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Carl Jung Quotes


A Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology.
(1875 - 1961)

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

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

A complex is a cluster of energy in the unconscious, charged by historic events, reinforced through repitition, embodying a fragment of our personality, and generating a programmed response and an implicit set of expectations.
 

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

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

A person who has not passed through the inferno of their passions has never overcome them.
 

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

An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.
 

Archetypes, in spite of their conservative nature, are not static but in a continuous dramatic flux. Thus the self as a monad or continuous unit would be dead. But it lives inasmuch as it splits and unites again. There is no energy without opposites!
 

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.
 

Because the European does not know his own unconscious, he does not understand the East and projects it into everything he fears and despises in himself.
 

But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.
 

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

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.
 

Enlightenment doesnt occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the Self into the conscious personality.
 

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.
[Happiness]
 

Every civilized human being, whatever his conscious development, is still an archaic man at the deeper levels of his psyche. Just as the human body connects us with the mammals and displays numerous relics of earlier evolutionary stages going back to even the reptilian age, so the human psyche is likewise a product of evolution which, when followed up to its origins, show countless archaic traits.
 

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

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

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


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