubt
Funnily enough, self-criticism is an idea much in vogue in Marxist countries, but there it is subordinated to ideological considerations and must serve the State, and not truth and justice in men’s dealing with one another. The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomization, for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated individuals are, the more consolidated the State becomes, and vice versa
Go towards them, and you can see no front; Go after them, and you see no rear
Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them
Happiness and contentment, equability of mind and meaningfulness of life – these can be experienced only by the individual and not by a State, which, on the one hand, is nothing but a convention agreed to by independent individuals, and on the other, continually threatens to paralyse and suppress the individual
he mind that is collectively orientated is quite incapable of thinking and feeling in any other way than by projection
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
I am accused of mysticism. I do not, however, hold myself responsible for the fact that man has, everywhere and always, spontaneously developed religious forms of expression, and that the human psyche from time immemorial has been shot through with religious feelings and ideas. Whoever cannot see this aspect of the human psyche is blind, and whoever chooses to explain it away, or to “enlighten” it away, has no sense of reality
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become
I do not forget that my voice is but one voice, my experience a mere drop in the sea, my knowledge no greater than the visual field in a microscope, my mind’s eye a mirror that reflects a small concern of the world, and my ideas - a subjective confession
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, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears
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
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. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given their followers, and none of them has really been healed who did not regain his religious outlook
I lived into the depths, and the depths began to speak
I myself am a question which is addressed to the world, and I must communicate my answer, for otherwise I am dependent upon the world’s answer
I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud
I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time
I swayed between fear, defiance, and nausea, and was wholly the prey of my passion. I could not and did not want to listen to the depths. But on the seventh night, the spirit of the depths spoke to me: Look into your depths, pray to your depths, waken the dead
I, too, lived—which I had not done before, and which I could still do. I lived into the depths, and the depths began to speak.
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
If you cannot understand why someone did something, look at the consequences—and infer the motivation
If you go to thinking take your heart with you. If you go to love, take your head with you. Love is empty without thinking, thinking hollow without love
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order
In each of us there is another whom we do not know
In fact, passion that goes beyond the natural measure of love ultimately aims at the mystery of becoming whole, and this is why one feels, when he has fallen passionately in love, that becoming one with the other person is the only worthwhile goal of one’s life.
In order to understand the symbolic indications of the unconscious, one must be careful not to get outside oneself or “beside oneself,” but to stay emotionally within oneself. Indeed, it is vitally important that the ego should continue to function in normal ways. Only if I remain an ordinary human being, conscious of my incompleteness, can I become receptive to the significant contents and processes of the unconscious. But how can a human being stand the tension of feeling himself at one with the whole universe, while at the same time he is only a miserable earthly human creature? If, on the one hand, I despise myself as merely a statistical cipher, my life has no meaning and is not worth living. But if, on the other hand, I feel myself to be part of something much greater, how am I to keep my feet on the ground? It is very difficult indeed to keep these inner opposites united within oneself without toppling over into one or the other extreme
In psychology it is very important that the doctor should not strive to heal at all costs. One has to be exceedingly careful not to impose one’s own will and conviction on the patient. You have to give him a certain amount of freedom. You can’t wrest people away from their fate, just as in medicine you cannot cure a patient if nature means him to die. Sometimes it is really a question whether you are allowed to rescue a man from the fate he must undergo for the sake of his further development
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 painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!
