Carl Jung Quotes

Most popular Carl Jung Quotes

Synchronicity is a Meaningful Coincidence.
— Carl Jung
The kernel of all jealousy is a lack of love.


Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
— Carl Jung
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
— Carl Jung
Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead.


Religion is a defence against a religious experience.
— Carl Jung
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.


Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

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The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
— Carl Jung
Free will is the ability to do gladly that which I must do.
— Carl Jung
Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience.
— Carl Jung
I have defined intuition as "perception via the unconscious."

intuition subconscious

The descent into the depths always seems to precede the ascent.

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Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
— Carl Jung


You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence.
— Carl Jung

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To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.

asking questions problem-solving

There are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life.
— Carl Jung


All religions are therapies for the sorrows and disorders of the soul.


To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light.
— Carl Jung
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

understanding others

The unconscious is the unwritten history of mankind from time unrecorded.
— Carl Jung
Eternal truth needs a human language that alters with the spirit of the times.
— Carl Jung
Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.


The Self is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
— Carl Jung
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
— Carl Jung

action intelligence

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


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
— Carl Jung

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The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.


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


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


The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
— Carl Jung
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.
— Carl Jung
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
— Carl Jung


Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
— Carl Jung
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine, or idealism.


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

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Seldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises.
— Carl Jung
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

purpose of life

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.

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Theoretical considerations of cause and effect often look pale and dusty in comparison to the practical results of chance.
— Carl Jung
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
— Carl Jung

other people relationships

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
— Carl Jung
The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning.

middle age

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances—if there are any reactions, both are transformed.
— Carl Jung

human nature

I want to be freed neither from human beings, nor from myself, nor from nature; for all these appear to me the greatest of miracles.
— Carl Jung


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


Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
— Carl Jung

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Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncracy of a living being. It is an act of high courage flung in the face of life.
— Carl Jung


The collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind's evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual.
— Carl Jung


The man who submits to his fate calls it the will of God; the man who puts up a hopeless and exhausting fight is more apt to see the devil in it.
— Carl Jung
I would not say I believe. I know. I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.
— Carl Jung


So long as religion is only faith and outward form, and the religious function is not experienced in our own souls, nothing of any importance has happened.


If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

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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.


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.
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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.


Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.
— Carl Jung

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Whereas I formerly believed it to be my bounden duty to call others to order, I must now admit that I need calling to order myself, and that I would do better to set my own house to rights first.

changing people

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.

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We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.
— Carl Jung


The unconscious has no time. There is no trouble about time in the unconscious. Part of our psyche is not in time and not in space. They are only an illusion, time and space, and so in a certain part of our psyche time does not exist at all.
— Carl Jung
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

dreams (during sleep)

The dream itself wants nothing; it is a self-evident content, a plain natural fact like the sugar in the blood of a diabetic or the fever in a patient with typhus.  It is only we who, if we are clever and can unriddle the signs of nature, turn it into a warning.

dreams (during sleep)

The unconscious is not a demoniacal monster, but a natural entity which, as far as moral sense, aesthetic taste, and intellectual judgment go, is completely neutral. It only becomes dangerous when our conscious attitude to it is hopelessly wrong. To the degree that we repress it, its danger increases.
— Carl Jung
The unconscious is the only available source of religious experience. This is certainly not to say that what we call the unconscious is identical with God or is set up in his place. It is simply the medium from which religious experience seems to flow. As to what the further cause of such experience might be, the answer to this lies beyond the range of human knowledge.