Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology

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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.

Within each one of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from how we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation, to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude, the very attitude that led us into the difficult situation.

The more a man’s life is shaped by the collective norm, the greater is his individual immorality.

Without freedom there can be no morality.

The primordial experience is the source of [creativity]… In itself it offers no words or images, for it is a vision seen “as in a glass, darkly.” It is merely a deep presentiment that strives to find expression. It is like a whirlwind that seizes everything within reach and, by carrying it aloft, assume a visible shape.

Without necessity nothing budges, the human personality least of all. It is tremendously conservative, not to say torpid. Only acute necessity is able to rouse it. The developing personality obeys no caprice, no command, no insight, only brute necessity.

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look round and wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself.

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

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

Nothing so promotes the growth of consciousness as [the] inner confrontation of opposites.

Christian civilization has proved hollow to a terrifying degree: it is all veneer, but the inner man has remained untouched, and therefore unchanged. His soul is out of key with his external beliefs; in his soul the Christian has not kept pace with external developments. Yes, everything is to e found outside – in image and in word, in Church and Bible – but never inside. Inside reign the archaic gods, supreme as of old.

Progressive mental development means, in effect, extension of consciousness.

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.

Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.

Everything living strives for wholeness.

So long as religion is only faith and outward form, and the religious function is not experienced in our own souls, nothing of any importance has happened.

Everything that is unconscious in ourselves we discover in our neighbor, and treat him accordingly… What we combat in him is usually our inferior side.

The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitful appendage to life's morning.

Explore daily the will of God.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.

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.

If there is anything we wish to change in our children, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

If we want to understand the psyche we have to include the whole world.

Intuition [is] perception via the unconscious.

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Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology