Carl Jung Quotations

-Summoned or not, the god will come.
(From the inscription carved above the door of Jung’s house. )

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

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

-Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.

-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.

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

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

-We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

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

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

-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.

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

-Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But 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 by the moral code.

-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.

-The teacher pretended that algebra was a perfectly natural affair, to be taken for granted, whereas I didn’t even know what numbers were. Mathematics classes became sheer terror and torture to me. I was so intimidated by my incomprehension that I did not dare to ask any questions.

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

-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!

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

-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.

-There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

-Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place

-I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.

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

-Religion is a defense against the experience of God.

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

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

-There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. 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.

-Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

-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.

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

-I have always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.

-To me dreams are part of nature, which harbors no intention to deceive but expresses something as best it can.

-He who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

-A psychoneurosis must be understood, ultimately, as the suffering of a soul which has not yet discovered its meaning.

-In knowing ourselves to be unique…..we possess also the capacity for becoming conscious of the infinite. But only then!

-Seldom or never does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly without crisis. There is no birth of consciousness without pain.

-The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense – he is “collective man,” a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.

-The dream may either repudiate the dreamer in a most painful way, or bolster him up morally. The first is likely to happen to people who … have too good an opinion of themselves; the second to those whose self-valuation is too low.
Carl Jung