16 Powerful Carl Jung Quotes That Will Help You Understand Yourself

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Carl Jung was among the deepest philosophical thinkers of the modern era. He examined many aspects of the self, trying to better understand the human experience. Jung thought we were all spiritual beings, not simply a flesh and blood vessel experiencing the universe for no reason.

These are some of our favorite, most profound quotes of his…

“If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.”
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”
“Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.”
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.”
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”
“Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”
“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”
“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”
“Your perception will become clear only when you can look into your soul.”

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