"scream" is always just that - a noise and not music.
A particularly beautiful
woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible
All the works of
man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to
As far as we can
discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in
the darkness of mere being.
Children are educated
by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
Even a happy life
cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose
its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take
things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Every form of addiction
is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Follow that will
and that way which experience confirms to be your own.
Good. There are
many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the
year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by
Great talents are
the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
How indeed? He copes,
like everybody else, as well as he can, that's all. And it's usually
I cannot love anyone
if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable
in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness,
for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves.
That is not a virtue but a vice.
I could not say
I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something
that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.
I have treated many
hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life-that is
to say, over 35-there has not been one whose problem in the last resort
was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.
If one does not
understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
If there is anything
we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether
it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
In all chaos there
is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
In my case Pilgrim's
Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until
I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.
It all depends on
how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
Knowing your own
darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other
not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
Man needs difficulties;
they are necessary for health.
Man's task is to
become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.
Masses are always
breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.
Neurosis is always
a substitute for legitimate suffering.
Nobody, as long
as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
Often the hands
will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
One looks back with
appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those
who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary
raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant
and for the soul of the child.
Our blight is ideologies
- they are the long-expected Antichrist!
Our heart glows,
and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious
has become a question of life for us.
Resistance to the
organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
Show me a sane man
and I will cure him for you.
Shrinking away from
death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half
of life of its purpose.
there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have
The brain is viewed
as an appendage of the genital glands.
The creation of
something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct
acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects
The debt we owe
to the play of imagination is incalculable.
The greatest and
most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They
can never be solved but only outgrown.
The healthy man
does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into
The iimages of the
unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand
them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness
and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.
The least of things
with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without
The man who promises
everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too
much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
The meeting of two
personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there
is any reaction, both are transformed.
The most intense
conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that
is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their
conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.
The pendulum of
the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and
The shoe that fits
one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits
The word "belief"
is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for
a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it - I
don't need to believe it.
The word "happiness"
would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
There is no coming
to consciousness without pain.
Through pride we
are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the
average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out
not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with
a comprehensible darkness.
We are born at a
given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have
the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology
does not lay claim to anything more.
We cannot change
anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
We deem those happy
who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without
being overcome by them.
We should not pretend
to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the
intellect is only part of the truth.
When an inner situation
is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
Where love rules,
there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love
is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
Who looks outside,
dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Without this playing
with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we
owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Your vision will
become clear only when you can look into your own heart . Who looks
outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.