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As far as we can discern,
by 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.
- Carl Jung

Related topics: Spiritual Inspirational

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl 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 Jung

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

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Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
- Carl Jung

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict
between thinking and feeling.
- Carl Jung

 

Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off
a portion of one's being,
but by integration of the contraries.
- Carl Jung

Follow that will and that way
which experience confirms to be your own.
- Carl Jung

In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order.
- Carl Jung

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
- Carl Jung

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.
- Carl Jung

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

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

There can be no transforming of darkness into light
and of apathy into movement without emotion.
- Carl Jung

Where love reigns, there is no will to power;
and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking.
The one is but the shadow of the other.
- Carl Jung

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

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

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
- Carl Jung

I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become.
- Carl Jung

Understanding does not cure evil,
but it is a definite help,
inasmuch as one can cope
with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung

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

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.
- Carl Jung

Every human life contains a potential,
if that potential is not fulfilled,
then that life was wasted...
- Carl Jung

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
- Carl Jung

If there is anything that 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.
- Carl Jung

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

What you resist, persists.
- Carl Jung

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

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

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

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
- Carl Jung

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

The greatest and most important problems of life
are all fundamentally insoluble.
They can never be solved but only outgrown.
- Carl Jung

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
- Carl Jung

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
- Carl Jung

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- 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

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

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

If one does not understand a person,
one tends to regard him as a fool.
- Carl Jung

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.
- Carl Jung

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

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.
- Carl Jung

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

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
- Carl Jung

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.
- Carl Jung

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.
- Carl Jung

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.
- Carl Jung

The healthy man does not torture others -
generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
- Carl Jung

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

Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you.
- Carl Jung

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

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

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm
that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts
and their conflagration
which are needed to produce
valuable and lasting results.
- Carl Jung

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

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel
to the poor naked heathen,
but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe
have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.
- Carl Jung

Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being.
Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.
- Carl Jung

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents
that press upward from the unconscious.
- Carl Jung

Shrinking away from death
is something unhealthy and abnormal -
which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
- Carl Jung

The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do
is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
- Carl Jung

Without this playing with fantasy,
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of
the imagination is incalculable.
- Carl Jung

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

It is sad but unfortunately true that
man learns nothing from history.
- Carl 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 Jung

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror.
As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
- Carl Jung

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung


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