Notable Quotes
Browse quotes by subject | Browse quotes by author


The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

CARL JUNG, The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man

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

CARL JUNG, On the Psychology of the Unconsciousness

Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake.

CARL JUNG, Collected Works, vol. 11

Nothing is more repulsive than a furtively prurient spirituality; it is just as unsavory as gross sensuality.

CARL JUNG, Marriage as a Psychological Relationship

The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.

CARL JUNG, Man and His Symbols

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

CARL JUNG, "Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious"

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

CARL JUNG, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

CARL JUNG, The Transcendent Function

The separation of psychology from the premises of biology is purely artificial, because the human psyche lives in indissoluble union with the body.

CARL JUNG, Factors Determining Human Behavior

Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throughout the world.

CARL JUNG, "New Paths in Psychology"

Without freedom there can be no morality.

CARL JUNG, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

The dream arises from a part of the mind unknown to us, but none the less important, and is concerned with the desires for the approaching day.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Language is originally and essentially nothing but a system of signs or symbols, which denote real occurrences, or their echo in the human soul.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

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

CARL JUNG, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Recognition of the reality of evil necessarily relativizes the good, and the evil likewise, converting both into halves of a paradoxical whole.

CARL JUNG, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

The dream is a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychologic material which yields a clear meaning.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

From the viewpoint of analytic psychology, the theatre, aside from any aesthetic value, may be considered as an institution for the treatment of the mass complex.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

One might expect, perhaps, that a man full of genius could pasture in the greatness of his own thoughts, and renounce the cheap approbation of the crowd which he despises; yet he succumbs to the more powerful impulse of the herd instinct. His searching and his finding, his call, belong to the herd.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Envy does not allow humanity to sleep.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

There was need of a phantastic, indestructible optimism, and one far removed from all sense of reality, in order, for example, to discover in the shameful death of Christ really the highest salvation and the redemption of the world.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

The Christian religion seems to have fulfilled its great biological purpose, in so far as we are able to judge. It has led human thought to independence, and has lost its significance, therefore, to a yet undetermined extent.... It seems to me that we might still make use in some way of its form of thought, and especially of its great wisdom of life, which for two thousand years has proven to be particularly efficacious.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

I think that one should view with philosophic admiration the strange paths of the libido and should investigate the purposes of its circuitous ways.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Dreams are symbolic in order that they cannot be understood; in order that the wish, which is the source of the dream, may remain unknown.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Astrology is of particular interest to the psychologist, since it contains a sort of psychological experience which we call "projected" -- this means that we find the psychological facts as it were in the constellations. This originally gave rise to the idea that these factors derive from the stars, whereas they are merely in a relation of synchronicity with them. I admit that this is a very curious fact which throws a peculiar light on the structure of the human mind.

CARL JUNG, letter to B. V. Raman, Sep. 6, 1947

The fact that astrology nevertheless yields valid results proves that it is not the apparent positions of the stars which work, but rather the times which are measured or determined by arbitrarily named stellar positions. Time thus proves to be a stream of energy filled with qualities and not, as our philosophy would have it, an abstract concept or precondition of knowledge.

CARL JUNG, letter to B. Baur, Jan. 29, 1934

Between the dreams of night and day there is not so great a difference.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

So the lion is the law-breaker. Just as to the primitive man the lion is the lawbreaker, the great nuisance, dangerous to human beings and to animals, that breaks into the Kraal at night and fetches the bull out of the herd: he is the destructive instinct.

CARL JUNG, Nietzsche's Zarathustra

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

CARL JUNG, "Return to the Simple Life", DU, vol. 1

Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight against it who are the first to succumb to its suggestive effects.

CARL JUNG, Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

CARL JUNG, attributed, The Little Zen Companion

Where pride is insistent enough, memory prefers to give way.

CARL JUNG, attributed to Nietzsche, Man and His Symbols

The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ -- all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself -- that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness -- that I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then?

CARL JUNG, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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.

CARL JUNG, C. G. Jung: Psychological Reflections

Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life.

CARL JUNG, The Red Book

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no universal recipe for living. Each of us carries his own life-form within him--an irrational form which no other can outbid.

CARL JUNG, The Practice of Psychotherapy

Only a few individuals succeed in throwing off mythology in a time of a certain intellectual supremacy--the mass never frees itself.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious


Life Quotes

Love Quotes

Death Quotes

God Quotes

Wisdom Quotes

Hope Quotes

Success Quotes

Women Quotes

Happiness Quotes

Shakespeare Quotes