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1 "Every major culture of the world includes in its mythology archetypal figures representing death and rebirth or transformation." Stanislav Grof Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

2 "Without these Ideas – these generalizations, regularities and ideals – the world would be to us as it must seem to the first-opened eyes of the child, a mass of unclassified and unmeaning particulars of sensation; for meaning can be given to things only by classifying and generalizing them, by finding the laws of their beings, and the purposes and goals of their activity." The Story of Philosophy (Will Durant)

3 "Archetypes are deep and abiding patterns in the human psyche that remain powerful and present over time." The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (Carol Pearson, Ph.D.)

4 "The primal Self contains all the archetypal potential and all the dynamic oppositions necessary to achieve the goal of individuation." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

5 "The first task of any systematic comparison of the myths and religions of mankind should be to identify these universals (or, as C. G. Jung termed them, archetypes of the unconscious) and as far as possible to interpret them." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

6 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "The point of archetypal images, like the point of myths, is not problem solving but imagining, questioning, going deeper. Archetypal images free us from identifying ourselves with our literal failures and successes or from seeing our lives as banal, or trivial. The aim in attending to these images is to awaken us to a sense of our yet unrealized latent possibilities, to save us from our sense of isolation and meaninglessness. It is to open up our lives to renewal and reshaping. Attending to the images creates a new bond between our personal lives and the collective experience of humankind." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

8 "The sense of being in touch with something that feels collective, shared, is indeed part of what 'archetypal' connotes." Christine Downing, Prologue Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

9 “The forms which experience takes in each individual may be infinite in their variations, but they are all variants of certain central types, and these occur universally. They are the primordial images, from which the religions each draw their absolute truth.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

11 "The unconscious, as the totality of all archetypes, is the deposit of all human experience right back to its remotest beginnings. Not, indeed, a dead deposit, a sort of abandoned rubbish-heap, but a living system of reactions and aptitudes that determine the individual's life in invisible ways." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

12 "The divine events that are told in myth are not told for their own sake, nor are they thought out according to some inner logic of their own. They exist as normative events or archetypes of the world of nature and of man." New World Dictionary-Concordance to the New American Bible (various)

13 "The integrity of an individual life, no less than of the collective life that is culture, depends upon the myths. Their archetypal themes give form and meaning. Falling out of meaning, out of touch with archetypal structuring, means disintegration." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

14 "All my life, as a student of mythologies, I have been working with these archetypes, and I can tell you, they DO exist and are the same all over the world." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

15 "The great mystics such as Shankara, Plato and Augustine used the term 'archetype' to designate the first subtle forms that appear as the world manifests out of unmanifest Spirit. They are the fundamental patterns upon which all patterns of manifestation are based. The Greek term, 'arche typon', meant original pattern. These subtle, transcendental forms, then, are the first forms of manifestation." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

16 "All the tableau of the Major Arcana (of the Tarot), the pictorial forms, patterns, and colors, like the world itself, are expressions of archetypal Ideas, themselves the formative powers of the Macrocosmic plane." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

17 "The history of religion in its widest sense (including therefore mythology, folklore, and primitive psychology) is a treasure-house of archetypal forms from which [we] can draw helpful parallels and enlightening comparisons for the purpose of calming and clarifying a consciusness that is all at sea." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "Archetypes were, and still are, living psychic forces that demand to be taken seriously, and they have a strange way of making sure of their effect. Always they were the bringers of protection and salvation." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Archetypes are life models, images and ideas that guide the direction of your life toward your soul's ultimate destiny." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

20 "At that moment, when true Ideas rise up, there occurs in the soul of him who sees them an altogether indescribable process of the highest intensity. It is the amazed awe that Plato speaks of in the Phaedrus, with which the soul remembers, as it were, something it had unconsciously possessed all along." Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), 'Science and the Beautiful' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

21 "Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

22 "Ideas, by the analysis St. Anselm makes of them, are thenselves things; and for them to be is indication of something concerning the nature of things." Richard McKeon, introduction to St. Anselm Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

23 "Ideas are the original forms (formae principales), the stable and immutable ground of things….They are a part of divine intelligence." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

24 "We are all made in the image of God. That is the ultimate archetype of man." The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)

25 "The archetype – let us never forget this – is a psychic organ present in all of us." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite