Carl Jung Quotes

Carl Gustav Jung founded analytical psychology and was one of the great thinkers of his day. This is a brief profile and Top 10 list of inspirational Carl Jung quotes.

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Profile: Carl Gustav Jung was born on July 26th, 1875 in Switzerland. From a wide variety of interests including philosophy, biology, and religion, he choose to study medicine and started his career in 1900 at a psychiatric clinic in Zurich.

Jung was influenced by Sigmund Freud and they became friends when they meet in 1907. However it lasted only until 1912 when disagreements on the causes of neurosis ended there relationship.

Their disagreements also involved the unconscious, were Freud felt dreams are hidden wish fulfillments, Jung delved deeper, believing in the process of 'individuation', combining the conscious and unconscious to bring about harmonious conditions in one's life.

Jung resigned from his University position and entered into a tough period of self-analysis until 1918. He then went on to greatly influence psychological concepts, founding analytical psychology, and he travelled extensively, studying other cultures as his fame grew.

Carl Gustav Jung died in 1961, he studied many religions during his life and believed the spiritual journey is necessary for personal growth.

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Inspirational Carl Jung Quotes


"Your vision will become clear
only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes."

- Carl Gustav Jung


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

- Carl Gustav Jung


"To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful."

- Carl Gustav 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 Gustav Jung


"Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health."

- Carl Gustav Jung


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

- Carl Gustav Jung


"Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

- Carl Gustav 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 Gustav Jung


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

- Carl Gustav Jung


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

- Carl Gustav Jung

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