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.” ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 841
Instead of the lost Olympian gods, there was disclosed the inner wealth of the soul which lies in every man’s heart. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 375
It remained for modern science to despiritualize nature through its so-called objective knowledge of matter. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 375
It is true that our religion speaks of an immortal soul; but it has very few kind words to say for the human psyche as such, which would go straight to eternal damnation were it not for a special act of Divine Grace. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 28
Our consciousness does not create itself—it wells up from unknown depths. In childhood it awakens gradually, and all through life it wakes each morning out of the depths of sleep from an unconscious condition. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 935
Since we do not know everything, practically every experience, fact, or object contains something unknown. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 68
In other words, the psyche is no exception to the general rule that the universe can be established only so far as our psychic organism permits. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 68
To the extent that the world does not assume the form of a psychic image, it is virtually nonexistent. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 769
“Physical” is not the only criterion of truth: there are also psychic truths which can neither be explained nor proved nor contested in any physical way. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 555
Religious statements without exception have to do with the reality of the psyche and not with the reality of physis. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 752.
Agnosticism maintains that it does not possess any knowledge of God or of anything metaphysical, overlooking the fact that one never possesses a metaphysical belief but is possessed by it. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 18
The beauty of the ritual action is one of its essential properties, for man has not served God rightly unless he has also served him in beauty. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 379
What is the use of a religion without a mythos, since religion means, if anything at all, precisely that function which links us back to the eternal myth? ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 647
There can be no doubt that man’s importance is enormously enhanced if God himself deigns to become one. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 650
Religious experience is absolute; it cannot be disputed. You can only say that you have never had such an experience, whereupon your opponent will reply: “Sorry, I have.” And there your discussion will come to an end. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 167
Everything to do with religion, everything it is and asserts, touches the human soul so closely that psychology least of all can afford to overlook it. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 172
It would be a regrettable mistake if anybody should take my observations as a kind of proof of the existence of God. They prove only the existence of an archetypal God-image, which to my mind is the most we can assert about God psychologically. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 102
From that sacrifice we gain ourselves—our “self”—for we have only what we give. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 398
In the East, the inner man has always had such a firm hold on the outer man that the world had no chance of tearing him away from his inner roots; in the West, the outer man gained the ascendancy to such an extent that he was alienated from his innermost being, ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 785.
There is no conflict between religion and science in the East, as no science is there based upon a passion for facts, and no religion upon faith; there is religious cognition and cognitive religion. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 768.
Thus he abandons the one sure foundation of the Western mind and loses himself in a mist of words and ideas that could never have originated in European brains and can never be profitably grafted upon them. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 3
The foremost of all illusions is that anything can ever satisfy anybody. That illusion stands behind all that is unendurable in life and in front of all progress, and it is one of the most difficult things to overcome. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 905.
Self-knowledge, in the form of an examination of conscience, is demanded by Christian ethics. They were very pious people who maintained that self-knowledge paves the way to knowledge of God. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 661
The truth is that we do not enjoy masterless freedom; we are continually threatened by psychic factors which, in the guise of “natural phenomena,” may take possession of us at any moment. The withdrawal of metaphysical project at least hold it at arm’s length and prevent it from storming the citadel of the ego. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 143.
If the doctor wants to guide another, or even accompany him a step of the way, he must feel with that person’s psyche. He never feels it when he passes judgment. Whether he puts his judgments into words, or keeps them to himself, makes not the slightest difference. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 519
Modern man has heard enough about guilt and sin. He is sorely enough beset by his own bad conscience, and wants rather to know how he is to reconcile himself with his own nature—how he is to love the enemy in his own heart and call the wolf his brother. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 523