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  Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks ouside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  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.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  Deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, There is something not right, no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or moral code.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other, because love needs the spirit, and the spirit love, for their fulfillment.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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
  

  Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The little world of childhood with its familiar surroundings is a model of the greater world.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  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
  

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

  What can a man say about woman, his own opposite? I mean of course something sensible, that is outside the sexual program, free of resentment, illusion, and theory. Where is the man to be found capable of such superiority? Woman always stands just where the man's shadow falls, so that he is only too liable to confuse the two. Then, when he tries to repair this misunderstanding, he overvalues her and believes her the most desirable thing in the world.  
 -  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 best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually feeds it and keeps it going.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Shame is a soul-eating emotion.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

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

  No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games and it cannot be done by men out of touch with their instinctive selves.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Every civilized human being, whatever his conscious development, is still an archaic man at the deeper levels of his psyche.  
 -  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
  

  The true leader is always led.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Even if the whole world were to fall to pieces, the unity of the psyche would never be shattered.  
 -  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
  

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

  I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

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

  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
  

  The bigger the crowd, the more negligible the individual.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  I am looking forward enormously to getting back to the sea again, where the overstimulated psyche can recover in the presence of that infinite peace and spaciousness.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

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

  No nation keeps its word. A nation is a big, blind worm, following what? Fate perhaps. A nation has no honour, it has no word to keep.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  There's no coming to consciousness without pain.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Every thinking person fears nuclear war and every technological nation plans for it. Everyone knows it is madness, and every country has an excuse.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  If we cant think for ourselves, if we're unwilling to question authority, then we're just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Frederick Douglas taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesnt happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We have designed our civilization based on science and technology and at the same time arranged things so that almost no one understands anything at all about science and technology. This is a clear prescription for disaster.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you're in love, you want to tell the world.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The politicians and the religious leaders and the weapons scientists have been at it for a long time and they've made a thorough mess of it. I mean, we're in deep trouble.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  An organism at war with itself is doomed.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The question (Do you believe in God?) has a peculiar structure. If I say no, do I mean I am convinced God doesnt exist, or do I mean I am not convinced he does exist? Those are two very different questions.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesnt believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I am agnostic.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  It is all a matter of time scale. An event that would be unthinkable in a hundred years may be inevitable in a hundred million.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  In a democracy, opinions that upset everyone are sometimes exactly what we need. We should be teaching our children the scientific method and the Bill of Rights.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring - not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: Staying alive.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  It is a lazy Saturday afternoon, there's a couple lying naked in bed reading Encyclopedia Brittannica to each other, and arguing about whether the Andromeda Galaxy is more numinous than the Ressurection. Do they know how to have a good time, or dont they?  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  In the vastness of the Cosmos there must be other civilizations far older and more advanced than ours.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You cant convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it is based on a deep seated need to believe.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  History is full of people who out of fear or ignorance or the lust for power have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value which truly belong to all of us. We must not let it happen again.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The universe is a pretty big place. If it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The evidence, so far at least and laws of Nature aside, does not require a Designer. Maybe there is one hiding, maddeningly unwilling to be revealed.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there's no place for it in the endeavor of science. We do not know beforehand where fundamental insights will arise from about our mysterious and lovely solar system. The history of our study of our solar system shows us clearly that accepted and conventional ideas are often wrong, and that fundamental insights can arise from the most unexpected sources.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been so credulous.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate... Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  There are no forbidden questions in science, no matters too sensitive or delicate to be probed, no sacred truths.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Look, all I am asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The method of science is tried and true. It is not perfect, it is just the best we have. And to abandon it with its skeptical protocols is the pathway to a dark age.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You could just as well say that an agnostic is a deeply religious person with at least a rudimentary knowledge of human fallibility.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Exactly the same technology can be used for good and for evil. It is as if there were a God who said to us, 'I set before you two ways: You can use your technology to destroy yourselves or to carry you to the planets and the stars. It is up to you.'  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you dont have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You have to know the past to understand the present.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our own ignorance about ourselves.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Virtually every major technological advance in the history of the human species - back to the invention of stone tools and the domestication of fire - has been ethically ambiguous.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  I consider it an extremely dangerous doctrine, because the more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  By exploring other worlds we safeguard this one. By itself, I think this fact more than justifies the money our species has spent in sending ships to other worlds. It is our fate to live during one of the most perilous and, at the same time, one of the most hopeful chapters in human history.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The visions we offer our children shape the future.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We wish to find the truth, no matter where it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  If some good evidence for life after death were announced, I'd be eager to examine it; but it would have to be real scientific data, not mere anecdote. As with the face on Mars and alien abductions, better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  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.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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
  

  The true leader is always led.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks ouside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

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

  One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games and it cannot be done by men out of touch with their instinctive selves.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return.  
 -  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
  

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

  Shame is a soul-eating emotion.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.  
 -  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
  

  An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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
  

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

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

  Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem most important to you.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

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

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

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