Carl Jung Quotes and Sayings

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Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/;[3] German: [ˈkarl ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.

"The word ‘belief’ is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it – I don’t need to believe it. "

"In the child, consciousness rises out of the depths of unconscious psychic life, at first like separate islands, which gradually unite to form a ‘continent,’ a continuous landmass of consciousness. Progressive mental development means, in effect, extension of consciousness. "

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

"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. "

"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 better be changed in ourselves. "

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

"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. "

"We are in a far better position to observe instincts in animals or in primitives than in ourselves. This is due to the fact that we have grown accustomed to scrutinizing our own actions and to seeking rational explanations for them. "

"Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us. "

"Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness. "

"Everyone knows nowadays that people ‘have complexes’. What is not so well known, though far more important theoretically, is that complexes can have us. "

"In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am. "

"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. "

"The Christ-symbol is of the greatest importance for psychology in so far as it is perhaps the most highly developed and differentiated symbol of the self, apart from the figure of the Buddha. "

"The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity. "

"For a young person, it is almost a sin, or at least a danger, to be too preoccupied with himself; but for the ageing person, it is a duty and a necessity to devote serious attention to himself. "

"We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth."

"I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life – that is to say, over 35 – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. "

"There is no birth of consciousness without pain. "

"Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics. "

"Man is not a machine that can be remodelled for quite other purposes as occasion demands, in the hope that it will go on functioning as regularly as before but in a quite different way. He carries his whole history with him; in his very structure is written the history of mankind."

"Man, Task, Become"

"Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious."

"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results."

"Grounded in the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages, alchemy formed a bridge: on the one hand into the past, to Gnosticism, and on the other into the future, to the modern psychology of the unconscious. "

"Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself. "

"Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? "

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

"It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts. "

"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. "

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