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C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors

1 "Everything that is stated or manifested by the psyche is an expression of the nature of things, whereof man is a part."

2 "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."

3 "Myth is pre-eminently a social phenomenon: it is told by the many and heard by the many. It gives the ultimately unimaginable religious experience an image, a form in which to express itself, and thus makes community life possible."

4 "An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: 'No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you."

5 "The solidarity and communal life of mankind go to the roots of existence."

6 "Be aware of the law of synchronicity. As the old Chinese saying goes: 'The right man sitting in his house and thinking the right thought will be heard 100 miles away.'"

7 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us."

8 "There is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of matter. The world beyond is a reality, an experiential fact."

9 "The 'Holy Ghost' is an impelling force, creating wider consciousness and responsibility and thus enriched cognition. The real history of the world seems to be the progressive incarnation of the deity."

10 "In every feature Christ's life is a prototype of individuation."

11 "The way to the cognition of God begins with the cognition of oneself."

12 "The realm of the psyche is immeasurably great and filled with living reality. At its brink lies the secret of matter and of spirit."

13 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)

14 "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."

15 "Emotions have a typical 'pattern' (fear, anger, sorrow, hatred, etc.); that is, they follow an inborn archetype which is universally human and arouses the same ideas and feelings in everyone."

16 "Looking at it in one way, we do indeed partake of divinity, as Christ himself pointed out when he said: 'Ye are gods.' (1 John 10:34)."

17 "The depth of the psyche, the unconscious, is not made by man but is divinely created nature."

18 "The Deity has taken its abode in man with the obvious intention of realizing Its Good in man."

19 "Everything living dreams of individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness."

20 "I find that all my thoughts circle round God like the planets round the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it the most heinous sin were I to offer any resistance to this compelling force."

21 "That Christ is the self of man is implicit in the gospel, but the conclusion Christ = self has never been explicitly drawn. This is an assignment of new meaning, a further stage in the incarnation or actualization of Christ."

22 "The paths leading to a common truth are many. Therefore each of us has first to stand by his own truth, which is then gradually reduced to a common truth by mutual discussion. All this requires psychological understanding and empathy with the other's point of view. A common task for every group in quest of a common truth."

23 "Why do we ask about God at all? God effervesces in you and sets you to the most wondrous speculations."

24 "Christ is in us and we in him! Why shouldn't the workings of God and the presence of the Son of Man in us be real and experienceable? I thank God every day that I have been permitted to experience the reality of the imago Dei in me."

25 "I have good reasons to assume that things are not finished with death. Life seems to be an interlude in a long story. It has been long before I was, and it will most probably continue after the conscious interval in a three-dimensional existence."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite