Memorable Quotes

Albert Einstein

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

“Imagination is more important than information.”

“I. . .am convinced that He does not throw dice.”

Carl Gustav Jung

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

“To be normal is a splendid ideal for the unsuccessful, for all those who have not yet found an adaptation. But for people who have far more ability than the average, for whom it was never hard to gain success and to accomplish their share of the world’s work – for them restriction to the normal signifies the bed of Procrustes, unbearable boredom, infernal sterility and hopelessness. As a consequence there are as many people who become neurotic because they are only normal, as there are people who are neurotic because they cannot become normal.”

“The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one way or another. Bringing Shadow material into consciousness drains its dark power, and can even recover valuable resources from it. The greatest power, however, comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrated them as components of your Self.”

Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.”

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

“The factors which come together in the coniunctio are conceived as opposites, either confronting one another in enimity or attracting one another in love. To begin with they form a dualism; for instance the opposites are humidum (moist)/siccum (dry), frigidum (cold)/ calidum (warm), superiora (upper, higher)/inferiora (lower), spiritus-anima (spirt-soul)/corpus (body), coelum (heaven)/terra (earth), ignis (fire)/aqua (water), bright/dark, agens (active)/patiens (passive), volatile (volatile, gaseous)/fixum (solid), pretiosum (precious, costly;also carum, dear)/vile (cheap, common), bonum (good)/malum (evil), manifestum (open)/occultum (occult;also celatum, hidden), oriens (East)/occidens (West), vivum (living)/mortuum (dead, inert), masculus (masculine)/foemina (feminine), Sol/Luna.” (Mysterium Coniunctionis)

“The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the psyche, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness may extend….In dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he is the Whole and the Whole is in him….bare of all egohood.” (C. G. Jung, Civilization in Transition, CW 10, pars. 304 f.)

Esther Harding

“Persons who are deliberately immoral, either by conscious choice or because of an innate lack of discrimination do not as a rule become insane. If, however, a conflict arises within an individual because certain of his actions or attitudes do not accord with the rest of his psychology, his realization of his lack of integrity may be sufficiently disturbing to cause a neurosis; on the other hand if the conflict remains relatively unconscious, so that its effects all occur below the surface, [a] more serious illness. . .may result.” (Psychic Energy, pg 286).

Jacques Lacan

To enclose the Freudian interrogation within the field of psychology is to lead it to what I call a psychogenetic delirium. This psychogenesis can always be seen in its development each day, in the way such psychoanalysts envisage the facts and objects that they have an affair with.

R.D. Laing

The range of what we think and do
is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice
that we fail to notice
there is little we can do
to change
until we notice
how failing to notice
shapes our thoughts and deeds.

Viktor Frankl

“What is to give light must endure burning.”

“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’”

Friedrich W. Nietzsche

“One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star.”

“He who has a why can endure any how”

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process (s)he does not become a monster. For when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”

The Vedas


Prajnanam Brahma – Consciousness is Brahman (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)

Ayam Atma Brahma – This Self (Atman) is Brahman (Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda)

Tat Twam Asi :  Thou Art That (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the Sama Veda)

Aham Brahma Asmi : I am the Brahma (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 of the Yajur Veda)

Srimad Bhagvad Gita

“The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. . .this individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can neither be burned nor dried.  He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same. . .it is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body.”

“The senses are so strong and impetuous. . .that they forcefully carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them.”

“While contemplating the object of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.”

“As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man’s intelligence.”

“Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment, one attains the Supreme.”

“It is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.”

“For one whose mind is unbridled, self realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion.”

“Some perceive the Supersoul within themselves through meditation, others through the cultivation of knowledge, and still others through the working without furtive desires.”

“According to the three different modes of material nature, there are three kinds of knowledge, action, and performer of action. . .that knowledge by which undivided spiritual nature is seen in all living entities, though they are divided into innumerable forms, you should understand to be in the mode of goodness. . .that knowledge by which one sees that in every different bodythere is a different type of living entity you should understand to be in the mode of passion. . .and that knowledge by which one is attached to one kind of work as the all in all, without knowledge of the truth, and which is very meager, is said to be in the mode of darkness. . .that action which is regulated and which is performed without attachment, without love or hatred, and without desire for furtive results, is said to be in the mode of goodness. . .but action performed with great effort by one seeking to gratify his desires, and enacted from a sense of false ego, is called action in the mode of passion. . .”

Miscellaneous and/or Anonymous

” The shadow is both the awful thing that needs redemption, and the suffering redeemer who can provide it”  – Liz Green

“You have to acquire a sense of self before you can lose a sense of self.”  – Jack Engler

“Beneath the social mask we wear every day, we have a hidden shadow side: an impulsive, wounded, sad, or isolated part that we generally try to ignore. The Shadow can be a source of emotional richness and vitality, and acknowledging it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life. We meet our dark side, accept it for what it is, and we learn to use its powerful energies in productive ways. The Shadow knows why good people sometimes do “bad” things. Romancing the Shadow and learning to read the messages it encodes in daily life can deepen your consciousness, imagination, and soul.” (Connie Zweig, Romancing the shadow)

“Religion is man’s association with the divine, and the ultimate objective of religion is realization of truth. Forms which symbolize Truth are only indications; they are not Truth itself, which transcends all conceptualization. The mind in its efforts to understand Truth through reasoning must always fail, for Truth transcends the very mind which seeks to embrace it.”

“Wisdom tells me I am nothing.  Love tells me I am everything.  Between the two, my life flows.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj
“The wise man does not speak in the presence of one who is greater than he in wisdom; he does not interrupt the speech of this companion; he is not hasty to answer; he questions and answers properly, the point; he speaks on the first point first, and on the last point last; regarding that which he has not learned he says, ‘I have not learned;’ and he acknowledges the truth when he hears it. The opposites of these traits are to be found in a stupid person.” (Pirke Avoth 5:9)
Out of silence comes listening; out of listening comes hearing; out of hearing comes understanding; and out of understanding comes Wisdom. Silence, therefore, by which Wisdom is achieved, means not only shutting our mouths, but Herding the Ox.”

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