A belief to me proves only the phenomenon of belief, not the content of the belief.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
Touching evil brings with it the grave peril of succumbing to it.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
The individual is so unconscious that he fails to see his own potentialities for decision. Instead he is constantly and anxiously looking around for external rules and regulations which can guide him in his perplexity.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable - perhaps everything.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
It is really the individual's task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities, such as membership in organizations, support of "isms," and so on, interfere with the fulfillment of this task.

-Carl Jung
Statements concerning possibility or impossibility are valid only in specialized fields; outside those fields they are merely arrogant presumptions.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
In my medical experience, as well as in my own life, I have again and again been faced with the mystery of love, and have never been able to explain what it is.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
The greatest limitation for man is the “self”; it is manifested in the experience: “I am only that!”… As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
Affirm things as they are. Live in an unconditional “yes” to that which is, without subjective protests.

-paraphrased from Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
To experience defeat is also to experience victory…for one’s own continuity has withstood the current of life and time.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
The more critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.

-Carl Jung "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
The wrong we have done, thought, or intended will wreak its vengeance on our souls.

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
How can anyone live without inconsistency?

-Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"
"Emotional ties are very important...But they still contain projections & it is essential to withdraw these ...Emotional relationships are relationships of desire, tainted by coercion & constraint; something is expected from the other person and that makes him & ourselves unfree"
End Jung quotes. Thanks for reading. Posting not just to share, but to remember the reading highlights. One interesting aside is when Jung notes, "Christ’s activities as Christ probably lasted no more than a year." It impels one to meditate on what they can accomplish in a year.

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