Carl Gustav Jung Quotes

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its own ends through him. As a human being, he may have moods and a will […]

All this being so, it is not strange that the artist is an especially interesting case for the psychologist who uses an analytical method. The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him – one the one hand, the common longing for happiness, satisfaction and security […]

How can we doubt that it is his art that explains the artist, and not the insufficiencies and conflicts of his personal life? These are nothing but the regrettable results of the fact that he is an artist – that is to say, a man who from his very birth has been called to a […]

To grasp the meaning of the work of art, we must allow it to shape us as it once shaped the artist. The we understand the nature of his experience. We see that he has drawn upon the healing and redeeming forces of the collective psyche that underlies consciousness in all its isolation and its […]

What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of personal life and speak to the spirit and heart of the poet as man to the spirit and heart of mankind.

That is the secret of great art, and of its effect upon us. The creative process… consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present, and so makes it possible […]

The most amazing feature of American life is its boundless publicity. Everybody has to meet everybody, and they even seem to enjoy this enormity. To a central European such as I am, this American publicity of life, the lack of distance between people, the absence of hedges or fences round the gardens, the belief in […]

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that fits all cases.

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.