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Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and is renowned as the founder of analytical psychology.  Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life’s work was spent exploring other areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts. His most notable ideas include the concept of psychological archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronicity.  Jung is the source of some of my all time favorite quotes.  I admire how he mixes logical thinking along with a grain of spirituality and the subconscious realms.  Here is a list of my favorite quotes from Carl Jung:

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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  1. “Sometimes you have to do something unforgiveable just to go on living”
    I’m not sure if this is Jung or not, but I heard it in a movie about his life.
    This quote means so much to me, and points out our humanity so exquisitely.

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  2. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
    This quote really hits it, especially today with how judgemental people can be. I read these news stories and read the comments and it seems nobody is willing to bend on issues. You will always have the right and left and the far right far left but that thin space in the middle is the hardest to rest upon. It seems that if you believe in God, guns or gays or you don’t the other side finds you and says you are the problem.
    I think that these two quotes lead into one another…
    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.”
    One may be for or against God, guns, gays or abortion, there is and always will be a struggle with ones deepest personal beliefs and public opinion. Tolerance and empathy are the two hardest traits to learn, if more people had these two qualities there would be more understanding and less judgement of others, live and let live.

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  3. The Quotations are on point because it gives the best meaning to each one.
    We need more of it

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  4. Amazing quotes from an amazing man of amazing intellect.

    The quotes can be lived and experienced in daily living. They make us better in whatever we do.

    My fav:

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

    Cheers,
    Ajay

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  5. I really like all of them. It all makes sense until someone run into. Most of these line we use it in the third world country. I really don’t think first world country people understand it.
    Winson.

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

    This quote is so true. What value we get out of self reflection.

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  7. I live the thought quotes. “The least of think without meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it”. I like this quotes very much

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  8. Excellent thought

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

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  9. There is no comeing to conciousness without pain very true statement!Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you!That is hilarious Carl did have a sense of humor…..Many of the greatest minds all had one thing in common!

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  10. he’s one of the greatest people of his time.
    thx sharing his quotes.

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  11. he’s one of the greatest people of his time.
    thx sharing his quotes.

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  12. I enjoy Jung’s work!! He has certainly provided a lot of thought-provoking sayings.

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  13. I enjoy Jung’s work!! He has certainly provided a lot of thought-provoking sayings.

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  14. ———————————————————
    The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

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

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

    All True… 🙂

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  15. ———————————————————
    The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

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

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

    All True… 🙂

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

    very interesting. But makes sense especially considering that many things occur do to an error.

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

    very interesting. But makes sense especially considering that many things occur do to an error.

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  18. I love Jung, thanks for sharing these.

    These are my favorites…

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

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

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  19. I love Jung, thanks for sharing these.

    These are my favorites…

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

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

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  20. The dude made a lot of sense!

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  21. The dude made a lot of sense!

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  22. Great sayings…This shows his experience in life,and its great to post here my friend.Thanks for the post.

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  23. Great sayings…This shows his experience in life,and its great to post here my friend.Thanks for the post.

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  24. Great quotes!

    My favorite were these.

    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.

    Cheers

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  25. Great quotes!

    My favorite were these.

    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.

    Cheers

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  26. We are only just now beginning to appreciate the depth of Jung’s contribution to the modern human condition. It should be mandatory for all students to study his amazing works.

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  27. We are only just now beginning to appreciate the depth of Jung’s contribution to the modern human condition. It should be mandatory for all students to study his amazing works.

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  28. valid point, but the case can be made for tons of historical figures….just enjoy the quotes for their profound meaning, regardless of who really wrote them!

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  29. Althought the quotes are good, none of them give the source for where they came from.

    How do we know they are really what he said?
    What if we want to read it in context?

    There are so many unsourced quotes from Carl Jung on the web that I have been tempted to make some up and see what happens.

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  30. Althought the quotes are good, none of them give the source for where they came from.

    How do we know they are really what he said?
    What if we want to read it in context?

    There are so many unsourced quotes from Carl Jung on the web that I have been tempted to make some up and see what happens.

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  31. I love quotes. My favorite is “The word happiness would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

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  32. I love quotes. My favorite is “The word happiness would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

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  33. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” ,great quote.

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  34. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” ,great quote.

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  35. I have only come to realize that his second quotation is so true.

    When confronted by a person that irritates me I now am grateful. Sometime it takes me awhile to get this way(I am still learning) but I eventually get there.

    So instead of getting upset I realize that what is bothering me is actually something that I don’t like about myself.
    I am very grateful for this opportunity because I can take responsibility and work on this area. When this problem with me is resolved I believe what ever it is has been released. But here is the neat part I also believe it is released in the other person as well.

    Thank you

    Learning…Enjoying…Sharing

    David

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  36. I have only come to realize that his second quotation is so true.

    When confronted by a person that irritates me I now am grateful. Sometime it takes me awhile to get this way(I am still learning) but I eventually get there.

    So instead of getting upset I realize that what is bothering me is actually something that I don’t like about myself.
    I am very grateful for this opportunity because I can take responsibility and work on this area. When this problem with me is resolved I believe what ever it is has been released. But here is the neat part I also believe it is released in the other person as well.

    Thank you

    Learning…Enjoying…Sharing

    David

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