"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."
"In many cases in psychiatry, the patient who comes to us has a story that is not told, and which as a rule no one knows of. To my mind, therapy only really begins after the investigation of that wholly personal story. It is the patient’s secret, the rock against which he is shattered. If I know his secret story, I have a key to the treatment. … In therapy the problem is always the whole person, never the symptom alone. We must ask questions which challenge the whole personality."
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
"Where love rules, there is no will to power. And where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."
"The Shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge, and it therefore, as a rule, meets with considerable resistance. Indeed, self-knowledge as a psychotherapeutic measure frequently requires much pains-taking work extending over a long period of time."
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happiness’ would loose it’s meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along, with patience and equanimity."
"Often, the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."
"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."
"We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them."
"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."
"Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words."
"My friend it is wise to nourish the soul, otherwise you will breed dragons and devils in your heart."
"I therefore consider it wise to acknowledge the idea of God consciously, for if we do not, something else is made God; usually something very inappropriate and stupid such as only an enlightened intellect could catch forth."