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Quotations by Author

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)


Swiss psychologist

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


enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with
gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much
necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and
for the soul of the child.
Carl Jung

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol,


morphine or idealism.
Carl Jung

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


ourselves.
Carl Jung

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

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and


especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
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.
Carl Jung

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

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

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

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it
oppresses.
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.
Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections", 1962

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of
things without it.
Carl Jung, "Modern Man in Search of a Soul"
Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is
lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
Carl Jung, "On the Psychology of the Unconciousness", 1917

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". . . man brings with him at birth the ground-plan of his


nature. . . ." (_CW_ 4: 728)

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"The important thing is what he [a man] talks about, not


whether he agrees with it or not." (_CW_ 5: 99)

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". . . poets . . . create from the very depths of the


collective unconscious, voicing aloud what others only
dream." (_CW_ 6: 323)

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"Only what is really oneself has the power to heal."


(_CW_ 7: 258)

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"What is stirred in us is that faraway background, those


immemorial patterns of the human mind, which we have not
acquired but have inherited from the dim ages of the past."
("The Structure of the Psyche" [_CW_ 8: 315])

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"Just as the body bears the traces of its phylogenetic development,


so also does the human mind." ("General Aspects of Dream
Psychology" [_CW_ 8: 475])

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"There is no consciousness without discrimination of opposites."


(_CW_ 9i: 178)

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"How else could it have occurred to man to divide the cosmos, on


the analogy of day and night, summer and winter, into a
bright day-world and a dark night-world peopled with fabulous
monsters, unless he had the prototype of such a division in
himself, in the polarity between the conscious and the
invisible and unknowable unconscious?" (_CW_ 9i: 187)

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"The darkness which clings to every personality is the door into


the unconscious and the gateway of dreams, from which those
two twilight figures, the shadow and the anima, step into our
nightly visions or, remaining invisible, take possession of
our ego-consciousness." (_CW_ 9i: 222)

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". . . the anima is bipolar and can therefore appear positive one
moment and negative the next; now young, now old; now mother,
now maiden; now a good fairy, now a witch; now a saint, now a
whore." (_CW_ 9i: 356)

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"In some way or other we are part of a single, all-embracing psyche,


a single 'greatest man. . . .'" ("The Spiritual Problem of
Modern Man" [_CW_ 10: 175])

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"The upheaval of our world and the upheaval of our consciouness are
one and the same." ("The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man"
[_CW_ 10: 177])

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". . . 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. . . ." ("The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man"
[_CW_ 10: 195])

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"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 psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends."
(_CW_ 10: 304)

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"You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return."
(_The_Undiscovered_Self_ [_CW_ 10: 544])

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". . . every psychic advance of man arises from the suffering of the
soul. . . ." ("Psychotherapists or the Clergy" [_CW_ 11: 497])

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"It is, moreover, only in the state of complete abandonment and
loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own natures."
("Psychotherapists or the Clergy" [_CW_ 11: 525])

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". . . what is meant [by the child archetype] is the boy who is born
from the maturity of the adult man, and not the unconscious child
we would like to remain." (_Answer_to_Job_ [_CW_ 11: 742])

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". . . even the enlightened person . . . is never more than his own
limited ego before the One who dwells within him, whose form has
no knowable boundaries, who encompasses him on all sides,
fathomless as the abysms of the earth and vast as the sky."
(_Answer_to_Job_ [_CW_ 11: 758])

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"The world of gods and spirits is truly 'nothing but' the collective
unconscious inside me." ("On 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead"
[_CW_ 11: 857])

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". . . the mother stands for the collective unconscious, the source of
the water of life. . . ." ("Individual Dream Symbolism . . ."
[_CW_ 12: 92])

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"The primordial image, or archetype, is a figure--be it a daemon, a


human being, or a process--that constantly recurs in the course of
history and appears wherever creative fantasy is freely expressed.
Essentially, therefore, it is a mythological figure. . . . In each
of these images there is a little piece of human psychology and
human fate, a remnant of the joys and sorrows that have been repeated
countless times in our ancestral history. . . ."
("On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry" [_CW_ 15: 127])

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"At such moments ["when an archetypal situation occurs"] we are no longer


individuals, but the race. . . ." ("On the Relation of Analytical
Psychology to Poetry" [_CW_ 15: 128])

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"Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand


voices. . . ." ("On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to
Poetry" [_CW_ 15: 129])

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"The unsatisfied yearning of the artist reaches back to the primordial


image in the unconscious which is best fitted to compensate the
inadequacy and one-sidedness of the present."
("On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry" [_CW_ 15: 130])

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"Have the horrors of the World War done nothing to open our eyes, so that
we still cannot see that the conscious mind is even more devilish and
perverse than the naturalness of the unconscious?" (_CW_ 16: 327)

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"Every man carries within him the eternal image of woman. . . . This
image is fundamentally unconscious, an hereditary factor of primordial
origin . . . an imprint or 'archetype' of all the ancestral experiences
of the female, a deposit, as it were, of all the impressions ever made
by woman. . . ." ("Marriage as a Psychological Relationship"
[_CW_ 17: 338])

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"Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its
true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears
above ground lasts only a single summer.�.�.�. What we see is the
blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. (_MDR_, "Prologue")

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"I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, 'My dear Jung, promise
me never to abandon the sexual theory. . . . we must make a dogma of
it, an unshakable bulwark.'�.�.�. In some astonishment I asked him,
'A bulwark--against what?' To which he replied, 'Against the black
tide of mud'--and here he hesitated for a moment, then added--'of
occultism.'" (_MDR_, Ch. 5)

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"Archetypes speak the language of high rhetoric, even of bombast."


(_MDR_, Ch. 6)

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"At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside
things, and am myself living in every tree, in the plashing of the
waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the
procession of the seasons." (_MDR_, Ch. 8)

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"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 be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white
stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden
in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for everyone, yet I am
not touched by the cycle of aeons." (_MDR_, Ch. 8)

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". . . we have plunged down a cataract of progress which sweeps us on


into the future with ever wilder violence the farther it takes us
from our roots." (_MDR_, Ch. 8)

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"Knowledge does not enrich us; it removes us more and more from the
mythic world in which we were once at home by right of birth."
(_MDR_, Ch. 9)

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"The longing for light is the longing for consciousness."


(_MDR_, Ch. 9)

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"A belief proves to me only the phenomenon of belief, not the content
of the belief." (_MDR_, Ch. 11)

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". . . Christianity slumbers and has neglected to develop its myth


further in the course of the centuries. . . . Our myth has become
mute, and gives no answers." (_MDR_, Ch. 12)

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"When people say I am wise, or a sage, I cannot accept it. A man


once dipped a hatful of water from a stream. What did that
amount to? I am not that stream. I am at the stream, but I
do nothing. Other people are at the same stream, but most of
them find they have to do something with it. I do nothing. I
never think that I am the one who must see to it that cherries
grow on stalks. I stand and behold, admiring what nature can
do." (_MDR_, "Retrospect")

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"Upon every gift that cometh from the god-sun the devil layeth
his curse." (_MDR_, Appendix V ["Septem Sermones ad Mortuos"])

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"The deeper 'layers' of the psyche lose their individual uniqueness


as they retreat further and further into darkness. . . . they
become increasingly collective until they are universalized and
extinguished in the body's materiality. . . . Hence 'at bottom'
the psyche is simply 'world.'" ("The Special Phenomenology of
the Child Archetype" [pt. 2] [_Psyche_&_Symbol_])

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"The sea is the favorite symbol for the unconscious, the mother of all
that lives." ("Special Phenomenology" [pt. 4] [_Psyche_&_
_Symbol_])

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"A collective problem, if not recognized as such, always appears as a
personal problem." [lost source!]

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"A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never
overcome them." [lost source!]

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"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an


understanding of ourselves." [lost source!]

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"If a man knows more than others, he becomes lonely." [lost source!]

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"Only the wounded physician heals." [lost source!]

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"Psychological insecurity . . . increases in proportion to social


security." [lost source!!]

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"Sentimentality is the superstructure erected upon brutality."


[lost source!]

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"The more Christian one's consciousness is, the more heathenishly does
the unconscious behave." [lost source!]

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"When you come to think about it, nothing has any meaning, for
when there was nobody to think, there was nobody to interpret
what happened." [lost source!]

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_CW_::_Collected_Works_
_MDR_:: _Memories,_Dreams,_Reflections_
[N.B.: 2nd # in _CW_ citations refers to paragraph/section #,
NOT page #!]

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