Carl Jung

Carl Jung

Religion is a defense against the experience of God.

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

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

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.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

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

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.

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.

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

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

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

The word \happiness\" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

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

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.

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

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.

To me dreams are part of nature, which harbors no intention to deceive but expresses something as best it can.

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

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

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

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

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

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.

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

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

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