58 Famous Carl Jung Quotes And Sayings

In this post, we have shared the best collection of Carl Jung Quotes with you. Carl Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist who proposed the concept of Analytical Psychology.

I hope you will find Carl Jung’s quotes very inspiring and also you will be aware of his thinking process through this post.

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Carl Jung Biography

Carl Jung was born in 1875 in Switzerland. Since childhood, Jung’s relationship with his parents was not good, so he decided to cut off from the external world and started living in a world of his dreams.

If he ever faced any problem, he used to solve that problem with the help of his dreamworld, let’s say, imaginative thinking and because of exploring so much in his dreams, Jung later worked on the unconscious mind in his life career.

After completing school, Carl Jung decided to pursue medicine at the University of Basel as he felt that this profession would help him to specialize in psychiatry. He felt that the field of psychiatry would give him an opportunity to pursue his dreams and supernatural thoughts.

In 1900, Carl Jung started working at the Mental Hospital in Zurich under Eugen Bleuler (Introducer of Schizophrenia). After that Jung married the second-richest woman in Switzerland.

After working at the hospital for a few years, Jung quit his job and began lecturing at the University of Zurich.

Carl Jung met Sigmund Freud for the first time in 1907 and they talked for about 13 hours, this incident is a great example of their friendship.

In the beginning, Jung agreed with Freud’s ideas, but when Jung himself started his research, he disagreed with Freud’s idea because he felt that Freud’s idea was far from reality. And because of this dispute in 1913, their friendship broke.

In the same year, Jung turned 38 and started having some neurotic problems. He felt that this problem would take him away from reality and that is why he resigned from the lectureship at the University of Zurich and thought of attempting suicide.

After this, when he started getting such thoughts, he thought of writing all his ideas, thoughts or whatever was in his mind in a book and this book came to be known as ‘The Red Book’ because the cover of that book was made of red leather. This book was very long, so it had to be divided into six books.

15 Best Carl Jung Quotes

1.”Learn your techniques well and be prepared to let them go when you touch the human soul.”

2.”There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.”

3.”Man is the mirror God holds up to himself, the sense organ with which he apprehends his being.”

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

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

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

6.”Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”

7.”We cannot change anything unless we accept it.”

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

9.”For better to come, good must stand aside.”

10.”Those who look outside, dream. Those who look inside, awaken.”

11.”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.”

12.”We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become.”

13.”Not nature, but the “genius of mankind,” has knotted the hangman’s noose with which it can execute itself at any moment.”

14.”Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force”

15.”Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted.”

Top 10 Carl Jung Psychology Quotes

1.”It is also possible for the unconscious or an archetype to take complete possession of a man and to determine his fate down to the smallest detail”

2.”The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life.”

"The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life." - Carl Jung
“The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life.” – Carl Jung

3.”The self is not only the center but also the whole circumference which embraces both conscious and unconscious; it is the center of this totality, just as the ego is the center of consciousness.”

4.”Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world.”

5.”Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.”

6.”Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

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

8.”The psychopathology of the masses is rooted in the psychology of the individual”

9.”Science has destroyed even the refuge of the inner life. What was once a sheltering haven has become a place of terror”

10.”Like the sea itself, the unconscious yields an endless and self-replenishing abundance of creatures, a wealth beyond our fathoming.”

Carl Jung Quotes About Self

1.”The capacity for inner dialogue is a touchstone for outer objectivity.”

2.”No man can change himself into anything from sheer reason; he can only change into what he potentially is.”

3.”In such doubtful matters, where you have to work as a pioneer, you must be able to put some trust in your intuition and follow your feeling even at the risk of going wrong.”

4.”You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." -  Carl Jung
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung

5.”Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.”

Carl Jung Personality Quotes

1.”In every adult there lurks a child— an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is part of the personality which wants to develop and become whole.”

2.”Enlightenment doesn’t occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the Self into the conscious personality.”

3.”Unfortunately, there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and darker it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it”

4.”The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort.”

5.”To become acquainted with oneself is a terrible shock.”

6.”One is always in the dark about one’s own personality. One needs others to get to know oneself.”

"One is always in the dark about one's own personality. One needs others to get to know oneself." - Carl Jung
“One is always in the dark about one’s own personality. One needs others to get to know oneself.” – Carl Jung

7.”To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real.”

8.”So often among so-called “primitives” one comes across spiritual personalities who immediately inspire respect, as though they were the fully matured products of an undisturbed fate.”

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

10.”Identification with one’s office or title is very attractive indeed, which is precisely why so many men are nothing more than the decorum accorded to them by society. In vain would one look for a personality behind the husk. Underneath one would find a very pitiable little creature. That is why the office is so attractive: it offers easy compensation for personal deficiencies.”

13 Inspiring Carl Jung Quotes On Life

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

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

3.”We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”

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

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

5.”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.”

6.”Plants were bound for good or ill to their places. They expressed not only beauty but also the thoughts of God’s world, with an intent of their own and without deviation. Trees in particular were mysterious and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the places where I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings.”

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

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

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

10.”Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”

11.”An old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as the young man who is unable to embrace it.”

12.”The man who speaks with primordial images, speaks with a thousand tongues.”

13.”Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.”

Religious Quotes by Carl Jung

1.”Religion is a defense against the experience of God.”

"Religion is a defense against the experience of God." - Carl Jung
“Religion is a defense against the experience of God.” – Carl Jung

2.”All neurotics seek the religious”

3.”In thirty years I have treated many patients. Among all my patients in the second half of life, every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age had given their followers, and none of them was really healed who did not regain his religious outlook.”

4.”I could 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.”

5.”No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning, and beauty, and that has given a new splendor to the world and to mankind.”

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