Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Carl
Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung
1875
1961

Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology

Author Quotes

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

The psyche is not of today. Its ancestry goes back many millions of years. Individual consciousness is only the flower and fruit of a season, sprung from the perennial root beneath the earth.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

This spectacle of old age would be unendurable if we did not know that our psyche reaches into a region held captive neither by change in time nor by limitation of place. In that form of being our birth is a death and our death is a birth. The scales of the whole hang balanced.

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence.

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

Personality is the supreme realization of the innate individuality of a particular living being. Personality is an act of the greatest courage in the face of life, the absolute affirmation of all that constitutes the individual, and the most successful adaptation to the universal conditions of existence coupled with the greatest possible freedom of personal decision.

That which we do not confront in ourselves we will meet as fate.

The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one’s whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises.

The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not?... Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest on futilities.

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

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

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

Among all my patients... over thirty-five... there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age had given to their followers, and none of them has really been healed who did not regain his religious outlook.

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

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

I have often seen individuals who simply outgrow a problem which had destroyed others. This ‘outgrowing’, revealed itself on further experience to be the raising of the level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest arose on the person’s horizon, and through the widening of his view, the insoluble problem, lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded out in contrast to a new and strong life-tendency. It was not repressed and made unconscious, but merely appeared in a different light, and so became different itself. What, on a lower level, had led the wildest conflicts and emotions full of panic, viewed from the higher level of the personality, now seemed like a storm in the valley seen from a high mountain top. This does not mean that the thunderstorm is robbed of its reality; it means that instead of being in it, one is now above it.

I would rather be whole than good.

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 be better changed in ourselves.

In every adult there lurks a child - an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole.

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

Our unconscious existence is the real one and our conscious world a kind of illusion, an apparent reality constructed for a specific purpose like a dream which seems a reality as long as we are in it.

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First Name
Carl
Last Name
Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung
Birth Date
1875
Death Date
1961
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Swiss Psychiatrist, Influential Thinker, and Founder of Analytical Psychology