Carl Jung Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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The Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology and his work has spread into various other fields which also popular culture. Born in 1875 and died at the age of 85 in 1961 he influenced some amazing thinkers such as Joseph Campbell, Terrance McKenna and Jordan Peterson and contributed plenty ideas of his own on the philosophy of life.

Carl Jung Quotes:

  • “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung
  • “Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.” – Carl Jung
  • “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung
  • “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 Jung
  • “Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.” – Carl Jung
  • “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” – Carl Jung
  • “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” – Carl Jung
  • “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung
  • “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.” – Carl Jung
  • “The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.– Carl Jung
  • Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.” – Carl Jung
  • “If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.” – Carl Jung
  • “When we consider the infinite variety of dreams, it is difficult to conceive that there could ever be a method or a technical procedure which would lead to an infallible result. It is, indeed, a good thing that no valid method exists for otherwise the meaning of the dream would be limited in advance and would lose precisely that virtue which makes dreams so valuable for therapeutic purposes – their ability to offer new points of view.” – Carl Jung
  • “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung
  • “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”Carl Jung
  • “I have always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.” – Carl Jung “The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.”Carl Jung
  • “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”Carl Jung
  • “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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.”Carl Jung
  • “Shame is a soul eating emotion.” Carl Jung
  • “The rational attitude which permits us to declare objective values as valid at all is not the work of the individual subject, but the product of human history.” – Carl Jung

He has also authored over 10 books that I have an interest in reading. He understood all aspects related to the self and the human experience where his ideas went into the spiritual. I find his body of work inspirational, personally relatable and agree with many of his theories and/or hypothesises.

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