In the last analysis, most of our difficulties come from losing contact with our instincts, with the age-old forgotten wisdom stored up in us
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, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these hidden source in individuals
Indeed, I do not forget that my voice is but one voice, my experience a mere drop in the sea, my knowledge no greater than the visual field in a microscope, my mind’s eye a mirror that reflects a small corner of the world, and my ideas–a subjective confession
Instead of the concrete individual, you have the names of organizations and, at the highest point, the abstract idea of the State as the principle of political reality. The moral responsibility of the individual is then inevitably replaced by the policy of the State (raison d’etat). Instead of moral and mental differentiation of the individual, you have public welfare and the raising of the living standard. The goal and meaning of individual life (which is the only real life) no longer lie in the individual development but in the policy of the State, which is thrust upon the individual from outside and consists in the execution of an abstract idea which ultimately tends to attract all life to itself. The individual is increasingly deprived of the moral decision as to how he should live his own life, and instead is ruled, fed, clothed, and educated as a social unit, accommodated in the appropriate housing unit, and amused in accordance with the standards that give pleasure and satisfaction to the masses. The rulers, in their turn, are just as much social units as the ruled, and are distinguished only by the fact they are specialized mouthpieces of State doctrine. They do not need to be personalities capable of judgment, but thoroughgoing specialists who are unusable outside their line of business. State policy decides what shall be taught and studied
Intuition (is) perception via the unconscious
Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason
It is my mind, with its store of images, that gives the world color and sound; and that supremely real and rational certainty which I can “experience” is, in its most simple form, an exceedingly complicated structure of mental images. Thus there is, in a certain sense, nothing that is directly experienced except the mind itself. Everything is mediated through the mind, translated, filtered, allegorized, twisted, even falsified by it. We are … enveloped in a cloud of changing and endlessly shifting images
it is of the greatest importance that the ego should be anchored in the world of consciousness and that consciousness should be reinforced by a very precise adaptation. For this, certain virtues like attention, conscientiousness, patience, etc., are of great value on the moral side, just as accurate observation of the symptomatology of the unconscious and objective selfcriticism are valuable on the intellectual side
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 feeds it and keeps it going
It is under all circumstances an advantage to be in full possession of one’s personality, otherwise the repressed elements will only crop up as a hindrance elsewhere, not just at some unimportant point, but at the very spot where we are most sensitive. If people can be educated to see the shadow-side of their nature clearly, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more self-knowledge can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures
It is, in fact, one of the most important tasks of psychic hygiene to pay continual attention to the symptomatology of unconscious contents and processes, for the good reason that the conscious mind is always in danger of becoming one-sided
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. But perhaps it is just this that is so unendurable, that there are irrational things in our own psyche which upset the conscious mind in its illusory certainties by confronting it with the riddle of its existence
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
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people
Leonardo da Vinci wrote in his Notebooks: It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places in which … you may find really marvelous ideas
Let man but accumulate his materials of destruction and the devil within him will soon be unable to resist putting them to their fated use
Life calls, not for perfection, but for completeness
Life is a battleground. It always has been, and always will be; and if it were not so, existence would come to an end
Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research
Like plants, so men also grow, some in the light, others in the shadows. There are many who need the shadows and not the light
Man becomes whole, integrated, calm, fertile, and happy when (and only when) the process of individuation is complete, when the conscious and the unconscious have learned to live at peace and to complement one another
Man cannot stand a meaningless life
Man, as we realize if we reflect for a moment, never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely
Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable, perhaps everything
Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable-perhaps everything
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.
Most people confuse self-knowledge with knowledge of their conscious ego personalities
Much of the evil in this world is due to the fact that man, in general, is hopelessly unconscious
My friends, it is wise to nourish the soul, otherwise you will breed dragons and devils in your heart
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
My speech is imperfect. Not because I want to shine with words, but out of the impossibility of finding those words, I speak in images. With nothing else can I express the words from the depths
My whole being was seeking for something still unknown which might confer meaning upon the banality of life
Naturally, society has an indisputable right to protect itself against arrant subjectivisms, but, in so far as society is itself composed of de-individualized human beings, it is completely at the mercy of ruthless individualists. Let it band together into groups and organizations as much as it likes – it is just this banding together and the resultant extinction of the individual personality that makes it succumb so readily to a dictator. A million zeros joined together do not, unfortunately, add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally short-sighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hand of a single madman
Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering
Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day
No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell
Nothing so promotes the growth of consciousness as [the] inner confrontation of opposites
Obviously, the problem of the shadow plays a great role in all political conflicts. If the man who had this dream had not been sensible about his shadow problem, he could easily have identified the desperate Frenchman with the “dangerous Communists” of outer life, or the official plus the prosperous man with the “grasping capitalists.” In this way he would have avoided seeing that he had within him such warring elements. If people observe their own unconscious tendencies in other people, this is called a “projection.” Political agitation in all countries is full of such projections, just as much as the backyard gossip of little groups and individuals. Projections of all kinds obscure our view of our fellow men, spoiling its objectivity, and thus spoiling all possibility of genuine human relationships
One book opens another
One cannot live from anything except what one is
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious
One of the main functions of organized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God
Only what is really oneself has the power to heal
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
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 either as coming from outside and, therefore, as real, or else as a hallucination and, therefore, not true. The idea that anything could be real or true which does not come from outside has hardly begun to dawn on contemporary man
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
Our suffering comes from our unlived life–the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche
People don’t have ideas. Ideas have people.
