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Basic Writings of C G Jung
V S DeLasslo, editor
From the Introduction: "This volume is intended to present as fully as possible some of the most important areas of Jung's conception of the nature and functioning of the human psyche. It is intended as a basic reader for those who wish to acquaint themselves with the original structure of his conception."

1 "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law, for everything that works is grounded on its opposite." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1

2 "Growth at all levels must include spiritual development as its most subtle and valuable aspect. The life of the spirit, manifest in the psyche, must evolve in accordance with certain principles and forms, which, in turn, must be related to all the other levels of human existence...to designate these principles and forms Jung has adopted the term 'archetypes.' Violet Staub deLaszlo, introduction

3 "The individual Self is a portion, or excerpt, or representative, of something universally present in all living creatures, and, therefore, a correspondingly graduated kind of psychological process, which is born anew in every creature." 'Psychological Types

4 “The individual Self is a portion, or excerpt, or representative, of something universally present in all living creatures.”

5 "That people should succumb to these eternal images (spiritual symbols) is entirely normal, in fact it is what these images are for. They are meant to attract, to convince, to fascinate, and to overpower. They are created out of the primal stuff of revelation and reflect the ever-unique experience of divinity….Thanks to the labors of the human spirit over the centuries, these images have become embedded in a comprehensive system of thought that ascribes an order to the world." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1

6 "The ancient and long-obsolete idea of man as a microcosm contains a supreme psychological truth that has yet to be discovered…..An inkling of this is to be found in the words of Origen: 'Understand that thou art a second world in miniature, and that the sun and the moon are within thee, and also the stars.' (Homiliae in Leviticum)" 'Psychology of the Transference', CW 16

7 "Hot cannot be derived from cold, nor high from low. An opposition either exists in its binary form or it does not exist at all, and a being without opposites is completely unthinkable, as it would be impossible to establish its existence." 'On the Nature of the Psyche', CW 8

8 "Consciousness, no matter how extensive it may be, must always remain the smaller circle within the greater circle of the unconscious, an island surrounded by the sea; and, like the sea itself, the unconscious yields an endless and self-replenishing abundance of living creatures, a wealth beyond our fathoming." ' Psychology of the Transference', CW 16

9 "Since consciousness has always been described in terms derived from the behavior of light, it is in my view not too much to assume that these multiple luminosities correspond to ..conscious phenomena. If the luminosity appears in monadic form as a single star, sun, or eye, it readily assumes the shape of a mandala and must then be interpreted as the self…The symbols of the self have a uniting character." 'On The Nature of the Psyche', CW 8

10 "The psyche is not of today; its ancestry goes back many millions of years. Individual consciousness is only the flower and the fruit of a season, sprung from the perennial rhizome beneath the earth." 'Symbols of Transformation, CW 5

11 “Archetypes represent the precipitate of psychic functioning of the whole ancestral line, i.e., the heaped-up, or pooled, experiences of organic existence in general, a million times repeated, and condensed into types. Hence, in these archetypes all experiences are represented which since primeval time have happened on this planet.”

12 “Archetypes represent the law-determined course of all experienceable things.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite