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Memories Dreams Reflections A Biography by Aniela Jaffe

To me there is no liberation a tout prix. I cannot be liberated from anything that I do not possess, have not done or experienced.

Real liberation becomes possible for me only when I have done all that I was able to do, when I have completely devoted myself to a thing and participated in it to the utmost.

If I withdraw from participation, I am virtually amputating the corresponding part of my psyche.

Naturally, there may be good reasons for my not immersing myself in a given experience.

But then I am forced to confess my inability, and must know that I may have neglected to do something of vital importance.

In this way I make amends for the lack of a positive act by the clear knowledge of my incompetence.

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

They then dwell in the house next door, and at any moment a flame may dart out and set fire to his own house.

Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force. ~Carl Jung; MDR; Page 276-277.