Carl Jung quotes page 1
Born on July 26, 1875 in Kesswill,
Thurgau, Switzerland, Carl Jung was the fourth and only surviving child of Pastor Paul Chilles Jung. With a mother
who was constantly depressed and absent from the family, Carl became an introvert, living solitarily with his
thoughts. When he was only twelve years old, another classmate pushed him to the ground, hard enough that he lost
consciousness. After this instance, any time he needed to complete a school related task, he would faint. As
doctors worried he had epilepsy, Jung overheard his father's concern that his son would never be able to work. With
a newfound resolve for academics, Carl would still faint multiple times while studying, but was soon well enough to
attend school again. Although Carl Jung started out studying medicine, his encounter with neurosis through fainting
as a child caused him to be curious about various spiritual phenomena and led him towards psychology. In 1902, he
graduated from the University of Basel with a medical degree of completing his dissertation titled "On the
Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult phenomena." Two years later, he married Emma Rauschenbach, although he
was known to have several other relationships that were usually ended to prevent any lasting negative effects on
his career. After writing his first book in 1906, he became close friends with Sigmund Freud. This friendship helped further his theories of the
unconscious mind, and a desire to understand the deep realms of the human mind. He eventually resorted to
studying his own subconscious and recording his theories in The Red Book. According to this novel, Jung
divided the human psyche into the conscious, unconscious, and collective unconscious (a reservoir of the entire
human species). Before his death on June 6, 1961, his lasting contributions are considered to be personality
psychology concepts of introversion and extroversion.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks ouside,
Who looks inside, awakens.
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.
Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was
About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the
senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our
There are as 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.
You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning
in the darkness of mere being.
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and
letting go of it.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is
any reaction, both are transformed.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering,
"There is something not right," no matter how much his rightness is supported by public
opinion or moral code.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
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 of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to
The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness
The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man
begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally,
therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other, because love needs the spirit, and the
spirit love, for their fulfillment.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other
We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal
explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
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.
Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.
The little world of childhood with its familiar surroundings is a model of the greater world.
I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with
inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage,
reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they
have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a
spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled
to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.
Nobody, as long as he moves among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also
come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
What can a man say about woman, his own opposite? I mean of course something sensible,
that is outside the sexual program, free of resentment, illusion, and theory. Where is the man
to be found capable of such superiority? Woman always stands just where the man's shadow
falls, so that he is only too liable to confuse the two. Then, when he tries to repair this
misunderstanding, he overvalues her and believes her the most desirable thing in the world.
Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced, and today we think this
more than ever and are just as wrong as all previous ages that thought so. How often have
we not seen the truth condemned! It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing