Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.
A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning.
For a young person, it is almost a sin, or at least a danger, to be too preoccupied with himself; but for the ageing person, it is a duty and a necessity to devote serious attention to himself.
Grounded in the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages, alchemy formed a bridge: on the one hand into the past, to Gnosticism, and on the other into the future, to the modern psychology of the unconscious.
Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
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.
The collective unconscious consists of the sum of the instincts and their correlates, the archetypes. Just as everybody possesses instincts, so he also possesses a stock of archetypal images.
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.
Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
We are in a far better position to observe instincts in animals or in primitives than in ourselves. This is due to the fact that we have grown accustomed to scrutinizing our own actions and to seeking rational explanations for them.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.