Carl Jung

Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies. 

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

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

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

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

Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakes.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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

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

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone but upon error also.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Man needs difficulties, they are necessary for health.