Here is a list of quotes from Carl Jung.    Feel free to add your favorites.

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

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

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

The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

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

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

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

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

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

Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

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

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

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

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

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Thank God I'm Jung not a Jungian.+

Wisdom is knowing in depth the great Metaphors of meaning.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us  "universe, "a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

This quote is by Einstein, but I find it an excellent commentary summarizing the whole of Jung's work.

Let us in 2013 not run away from the pain of non knowing so that we may see with new eyes and hear with new ears.  Lee, Do you know who has the Jung society tapes by John Sanford?  I feel led to work through these in 2013.  Sid

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

An experience of the Self is always a defeat for the ego. Mysterium Coniunctionis

And then there's this one; so cogent given your comments on a coming societal "dark night of the soul" and with which Richard Tarnas also would seem to concur, given the astrological auspices:

“We are living in what the Greeks called the kairos–the right moment–for a ‘metamorphosis of the gods,’ of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious man within us who is changing.” - The Undiscovered Self, 1957



Wow, you don't seem to have my favourite down here... "One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."

Funny thing Lou,  I just hung a poster of Jung with that same quote in my home this past weekend.  I really like that one too.

Thanks for sharing.

After all, the essential thing is not the shadow, but the body which casts it.

Anna,  A light that shines from within casts no shadow when the soul is cleansed.

Lee, very interested to know if this is a Jung quote.  I know he said those that think they are 'whiter than white' are possessed by demons or something very similar... ie, if you think you are fully 'clean' while others aren't you are deluded.  The way that Jung is interpreted in contemporary spirituality sometimes seems to leave this wholeness to one side.

Am very sincerely interested and don't wish to prejudge your response although I wonder if what you say is a quote from Jung.  Nice idea though.

Seems there is a tendency to deny the shadow even more so with some new age perspectives...? Very interested to hear how people feel about this.



Julie Bondanza, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, as well as for various Jung societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.

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