That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fateC.G. Jung

For the unconscious always tries to produce an impossible situation in order to force an individual to bring out his very best.

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 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.

A “scream” is always just that – a noise and not music.

 

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.

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

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

 

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

 

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. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

 

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

 

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

 

Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.

 

Good. There are 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

If there is anything 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

 

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

 

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

 

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

 

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

 

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

 

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

 

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

 

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. 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.

 

Our blight is ideologies – they are the long-expected Antichrist!

 

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.

 

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

 

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

 

Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

 

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 brain is viewed as an appendage of the genital glands.

 

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 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.