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1 "Mankind has common instincts of imagination and of action. All conscious imagination and action have been developed with unconscious archetypal images as their basis, and always remain bound up with them." C. G. Jung The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

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

3 "The prototypes of the images and forms utilized by the oneirocritic, poetic and prophetic idioms, can be found around us in Nature, revealing herself as a world of materialized dream, as a prophetic language whose hieroglyphics are beings and forms." Franz P. Schubert (1797-1828), Austrian composer, 'Symbolik des Traumes' A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

4 "When we speak of archetypal images we are not referring simply to dream images or to mythological or literary images. We are, instead, speaking of a way to respond to our ordinary lives with our imaginations, rather than only pragmatically or logically. We are speaking of a way of being in the world that is open to many dimensions of meaning, open to resonances, echoes, to associative and synchronous connections, not only causal ones. We are speaking of a world discovered to be full of sign-ificance – of signs, symbols, metaphors, images." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

5 "All that can be known is but forms ensouled by ideas." A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

6 "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)

7 "Just as nature, body, and instinct express themselves in universal patterns, so does the human psyche. The archetypes of the preconscious are a priori form-generating propensities in the human mind, causing it to organize experience into certain patterns that may vary without losing their essential configuration and underlying identity." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

8 "These form-giving principles (archetypes) of the mind spell out the features of an inner world with its own significance and reality, a topos of the soul connecting the mind inwardly with its source and allowing it to experience the larger transpersonal world that creates and sustains it." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

9 "The archetypes precipitate as ever more complex forms in the material world in accordance with the cyclic development of consciousness….The sequential unfolding of the archetype's potential from simple to complex proceeds cyclically, according to an inner order." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

10 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

11 "Plato argues for a hierarchy of Forms or Ideas, in which sensible images 'participate'. In the 'Timaeus', he makes them exemplary causes, models for the Divine Artificer or demiurge, in fashioning things from eternally existing matter." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

12 "For all the beautiful things in the world would never have been what they are if they hadn't been molded after the archetype of true beauty, the Uncreated, the Blessed, the Imperishable." Philo (c. 15bc-45ad), Alexandrian Jewish philosopher God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

13 “Archetypes represent the precipitate of psychic functioning of the whole ancestral line, i.e., the heaped-up, or pooled, experiences of organic existence in general, a million times repeated, and condensed into types. Hence, in these archetypes all experiences are represented which since primeval time have happened on this planet.” Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

14 "God formed things as they first arose according to forms and numbers." Plato, 'Timaeus' Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

15 "The images of created things are in the divine mind 'before' the created things themselves, acting indeed as their archetypes….God does not stand outside of the world, deriving knowledge from it; on the contrary, the world derives its being from the knowledge of it that God continually pours into it." Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master (Robert Barron)

16 "Evolution systematically reveals the divine archetypes, the Ideas of Plato. Forms unfold through evolution according to the pattern impressed on them by the archetype that governs their particular structure." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

17 "Archetypes form the world and also stand beyond it. They manifest themselves within time and yet are timeless. They constitute the veiled essence of things." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

18 "Archetypes are universal in that they are the same to everyone everywhere and in every era." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

19 "Archetypes create myths, religions, and philosophies that influence and characterize whole nations and epochs of history." Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

20 "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)

21 "Long ago Plato saw love, concrete human love, as one of the supreme and most adequate methods of giving us ecstasy and of opening us to a knowledge of the Ideas, of the spiritual world." Companions on the Inner Way (Morton T. Kelsey)

22 "The archetype as a phenomenon is conditioned by place and time, but on the other hand, it is an invisible structural pattern independent of place and time, and like the instincts, proves to be an essential component of the psyche." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1906-1950 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

23 "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." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

24 "Symbols are among the most profound expressions of human nature…certain images are universal and timeless, occurring n the East and West, in the ancient past and in our hurly-burly present….such universal images, or archetypes, carry dynamic, creative forces that move us deeply." Sacred Origins of Profound Things (Charles Panati)

25 "In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the psyche tells its own story, and the interplay of the archetypes is revealed in its natural setting as 'formation, transformation/the eternal Mind's eternal recreation.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite