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Carl Jung Quotations 47

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Ageing people should know that their lives are not mounting and expanding, but that an inexorable inner process enforces the contraction of life. ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 785

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The real life of knowledge and understanding is played out on the borderline between the ascertainable and the nonascertainable. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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For the psyche is the medium” (i.e., the “Third”), in which ideas of corporeal or intellectual origin occur. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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…the psychological explanation must relate the statement of the Timaeus to a background process in which the demiurge represents the “consciousness maker” and the four characteristics to be mixed represent a distinctive quaternio necessary for the development of consciousness. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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Psychological tendencies in the unconscious are found only where psychological insights are urgently necessary. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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Inasmuch as the number is an archetype, it can be safely assumed that it: (1) bas substance. (2) has an individual form, (3) has meaning. and (4) has relationship connections to other archetypes. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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In recent history, the spirit has been brought into the psyche and been identified with the function of the intellect. ~Carl Jung, Atom and Archetype, Pages 111-117

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A young man who does not fight and conquer has missed the best part of his youth, and an old man who does not know how to listen to the secrets of the brooks, as they tumbledown from the peaks to the valleys, makes no sense; he is a spiritual mummy who is nothing but a rigid relic of the past. ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 801

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At first we do not know what deeds or misdeeds, what destiny, what good and evil we have in us, and only the autumn can show what the spring has engendered, only in the evening will it be seen what the morning began. ~Carl Jung, CW 17, Para 290

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Money-making, social achievement, family and posterity are nothing but plain nature, not culture. Culture lies outside the purpose of nature. Could by any chance culture be the meaning and purpose of the second half of life? ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 787

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The love problem is part of mankind’s heavy toll of suffering, and nobody should be ashamed of having to pay his tribute. ~Carl Jung, CW 17, Para 219

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Nowadays we have no real sexual morality, only a legalistic attitude to sexuality; just as the Middle Ages had no real morality of money-making but only prejudices and a legalistic point of view. ~Carl Jung, CW 4, CW 666

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It is “moral” repression that makes sexuality on the one hand dirty and hypocritical, and on the other shameless and blatant. ~Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 295

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Too much of the animal distorts the civilized man, too much civilization makes sick animals. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 32

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The consequence of increasing Mariolatry was the witch hunt, that indelible blot on the later Middle Ages. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 399

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The Sol who personifies the feminine unconscious is not the sun of the day but corresponds rather to the Sol niger. . . ~Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 229

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Emptiness is a great feminine secret. It is something absolutely alien to man; the chasm, the unplumbed depths, the yin. ~Carl Jung, CW 9i, Para 183

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Most men are erotically blinded—they commit the unpardonable mistake of confusing Eros with sex. ~Carl Jung, CW 10, Para 255

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Anima means soul and should designate something very wonderful and immortal… ~Carl Jung, 9i, para. 55

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Is it not a fact that when one looks more closely at the drawing, the mandala circle is split into two leaves lying on top of each other, which, in accordance with a set pattern, overlap in the center (Self)? ~Wolfgang Pauli, Atom and Archetype, Pages, 34-35

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In reality, everything depends on the man and little or nothing on the method. Carl Jung, CW 13, Para 424

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Neurosis is self-division. Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 18

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For the ultimate cause of a neurosis is something positive which needs to be safeguarded for the patient; otherwise he suffers a psychic loss, and the result of the treatment is at best a defective cure. Carl Jung, CW 16, Para 564


It makes an enormous difference whether I confess my guilt only to myself or to another person. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 17

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True education can only start from naked reality, not from a delusive ideal. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 93

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Those who have no neurotic symptoms are probably beyond help by anyone. ~Carl Jung, NY Times 29 Sept 1912