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Carl Jung

1 “Heraclius said: This magistery proceeds first from one root, which afterwards expands into several things, and returns again to the one.” Morienus, ‘De transmutatione metall’

2 "Certainly the difficulties and adversities of the struggle for existence may oppress us, yet even the worst conditions need not hinder love; on the contrary, they often spur us on to greater efforts."

3 "The importance of self-knowledge is stressed in the alchemical texts."

4 "To know where the other person makes a mistake is of little value. It only becomes interesting when you know where YOU make the mistake, for then you can do something about it."

5 "God made man to partake of his glory and created him in his image."

6 "Love [is] the instinct most deeply rooted in human nature."

7 "In my experience it is of considerable practical importance that the symbols aiming at wholeness should be correctly understood…They are the remedy with whose help neurotic dissociations can be repaired, by restoring to the conscious mind a spirit and an attitude which from time immemorial have been felt as solving and healing in their effects."

8 "Wherever conscious life becomes one-sided or adopts a false attitude, these [archetypal] images instinctively rise to the surface in dreams and in the visions of artists and seers to restore the psychic balance, whether of the individual or of the epoch."

9 "Myths are original revelations of the preconscious psyche, involuntary statements about unconscious psychic happenings."

10 "That which brings division ultimately creates union."

11 “It is a great mystery, one unique mother of all mortal things, and they have all originated in her.” Paracelsus

12 "Our own psyche [is] constantly at work creating new spiritual forms and spiritual forces which may help us."

13 "All this, then, was the plan of the everlasting god for the god who was going to be. According to this plan he made the body of the world smooth and uniform, everywhere equidistant from its center, a body whole and complete, with complete bodies for its parts. And in the centre he set the soul and caused it to extend throughout the whole body, and he further wrapped the body round with soul on the outside. So he established one world alone." Plato, 'Timaeus'

14 "There is probably no more suitable psychological concept for this (the Anima Mundi) than the collective unconscious, whose nucleus and ordering principle is the self, the 'monad' of the alchemists and Gnostics."

15 “The spirit of life is not only indwelling in all living things, but immanent in everything that exists, as the world-soul.”

16 "Myths are first and foremost psychic phenomena that reveal the nature of the soul."

17 "Archetypes, that is, universal and inherited patterns, taken together, constitute the structure of the unconscious….archetypes are the forms or river-beds along which the current of psychic life has always flowed."

18 "Mandalas…are produced spontaneously, without external influence, even by children and adults who have never come into contact with any such ideas….The mandala symbolizes, by its central point, the ultimate unity of all archetypes as well as the multiplicity of the phemonenal world, and is therefore the empirical equivalent of the metaphysical concept of a 'unus mundus' [one world]."

19 "A species of magical power capable of transforming even brute matter dwells in the human mind." 'Psychology and Alchemy'

20 "Empirically it can be established, with a sufficient degree of probability, that there is in the unconscious an archetype of wholeness which manifests itself spontaneously in dreams, etc., and a tendency, independent of the conscious will, to relate other archetypes to this centre."

21 “The circle is the primary law.” Aphorism 29 in Horneffer, ‘Nietzches Lehre von der Ewigen Wiederkunft’

22 "In the empirical self, light and shadow form a paradoxical unity."

23 “There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’

24 "From the unconscious there emanate determining influences which, independently of tradition, guarantee in every single individual a similarity and even a sameness of experience, and also of the way it is represented imaginatively."

25 "There are powerful forces at work which in the end destroy all that is violent and unjust, and consequently it does not pay to build on false principles."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite