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Carl Jung
(26 Jul 1875 - 6 Jun 1961)

Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist.


Science Quotes by Carl Jung (16 quotes)

Complexes are psychic contents which are outside the control of the conscious mind. They have been split off from consciousness and lead a separate existence in the unconscious, being at all times ready to hinder or to reinforce the conscious intentions.
— Carl Jung
A Psychological Theory of Types (1931), 79.
Science quotes on:  |  Complex (78)  |  Mind (544)  |  Unconscious (13)

Dream analysis stands or falls with [the hypothesis of the unconscious]. Without it the dream appears to be merely a freak of nature, a meaningless conglomerate of memory-fragments left over from the happenings of the day.
— Carl Jung
Dream Analysis in its Practical Application (1930), 1-2.
Science quotes on:  |  Dream (92)  |  Memory (81)  |  Psychoanalysis (37)

I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, “My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable bulwark” … In some astonishment I asked him, “A bulwark-against what?” To which he replied, “Against the black tide of mud”—and here he hesitated for a moment, then added—“of occultism.”
— Carl Jung
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963), 147-8.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (227)  |  Dogma (25)  |  Sigmund Freud (66)

I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time.
— Carl Jung
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 36
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (400)  |  Human (445)  |  Law (418)  |  Part (146)  |  Self (39)  |  Simply (34)  |  Soul (139)  |  Space And Time (6)  |  Subject (129)

If there is anything that we wish to change in a child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves.
— Carl Jung
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Science quotes on:  |  Better (131)  |  Change (291)  |  Child (189)  |  Examine (24)  |  First (174)  |  Ourselves (34)  |  See (197)  |  Wish (62)

It is only through the psyche that we can establish that God acts upon us, but we are unable to distinguish whether these actions emanate from God or from the unconscious. We cannot tell whether God and the unconscious are two different entities. Both are border-line concepts for transcendental contents.
— Carl Jung
In Psychology and Religion: West and East (1969), 468.
Science quotes on:  |  Psyche (7)  |  Science And Religion (267)  |  Transcendental (3)  |  Unconscious (13)

Man’s unconscious… contains all the patterns of life and behaviour inherited from his ancestors, so that every human child, prior to consciousness, is possessed of a potential system of adapted psychic functioning.
— Carl Jung
The Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology (1931), 186.
Science quotes on:  |  Behaviour (24)  |  Child (189)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Unconscious (13)

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
From The Gifted Child collected in Collected Works (1954, 1971), Vol. 17, 144. Translated from 'Der Begabt', Psychologie und Erziehung (1946).
Science quotes on:  |  Appreciate (17)  |  Brilliant (14)  |  Child (189)  |  Curriculum (9)  |  Element (129)  |  Feeling (79)  |  Gratitude (10)  |  Growing (15)  |  Human (445)  |  Material (124)  |  Necessary (89)  |  Plant (173)  |  Raw (10)  |  Soul (139)  |  Teacher (90)  |  Vital (32)  |  Warmth (7)

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.
— Carl Jung
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 121
Science quotes on:  |  Absurd (20)  |  Avoid (34)  |  Face (69)  |  Matter (270)  |  Order (167)  |  People (269)  |  Soul (139)

Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being. It is an act of high courage flung in the face of life.
— Carl Jung
In The Development of Personality (1953), 171. https://books.google.com/books?id= Carl Gustav Jung - 195
Science quotes on:  |  Courage (39)  |  Face (69)  |  Fling (2)  |  Idiosyncrasy (2)  |  Innate (7)  |  Life (917)  |  Living Being (2)  |  Personality (40)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Realization (33)  |  Supreme (24)

Science is not ... a perfect instrument, but it is a superb and invaluable tool that works harm only when taken as an end in itself.
— Carl Jung
Commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower
Science quotes on:  |  End (141)  |  Harm (31)  |  Instrument (73)  |  Invaluable (4)  |  Perfect (46)  |  Science (1699)  |  Superb (2)  |  Tool (70)  |  Work (457)

Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is.
— Carl Jung
In Jung’s 'Commentary' as translated for the English edition of Richard Wilhelm, The Secret Of The Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (1999, 2013), 82.
Science quotes on:  |  Door (25)  |  Insight (57)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Mind (544)  |  Obscure (19)  |  Open (38)  |  Science (1699)  |  Tool (70)  |  Understanding (317)  |  Western (14)

The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the psyche, opening into the cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness may extend.
— Carl Jung
In Civilization in Transition (1964), 144.
Science quotes on:  |  Consciousness (71)  |  Cosmic (34)  |  Door (25)  |  Dream (92)  |  Ego (14)  |  Hidden (34)  |  Night (73)  |  Opening (15)  |  Psyche (7)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Recess (5)  |  Secret (98)

The psyche is distinctly more complicated and inaccessible than the body. It is, so to speak, the half of the world which comes into existence only when we become conscious of it. For that reason the psyche is not only a personal but a world problem, and the psychiatrist has to deal with an entire world.
— Carl Jung
From Erinnerungen, Trδume, Gedanken, as translated in Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963), 132.
Science quotes on:  |  Body (193)  |  Complicated (38)  |  Conscious (25)  |  Existence (254)  |  Inaccessible (8)  |  Psyche (7)  |  Psychiatrist (13)  |  Psychology (125)

The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole.
— Carl Jung
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Science quotes on:  |  Belong (33)  |  Incredible (18)  |  Life (917)  |  Unexpected (26)  |  Whole (122)  |  World (667)

There are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life.
— Carl Jung
In The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1969), 48.
Science quotes on:  |  Archetype (4)  |  Life (917)  |  Psychology (125)  |  Situation (41)  |  Typical (10)


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