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Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. - Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

Some Jung sayings are presented below. Some are translated and some are modified to make them less pretentious. The moderated (toned down) sayings are quite compatible with the original Jung expressions, and have got a 'Mod' (for Moderated) put behind them to show which they are. Besides editorial insertions are put in square brackets, [ ]. Other helpful marks: [Kinds of editing marks]

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Jung Speaks

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

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. [If so, it is very likely projected.]

A conscientious doctor must be able to doubt all his skills and all his theories, otherwise he is befooled by a system.

Over and above all external factors the ultimate decisions always rest with the human mind [Carl Jung uses 'psyche' for 'mind'].

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

The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

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.

Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.

The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.

One of man's tasks is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. [With Carl Jung]

It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad.

Some difficulties could be necessary for health. [With Carl Jung]

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.

The fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet. [But] sometimes it is luckily the other way round as well, or else mankind would long since have perished of stupidity.

The heaping together of paintings by Old Masters in museums is a catastrophe.

Shrinking away from death is quite unhealthy and tends to rob the second half of life of essential purposes. [Cf. Carl G. Jung]

Through pride we [can keep on] deceiving ourselves [much]. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice [hints that] something is out of tune. [With Carl Jung]

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course.

I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself.

We must never forget that Christ was . . . revolutionary, executed with criminals.

Psychoanalysis cannot be considered a method of education if by education we mean the topiary art of clipping a tree into a beautiful artificial shape. But those who have a higher conception of education will prize most the method of cultivating a tree so that it fulfils to perfection its own natural conditions of growth.

Consciousness seems like an island surrounded by the sea in which there is a self-replenishing abundance of living creatures. [With C. G. Jung]

Coping like everybody else can be deplorable enough. [With Carl Jung]

Community . . . I fear, produces the flock of sheep that infallibly attracts the wolves. [With Carl Jung]

One [hopefully] looks back . . . with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.

Follow . . . that way which experience confirms to be your own.

Wickedness of others [can turn into] our own wickedness [after] it kindles something evil in our own hearts.

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud. (Society for Psychical Research)

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

Many works of man have their origin in creative imagination. What right, then, do we have to disparage fantasy? [With Carl Jung]

God approaches man in the form of symbols.

A "scream" is . . . a noise and not music.

Your vision will become clear . . . when you look into your heart . . . Who looks inside, awakens.

As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.

An inflated consciousness is . . . hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities.

[Perhaps] everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. [In Memories, Dreams, Reflections]

Any absolutist attitude is always a religious attitude, and in whatever respect a man becomes absolute, there you see his religion.

The most we can do is dream the myth onwards and give it a modern dress.

By carefully analysing every fascination (we shall) extract from it a portion of our own personality . . . [W]e meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

The encounter with the creature changes the creator.

Man nowadays . . . can no longer create fables. As a result, a great deal escapes him . . . as the telling of a good ghost story as we sit by the fireside.

Just as the addition of however many zeroes will never make a unit, so the value of a community depends on the spiritual and moral stature of the individuals composing it. [C. G. Jung]

Masses are . . . breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

Every educator--and I use the term in its widest sense--should constantly ask himself whether he is actually fulfilling his teachings in his own person and his own life, to the best of his knowledge and with a clear conscience.

The deep mind . . . is on the one hand the result and culmination of what has been and on the other a symbolic expression of very much that is to be. [With Carl Jung]

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light. [With C. G. Jung]

Life is a touchstone for the truth of the spirit.

Conventional morality is exactly like classical physics: a statistical truth, a statistical wisdom.

Never before has eternal truth been faced with such a hybris of will and power.

This whole creation is essentially subjective.

In our most private and most subjective lives we are not only the passive witnesses of our age and its sufferers, but also its [co]makers.

Confusion in the top layers produces a compensatory reaction in the collective unconscious, consisting of a peculiar personality surrogate.

It is more important to be whole than to be good.

Ignorance is certainly never a recommendation . . .

Everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises.

Less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbour; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.

Often I had the feeling that in all decisive matters I was no longer among men, but was alone . . .

If things go wrong in the world, something is wrong. Then I may seek to put myself right first. For I may base myself firmly on the eternal facts of the human psyche. [With C. G. Jung]

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