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

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

2 "Man is the mirror which God holds up to himself, or the sense organ with which he apprehends his being."

3 "The secret passion which keeps spiritual techniques alive through the centuries is connected with an original experience of wholeness."

4 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere."

5 "The centre is the indivisible monad of the self, the unity and wholeness of the experiencing subject."

6 "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."

7 "There is no energy without opposites."

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

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

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

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

12 "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.'"

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

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

15 "What we need is the development of the inner spiritual man, the unique individual whose treasure is hidden on the one hand in the symbols of our mythological tradition, and on the other hand in man's unconscious psyche."

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

17 "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."

18 "The psychological 'merit' (or rather, significance) of Christ consists in the fact that, as the 'firstling', he is the prototype of the integral man. This image, as history testifies, is numinous and can therefore be answered only by another numinosity. It touches the imago Dei, the archetype of the self in us, and thereby awakens it. The self is then 'constellated' and by virtue of its numinosity compels man toward wholeness, i.e., towards the integration of the unconscious or the subordination of the ego to a holistic 'will', which is rightly conceived to be 'God's will."

19 "God is the One, the All."

20 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

21 "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."

22 "That which is eternally present appears in the temporal order as a succession."

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

24 "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."

25 "Man (Anthropos) is the visible manifestation of the original One, i.e., God."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite