Carl Gustav Jung Quotes

Who is Carl Gustav Jung?

Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and disciple of Sigmund Freud. Together with Freud and Alfred Adler, Jung is considered one of the fathers of Western psychology.

Born July 26, 1875
Died June 06, 1961

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

“I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

“If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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“In each of us there is another whom we do not know.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

“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.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“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.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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“Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.”

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“Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on living.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“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.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parents.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

“The world will ask you who you are, and if you don't know, the world will tell you.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“There's no coming to consciousness without pain.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.”

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Carl Gustav Jung

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“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”


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