C.G.Jung's quotes:                                                                  


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



Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens...

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed...

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...

: " I always remember one morning I received, a really poor piece of paper; from a woman who wanted to meet at least once in her life time. The letter impressed me strongly, but I wasn’t sure which was the reason.
I invited her to visit me and she came. She was very humble, also intellectually. I don't think she had even finished her elementary studies. She looked after her brother's home, and also managed a little press shop.
I kindly asked she replied me this way: " Your books are not books, Herr Professor, they are bread ".

The Symbolism of Wine  

" But, in so far as bread and wine are important products of culture, they do express a vital human striving. They represent a definite cultural achievement which is the fruit of attention, patience, industry, devotion, and laborious toil. The words 'our daily bread' express man's anxious care for his existence. By producing bread he makes his life secure. But in so far as he 'does not live by bread alone,' bread is fittingly accompanied by wine, whose cultivation has always demanded a special degree of attention and much painstaking work. Wine, therefore, is equally an expression of cultural achievement. Where wheat and the vine are cultivated, civilized life prevails. But where agriculture and vine-growing do not exist, there is only the uncivilized life of nomads and hunters."

"As to the special nature of these substances, bread is undoubtedly a food. There is a popular saying that wine 'fortifies,' though not in the same sense as food 'sustains.' It stimulates and 'makes glad the heart of man' by virtue of a certain volatile substance which has always been called 'spirit.' It is thus, unlike innocuous water, an 'inspiring' drink... Bread therefore represents the physical means of subsistence, and wine the spiritual." C.G. Jung, "Transformation Symbolism in the Mass," inThe Collected Works of C.G. Jung, 11, pars.
382, 384

Time and Space

"....The unconscious has no time. There is no trouble about time in the unconscious. Part of our psyche is not in time and not in space. They are only an illusion, time and space, and so in a certain part of our psyche time does not exist at all." C G Jung CW vol 18, para. 684

Life and Spirit  

" Life is the touchstone for the truth of spirit ".
Spirit that drags man away from life, seeking fulfillment only in itself, is a false spirit - though man is to blame, since he can choose whether he will give himself up to this spirit or not.

Life and Spirit are two great powers or necessities between which man is placed.
Spirit gives meaning to his life, and the possibility of its greatest development. But life is essential to spirit, since its truth is nothing if it cannot live."

C G Jung "The Practical Use of Dream Analysis" (1934) The Practice of Psychotherapy pg. 647



" The West (thus) developed a new disease: the conflict between science and religion. The critical philosophy of science became as it were negatively metaphysical - in other words, materialistic - on the basis of an error of judgement; matter was assumed to be a tangible and recognizable reality. Yet this is a thoroughly metaphysical concept hypostasised by uncritical minds. Matter is an hypothesis. When you say "matter" you are creating asymbol for something unknown, which may just as well be a spirit or anything else; it may even be God." C G Jung CW vol 11 

The Giver is Within

" It is highly sensible......To make clear the primacy of the psyche, for that is the one thing which life does not make clear to us. We are so hemmed in by things which jostle and oppress that we never get a chance, in the midst of all these `given' things, to wonder by whom they are `given'.....we (need to) learn that the giver of all things dwells within us. This is a truth which in the face of all evidence, in the greatest things as in the smallest, is never known, although it is often so very necessary, indeed vital, for us to know it."

C G Jung CW vol 11 para 841

The Soul

" Were it not a fact of experience that supreme values reside in the soul, psychology would not interest me in the least, for the soul would then be nothing but a miserable vapor. I know, however, from hundredfold experience that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary contains the equivalents of everything that has been formulated in dogma and a good deal more, which is just what enables it to be an eye destined to behold the light. This requires limitless range and unfathomable depth of vision. I have been accused of deifying the soul. Not I but God Himself deified it."

Psychology and Alchemy ( 1944 ) pg. 14

The Psyche as Pivot

" The psyche is the world's pivot: not only is the one great condition for the existence of a world at all, it is also an intervention in the existing natural order, and no one can say with certainty where this intervention will finally end." C G Jung: CW vol 8, para 423

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality  

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.  

The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.  

An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.  

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.  

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

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

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.  

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.  

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.  

If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.  

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

The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.  

...Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity”....  

The collective unconscious...appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious. We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, whose originally chaotic forms are organized through the projection of images. This explains the influence of the stars as asserted by astrologers. These influences are nothing but unconscious, introspective perceptions of the collective unconscious.  

We are born at a given moment in a given place and like vintage years of wine we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else.