Quotes by Carl Gustav 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.
 
I know no answer. Live; the unavoidable decides.
 
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.
 
Myth is the natural and indispensable intermediate stage between unconscious and conscious cognition. True, the unconscious knows more than the consciousness does;but it is a knowledge of a special sort, knowledge in eternity, usually without reference to the here and now, not couched in language of the intellect. Only when we let its statements amplify themselves . . . does it come within the range of the understanding;only then does a new aspect become perceptible to us. The process is convincingly repeated in every successful dream analysis. That is why it is so important not to have any preconceived, doctrinaire opinions about the statements made by dreams. As soon as a certain “monotony of interpretation” strikes us, we know that our approach has become doctrinaire and hence sterile.
 
Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.
 
Only the wounded physician can hope to heal.
 
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.
 
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 best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
 
The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not.
 
The creative mind plays with the object it love.
 
The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.
 
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
 
The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the sine qua non of the world as an object.
 
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 confront a person with his shadow, is to show him his own light.
 
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
 
Who looks inside, awakens.
 
Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one's being, but by integration of the contraries.
 
Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.
 
Your vision will become clear, only when you look into your heart.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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