Carl Jung Quotes

Carl Jung

Without consciousness there would, practically speaking, be no world, for the world exists as such only in so far as it is consciously reflected and considered by a psyche. Consciousness is a precondition of being.

Carl Jung
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Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. It is therefore short-sighted to treat fantasy, on account of its risky or unacceptable nature, as a thing of little worth.
Carl Jung (Psychological Types, 1921)
Language is originally and essentially nothing but a system of signs or symbols, which denote real occurrences, or their echo in the human soul.
Carl Jung (The Psychology of the Unconscious, 1943)
The separation of psychology from the premises of biology is purely artificial, because the human psyche lives in indissoluble union with the body.
Carl Jung (Factors Determining Human Behavior)
The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.
Carl Jung (Man and His Symbols, 1964)
We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself . . . We know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil.
Carl Jung (BBC interview, 1959)
The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness.
Carl Jung (Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 1933)
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
Carl Jung (The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man, 1934)
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.
Carl Jung (The Gifted Child, 1943)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, 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.
Carl Jung (Psychological Types, 1921)
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.
Carl Jung
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.
Carl Jung (On the Development of Personality, 1934)
Man's unconscious... contains all the patterns of life and behaviour inherited from his ancestors, so that every human child, prior to consciousness, is possessed of a potential system of adapted psychic functioning. 
Carl Jung (The Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology, 1931)
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.
Carl Jung
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.
Carl Jung
Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.
Carl Jung
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
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
Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted..
Carl Jung
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
Carl Jung
No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it.
Carl Jung (Paracelsus the Physician, 1942)
This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic.
Carl Jung (General Aspects of Dream Psychology, 1928)
Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.
Carl Jung (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1963)
Dream analysis stands or falls with [the hypothesis of the unconscious]. Without it the dream appears to be merely a freak of nature, a meaningless conglomerate of memory-fragments left over from the happenings of the day. 
Carl Jung (Dream Analysis in its Practical Application, 1930)
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.
Carl Jung
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.
Carl Jung (Psychology and Alchemy, 1944)
The wise man who is not heeded is counted a fool, and the fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet and Führer, and sometimes it is luckily the other way round as well, or else mankind would long since have perished of stupidity.
Carl Jung (Mysterium Coniunctionis, 1955)
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.
Carl Jung (After the Catastrophe, 1945)
The distinction between mind and body is an artificial dichotomy, a discrimination which is unquestionably based far more on the peculiarity of intellectual understanding than on the nature of things.
Carl Jung (Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 1933)
One might expect, perhaps, that a man full of genius could pasture in the greatness of his own thoughts, and renounce the cheap approbation of the crowd which he despises; yet he succumbs to the more powerful impulse of the herd instinct. His searching and his finding, his call, belong to the herd.
Carl Jung (The Psychology of the Unconscious, 1943)
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Carl Jung Biography

Born: July 26, 1875
Died: June 6, 1961

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher. He is best known for his various works on psychology and is widely considered to be the father of analytic psychology.

Notable Works

Psychology of the Unconscious (1912)
Psychological Types (1921)
Psychology and Alchemy (1952)
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)
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