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

1 "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."

2 "The self is a unit, consisting however of two, i.e., of opposites, otherwise it would not be a totality."

3 "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.'"

4 "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."

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

6 "If you learn about yourself and if eventually you discover more or less who you are, you also learn about God, and who He is."

7 "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."

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

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

10 "Becoming conscious reconciles the opposites."

11 "Christ is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters."

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

13 "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."

14 "I do KNOW of a power of a very personal nature and an irresistible influence. I call it 'God.' I use this term because it has been used for this kind of experience since time immemorial. From this point of view any gods, Zeus, Wotan, Allah, Yahweh, the Summum Bonum, etc., have their intrinsic truth. They are different and more or less differentiated expressions or aspects of one ineffable truth."

15 "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."

16 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves."

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

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

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

20 "Man and his soul, the individual, doesn't just work, eat, sleep, reproduce, and die but also has a meaningful destiny reaching far beyond him."

21 "The archetypes have a life of their own which extends through the centuries and gives the aeons their peculiar stamp."

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

23 "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."

24 "There is no energy without opposites."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite