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[Note: One of the pillars of Science as in Religion is “Belief.” In Religion often known as “Faith” and in Science as an “Hypothesis.”]


I make a great effort to fortify the belief in immortality as far as I can, especially in my older patients, for whom such questions are crucial. ~Carl Jung, CW 12, Page 124.
I’m inclined to believe that something of the human soul remains after death, since already in this conscious life we have evidence that the psyche exists in a relative space and in a relative time, that is in a relatively non-extended and eternal state. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 29-30.
I believe that we have the choice: I preferred the living wonders of the God. I daily weigh up my whole life and I continue to fiery brilliance of the God as a higher and fuller life than the ashes of rationality. The ashes are suicide to me. I could perhaps put out the fire but I cannot deny to myself the experience of the God. Nor can I cut myself off from this experience. I also do not want to, since I want to live. My life wants itself whole. ~Carl Jung; The Red Book; Page 339.
I believe I have learned that no one is allowed to avoid the mysteries of the Christian religion unpunished. I repeat: he whose heart has not been broken over the Lord Jesus Christ drags a pagan around in himself who holds him back from the best. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 260.
Believe me: It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you. On what basis should I presume to teach you? I give you news of the way of this man, but not of your own way. My path is not your path therefore I cannot teach you. The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in teachings, nor in laws. Within us is the way, the truth, and the life. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 231.
Is there anyone among you who believes he can be spared the way? Can he swindle his way past the pain of Christ? I say: “Such a one deceives himself to his own detriment. He beds down on thorns and fire. No one can be spared the way of Christ, since this way leads to what is to come. You should all become Christs. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 235.
The belief, the self-confidence, perhaps also the devotion with which the analyst does his work, are far more important to the patient (imponderabilia though they may be), than the rehearsing of old traumata. ~Carl Jung; CW 4; par. 584.
We find in Gnosticism what was lacking in the centuries that followed: a belief in the efficacy of individual revelation and individual knowledge. This belief was rooted in the proud feeling of man’s affinity with the gods. ~Carl Jung, Psychological Types, Page 242.
It is hard to believe that this teeming world is too poor to provide an object for human love – it offers boundless opportunities to everyone. It is rather the inability to love which robs a person of these opportunities. The world is empty only to him who does not know how to direct his libido towards things and people, and to render them alive and beautiful. What compels us to create a substitute from within ourselves is not an external lack, but our own inability to include anything outside ourselves in our love. Certainly the difficulties and adversities of the struggle for existence may oppress us, yet even the worst conditions need not hinder love; on the contrary, they often spur us on to greater efforts. Carl Jung; Symbols of Transformation (1952). CW 5: Page 253.
When I say that I don’t need to believe in God because I “know,” I mean I know of the existence of God-images in general and in particular. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 520-523
Mind you, I didn’t say “there is a God.” I said: “I don’t need to believe in God, I know.” Which does not mean: I do know a certain God (Zeus, Yahweh, Allah, the Trinitarian God, etc.) but rather: I do know that I am obviously confronted with a factor unknown in itself, which I call “God” in consensu omnium (quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus creditur). ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 525-526
You must believe in this world, make roots, do the best you can, even if you have to believe in the most absurd things—to believe, for instance, that this world is very definite, that it matters absolutely whether such-and-such a treaty is made or not. ~Carl Jung, Kundalini Seminar, Page 29
I believe, though I cannot prove it, that it was not this old wives’ tale that gave Nietzsche the idea of Zarathustra’s journey to hell.

Rather, while he was working out the general idea, Kerner’s story would have slipped into his mind because it was associated with the general idea “journey to hell” by the law of similarity.

The remarkable thing is the verbal fidelity of the reproduction. ~Carl Jung, CW 1, Para 183


I believe also also, that the picture I have drawn of the spiritual outlook of modern man corresponds to the true state of affairs, though I make no claim to infallibility. In any case, what I have had to say about the cure of neurosis, and the problems involved, is the unvarnished truth. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 537

It is of considerable interest to compare this conception of Prometheus with Goethe’s.

I believe I am justified in the conjecture that Goethe belongs more to the extraverted than to the introverted type, while Spitteler would seem to belong to the latter. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 288

Only in so far as elementary facts are communicated which are amenable to quantitative measurement can there be any question of a direct presentation.

But how much of the actual psychology of man can be experienced and observed as quantitatively measurable facts?

Such facts do exist, and I believe I have shown in my association studies  that extremely complicated psychological facts are accessible to quantitative measurement. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 672

No one, I trust, will draw the conclusion from my description of types that I believe the four or eight types here presented to be the only ones that exist. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 848 ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 848

On the other hand, I am not convinced that, with these two ways of looking at the psyche—the reductive and constructive as I have called them—the possibilities of explanation are exhausted.

I believe that other equally “true” explanations of the psychic process can still be put forward, just as many in fact as there are types. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 855

It is not, I believe, superfluous to have discussed in considerable detail the nature of the opposites that underlie psychic energy.

Freudian theory consists in a causal explanation of the psychology of instinct. ~Carl Jung, CW 4, Para 104.

I do not wish to give the impression that all dreams are as simple as this one, or that they are all of this type.

I believe it is true that all dreams are compensatory to the content of consciousness, but certainly not in all dreams is the compensatory function so clear as in this example. ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 483

Naturally the strict Montanist view was in accord with the highest moral demands of the age, but it destroyed life all the same.

What is to become of the spirit when it has exterminated man?

I believe, therefore, that a spirit which accords with our highest ideals will find its limits set by life.

It is certainly necessary for life, since a mere ego-life, as we well know, is a most inadequate and unsatisfactory thing.

Only a life lived in a certain spirit is worth living. ~Carl Jung, CW 2, Para 643

But there are so many psychologies that an American university was able to publish a thick volume under the title Psychologies of 1930.

I believe there are as many psychologies as philosophies, for there is also no single philosophy, but many.

I mention this for the reason that philosophy and psychology are linked by indissoluble bonds which are kept in being by the interrelation of their subject-matters.

Psychology takes the psyche for its subject, and philosophy—to put it briefly—takes the world. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 659

The fact that we can now understand them as psychic quantities is a new formulation, a new expression, which may enable us to discover a new way of relating to the powers of the unconscious.

I believe this possibility to be of immense significance, because the collective unconscious is in no sense an obscure corner of the mind, but the mighty deposit of ancestral experience accumulated over millions of years, the echo of prehistoric happenings to which each century adds an infinitesimally small amount of variation and differentiation. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 729

I am firmly convinced that a vast number of people belong to the fold of the Catholic Church and nowhere else, because they are most suitably housed there.

I am as much persuaded of this as of the fact, which I have myself observed, that a primitive religion is better suited to primitive people than Christianity, which is so incomprehensible to them and so foreign to their blood that they can only ape it in the most disgusting way.

I believe, too, that there must be protestants against the Catholic Church, and also protestants against Protestantism—for the manifestations of the spirit are truly wondrous, and as varied as Creation itself. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 537

Therefore, I believe, it is not too far-fetched to conjecture that the author of the Apocalypse, or perhaps a perplexed transcriber, felt the need to interpret this obvious parallel with Christ and somehow bring it into line with the text as a whole.

This could easily be done by using the familiar image of the shepherd with the iron crook. I cannot see any other reason for this association. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 712

I have tried to set forth above the inescapable conclusions which must, I believe, be reached if one looks at tradition with critical common sense.

If, in this wise, one is confronted with a paradoxical idea of God, and if, as a religious person, one considers at the same time the full extent of the problem, one finds oneself in the situation of the author of Revelation, who we may suppose was a convinced Christian. I have tried to set forth above the inescapable conclusions which must, I believe, be reached if one looks at tradition with critical common sense. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 737

One would be very ill advised to identify me with such a childish standpoint.

However, I have been asked so often whether I believe in the existence of God or not that I am somewhat concerned lest I be taken for an adherent of “psychologism” far more commonly than I suspect. One would be very ill advised to identify me with such a childish standpoint. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 751

Consequently there is much that is only hinted at, though this should not be taken as a sign of superficiality.

I believe myself to be in a position to offer ample evidence for my views, but I do not wish to give the impression that I imagine I have said anything final on this highly complicated subject. It is true that this is not the first time. Carl Jung, CW 12, Para 324

I believe I have observed cases where the tendency of the unconscious would have to be regarded, by all human standards, as essentially destructive.

But i may not be out of place to reflect that the self-destruction of what is hopelessly inefficient or evil can be understood in a higher sense as another attempt at compensation.

There are murderers who feel that their execution is condign punishment, and suicides who go to their death in triumph. ~Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 149

In other words, did Philaletha, the pseudonymous author of our text, have anything like the thoughts and ideas which I have put forward by way of interpretation?

I regard this as out of the question, and yet I believe that these authors invariably said the best, most apposite, and clearest thing they could about the matter in hand. ~Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 212

Certainly I believe that psychology can unravel the secrets of alchemy, but it will not lay bare the secret of these secrets. ~Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 213

[I believe that incest and the other perverted sexual aspects are, in most cases, no more than by-products, and that the essential contents of the regressive tendency are really those which I have just mentioned.

I have no objection to a patient’s going back to that kind of childhood, nor do I mind his indulging in such memories. ~Carl Jung, CW 16, Para 57

I believe firmly in the power and dignity of the intellect, but only if it does not violate the feeling-values. These are not just infantile resistances.

This example shows what a decisive factor the personal contact is. ~Carl Jung, CW 17, Para 57

Just as the psychic and social life of mankind at the primitive level is exclusively a group life with a high degree of unconsciousness among the individuals composing it, so the historical process of development that comes afterwards is in the main collective and will doubtless remain so.

That is why I believe convention to be a collective necessity.

It is a stopgap and not an ideal, either in the moral or in the religious sense, for submission to it always means renouncing one’s wholeness and running away from the final consequences of one’s own being. ~Carl Jung, CW 15, Para 297

I wonder if you have ever asked for the association experiment to be applied to the words “mystic” or “fourth dimension”?

I believe you would get a period of great delay and concentrated fury every time they were mentioned.

I propose to return to the fourth-dimensional, because I believe it is a link badly needed to help our understanding. ~Carl Jung, CW 16, Para 115

Psychotherapy is a craft and I deal in my individual way—a very humble way with nothing particular to show—with the things I have to do.

Not that I believe for a moment that I am absolutely right. Nobody is absolutely right in psychological matters. ~Carl Jung, CW 16, Para 277

Even my personal friends are under that fascination, and when I am in Germany,

I believe it myself, I understand it all, I know it has to be as it is. One cannot resist it.

It gets you below the belt and not in your mind, your brain just counts for nothing, your sympathetic system is gripped. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 372

That was the subject I really wanted to tell you about today in consequence of the analysis of the Toledo dream, so I am very glad to take it up.

You will realize that I shall not be able to present any empirical material, but I may succeed in giving you an idea of the method.

I believe that the best way is to tell you of a case where it was very difficult to teach the patient the method. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 391

My endeavours have not been directed towards discovering absolute means, but merely approximate figures which can, to a certain extent, give us the levels of the values of normal subjects from varying social strata.

As I believe that the association experiment, carried out in approximately the way it has been practised in this clinic for several years past, will play an important role in the future diagnosis of mental illness, it seems to me to be most important to find general normal mean-values which can form a firm basis for the assessment of pathological values. ~Carl Jung, CW 2, Para 573

I could easily confine myself exclusively to an exposition of my theoretical views, but I believe it will be better to illustrate my lectures with as many practical examples as possible.

We shall therefore concern ourselves first with the association test, which has been of great value to me from both a practical and a theoretical point of view.

The historical development of the association method and its use in psychology are both so well known to you that there is no need to enlarge upon them. ~Carl Jung, CW 6,,Para 569

In these circumstances, can one speak of an organic process at all? I believe it to be completely out of the question.

The critical experience occurred when the patient was sixteen, at which time there was not the slightest trace of an organic lesion. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 493

I believe, that even the most fantastic dream may express some intelligent idea, though that idea may be hidden in symbolism.

My own observations confirm those of Freud, so far as to show that running through each dream there is an intelligent motive; so that the dream can be interpreted as expressing some idea or ideas which the dreamer previously has entertained. ~Carl Jung, CW 7, Para 150

In this way we obtain the historical material on which to base our judgment.

It has been objected that the patient could then say whatever he liked—in other words, any old nonsense.

This objection is made, I believe, on the unconscious assumption that the historian who gathers material for his monograph is an imbecile, incapable of distinguishing real parallels from apparent ones and authentic reports from crude falsifications.

The professional has means at his disposal for avoiding clumsy mistakes with certainty and more subtle ones with some probability. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 336

Why do we cherish the image of the Immaculate Mother even to this day?

Because it is still comforting and speaks without words or noisy sermons to the comfortless, saying, “I too have become a mother”—through the “Idea spontaneously creating its own object.”

I believe there would be reason enough for a sleepless night if those adolescent fantasies once got hold of this idea—the consequences would indeed be incalculable. ~Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 76

The nature of these analogies is therefore a serious problem because, as we have said, they must be ideas which attract the libido.

Their special character is, I believe, to be discerned in the fact that they are archetypes, that is, universal and inherited patterns which, taken together, constitute the structure of the unconscious. ~Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 337.

It is worth noting that in the further course of his argument the question of the play instinct retires into the background in favour of the aesthetic mood, which seems to have acquired an almost mystical value.

This, I believe, is no accident, but has a quite definite cause. ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 196

Characteristically, it is symbols of the parents that become activated and by no means always the images of the real parents, a fact which Freud explains as repression of the parental imago through resistance to incest.

I agree with this interpretation, yet I believe it is not exhaustive, since it overlooks the extraordinary significance of this symbolic substitution.

In spite of an occasional admission of good qualities, the type on the whole comes out of it very badly.  ~Carl Jung, CW 6, Para 201

I believe this is due to a bias on the part of the author.

It is usually enough to have had bitter experiences with one or more representatives of the same type for one’s taste to be spoiled for all of them.

One must not forget that, just as the good sense of the introverted woman depends on a careful accommodation of her mental contents to the general thinking, the affectivity of the extraverted woman possesses a certain lability and shallowness because it is adapted to the ordinary life of human society. ~Carl Jung, CW 10, Para 262