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1 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

2 "Plato arrived at the conclusion that there exists in a supra-sensible world a host of models or archetypes, immaterial, immutable, eternal, man in general or man in himself, triangle in itself, virtue in itself, etc. These he termed ideas, which are the object apprehended by the intellect, the faculty which attains truth – that is to say, they are Reality." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

3 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

4 "Just as conscious apprehension gives our actions form and direction, so unconscious apprehension through the archetype determines the form and direction of instinct." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

5 "The purpose of human learning and philosophy is to reawaken in the soul remembrance of the eternal, spiritual realm of pure forms and ideas." The Roots of Consciousness (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)

6 "Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

7 "Universal archetypes are valid for all human beings, irrespective of race, culture and social conditions." Lama Anagarika Govinda, 'Symbols of Transformation' The American Theosophist (various)

8 "Just as nature, body, and instinct express themselves in universal patterns, so does the human psyche. The archetypes of the preconscious are a priori form-generating propensities in the human mind, causing it to organize experience into certain patterns that may vary without losing their essential configuration and underlying identity." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

9 "Plato tells of universal ideas, the memory of which is lost at birth but through philosophy may be recalled. These correspond to Bastian's 'Elementary Ideas' and Jung's 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious'." Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

10 "The ancient magical and mythological levels of our being, although 'unconscious' to our current modus operandi, need to be recognised as vital capacities of ours. If we fail to integrate them with our rational world view, we are likely to regress into a new barbarism rather than take the next step of conscious evolution." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

11 "In all traditions meditation on archetypal forms has been used to reconstruct thought patterns, to integrate thoughts and feelings, and to free the adept from the apparent disorder of life." Theosophy, The Wisdom of the Ages (Cherry Gilchrist)

12 "Through the genome of our species we inherit the archetypal predispositions of our ancestors, and it is on these basic, universal, and persistently active themes that individual cultures work out their sets of variations and transmit them from generation to generation." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

13 "The significant point: every physicist in this volume was profoundly struck by the fact that the natural realm obeys in some sense the laws or forms of mathematics, or, in general, obeys some sort of archetypal mental-forms." Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

14 "Dante said, 'The elements of all things that Nature begins, whatever be their mode, observe an inner order. It is this Form that makes the Universe resemble God.'" Robert Lawlor, 'Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

15 "We express the likeness of the divine nature in which the very Best Creator, from the archetype of his own mind, engraved with his finger (that is, his spirit), the eternal law of honesty; by this we are joined to God and made one with God." Origen, 'Sixth Epistle to the Romans' Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "The Absolute or Supreme God is the basic, or final Archetype in which all lesser archetypes originate and are resolved." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

17 "The archetypal level contains the great symbolic and mythic patterns that charge the human spirit with meaning and direction." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

18 "This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

19 "All the most powerful ideas in history go back to archetypes. This is particularly true of religious ideas, but the central concepts of science, philosophy, and ethics are no exception to this rule. In their present form they are variants of archetypal ideas, created by consciously applying and adapting these ideas to reality. For it is the function of consciousness not only to recognize and assimilate the external world through the gateway of the senses, but to translate into visible reality the world within us." 'The Structure of the Psyche' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "The archetype of the human being is God…'God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him' (Genesis 1:27)." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

21 "Culture and psyche are not opposed entities but two aspects of the same psychobiological process – the actualization of innate archetypal propensities." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

22 "The extraordinary degree of similarity between symbolic manifestations and the agreement about what they signify across history and across the planet points to their archetypal roots in the phylogenetic psyche (the collective unconscious) of humanity." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

23 "They (the Archetypes) are, indeed, an instinctive trend, as marked as the impulse of birds to build nests, or ants to form organized colonies." Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

24 "At that moment, when true Ideas rise up, there occurs in the soul of him who sees them an altogether indescribable process of the highest intensity. It is the amazed awe that Plato speaks of in the Phaedrus, with which the soul remembers, as it were, something it had unconsciously possessed all along." Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), 'Science and the Beautiful' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

25 "The first task of any systematic comparison of the myths and religions of mankind should be to identify these universals (or, as C. G. Jung termed them, archetypes of the unconscious) and as far as possible to interpret them." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite