A few thoughts about existence

CARL JUNG QUOTES

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

“We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.”

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.”

“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”

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

“Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.”

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”

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

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

I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life – that is to say, over 35 – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.

Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?

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

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.

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

The word ‘belief’ is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it – I don’t need to believe it.

Man… carries his whole history with him; in his very structure is written the history of mankind.

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

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

A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life’s morning.

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.

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