Many / One

A database of 11,000+ illuminated guiding quotations in 40 categories from 600+ inspired books by our most brilliant and influential authors.
Compiled by JoAnn Kite

SHOW detailed search and navigation | Quotes | References | JoAnn

One | Circle | Center | Opposites | Archetypes | Good | Ethics | Living Wholeness | Random

C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors

1 "There is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of matter. The world beyond is a reality, an experiential fact."

2 "'Psyche' and 'matter' are not basically incommensurable, but may perhaps be qualities of one and the same existential being."

3 "Christ is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters."

4 "An old alchemist gave the following consolation to one of his disciples: 'No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you."

5 "Everything that is stated or manifested by the psyche is an expression of the nature of things, whereof man is a part."

6 "Many paths lead to the central experience. But the nearer one gets to the centre the easier it is to understand the other paths that lead there."

7 "The centre is the indivisible monad of the self, the unity and wholeness of the experiencing subject."

8 "The solidarity and communal life of mankind go to the roots of existence."

9 "The Deity has taken its abode in man with the obvious intention of realizing Its Good in man."

10 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821)

11 "God is certainly Being itself."

12 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching."

13 "The archetypes have a life of their own which extends through the centuries and gives the aeons their peculiar stamp."

14 "I do KNOW of a power of a very personal nature and an irresistible influence. I call it 'God.' I use this term because it has been used for this kind of experience since time immemorial. From this point of view any gods, Zeus, Wotan, Allah, Yahweh, the Summum Bonum, etc., have their intrinsic truth. They are different and more or less differentiated expressions or aspects of one ineffable truth."

15 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves."

16 "Man (Anthropos) is the visible manifestation of the original One, i.e., God."

17 "Whole numbers may well be the discovery of God's 'primal thoughts.'"

18 "God is the One, the All."

19 "I have good reasons to assume that things are not finished with death. Life seems to be an interlude in a long story. It has been long before I was, and it will most probably continue after the conscious interval in a three-dimensional existence."

20 "Myth is pre-eminently a social phenomenon: it is told by the many and heard by the many. It gives the ultimately unimaginable religious experience an image, a form in which to express itself, and thus makes community life possible."

21 "That Christ is the self of man is implicit in the gospel, but the conclusion Christ = self has never been explicitly drawn. This is an assignment of new meaning, a further stage in the incarnation or actualization of Christ."

22 "I find that all my thoughts circle round God like the planets round the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it the most heinous sin were I to offer any resistance to this compelling force."

23 "The secret passion which keeps spiritual techniques alive through the centuries is connected with an original experience of wholeness."

24 "That which is eternally present appears in the temporal order as a succession."

25 "The self is a unit, consisting however of two, i.e., of opposites, otherwise it would not be a totality."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite