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40+ Carl Jung Quotes (Dreams, Shadows, and Myths)

Quote about Dreams by Carl Jung

Dreams are, after all, compensations for the conscious attitude.

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Myth is the natural and indispensable intermediate stage between unconscious and conscious cognition

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A dream seems like reality as long as we are in it.

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“Tears, sorrow, and disappointment are bitter, but wisdom is the comforter in all psychic suffering. Indeed, bitterness and wisdom form a pair of alternatives: where there is bitterness wisdom is lacking, and where wisdom is there can be no bitterness.”

Carl Jung Quote About Death

If you accept death, it is altogether like a frosty night and an anxious misgivingbut a frosty night in a vineyard full of sweet grapesYou will soon take pleasure in your wealth. Death ripens.


“But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” 

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” 

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” 

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.” 

“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” 

Quotes about Mythology by Carl Jung

A belief proves to me only the phenomenon of belief, not the content of the belief.

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Myth is the revelation of divine life in man

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The Journey

“…it is a great and surprising discovery when we find that what we had supposed to be the final peak is nothing but the first step in a very long climb. “

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

“As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” 

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” 

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.” 

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” 

“The capacity for directed thinking I call intellect; the capacity for passive or undirected thinking I call intellectual intuition.”

“A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life.”

“We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.” 

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

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

“I regret many follies which sprang from my obstinacy; but without that trait I would not have reached my goal.”

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

“Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.”

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

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”

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

“It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”

“A true symbol appears only when there is a need to express what thought cannot think or what is only divined or felt.”

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.”

“It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually feeds it and keeps it going.”

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

“As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look round and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself.” 

“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. ” 

“Midlife is the time to let go of an overdominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence.”

“The highest, most decisive experience is to be alone with one’s own self. You must be alone to find out what supports you, when you find that you can not support yourself. Only this experience can give you an indestructible foundation.”

“Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. They are found by experience.”

“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.” 

“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”

“Every living soul has different talents, different desires, different faculties. Be yourself, for even if you deceive the entire world, you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.”

“The forms which the experience takes in each individual may be infinite in their variations, but they are all variants of certain central types, and these occur universally. They are the primordial images.”

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