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls
Psychological or spiritual development always requires a greater capacity for anxiety and ambiguity
Real liberation comes not from glossing over or repressing painful states of feeling, but only from experiencing them to the full
Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself
Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality
Shame is a soul eating emotion
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you
The achievement of psychological maturity is an individual task-and so is increasingly difficult today when man’s individuality is threatened by widespread conformity
The achievement of psychological maturity is an individual task-and so is increasingly difficult today when man’s individuality is threatened by widespread conformity
The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him; on the one hand, the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life and on the other, a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire… there are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire
The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others
The bigger the crowd, the more negligible the individual becomes
The change of character brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing. A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast. One is always inclined to lay the blame on external circumstances, but nothing could explode in us if it had not been there. As a matter of fact, we are constantly living on the edge of a volcano
The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable
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 our interests upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance. Thus we demand that the world grant us recognition for qualities which we regard as personal possessions: our talent or our beauty. The more a man lays stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity he has for what is essential, the less satisfying is his life. He feels limited because he has limited aims, and the result is envy and jealousy
The dream gives a true picture of the subjective state, while the conscious mind denies that this state exists, or recognizes it only grudgingly
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach
The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is
The essential thing is to differentiate oneself from these unconscious contents by personifying them, and at the same time to bring them into relationship with consciousness. That is the technique for stripping them of their power
The fact is that each person has to do something different, something that is uniquely his own
The fool is the precursor to the savior
the goal of psychic development is the self. There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self
The gods have become our diseases
The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble…. They can never be solved, but only outgrown…. This ‘outgrowing’, as I formerly called it, on further experience was seen to consist in a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest arose on the person’s horizon, and through this widening of view, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded out when confronted with a new and stronger life-tendency
The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents
The images produced in dreams are much more picturesque and vivid than the concepts and experiences that are their waking counterparts. One of the reasons for this is that, in a dream, such concepts can express their unconscious meaning. In our conscious thoughts, we restrain ourselves within the limits of rational statements; statements that are much less colorful because we have stripped them of most of their psychic associations
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it
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 that he becomes a particle in the mass, ruled only by what Nietzsche called the spirit of gravity
The majority of my patients consisted not of believers but of those who had lost their faith
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
The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomization, for the psychic isolation of the individual
The meaning of my existence is that life has addressed a question to me. Or, conversely, I myself am a question which is addressed to the world, and I must communicate my answer, for otherwise I am dependent upon the world’s answer
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed
the mind that is collectively orientated is quite incapable of thinking and feeling in any other way than by projection.
The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it; namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor
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
The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely
The ordinary lunatic is generally a harmless, isolated case; since everyone sees that something is wrong with him, he is quickly taken care of. But the unconscious infections of groups of so-called normal people are more subtle and far more dangerous
the paradox is one of our most valued spiritual possessions
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are
The psyche is a self-regulating system that maintains itself in equilibrium as the body does
The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposite halves
The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories
The secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive
The shadow can be realized only through a relation to a partner, and anima and animus only through a relation to a partner of the opposite sex, because only in such a relation do their projections become operative
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases
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 out of the total picture in favor of the adapted persona
The State in particular is turned into a quasi-animate personality from whom everything is expected. In reality it is only a camouflage for those individuals who know how to manipulate it
The stone has no uncertainties, no urge to communicate, and is eternally the same for thousands of years, while I am only a passing phenomenon which bursts into all kinds of emotions, like a flame that flares up quickly and then goes out
The unconscious is not a demoniacal monster, but a natural entity which, as far as moral sense, aesthetic taste, and intellectual judgement go, is completely neutral. It only becomes dangerous when our conscious attitude to it is hopelessly wrong. To the degree that we repress it, its danger increases. But the moment the patient begins to assimilate contents that were previously unconscious, its danger diminishes. The dissociation of personality, the anxious division of the day-time and the night-time sides of the psyche, cease with progressive assimilation
The Wrong we have Done, Thought, or Intended Will wreak its Vengeance on Our SOULS
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion
There is a desert on the moon where the dreamer sinks so deeply into the ground that she reaches hell
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 the groundwork of the human psyche. It is only possible to live the fullest life when we are in harmony with these symbols; wisdom is a return to them
There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum
There’s no coming to consciousness without pain
Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.*
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.
To be “normal” is a splendid ideal for the unsuccessful
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
Too much of the animal disfigures the civilized human being, too much culture makes a sick animal
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate
We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate; it oppresses
We have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions
We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life
We only gain merit and psychological development by accepting ourselves as we are and by being serious enough to live the lives we are entrusted with. Our sins and errors and mistakes are necessary to us, otherwise we are deprived of the most precious incentives to development
Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness
What you resist, persists
Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event
Whatever we look at, and however we look at it, we see only through our own eyes
when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposite halves
When, for instance, a highly esteemed professor in his seventies abandons his family and runs off with a young red-headed actress, we know that the gods have claimed another victim
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling
Where your fear is, there is your task
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
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
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do
You open the gates of the soul to let the dark flood of chaos flow into your order and meaning. If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child, the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes
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Se vai dal pensiero, porta il cuore con te. Se vai dall’amore, porta la testa con te. Vuoto è l’amore senza il pensiero, vuoto il pensiero senza l’amore.
Carl Gustav Jung
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